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The Best Rock n Roll Movie Songs

From Getty Images. Photo by Kevin Winter.

Last week, a British survey crowned the theme from “Star Wars” as the greatest movie song of all time.  With all due respect to “Star Wars”, we all know the pinnacle of musical movie moments occurred in 1983, when a young and perky Phoebe Cates emerged from the pool in the classic film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” to the tune of “Moving in Stereo” by the Cars.  Doesn’t anybody knock anymore?

Of course, no list of rockin’ movie songs is complete without mentioning Wayne and Garth’s epic performance of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in “Wayne’s World” while rolling down the street in Wayne’s bitchin’ ’76 AMC Pacer.  And who could forget Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” inspiring Rocky Balboa’s upset victory over Clubber Lang in “Rocky III”?

When you’re ready to go “full Swayze”, I strongly recommend the the highly underrated 1991 surfer flick “Point Break”.  In spite of Keanu Reeves’ cheesy performance as Special Agent Johnny Utah, their is no denying the unadulterated awesomeness of Ratt’s “Nobody Rides for Free” as Bhodi makes his final ride into the deadly waves of Bells Beach, Australia.

Rounding out my personal Top 5 is former Eagles guitarist Don Felder’s contribution to the  1981 cartoon cult classic “Heavy Metal”.  For children of my generation, this was our first exposure to animated nudity.  Watching those smokin’ hot cartoon babes take a ride on heavy metal still puts my Loc-Nar in orbit.

Honorable mention to Rob Corrdry’s hilarious version of Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” in “Hot Tub Time Machine” and my favorite guilty pleasure, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park”.  Arguably the worst movie of all time, “Kiss Meets the Phantom” is awesomely awful.  We all knew Paul Stanley was the “Starchild”, but who knew he could shoot lazers out of his eyeballs?  Good question, Cat Man. What do you compute, Space Ace?


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