Some of the best love songs ever written and performed have become famous after being featured in a movie. Viewers go home from the theater humming certain songs and before long it can be heard multiple times a day on the radio. The following list of movie love songs are some of the all-time favorites of movie goers everywhere.
9. (I've Had) The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing) – The theme song and noted particularly for being played for the final dance scene, this song was first composed in 1987 and is the work of Franke Previte, John DeNicola, and Donald Markowitz. The song has won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song”.
8. Can You Feel The Love Tonight? (The Lion King) – Elton John’s amazing talent as both a songwriter and performer, along with the beautiful lyrics of Tim Rice, made this song one of the best known in the Disney smash hit The Lion King. This song has gone on to be performed as part of live stage performances of The Lion King. It also received “Best Original Song” at the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards, with Elton John receiving the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
7. Falling Slowly (Once) – Featured in the 2007 movie ‘Once’ this song was not only written and composed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová but also performed by the pair in Dublin’s Walton’s Music Shop. The song won Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards. Irglová has been recorded as saying that the song is about hope, something that connects us all.
6. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (Armageddon) – Performed by rock band Aerosmith, Liv Tyler, daughter of lead singer Steven Tyler, starred in the movie. Arguably Aerosmith’s greatest hit, the song hit number one of charts in several countries. Although nominated for the Best Original Song Academy Award it was not the winner.
5. I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard) – Sung by the now-deceased Whitney Houston, this song was written by and originally performed by Dolly Parton, but gained new popularity in The Bodyguard. Parton hit number 1 with the song twice, making Houston’s version the third time the song topped the charts, making it the best-selling single by a female vocalist in music history.
4. In Your Eyes (Say Anything) – This song has been featured in a number of great movies, but the most notable is Say Anything in the scene where Lloyd Dobler attempts to win his ex-girlfriend back by playing the song on a boombox outside her bedroom window. Performed by English rock legend Peter Gabriel, the song is believed to have been inspired by Rosanna Arquette and gave Gabriel his first gold single in the U.S.A.
3. Iris (City of Angels) – Performed by Goo Goo Dolls, Iris was the most played song on radio in 1998. The song made Rolling Stone magazines 100 Greatest Pop Songs list and went platinum in 2008, 10 years after it first became popular. It is thought that Goo Goo Dolls can attribute a lot of their subsequent success to the release of Iris and City of Angels.
2. My Heart Will go On (Titanic) – Celine Dion’s incredible voice sings this timeless song in one of the saddest love story movies of all time. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet play the roles of the two young people who hopelessly fall in love but are destined to lose each other when the mighty ship meets its demise. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song, just one of many awards given to this beautiful love song.
1. Unchained Melody (Ghost) – The late Patrick Swayze stars in ghost form alongside Demi Moore, his widow. The song was originally written for the movie Unchained back in 1955 and has been made famous by The Righteous Brothers. While the song has been recorded by a large number of artists since its first release The Righteous Brothers version is still the most popular today. It certainly has earned its place as the number one favorite movie love song of all time, beating out some very stiff competition.