Classic Songs We Learned From TV & Movies

Growing up in a post-pop, post- MTV world, it’s easy to miss out on some classic songs.  We just don’t hear them in a market saturated in pop, butt rock & faux country.  So we take in the inspiration when we can.  Here are some classic songs and how we came to know them.

Frank Sinatra – Summer Wind

I know, I know… we should know this song, Summer Wind is one of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ best!  But a lot of people don’t.  And for many kids growing up in the 80s and 90s we found out about it from The Simpsons, after Martin Prince’s pool party (and one chance to be popular) gets ruined by overfilling, and breaking, the pool all the kids came to enjoy.

Frank Sinatra – It Was A Very Good Year

Another classic turned on to us by The Simpsons, Homer parodied Sinatra’s maudlin & soulful It Was A Very Good Year when he had to give up beer.

Bobby Darin – Don’t Rain On My Parade

Originally by Barbara Streisand, the Bobby Darin version of Don’t Rain On My Parade became more popular when it was featured in the multiple Academy Award winning 1999 film, American Beauty.  And it’s the perfect song for the scene in which Carolyn drives home, reeling in the happiness and exhilaration felt from adultery and fire arms, only to come home to Lester’s new car.  Which totally rained on her parade.

Frank Sinatra – South of the Border

This Gene Autry tune, popularized by Sinatra, first appeared on our radar when Tony sings it at the golf course to make fun of Uncle Jun’ for muff diving on an episode of The Sopranos.

Nat King Cole – Unforgettable

This Grammy winning pop tune by crooner Nat King Cole flew under the radar for many of us born after 1980.  That is, until I was the soundtrack to the beautifully choreographed fight scene between The Comedian and a (at the time) unknown assailant in the 2009 film Watchmen, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name.

What other classic songs got a second wind from TV or film?  Sound off in the comments below.

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