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We’ve Got the (Night) Fever: Top 10 Movie Songs of All Time

We’ve Got the (Night) Fever: Top 10 Movie Songs of All Time

A song can make a whole movie–and an amazing title track has the power to change an entire film. From The Bodyguard’s “I Will Always Love You” to Saturday Night Fever’s “How Deep is Your Love,” these are the movie songs that topped the charts.

6 Questions with “RECTIFY” Composer Gabriel Mann

6 Questions with “RECTIFY” Composer Gabriel Mann

RECTIFY composer Gabriel Mann talks expanding the score’s musical range, creating music for Daniel and Tawney and writing songs with fourth graders.

Expert Opinion: Shigeto on EDM in the Movies

Expert Opinion: Shigeto on EDM in the Movies

The multi-hyphenate (producer-drummer-EDM star) Zach Saginaw, otherwise known as Shigeto, sat down with us to talk about the genre’s influence in video games like “Street Fighting Man” and “Mega Man,” his dream soundtrack with Michel Gondry and Clint Eastwood and whether or not jazz school is anything like the reality in “Whiplash.”

Tune In To the ’80s: Ten Chart-Topping Hollywood Theme Songs

Tune In To the ’80s: Ten Chart-Topping Hollywood Theme Songs

So many ’80s movies just wouldn’t be the same without their iconic soundtracks. Hey, you can’t have dance sequences and montages—two stylistic cornerstones of the era—without a catchy hit song. Here are 10 tunes that topped the charts thanks to the big Hollywood movies that featured them.

Expert Opinion: Broadway’s Genie from “Aladdin” on Big Movie Musicals

Expert Opinion: Broadway’s Genie from “Aladdin” on Big Movie Musicals

Who better to give us the scoop on movie musicals than James Monroe Iglehart? Currently starring as Genie in “Aladdin”–for which he won the Tony Award–the actor filled us in on the best movie to watch with your friends who need to be convinced to watch song and dance routines and whose life would make the perfect musical.

Expert Opinion: The Cliburn Award-Winning Pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Classical Music In the Movies

Expert Opinion: The Cliburn Award-Winning Pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Classical Music In the Movies

Classic composers provide the soundtrack for so many memorable movie scenes–from Strauss in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange.” To get some insight about how classical music can define a movie, or be redefined by a movie, we spoke to Vadym Kholodenko–winner of the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013 and first artistic partner of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He gave us the scoop on pianists in movies, the best classical documentary and which composer is most suited to scores.

Hitting the Right Note (Again): Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 2

Hitting the Right Note (Again): Best Movie Soundtracks, Part 2

A song can make a movie. And sometimes a soundtrack has a life all it’s own. We had so many favorite musical moments that we had to go for a second round. Read on for some memorable tunes–and vote for your favorite in the poll!

Top 10 Songs About Doing Time

Top 10 Songs About Doing Time

Songs about serving time and prison culture have captured our attention for decades. Sometimes they’re serious and tough to listen to, other times they’re oddly upbeat or downright rabble rousing. Have a listen.

“RECTIFY” Season 2 Music Round Up

“RECTIFY” Season 2 Music Round Up

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY’s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Here’s your guide to every song featured in Season 2.

Songs From “RECTIFY” Episode 210 (Unhinged)

Songs From “RECTIFY” Episode 210 (Unhinged)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. The finale features only one song, but it’s significant:

Songs from “RECTIFY” Episode 209 (Until You’re Blue)

Songs from “RECTIFY” Episode 209 (Until You’re Blue)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments.

Songs From “RECTIFY” Episode 208 (The Great Destroyer)

Songs From “RECTIFY” Episode 208 (The Great Destroyer)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments.

Top 10 Overlooked Films About Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Top 10 Overlooked Films About Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

There’s nothing like a loud, snarling film to bring out your deviant, inner fist pump. But with so many cliches weighing down the genre, what makes a great sex, drugs and rock-n-roll movie? Here’s our list of seldom-seen, under-appreciated, let-’er-rip films. And rock on.

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 207 (Weird As You)

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 207 (Weird As You)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments.

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 206 (Mazel Tov)

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 206 (Mazel Tov)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Here’s what to listen for in Episode 206.

Expert Opinion: Rolling Stones Tribute Band Rocker Kevin Gleeson on the Stones in the Movies

Expert Opinion: Rolling Stones Tribute Band Rocker Kevin Gleeson on the Stones in the Movies

Kevin Gleeson, who has been doubling as Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones cover bands Beggars Banquet and Sticky Fingers for 15 years, shares his insights on his alter ego, Mick Jagger and their work in cinema.

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 203 (Charlie Darwin)

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 203 (Charlie Darwin)

Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY’s soundtrack, but music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Just one song was included in this week’s episode, but it’s high profile.

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 201 (Running with the Bull)

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 201 (Running with the Bull)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Here are the four songs included in this week’s episode:

Music from THE RED ROAD

Music from THE RED ROAD

THE RED ROAD soundtrack features an eclectic group of artists, including John Eddie (whose songs have been covered by Kid Rock) and Yasutaka Nakata (a pop producer of note in Japan). Below is a list of musicians and songs featured in each episode this season. THE RED ROAD’s original score is composed by Daniel Licht (who also scored “Dexter”).

Janeane Garofalo wants to make love to Bob Dylan

Janeane Garofalo wants to make love to Bob Dylan

The right soundtrack can transform a so-so sexual encounter into something memorable (just ask Hollywood producers). And the wrong soundtrack? Well, that can really screw things up, as it were. Imagine: You’re feeling all lovey-dovey and want to hold your lover’s face while you make sweet missionary love… and then your partner puts on some hardcore punk. And what about when your partner wants to do it to Bob Dylan and you just plain don’t?

Awesome indie artist Amanda Fucking Palmer

Awesome indie artist Amanda Fucking Palmer

Singer/pianist/lyricist/composer/performance artist Amanda Palmer, a.k.a. Amanda Fucking Palmer or AFP, is the epitome of an American indie artist. She’s bold, unapologetic, bisexual, with awesomely hairy armpits and actual pubic hair. She organized an unbinding flash mob wedding between her and writer Neil Gaiman in 2010, then made it legal in 2011 in a private ceremony hosted by literary power couple Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon. Unafraid of addressing provocative issues, she’s fought against Prop 8 and blogged about her own abortion and date rape.

A musical history of wooing women

A musical history of wooing women

CDZA (short for Collective Cadenza) is a group of mostly Juilliard-trained music geeks (and we use that term in the most loving and respectful way) that “creates musical video experiments” — in other words, fun viral vids that play upon all sorts of musical themes and genres (think “Evolution of Dance” but with live musicians and no dancing). Ten months ago they created their inaugural “History of Lyrics That Aren’t Lyrics” (i.e. Sha na na na, doobie doobie doo, etc). Then a few months ago they started producing these videos regularly, one every other Tuesday. Some recent examples: “Mark Zuckerberg: The Musical” (“This is the dawning of the page that you share with us”) and “Aces of Basses” (a literal tribute to the Swedish pop sensation using five acoustic upright basses).

Your SUNfiltered summer mixtape

Your SUNfiltered summer mixtape

With summer off and running and temperatures through the roof, it’s time we round out all the blockbuster activity and over-hyped, industry-funded forms of entertainment with what the season is really built for: semi-inappropriate decisions made with old and “new” friends during long weekends on the shore — all set to hip music. It’s as close to a consequence-free environment as any post-college adult trying to make art out of their life can get. So re-up your catalog with these music suggestions that will keep your days and nights hotter than the weather.

Great music to have sex to: Patrick Watson

Great music to have sex to: Patrick Watson

Or maybe we should say “great music to make love to” (though we’re loathe to use that terminology). It definitely works for making out to. Not frantic rip-off-each-others’-clothes sessions, but more deliberate, sensual interludes that last longer than an hour, the kind earnest teenagers in love engage in. Patrick Watson, the Montreal-based band (fronted by singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, natch), create songs that are ethereal, haunting, and heady — with upright pianos, weepy violins and saws, quirky percussion, guitars occasionally strummed with toothbrushes…

Obama is ready for Broadway with "Call Me Maybe" (and Bill Clinton)

Obama is ready for Broadway with "Call Me Maybe" (and Bill Clinton)

The latest gem from the people at Barack Dubs is President Obama “singing” Carly Rae Jepsen’s saccharine song “Call Me Maybe.” A more fitting title of this song for Obama who is on the fundraising circuit for the upcoming election against Mitt Romney should be “Donate Maybe.” Stitched together from his various public appearances and speeches, the Internets wildly approved of their previous video of Obama singing “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO. Based on his previous performance singing a bar of Al Green, I think Obama could nail both of these songs at karaoke. Mitt Romney however should stick to just his stump speeches and avoid singing in public.