On our sixth date, I was looking though Rick’s DVD collection and found  some of my favourite movies: CLUE, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN. I turned to him and asked, ‘Who else do you know who has Under The Tuscan Sun?’. “I love that movie!’, he said. So we watched it. It was at that moment I fell in love.

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Eight years later, we found ourselves driving though the Italian countryside. It was a July sunset, the windows were down in our cute little white VW rental, and the heat wave-infused air of the countryside had whipped our hair into a frenzy since leaving Rome earlier that morning. As we entered the Tuscany region, we drove over over a big hill revealing fields of golden sunflowers.  For real.  We were suddenly driving in a postcard.  I had made a playlist for this very moment, found it on my iPhone, and pressed play. Rick recognized the soundtrack right away, laughed, and called me a cheesehead. It was a movie moment for the soundtrack of our lives.

We all have a favourite movie or two.. or twelve that we will watch over an over and over. Each time we find some new detail or fall asleep on the couch at the exact same moment. These movies have special narratives or character qualities that speak to us, reflecting who we are or the values we hold. These movies often come with amazing soundtracks with song favorites that last a lifetime. It is when we recall them, we can recall some amazing memories of friends and family and loved ones.


So, this edition of ART STUDIO PLAYLIST is dedicated to movie soundtracks. There are instrumental movie themes, songs made famous by movies, and movie moments which just wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for the music. I’ve tried to include some really famous stuff that you’ll recognize right away, and some not so familiar songs from some not so familiar movies. I’ve included everything from Yello’s OH YEAH, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, to SOME WHERE MY LOVE (Laura’s Theme) from Doctor Zhivago to a French cover of David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel by Seu Jeorge from Life Aquatic. What I did not include are songs from movie musicals. I was thinking of making one of those for the fall when the weather gets cool. Sound good?

Feel free to click on the media player above to hear the songs in sequence as I’ve arranged them, or root though the music below to listen to the ones you like.


  1. Twenty One Pilots: Heathens (Suicide Squad)
  2. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Girls Just Want To Have Fun)
  3. Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur – Classic man – (Moonlight)
  4. The Ronettes – Be My Baby (Dirty Dancing)
  5. Original cast recording – I Will Follow Him (Sister Act)
  6. Irene Cara What A Feeling (Flashdance)
  7. Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone (Top Gun)
  8. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet (White Chicks)
  9. House Of Pain – “Jump Around” (Mrs. Doubtfire)
  10. Queen – You’re My Best Friend (Peter’s Friends)
  11. Jamiroquai – Seven Days In Sunny June (Devil Wear Prada)
  12. The Arcade Fire – Wake Up (Where The Wild Things Are)
  13. Harry Belafonte Jr – Jump In The Line / Shake Senora (BeetleJuice)
  14. Kenny Loggins – Footloose (Footloose)
  15. Simple Minds- Don’t You Forget About Me (Breakfast Club)
  16. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling (Guardians of The Galaxy)
  17. Madonna – Into The Groove (Desperately Seeking Susan)
  18. Isaac Hayes: Shaft (Shaft)
  19. Halsey – I Walk The Line (Power Rangers)
  20. Dooley Wilson – As Time Goes By (Casablanca)
  21. Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn & Diane Keaton – You Don’t Own Me – First Wives Club
  22. David Bowie – Cat People (Cat People)
  23. Nino Rota – The Godfather Waltz (The Godfather)
  24. Radiohead – Nude (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)
  25. Gerard McMann – Cry Little Sister (The Lost Boys)
  26. Cyndi Lauper – ‘R’ Good Enough (The Goonies)
  27. Yello – OH YEAH (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  28. Sweet – Fox On The Run (Guardians of the Galaxy II)
  29. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (The Exorcist)
  30. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Mondo Bongo (Mr and Mrs. Smith)
  31. George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad To The Bone (Beverly Hills Chihuahua)
  32. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
  33. Bernard Herrmann- Twisted Nerve (Kill Bill)
  34. Nico- These Days (The Royal Tenenbaums)
  35. OMD- If You Leave (Pretty In Pink)
  36. Percy Faith & his Orchestra – A Summer Place (A Summer Place)
  37. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science (Weird Science)
  38. Ray Parker Jr. I’m not Affraid Of No Ghost (Ghostbusters)
  39. Daryl Hall & John Oates – You Make My Dreams (500 Days of Summer)
  40. Danny Elfman – Ice Dance (Edward Scissorhands)
  41. Jr Walker & Allstars – Shotgun (Malcolm X)
  42. The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday (The Royal Tenenbaums)
  43. R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly (Space Jam)
  44. The Kinks – This Time Tomorrow (The Darjeeling Limited)
  45. John Williams – The Raiders March (Raiders of the Lost Arc)
  46. Maureen McGovern – The Morning After (The Poseidon Adventure)
  47. Kermit the Frog – Rainbow Connection (The Muppets Movie)
  48. Goodie Mob – Cell Therapy (Moonlight)
  49. Cat Stevens Here comes my baby (Rushmore)
  50. Tone-Loc – Wild Thing (Angry Birds)
  51. The Wallflowers – I Started A Joke (Zoolander)
  52. Madonna – Who’s That Girl (Who’s That Girl)
  53. Iron and Wine – Sunset Soon Forgotten  (In Good Company)
  54. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (Men In Black)
  55. Kenny Loggins – I’m Alright (Caddyshack)
  56. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday Road (National Lampoon’s Vacation)
  57. David Foster – Love Theme (St. Elmo’s Fire)
  58. Karla DeVito – We are not alone (The Breakfast Club)
  59. Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away (Planes Trains & Aurtomobiles)
  60. Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang (Kill Bill)
  61. Michael Nyman – The Promise (The Piano)
  62. Arthur Smith – Dueling Banjos (Deliverance)
  63. Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – I’ve Had The Time Of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
  64. Benjamin Britten – Cuckoo  (Moonrise Kingdom)
  65. Irene Cara – I’m Gonna Live Forever (Fame!)
  66. Jimmy Bo Horne – Dance Across the Floor (City of Gold)
  67. The Greenhornes – There Is An End (Broken Flowers)
  68. Maurice Jarre – Somewhere My Love (Doctor Zhivago)
  69. Donovan – Jersey Thursday (Rushmore)
  70. The Paragons – Florence (Mean Streets)
  71. Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone – City of Stars (La La Land)
  72. Juice Newton – Angel Of The Morning (Deadpool)
  73. The Art of Noise – Paranoimia (Max Headroom)
  74. The Revillos – Rev-Up (Sixteen Candles)
  75. Max Richters – The Swimmer (Disconnected)
  76. Seu Jorge – Rebel Rebel (Life Aquatic)
  77. Alexandre Desplat – Kristofferson – (Fantastic Mr. Fox)
  78. Henry Mancini – A Shot in the Dark (The Pink Panther)
  79. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Daisy Daisy (The Theory of Everything)
  80. Salt_N-Pepa – Shoop (Deadpool)
  81. WHAM! – Young Guns (Go for It) (Sixteen Candles)
  82. Mark Mothersbaugh – Piranhas Are A Very Tricky Species (Rushmore)
  83. Perico Hernandez – Oye Como Va [Live at el Jefe] (Chef)
  84. Kevin Shields – City Girl (Lost In Translation)
  85. The Kinks – Powerman (The Darjeeling Limited)
  86. Eurythmics – Sex Crime (1984)
  87. Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now (Cool Runnings)
  88. Henry Mancini – The Pink Panther (The Pink Panther)
  89. Fine Arts Quartet – Ravel’s String Quartet in F major (The Royal Tenenbaums)
  90. Ruth Etting – You’re The Cream In My Coffee (Fantastic Beasts)
  91. DeVotchKa – Do You Think There’s A Heaven? (Little Miss Sunshine)
  92. John Williams – Love Theme (Superman)
  93. Henry Mancini – Professor Fate (The Great Race)
  94. The Creation – Making Time (Rushmore)
  95. Alex North – Main Title (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf)
  96. Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator (High Fidelity)
  97. The Dismasters – small time hustler (Uncle Buck)
  98. The Generationals – When They Fight They Fight (Edge of Seventeen
  99. Henry Mancini – The Village Inn (The Pink Panther)
  100. Annie Lennox – Everytime We Say Goodbye (Edward II)
  101. James Horner – The Wedding (Legends Of The Fall)
  102. Alexandre Desplat – The French Chef (Julie & Julia)
  103. Nouvelle Vague – Blister In The Sun (Bridesmaids)
  104. Devo – Gut Feeling (The Life Aquatic)
  105. Shirley Bassey – Goldfinger (Goldfinger)
  106. Dream Academy Please please please (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
  107. Hot Pants Road – The JB’s (City of Gold)
  108. Christophe Beck – Bramasole (Under The Tuscan Sun)
  109. Mark Mothersbaugh – Ned’s Theme (The Life Aquadic)
  110. Pete Rodriguez – I Like It Like That (Chef)
  111. John Morris – Step By Step (Clue)
  112. John Morris – Main Title / Trees to Dogs (Clue)
  113. Christophe Beck – Roma (Under The Tuscan Sun)
  114. OMD – Tesla Girls (Weird Science)
  115. Joe Kraemer – Good Evening, Mr. Hunt (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation)
  116. Q Feel – Dancing in Heaven (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)
  117. Hugh Harris – Rhythm of Life (Uncle Buck)
  118. John Barry – Pretty Busy (The Black Hole)
  119. Artie Shaw – Autumn Leaves (When Harry Met Sally)
  120. Jóhann Jóhannsson – Kangaru (Arrival)
  121. Henry Mancini – Moon River Cha Cha (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  122. Henry Mancini – Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
  123. Sister Carol – Wild Thing (Wild Thing)
  124. The Sandpipers – Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls)
  125. Celebration – Heartbreak (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)
  126. Henry Mancini – Latin Golightly )Breakfast at Tiffany’s) 
  127. Ennio Morricone –  Main Theme (Duck, You Sucker)
  128. Johnny Pate — Shaft In Africa (Shaft In Africa)
  129. George Fenton – Title Music (Clockwise)
  130. Georges Auric – Main Title (Roman Holiday)
  131. Malcolm Arnold & Buxton Orr – Main Title (Suddenly, Last Summer)

So…. What are your favourite movie scores or soundtracks? Leave me a message in the comments and I’ll try to listen to it.

Check back next month to get the ART STUDIO PLAYLIST for April. It’s dedicated to songs and music about spring.  It will be guaranteed to put a smile on your face and spring in your step. Cheers!