The Jukebox: Movie Songs

Welcome to The Jukebox, your Friday fix of the best music new and old. Each week, a six-strong panel of Hercules Moments contributors will recommend their favourite tracks for you to soundtrack your weekend to, in a playlist centred around a chosen theme.

This week... MOVIE SONGS

The National - About Today (Warrior)

This is a beautiful song in it's own right, but it is set perfectly to the pacing of the pivotal sce
ne in this movie. It sums up all the movie's central themes and tensions of trying to overcome old wounds that can tear apart people who love each other.
James MacKinnon

Badly Drawn Boy - Something to Talk About (About a Boy)

I love that the whole soundtrack to About a Boy was written for the film. It's a lovely acoustic, mellow soundtrack wit
h this being one of the best and most well-known songs. It has a wonderfully gentle and catchy rhythm and sweet, clever lyrics sung in a smooth and somewhat soothing male vocal. Far from being one of my favourite songs from a movie, this is one of my favourite songs of all time.
Emma Wright

Glen Hansard - Say It To Me Now (Once)

What happens when the Bass player from The Frames directs a film starring the singer from the Frames? Well it leads to Oscar success an
d that film being adapted into a Tony Award winning musical. It would be obvious for me to pick Falling Slowly, the song that brought home the Oscar, but its Glen Hansard's melancholic, angst driven heart break song Say It To Me Now that really strikes a chord, sets the hairs on the back of your neck on end, and bring a tear to the eye. Glen has been known to unplug his guitar and mic on stage to perform this belter just as it is in the film.
Tim Courtney

Godspeed You! Black Emperor- East Hastings (28 Days Later)

What better way to soundtrack a zombie apocalypse than with music from Montreal post-rock heroes, Godspeed You! Black Emperor. A truly chilling piece that fits the isolation and desperation of the film perfectly.
David Officer

Hans Zimmer - The Beach Song (True Romance)
This song is from my all-time favourite film. It's one of the happiest pieces of music ever, and I know it sounds really cheesy, but it fills my heart with warmth and makes my tummy all fuzzy. It perfectly soundtracks the film, making the lovely moments even more charming.
Siobhan Hewison

Third Eye Blind - Jumper (Yes Man)
Kind of stretching the boundaries of the theme here, as it's not actually performed by the band, but Jim Carey delivers a brilliantly funny rendition of the song while trying to stop a man from jumping off a ledge. By the end of the rendition the whole crowd are singing along - policemen and firefighters included. While it may not be anywhere near as good as the original, the song is used to great (comic) effect in the film. 
Jareth Wolfe

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