AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10
 
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AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10

Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI's 100 Years…100 Songs is a list of the top 100 songs in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute June 22, 2004 in a CBS special hosted by John Travolta, who appeared in two films honored by the list, Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Most recognized films[edit]

Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music and West Side Story are tied for the most recognition, with three songs each on the list. The Wizard of Oz, A Star Is Born (#11 from the 1954 version and #16 from the 1976 version), Funny Girl, and Meet Me in St. Louis all have two entries.

Most recognized stars[edit]

Judy Garland (who is also listed in first place for "Over the Rainbow") and Gene Kelly are tied for the most appearances, with five songs each. Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Marni Nixon, and Barbra Streisand follow with four songs each. All of the songs performed by both Astaire and Streisand are ranked within the top fifty of the list, though Astaire was co-credited for three out of his four songs listed, while Streisand performed all four of her songs listed by herself.

The list[edit]

#SongFilmYearPerformer(s)
1"Over the Rainbow"The Wizard of Oz1939Judy Garland
2"As Time Goes By"Casablanca1942Dooley Wilson
3"Singin' in the Rain"Singin' in the Rain1952Gene Kelly
4"Moon River"Breakfast at Tiffany's1961Audrey Hepburn
5"White Christmas"Holiday Inn1942Bing Crosby
6"Mrs. Robinson"The Graduate1967Simon & Garfunkel
7"When You Wish upon a Star"Pinocchio1940Cliff Edwards (as Jiminy Cricket)
8"The Way We Were"The Way We Were1973Barbra Streisand
9"Stayin' Alive"Saturday Night Fever1977The Bee Gees
10"The Sound of Music"The Sound of Music1965Julie Andrews
11"The Man That Got Away"A Star Is Born1954Judy Garland
12"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes1953Marilyn Monroe
13"People"Funny Girl1968Barbra Streisand
14"My Heart Will Go On"Titanic1997Celine Dion
15"Cheek to Cheek"Top Hat1935Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
16"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)"A Star Is Born1976Barbra Streisand
17"I Could Have Danced All Night"My Fair Lady1964Marni Nixon (dubbing Audrey Hepburn)
18"Cabaret"Cabaret1972Liza Minnelli
19"Someday My Prince Will Come"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs1937Adriana Caselotti (as Snow White)
20"Somewhere"West Side Story1961Jimmy Bryant, Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood)
21"Jailhouse Rock"Jailhouse Rock1957Elvis Presley
22"Everybody's Talkin'"Midnight Cowboy1969Harry Nilsson
23"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid1969B.J. Thomas
24"Ol' Man River"Show Boat1936Paul Robeson
25"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')"High Noon1952Tex Ritter
26"The Trolley Song"Meet Me in St. Louis1944Judy Garland
27"Unchained Melody"Ghost1990The Righteous Brothers
28"Some Enchanted Evening"South Pacific1958Giorgio Tozzi
29"Born to Be Wild"Easy Rider1969Steppenwolf
30"Stormy Weather"Stormy Weather1943Lena Horne
31"Theme from New York, New York"New York, New York1977Liza Minnelli
32"I Got Rhythm"An American in Paris1951Gene Kelly
33"Aquarius"Hair1979Ren Woods, Ensemble
34"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"Shall We Dance1937Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
35"America"West Side Story1961Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Ensemble
36"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"Mary Poppins1964Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Ensemble
37"Swinging on a Star"Going My Way1944Bing Crosby
38"Theme from Shaft"Shaft1971Isaac Hayes, Chorus
39"Days of Wine and Roses"Days of Wine and Roses1962Chorus
40"Fight the Power"Do the Right Thing1989Public Enemy
41"New York, New York"On the Town1949Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin
42"Luck Be a Lady"Guys and Dolls1955Marlon Brando, Ensemble
43"The Way You Look Tonight"Swing Time1936Fred Astaire
44"Wind Beneath My Wings"Beaches1988Bette Midler
45"That's Entertainment"The Band Wagon1953Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant
46"Don't Rain on My Parade"Funny Girl1968Barbra Streisand
47"Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"Song of the South1947James Baskett
48"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)"The Man Who Knew Too Much1956Doris Day
49"Make 'Em Laugh"Singin' in the Rain1952Donald O'Connor
50"Rock Around the Clock"Blackboard Jungle1955Bill Haley and His Comets
51"Fame"Fame1980Irene Cara
52"Summertime"Porgy and Bess1959Loulie Jean Norman
53"Goldfinger"Goldfinger1964Shirley Bassey
54"Shall We Dance?"The King and I1956Marni Nixon (dubbing Deborah Kerr), Yul Brynner
55"Flashdance... What a Feeling"Flashdance1983Irene Cara
56"Thank Heaven for Little Girls"Gigi1958Maurice Chevalier
57"The Windmills of Your Mind"The Thomas Crown Affair1968Noel Harrison
58"Gonna Fly Now"Rocky1976DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford
59"Tonight"West Side Story1961Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood), Jimmy Bryant
60"It Had to Be You"When Harry Met Sally...1989Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr.
61"Get Happy"Summer Stock1950Judy Garland
62"Beauty and the Beast"Beauty and the Beast1991Angela Lansbury (as Mrs. Potts)
63"Thanks for the Memory"The Big Broadcast of 19381938Bob Hope, Shirley Ross
64"My Favorite Things"The Sound of Music1965Julie Andrews
65"I Will Always Love You"The Bodyguard1992Whitney Houston
66"Suicide Is Painless"MASH1970Johnny Mandel
67"Nobody Does It Better"The Spy Who Loved Me1977Carly Simon
68"Streets of Philadelphia"Philadelphia1993Bruce Springsteen
69"On the Good Ship Lollipop"Bright Eyes1934Shirley Temple
70"Summer Nights"Grease1978John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
71"(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy"Yankee Doodle Dandy1942James Cagney
72"Good Morning"Singin' in the Rain1952Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
73"Isn't It Romantic?"Love Me Tonight1932Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
74"Rainbow Connection"The Muppet Movie1979Jim Henson (as Kermit the Frog)
75"Up Where We Belong"An Officer and a Gentleman1982Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
76"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Meet Me in St. Louis1944Judy Garland
77"The Shadow of Your Smile"The Sandpiper1965Chorus
78"9 to 5"Nine to Five1980Dolly Parton
79"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"Arthur1981Christopher Cross
80"Springtime for Hitler"The Producers1968Ensemble
81"I'm Easy"Nashville1975Keith Carradine
82"Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead"The Wizard of Oz1939Ensemble
83"The Rose"The Rose1979Bette Midler
84"Put the Blame on Mame"Gilda1946Anita Ellis
85"Come What May"Moulin Rouge!2001Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
86"(I've Had) The Time of My Life"Dirty Dancing1987Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
87"Buttons and Bows"The Paleface1948Bob Hope
88"Do Re Mi"The Sound of Music1965Julie Andrews, Ensemble
89"Puttin' On the Ritz"Young Frankenstein1974Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle
90"Seems Like Old Times"Annie Hall1977Diane Keaton
91"Let the River Run"Working Girl1988Carly Simon
92"Long Ago (and Far Away)"Cover Girl1944Gene Kelly, Martha Mears (dubbing Rita Hayworth)
93"Lose Yourself"8 Mile2002Eminem
94"Ain't Too Proud to Beg"The Big Chill1983Temptations
95"(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco"Road to Morocco1942Bing Crosby, Bob Hope
96"Footloose"Footloose1984Kenny Loggins
97"42nd Street"42nd Street1933Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ensemble
98"All That Jazz"Chicago2002Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger
99"Hakuna Matata"The Lion King1994Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams
100"Old Time Rock and Roll"Risky Business1983Bob Seger

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