Because this The Academy Awards will feature a noticeable lack of music come Sunday, we felt it was only right to celebrate some of the greatest songs experienced on the big screen. Whether originally recorded for the cinema or simply a shared favorite of a fictional character, behold our list of Unofficial Popdust Oscar Contenders. And the winners are...
1. "INDEPENDENT WOMEN, PART 1" -- DESTINY'S CHILD (CHARLIE'S ANGELS)
For any fan of pop and R&B in the late '90s and early aughts, DC was more important to female history than any iteration of the Charlie's Angels franchise. A feminist anthem about buying one's own shoes, bling and cars taught young girls not only to want to make their own money, but to be able to sing about it as well. Teach us how to do it all, ladies. We're hanging at your every word to this day.
2. "ROLLIN' WITH MY HOMIES" -- COOLIO (CLUELESS)
The ballad of Elton and Tai's failed romance also comes with a built-in dance routine that's always applicable to party situations. Just stay clear of any flying shoes and be wary of those who want to play "Suck and Blow."
3. "NEW SLANG" -- THE SHINS (GARDEN STATE)
In retrospect, Zach Braff's directorial debut may not have been as formative as it intended, but it certainly represented the feeling of a new generation, supported by its killer soundtrack. Heed Natalie Portman's warning; this song will change your life.
4. "MISS MISERY" -- ELLIOTT SMITH (GOOD WILL HUNTING)
5. "THE ROCKAFELLER SKANK" -- FATBOY SLIM (SHE'S ALL THAT)
High school can be dramatic, but no matter how complex a mistaken identity case or how high the stakes of a prom night bet, there's always time to perform a choreographed dance routine in formal wear. Usher the DJ commands it!
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6. "SLOW RIDE" -- FOGHAT (DAZED AND CONFUSED)
Richard Linklater's 1993 film gets older every year, and yet its characters and classic soundtrack stays the same age. Who's heading out to get Aerosmith tickets with us tomorrow?
7. "SHOUT (PARTS 1 AND 2)" -- THE ISLEY BROTHERS (ANIMAL HOUSE)
It's not just Faber, Dartmouth or colleges in general that rely on this song to get their parties going. Anyone with a pulse—and a few drinks in their system—has a hard time resisting proving just how "softer" they can go.
8. "HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP" -- THREE SIX MAFIA (HUSTLE & FLOW)
With Taraji P. Henson on the hook, Three Six Mafia helped create a catchy anthem for this grimy Memphis tale, taking home a Oscar for Best Original Song and finding something to hold over Brad Pitt for years to come.
9. "YOU ALWAYS HURT THE ONE YOU LOVE" -- THE MILLS BROTHERS (BLUE VALENTINE)
Allan Robers and Doris Fisher's standard has been recorded by many artists over the years, including Connie Francis and Ringo Starr, but perhaps none will be as memorable than that of a leather jacket-wearing Ryan Gosling on ukulele in 2010's Blue Valentine. The film's draining look at a disintegrating relationship gets a momentary respite from complete struggle thanks to Gosling's warbled crooning and Michelle Williams' impromptu tap dance. Aw, they were so sweet together! "Were" being the operative word, of course.
10. "HERE COMES YOUR MAN" -- PIXIES ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER)
Driven to sing karaoke by the powers of alcohol and Zooey Deschanel's feminine persuasions, Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers a gritty, drunken and completely adorable version of the Pixies' original. It's almost like he's done this before...
Will you be listening to classic soundtracks as your Oscar pre-game? What are your favorite songs from movies? Let us know in the comments below.