Sunday, August 30, 2015

And the best closing credits song is...?

The Awl has a listicle (list + article = listicle) considering the best movie closing credits songs. Was surprised that "I'm a Believer" from Shrek, "La Vida Loca" from Shrek 2 and "Beyond the Sea" from Finding Nemo weren't included. Was even more surprised that "Nobody Does it Better," the theme song to The Spy Who Loved Me, was used in the opening rather than closing credits. Your favorite?

And the best closing credits song is...?

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John Cusack in "High Fidelity," taking the outro up a notch.
John Cusack in "High Fidelity," taking the outro up a notch.

The Awl has a listicle (list + article = listicle) considering the best movie closing credits songs. (Hat tip, A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago) Was surprised that "I'm a Believer" from Shrek, "La Vida Loca" from Shrek 2 and "Beyond the Sea" from Finding Nemo weren't included. Was even more surprised when I checked that "Nobody Does it Better," the theme song to The Spy Who Loved Me, was used in the intro rather than outro credits.

Other personal faves that did not make The Awl's cut include: Stevie Wonder's "Beauty of the Land" from Jungle Fever, The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" in Love, Actually, "(Build Me Up) Buttercup" in There's Something About Mary, "I'll Be Seeing You" as the coda to Crimes and Misdemeanors and "We'll Meet Again" serving as the outro to Dr. Strangelove.

Tricky thing, choosing a great outro. Sometimes irony works (think "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" sung by the crucifixion chorus in The Life of Brian). Other times, the song amplifies the theme of the film, as "I Believe When I Fall in Love" sums up High Fidelity (pictured). Your nominees?

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