As music fans, we don’t just watch movies, we listen for the music. We feel a song and allow it to intensify a scene for us. We pay as much attention to the words of the soundtrack as we do to the words of the script.
Who doesn’t remember Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” in Titanic? If you’ve seen My Best Friend’s Wedding, the first scene you can think of is the lunch table where they all sing “I Say a Little Prayer (For You).” One of the most unforgettable moments of Armageddon was when Aerosmith blared from the speakers with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (and now you’re craving animal crackers, right?). Each of these songs grew wings and soared to new heights due to their placement in some of our favorite films, and there are many country songs that have experienced the same route to success.
Here are some of Country Music #CMchat’s favorite country songs made famous by movies:
1. Garth Brooks – “When You Come Back to Me Again” from Frequency
Written by Garth Brooks and Jenny Yates specifically for Frequency, this song broke hearts around the world as people watched a father and son reconnect years after the father’s death through the waves of an old radio. Together the two accomplished the impossible. If you haven’t seen this movie, do not pass “Go,” do not collect $200. Head right to Netflix and watch it now. It will blow your mind and this song will do the same.
2. Trisha Yearwood – “How Do I Live (Without You)” from Con Air
Does everyone remember the time that Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes released the same song at the same time, even bringing country music fans a mashup of the two versions? Whether you were Team Trisha or Team LeAnn, you couldn’t take away from Trisha the fact that her song in that moment of Con Air when Nicholas Cage is reunited with his family made the entire movie memorable. Trivia: The actress who played his wife in the movie is Monica Potter from Parenthood.
3. LeAnn Rimes – “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” from Coyote Ugly
Don’t feel bad for LeAnn; she had her own moment in a movie, as well. Violet worked so hard to have her songwriting be noticed. Doors slammed in her face left and right, and the young girl who left home to chase a dream was devastated. Unfortunately, as much as she wanted a writing career, she couldn’t bring herself to go to an open mic night and perform her pieces for potential buyers. Until she met the gorgeous man with the sexy Australian accent who made her change her ways. Lo and behold, with a little bit of confidence and a whole lot of talent, LeAnn Rimes was singing her song (albeit a lot more pop than country) on a bar shortly thereafter.
4. Faith Hill – “There You’ll Be” from Pearl Harbor
There is nothing more heartwarming than that scene in a movie when a person who supposedly perished returns to his/her love. Faith Hill’s song is the song from Pearl Harbor that reminds us that no matter where someone goes and no matter what may happen, memories will forever be in our hearts and that person will always be with us.
5. Martina McBride – “I Love You” from Runaway Bride
This happy-go-lucky song was introduced in Runaway Bride when the character portrayed by Julia Roberts decided she was in love with Richard Gere’s character. A little bit of deja vu from the 80’s, huh? No one in the small town thought he was anything more than a nosy reporter, but he, eventually, became the one who was able to assist in hanging up those running shoes indefinitely.
6. Sara Evans – “A Little Bit Stronger” from Country Strong
Gossip Girl‘s favorite bad girl, Leighton Meester, performed this song in Country Strong, helping it appeal to a broader audience of country music fans and pushing the song to Number 1, giving Sara Evans her first RIAA certified Platinum single.
7. Garth Brooks – “To Make You Feel My Love” from Hope Floats
Oh that scene when Sandra Bullock connects with Harry Connick, Jr. and we know, we just know, the two will live happily ever after EVENTUALLY. As they dance at a town event, the two didn’t expect to feel something, but they did — and so did we. I remember two scenes from this movie distinctly, and this is certainly one of them.
Alison Krauss – “When You Say Nothing At All” re-recorded by Irish singer Ronan Keating from Notting Hill
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