Any time you have the gumption to pose a list of the ten definitive anything, you’re going to get some pushback. But because Flavorwire has the greatest readers in the world (/blatant sucking up), our post last week of The Most Definitive Music Cues in Film History prompted very little venom, and several excellent additions (including a few that had been on our first, wildly overambitious draft). The concept, once again, is that certain films use pop music cues so well that the movie and the song get inextricably bound together in your head; when you think of the movie, you hear the song, and when you hear the song, your see the film in your mind’s eye. We’ve picked our ten faves from the addendums offered by you, the reader, after the jump; feel free to add more of your favorites in the comments.
“This Time Tomorrow” by the Kinks in The Darjeeling Limited
Our most egregious oversight on the original list, as pointed out by reader CL, was the exclusion of Wes Anderson, who has made ingenious use of (mostly obscure) pop music cues throughout his career. “Pity to overlook Wes completely,” tsk-tsked CL, correctly. Reader Mojo suggested the Who’s “Quick One While He’s Away” from Rushmore, while CL noted, “There is at least one brilliant cue in every Wes Anderson film, but namely The Royal Tenenbaums and The Darjeeling Limited.” We went with the latter, the 2007 effort that is widely considered “lesser Anderson,” but has some really wonderful moments — including this one. Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is your author’s favorite Kinks album, and anytime I listen to “This Time Tomorrow,” I just want to run for a train in slow-motion.