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Songs Written for the Movies That Became Hits

Sometimes some of our favorite songs come from movies.  A few weeks ago I put together a list of songs that were made famous by movies.  This week it’s hit songs that were written for the movie.

Take My Breath Away – Berlin

Top Gun



Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock wrote the song for the Top Gun Soundtrack. They approached the band Berlin to record the song.  Band founder John Crawford hated it because it wasn’t the sound of the band.  The label insisted and the rest is history.

The song won a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Original Song.


(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Dirty Dancing



The song was written by several people, Franke Previte wrote the lyrics to the song and the music waswritten by John DeNicola and Don Markowitz.

A more upbeat version of the song was used to film the finale of the movie (which was the first scene shot) however once the movie was completed it was the Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes version used and the song became a hit.


Footloose – Kenny Loggins




Kenny Loggins co-wrote the song and recorded the song for the movie.

I would consider Kenny Loggins the King of the Soundtracks, however this song is him most memorable.

Blake Shelton re-recorded the song for the 2011 remake of Footloose.


Circle of Life – Elton John

The Lion King



Elton John composed and recorded the song, Tim Rice wrote the lyrics.  In 1994, the song won and Academy Award.


(Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves



The music was by Michael Kamen and the lyrics by Mutt Lange and Bryan Adams (who recorded and performed the song).  In 1991, the song was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song.


Blaze of Glory – Jon Bon Jovi

Young Guns II



Emilio Estevez, who played Billy the Kid in the movie, wanted Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ for the movie.  However, Jon didn’t think the lyrics fit, so he wrote ‘Blaze of Glory’ for the movie.

This song was the first chart topper for Jon away from his band.

The song won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy award.


On the Darkside-Eddie and the Cruisers

Eddie and the Cruisers



John Cafferty, wrote ‘On the Darkside’ for the movie.  The movie and the song was a flop.  It wasn’t until HBO featured the movie on the channel and it became huge.


My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion




The song’s music was written by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings.  Celine Dion recorded the song and also featured it on her album ‘Let’s Talk About Love’

Celine was on the top of the list to recorded the song, but Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton also topped that list.  Houtson and Braxton could not fit the recording into their busy schedules so they passed.

Celine Dion did not want to record the song after hearing the original demo, but once it was rearranged it was her husband that convinced her to record the song.

The song went to the top of the charts all over the world.

The song won the Golden Globe (1998) and Academy Award (1997) for Best Original Song.  Celine dominated the Grammy in 1999 with the song.


Iris – Goo Goo Dolls

City of Angels



The song was written specifically for the movie by Johnny Reznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls.  It was also featured on the Goo Goo Dolls album, ‘Dizzy Up the Girl’.

The band popularity at the time was waning, but once the movie was released the bands popularity sky rocketed once again.

The band received Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.


Flashdance…What a Feeling – Irene Cara




The music for the song was written by Giorgio Moroder and the  lyrics were written by Keith Forsey and Irene Cara.

The song was featured in the opening of the movie.  If you take a listen the word Flashdance isn’t used in the song once.

The song won and Golden Globe and Academy Award in 1983 and also took home a Grammy in 1984.


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