AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI'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]

# Song Film Year Performer(s)
1 "Over the Rainbow" The Wizard of Oz 1939 Judy Garland
2 "As Time Goes By" Casablanca 1942 Dooley Wilson
3 "Singin' in the Rain" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly
4 "Moon River" Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 Audrey Hepburn
5 "White Christmas" Holiday Inn 1942 Bing Crosby
6 "Mrs. Robinson" The Graduate 1967 Simon & Garfunkel
7 "When You Wish upon a Star" Pinocchio 1940 Cliff Edwards (as Jiminy Cricket)
8 "The Way We Were" The Way We Were 1973 Barbra Streisand
9 "Stayin' Alive" Saturday Night Fever 1977 The Bee Gees
10 "The Sound of Music" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews
11 "The Man That Got Away" A Star Is Born 1954 Judy Garland
12 "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 Marilyn Monroe
13 "People" Funny Girl 1968 Barbra Streisand
14 "My Heart Will Go On" Titanic 1997 Celine Dion
15 "Cheek to Cheek" Top Hat 1935 Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
16 "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" A Star Is Born 1976 Barbra Streisand
17 "I Could Have Danced All Night" My Fair Lady 1964 Marni Nixon (dubbing Audrey Hepburn)
18 "Cabaret" Cabaret 1972 Liza Minnelli
19 "Someday My Prince Will Come" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Adriana Caselotti (as Snow White)
20 "Somewhere" West Side Story 1961 Jimmy Bryant, Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood)
21 "Jailhouse Rock" Jailhouse Rock 1957 Elvis Presley
22 "Everybody's Talkin'" Midnight Cowboy 1969 Harry Nilsson
23 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 B.J. Thomas
24 "Ol' Man River" Show Boat 1936 Paul Robeson
25 "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" High Noon 1952 Tex Ritter
26 "The Trolley Song" Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Judy Garland
27 "Unchained Melody" Ghost 1990 The Righteous Brothers
28 "Some Enchanted Evening" South Pacific 1958 Giorgio Tozzi
29 "Born to Be Wild" Easy Rider 1969 Steppenwolf
30 "Stormy Weather" Stormy Weather 1943 Lena Horne
31 "Theme from New York, New York" New York, New York 1977 Liza Minnelli
32 "I Got Rhythm" An American in Paris 1951 Gene Kelly
33 "Aquarius" Hair 1979 Ren Woods, Ensemble
34 "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" Shall We Dance 1937 Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers
35 "America" West Side Story 1961 Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Ensemble
36 "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Mary Poppins 1964 Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Ensemble
37 "Swinging on a Star" Going My Way 1944 Bing Crosby
38 "Theme from Shaft" Shaft 1971 Isaac Hayes, Chorus
39 "Days of Wine and Roses" Days of Wine and Roses 1962 Chorus
40 "Fight the Power" Do the Right Thing 1989 Public Enemy
41 "New York, New York" On the Town 1949 Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin
42 "Luck Be a Lady" Guys and Dolls 1955 Marlon Brando, Ensemble
43 "The Way You Look Tonight" Swing Time 1936 Fred Astaire
44 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Beaches 1988 Bette Midler
45 "That's Entertainment" The Band Wagon 1953 Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant
46 "Don't Rain on My Parade" Funny Girl 1968 Barbra Streisand
47 "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" Song of the South 1947 James Baskett
48 "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 Doris Day
49 "Make 'Em Laugh" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Donald O'Connor
50 "Rock Around the Clock" Blackboard Jungle 1955 Bill Haley and His Comets
51 "Fame" Fame 1980 Irene Cara
52 "Summertime" Porgy and Bess 1959 Loulie Jean Norman
53 "Goldfinger" Goldfinger 1964 Shirley Bassey
54 "Shall We Dance?" The King and I 1956 Marni Nixon (dubbing Deborah Kerr), Yul Brynner
55 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Flashdance 1983 Irene Cara
56 "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" Gigi 1958 Maurice Chevalier
57 "The Windmills of Your Mind" The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 Noel Harrison
58 "Gonna Fly Now" Rocky 1976 DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford
59 "Tonight" West Side Story 1961 Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood), Jimmy Bryant
60 "It Had to Be You" When Harry Met Sally... 1989 Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr.
61 "Get Happy" Summer Stock 1950 Judy Garland
62 "Beauty and the Beast" Beauty and the Beast 1991 Angela Lansbury (as Mrs. Potts)
63 "Thanks for the Memory" The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938 Bob Hope, Shirley Ross
64 "My Favorite Things" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews
65 "I Will Always Love You" The Bodyguard 1992 Whitney Houston
66 "Suicide Is Painless" MASH 1970 Johnny Mandel
67 "Nobody Does It Better" The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Carly Simon
68 "Streets of Philadelphia" Philadelphia 1993 Bruce Springsteen
69 "On the Good Ship Lollipop" Bright Eyes 1934 Shirley Temple
70 "Summer Nights" Grease 1978 John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
71 "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy" Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 James Cagney
72 "Good Morning" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
73 "Isn't It Romantic?" Love Me Tonight 1932 Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald
74 "Rainbow Connection" The Muppet Movie 1979 Jim Henson (as Kermit the Frog)
75 "Up Where We Belong" An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes
76 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Judy Garland
77 "The Shadow of Your Smile" The Sandpiper 1965 Chorus
78 "9 to 5" Nine to Five 1980 Dolly Parton
79 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Arthur 1981 Christopher Cross
80 "Springtime for Hitler" The Producers 1968 Ensemble
81 "I'm Easy" Nashville 1975 Keith Carradine
82 "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" The Wizard of Oz 1939 Ensemble
83 "The Rose" The Rose 1979 Bette Midler
84 "Put the Blame on Mame" Gilda 1946 Anita Ellis
85 "Come What May" Moulin Rouge! 2001 Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
86 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Dirty Dancing 1987 Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
87 "Buttons and Bows" The Paleface 1948 Bob Hope
88 "Do Re Mi" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews, Ensemble
89 "Puttin' On the Ritz" Young Frankenstein 1974 Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle
90 "Seems Like Old Times" Annie Hall 1977 Diane Keaton
91 "Let the River Run" Working Girl 1988 Carly Simon
92 "Long Ago (and Far Away)" Cover Girl 1944 Gene Kelly, Martha Mears (dubbing Rita Hayworth)
93 "Lose Yourself" 8 Mile 2002 Eminem
94 "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Big Chill 1983 Temptations
95 "(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco" Road to Morocco 1942 Bing Crosby, Bob Hope
96 "Footloose" Footloose 1984 Kenny Loggins
97 "42nd Street" 42nd Street 1933 Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ensemble
98 "All That Jazz" Chicago 2002 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger
99 "Hakuna Matata" The Lion King 1994 Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams
100 "Old Time Rock and Roll" Risky Business 1983 Bob Seger

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