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"Over the Rainbow" named best movie song.("As Time Goes By" from Casablanca #2)
News.Com.AU ^ | June 23, 2004 | David Germain

Posted on 06/23/2004 7:33:12 AM PDT by yankeedame

Over the Rainbow top song

By David Germain in Los Angeles
June 23, 2004

THERE'S no song like Over the Rainbow - the wistful ditty sung by Kansas farm girl Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz has a topped the American Film Institute's list of 100 best movie songs.

In second place on the list, released today, is the song that sparked a thousand clichés, As Time Goes By from Casablanca. In third place was the title tune from Singin' in the Rain.

Oh me, Oh my... Over the Rainbow still rocks / File

Over the Rainbow, sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 musical fantasy, was picked as the top song in US cinema by about 1,500 actors, filmmakers, writers, critics and others in Hollywood.

"It deserves it. It's one of the great, great songs. Judy Garland, the emotion in that song. It gives me chills whenever I hear it," said songwriter Burt Bacharach.

Mr Bacharach was represented on the list for co-writing Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (No 23) from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (No 79) from Arthur.

In 2001, Garland's Over the Rainbow (and Bing Crosby's White Christmas ) also topped the 365 Songs of the Century selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Two songs each from The Sound of Music (My Favourite Things at No 64 and Do Re Mi at No 88) and Singin' in the Rain (Make 'Em Laugh at No 49 and Good Morning at No 72) both made the list. West Side Story also landed three songs: Somewhere (No 20), America (No 35) and Tonight (No 59).

Chosen from 400 nominees, the list was announced in the CBS television special AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs, the institute's latest countdown to promote US film history.

The show's host was John Travolta, star of Saturday Night Fever and Grease, whose Summer Nights came in at No 70.

"A list like this really drives people back to rediscover or discover these movies," Jean Picker Firstenburg, the institute's director, said.

"It's about older generations revisiting them and younger generations finding them for the first time."

Past specials presented such lists as the best 100 American movies, comedies, screen legends and love stories. AFI leaders had been mulling a list of best movie songs for years.

"It's an idea we've had floating around since the beginning," said Bob Gazzale, who produces the AFI specials. "Movies and music are so obviously linked at the heart, really."

"I think this list is about music that has made its way into daily lives, rather than an assessment of what's great," said Jennifer Warnes, who sang two duets that made the list, Up Where We Belong (No 75) from An Officer and a Gentleman and (I've Had) The Time of My Life (No 86) from Dirty Dancing.

"The reason why my songs made it there is that they're used. I still hear Up Where we Belong when I'm at the store buying frozen peas, and it makes me happier to be buying frozen peas."

The earliest song to make the list was Isn't It Romantic (No 73), sung by Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald in 1932's Love Me Tonight. The newest came from 2002 with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger's rendition of All That Jazz (No 98) from Chicago and Eminem's Lose Yourself (No 93) from 8 Mile.

The AFI's Top Ten Songs

1. Over the Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz, 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, The Graduate, 1967.

7. When You Wish Upon a Star, Pinocchio, 1940.

8. The Way We Were, The Way We Were, 1973.

9. Stayin' Alive, Saturday Night Fever, 1977.

10. The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music, 1965.

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To: rintense

Nothing from "Carousel" and nothing from "Oklahoma" and far too many Streisand songs.

In the opinion of this Rodgers and Hammerstein fan, "Bali Ha'i" is the best song in "South Pacific."

101 posted on 06/23/2004 5:23:57 PM PDT by EllaMinnow ("President Reagan has left us, but he has left us stronger and better." President George W. Bush)
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To: Xenalyte

Special special. What the heck is short-bus special, anyway?

102 posted on 06/23/2004 5:31:00 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Tribune7

You remember the kids who used to come to school on the short bus . . .

103 posted on 06/23/2004 5:32:55 PM PDT by Xenalyte (This dog bite me.)
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To: Xenalyte

Oh. Then exceptional special.

104 posted on 06/23/2004 5:36:39 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: redlipstick

Nothing from Camelot, nothing from Gypsy, and the classic "Wish Me a Rainbow....." For that matter, "The Sweetheart Tree" from "The Great Race," (oh for the days of Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood).

105 posted on 06/23/2004 5:38:20 PM PDT by snickeroon
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This list is a moist, fresh, mushy, steaming lump of bullsh!t. On a scorching concrete slab. In mid-July. Around 2PM.

106 posted on 06/23/2004 5:42:52 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (What's the difference between George W. Bush and Bill Clinton? Bush prays, Clinton PREYS!!!)
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To: Dark Knight

I never knew that, and guess what. I DO have that DVD. I guess I should watch it. Thanks.

107 posted on 06/23/2004 6:44:20 PM PDT by Softballmom
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To: yankeedame
I vote for Twist Around the Clock from, guess the title of the movie?!

No, you're wrong, it was Twist Around the Clock!

108 posted on 06/23/2004 6:48:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Consort; BibChr
I thought "Oompa Loompa" (from Wilie Wonka) would win it.

Agree! Agree!!

109 posted on 06/23/2004 6:53:29 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog (~Just married~)
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To: HairOfTheDog


110 posted on 06/23/2004 7:01:11 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: oyez

There ought to be at least half a dozen Fred Astaire songs on the list. "The Way you Look Tonight," "Face the Music and Dance," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," off the top of my head.

111 posted on 06/23/2004 7:07:02 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson (Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh/Loves John Kerry so vote him in!)
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To: yankeedame
And then there was...

112 posted on 06/23/2004 7:12:33 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Softballmom

Tell me what you think, after you have seen. I think it was haunting, and probably would scare the ... out of little kids.


113 posted on 06/23/2004 8:25:42 PM PDT by Dark Knight
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To: yankeedame
AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Skies are Blue and the Dreams That You Dare to Dream Really Do Come True" -Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), THE WIZARD OF OZ

The American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the top movie songs of all time in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs three-hour special television event hosted by John Travolta. Having contributed to the list himself-his dance moves helped SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'S Stayin' Alive disco its way into a Top 10 spot and he made his own way onto the final list with his performance of GREASE'S Summer Nights-Travolta was a natural representative for 100 years of American movie music.

In the venerated #1 spot was Judy Garland's soulful and iconic rendition of Over the Rainbow from the beloved family classic, THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Nabbing the rest of the top spots were classics of every kind-from timeless favorites of yesteryear to contemporary tunes-including As Time Goes By (CASABLANCA), Singin' In The Rain (SINGIN' IN THE RAIN), Moon River (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S), White Christmas (HOLIDAY INN/WHITE CHRISTMAS), Mrs. Robinson (THE GRADUATE), When You Wish Upon a Star (PINOCCHIO), The Way We Were (THE WAY WE WERE), Stayin' Alive (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER) and The Sound of Music (THE SOUND OF MUSIC).

The Honorees Are...

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

The Criteria

The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria while making their selections:

- Feature-Length Fiction Film: The film must be in narrative format, typically more than 60 minutes in length.

- American Film: The film must be in the English language with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States.

- Song: Music and lyrics featured in an American film that set a tone or mood, define character, advance plot and/or express the film's themes in a manner that elevates the moving image art form. Songs may have been written and/or recorded specifically for the film or previously written and/or recorded and selected by the filmmaker to achieve the above goals.

- Cultural Impact: Songs that have captured the nation's heart, echoed beyond the walls of a movie theater, and ultimately stand in our collective memory of the film itself.

- Legacy: Songs that resonate across the century, enriching America's film heritage and captivating artists and audiences today.



I checked out JimRob's list of publications/articles that need to be excerpted and didn't find AFI on that list, hence this 100-song list is saved for posterity....

Jim Robinson's Master List Of Articles To Be Excerpted

FReegards from Toronto...
114 posted on 06/24/2004 7:15:55 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
What!?!?! "Big Bottoms" from This Is Spinal Tap didn't make the list? An outrage!

...And no "Sex Farm"??? This last has no credibility with me.
115 posted on 06/24/2004 7:30:41 AM PDT by itsamelman (40: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." 42: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman")
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To: yankeedame

"Any Way You Want It" by Journey used in the movie Caddyshack

116 posted on 06/24/2004 7:34:08 AM PDT by petercooper (In the end, the Democrats are really just a herd of jackasses.)
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To: itsamelman

I know! "Sex Farm" is a sophisticated look at sex...on a farm.

117 posted on 06/24/2004 9:38:14 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: itsamelman
...And no "Sex Farm"??? This last has no credibility with me.

I loved "This is Spinal Tap". Hilarious movie, and I loved the part where Nigel talks about the amp going to "11".

On a serious note, the Theme from Braveheart was a glaring ommission. That is such a beautiful and haunting tune.

118 posted on 06/24/2004 9:42:11 AM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: LisaMalia

[Nigel is playing a soft piece on the piano]

Marty DiBergi: It's very pretty.

Nigel Tufnel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...

Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?

Nigel Tufnel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump."

119 posted on 06/24/2004 10:01:30 AM PDT by itsamelman (40: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." 42: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman")
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan
"What!?!?! "Big Bottoms" from This Is Spinal Tap didn't make the list? An outrage!"

Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about mud flaps
My gal's got 'em.
Big bottom
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?

120 posted on 06/24/2004 10:07:57 AM PDT by itsamelman (40: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." 42: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman")
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