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Stuffmagazine.com's 'Songs That Remind Us of Movies'

February 16th, 2007 12:31pm EST
Pulp FictionFor us, certain songs will always be linked to the movies in which they appeared. In some cases that's a good thing - you will never be able to hear Misirlou by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones without thinking of Pulp Fiction again, will you? In others, the memory isn't so good: I Say a Little Prayer by Dionne Warwick was featured in My Best Friend's Wedding. Unfortunately it was sung by the cast. Here are Stuffmagazine.com's songs that will always be connected to a film, for better or worse:

Dirty DancingSong: (I've Had) The Time of My Life, by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Movie: Dirty Dancing
Patrick Swayze always does the last dance of the season, and that year was no exception. We don't know exactly why we've seen this movie as many times as we have, but every time we hear the song from the last scene we get the urge to fluff our hair, put on some very tight black clothes and swing a pre–nose job Jennifer Grey around like a burly German Olympian in the hammer throw.

Pulp FictionSong: Misirlou, by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
Movie: Pulp Fiction
Probably the most obvious of all the songs on the list, this one was a surf cult classic before Tarantino ever laid his neurotic little ears on it. Now it serves as a reminder of how long it's been since John Travolta became the captain of the lame police.

Song: Corona, by Minutemen
Movie: Jackass: The Movie (and TV show)
The twangy guitar intro and quirky rhythm have become synonymous with Knoxville and the gang's wacky antics. But before that it was an ode to the band's favorite clearish-yellow brew. For those of you who aren't familiar with Minutemen, they were a California-based punk/hardcore band that sounded a lot like Hüsker Dü. They had a singer and lyrics and everything!

Napoleon DynamiteSong: Canned Heat (Music Video), by Jamiroquai
Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Unless you're a fan of Euro-soul-jazz, or you really liked that crappy Virtual Insanity (Music Video) song, you probably didn't really know this song before Napoleon did his dance. Now, no high school talent show or lame Halloween party can take place without this scene being reenacted. At least it keeps Jamiroquai in silly hat money.

Song: Unchained Melody, by The Righteous Brothers
Movie: Ghost
It only took Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore the length of this song to further prove that there's absolutely nothing sexy about making pottery.

Song: I Say a Little Prayer, by Dionne Warwick
Movie: My Best Friend's Wedding
There are a few reasons we think of this movie when we hear this song. The first is because they sing the song in the movie. The second is because they're both extremely s$%#y.

AnchormanSong: Afternoon Delight, by Starland Vocal Band
Movie: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Ron Burgundy truly made us understand what love was like. And Steve Carell really impressed us with his ability to hit the girlish high notes. On a side note, you might also remember this one from PCU when Jeremy Piven (who mysteriously had less hair than he does now) used it to torture a party full of sticks in the mud. Oh, and it was pretty darn funny on Arrested Development, too.

For the complete list (with videos!), check out Stuffmagazine.com's article here.