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AFI SHARES 100 SONGS AND 100 MEMORIES
By Judy Thorburn

The American Film Institute has just released its list of the top 100 songs from the first 100 years of films. The newest…100 Years – 100 Songs, marks the seventh in its lineup of other  top 100  lists that include “Heroes and Villains”, “Passions”, “Thrills”, “Laughs”, “Stars” and “Movies”. These rank as the most memorable songs from the movies which touched our hearts, and which will forever exemplify our culture, and be a part of our collective memories.

Topping the list of most unforgettable songs are such beloved melodies as “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland from the 1939 film “The Wizard Of Oz”, “As Time Goes By” from “Casablanca”, “Singin’ In The Rain”, “Moon River”, “White Christmas”,  sharing the list with 95 more songs we all know and love.

As with all the other previous lists, they were presented in a special 3 hour television broadcast. This year, the show was hosted by John Travolta.  This, the seventh in the series of critically acclaimed television events, showcased each of the songs judged on the basis of their cultural impact and which resonate in the American heritage as an enduring legacy for most Americans. 

The 100 were chosen from 400 nominees.  The earliest film to have its song included on the list was the 1932 classic “Love Me Tonight” with the song “Isn’t It Romantic” sung by Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.  The most recent film “Chicago” made it with “All That Jazz” sung by Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellweger.

The following is the entire list of winning songs.

The Honorees Are...

 

#

SONG

MOVIE

YEAR

1

Over the Rainbow

WIZARD OF OZ, THE

1939

2

As Time Goes By

CASABLANCA

1942

3

Singin' in the Rain

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

1952

4

Moon River

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

1961

5

White Christmas

HOLIDAY INN

1942

6

Mrs. Robinson

GRADUATE, THE

1967

7

When You Wish Upon A Star

PINOCCHIO

1940

8

Way We Were, The

THE WAY WE WERE

1973

9

Stayin' Alive

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

1977

10

Sound of Music, The

SOUND OF MUSIC, THE

1965

11

Man That Got Away, The

STAR IS BORN, A

1954

12

Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend

GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES

1953

13

People

FUNNY GIRL

1968

14

My Heart Will Go On

TITANIC

1997

15

Cheek to Cheek

TOP HAT

1935

16

Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)

STAR IS BORN, A

1976

17

I Could Have Danced All Night

MY FAIR LADY

1964

18

Cabaret

CABARET

1972

19

Some Day My Prince Will Come

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

1937

20

Somewhere

WEST SIDE STORY

1961

21

Jailhouse Rock

JAILHOUSE ROCK

1957

22

Everybody's Talkin'

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

1969

23

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

1969

24

Ol' Man River

SHOW BOAT

1936

25

High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin)

HIGH NOON

1952

26

Trolley Song, The

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

1944

27

Unchained Melody

GHOST

1990

28

Some Enchanted Evening

SOUTH PACIFIC

1958

29

Born To Be Wild

EASY RIDER

1969

30

Stormy Weather

STORMY WEATHER

1943

31

Theme from New York, New York

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

1977

32

I Got Rhythm

AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN

1951

33

Aquarius

HAIR

1979

34

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

SHALL WE DANCE

1937

35

America

WEST SIDE STORY

1961

36

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

MARY POPPINS

1964

37

Swinging on a Star

GOING MY WAY

1944

38

Theme from Shaft

SHAFT

1971

39

Days of Wine and Roses

DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES

1963

40

Fight the Power

DO THE RIGHT THING

1989

41

New York, New York

ON THE TOWN

1949

42

Luck Be A Lady

GUYS AND DOLLS

1955

43

Way You Look Tonight, The

SWING TIME

1936

44

Wind Beneath My Wings

BEACHES

1988

45

That's Entertainment

BAND WAGON, THE

1953

46

Don't Rain On My Parade

FUNNY GIRL

1968

47

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

SONG OF THE SOUTH

1947

48

Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)

MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, THE

1956

49

Make 'Em Laugh

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

1952

50

Rock Around the Clock

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE

1955

51

Fame

FAME

1980

52

Summertime

PORGY AND BESS

1959

53

Goldfinger

GOLDFINGER

1964

54

Shall We Dance

KING AND I, THE

1956

55

Flashdance...What a Feeling

FLASHDANCE

1983

56

Thank Heaven for Little Girls

GIGI

1958

57

Windmills of Your Mind, The

THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE

1968

58

Gonna Fly Now

ROCKY

1976

59

Tonight

WEST SIDE STORY

1961

60

It Had to Be You

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

1989

61

Get Happy

SUMMER STOCK

1950

62

Beauty and the Beast

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

1991

63

Thanks for the Memory

BIG BROADCAST OF 1938, THE

1938

64

My Favorite Things

SOUND OF MUSIC, THE

1965

65

I Will Always Love You

BODYGUARD, THE

1992

66

Suicide is Painless

M*A*S*H

1970

67

Nobody Does it Better

SPY WHO LOVED ME, THE

1977

68

Streets of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA

1993

69

On the Good Ship Lollipop

BRIGHT EYES

1934

70

Summer Nights

GREASE

1978

71

Yankee Doodle Boy, The

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

1942

72

Good Morning

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

1952

73

Isn't it Romantic?

LOVE ME TONIGHT

1932

74

Rainbow Connection

MUPPET MOVIE, THE

1979

75

Up Where We Belong

OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, AN

1982

76

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

1944

77

Shadow of Your Smile, The

SANDPIPER, THE

1965

78

9 To 5

9 TO 5

1980

79

Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

ARTHUR

1981

80

Springtime for Hitler

PRODUCERS, THE

1968

81

I'm Easy

NASHVILLE

1975

82

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

WIZARD OF OZ, THE

1939

83

Rose, The

ROSE, THE

1979

84

Put the Blame on Mame

GILDA

1946

85

Come What May

MOULIN ROUGE!

2001

86

(I've Had) The Time of My Life

DIRTY DANCING

1987

87

Buttons and Bows

PALEFACE, THE

1948

88

Do Re Mi

SOUND OF MUSIC, THE

1965

89

Puttin' on the Ritz

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

1974

90

Seems Like Old Times

ANNIE HALL

1977

91

Let the River Run

WORKING GIRL

1988

92

Long Ago and Far Away

COVER GIRL

1944

93

Lose Yourself

8 MILE

2002

94

Ain't Too Proud to Beg

BIG CHILL, THE

1983

95

(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco

ROAD TO MOROCCO

1942

96

Footloose

FOOTLOOSE

1984

97

42nd Street

42nd STREET

1933

98

All That Jazz

CHICAGO

2002

99

Hakuna Matata

LION KING, THE

1994

100

Old Time Rock and Roll

RISKY BUSINESS

1983

 

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