The 30 Greatest Rock & Roll Movie Moments
The movies have a long history of glorious rock & roll moments. Whether the story is about gangsters, lovers, warriors or vampires, the right song can jolt an ordinary flick into something loud and wild. So behold, the 30 all-time greatest rock & roll moments in film history – from Goodfellas to Hot Tub Time Machine, from Elvis to the RZA, from Lloyd Dobler to Spinal Tap to the Dude. (We're not talking show tunes here, so no "Let Me Entertain You" from Gypsy or "I'm Tired" from Blazing Saddles. And no TV, so apologies to Mad Men's "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Community's "Roxanne.") These are just a few of our favorite eruptions of cinematic rockingness. Play these movies loud.Related
30. Elvis Presley, 'C'mon Everybody' in 'Viva Las Vegas' (1964)
And this is why Elvis is the King. Not because he made dozens of these movies, most of them total cheese. Not because they’re all full of corny scenes where he can just stroll into the local gym and get begged to do a song like this. ("C’mon Everybody" is no relation to the Eddie Cochran rockabilly classic of the same name, except they're both awesome.) No, he's the King because of the superhuman confidence he brings to every moment. That's also why he brings the seductively leotarded Ann-Margret to an orgasmic frenzy with just the quiver in his voice. He makes her Sweden-sired hips undulate right next to his, for the ultimate cinematic hip-shake battle royale. And what a battle it is – though Elvis would be the first to admit that even the King can't outwiggle Ann-Margret.Related
29. Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Just Like Honey' in 'Lost in Translation' (2002)
Listen to the girl, as she takes on half the world. This music is what it sounds like inside Scarlett Johansson's heart at the end of the movie, a heart that's like a honey-dripping beehive full of lust and anguish and guitar feedback cranked up to 10. "Just Like Honey" has the same Phil Spector "Be My Baby" beat that opens Mean Streets and Dirty Dancing. Yet director Sofia Coppolla uses this punk love song to make the finale seem inspirational, as if all of Scarlett's wounded romanticism is ringing out loud like the Jesus and Mary Chain's guitars. In real life, Scarlett also got to sing this song with the band for their 2007 reunion at Coachella.