View Full Version : Songs made into movies

10-02-2001, 08:27 AM
A friend asked the other day if I could think of any songs made into movies. Specifically, he's looking for songs that tell a story, and the movie tells more or less the same story. I came up with a couple of hits and near-hits, but thought I'd throw the question to the experts here. Now the order is important...it doesn't count if the song is written FOR the movie.

I came up with:

"Ode to Billie Joe"

"Harper Valley PTA"


"The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" (doesn't actually follow the song, though)

"Love Potion No. 9"

Any others?

Arden Ranger
10-02-2001, 08:32 AM
Kenny Roger's "Coward of the County"

10-02-2001, 08:52 AM
How about "Alice's Restaurant"?

10-02-2001, 08:57 AM
"Ode to Billy Joe" was also a book, which for some reason I actually read. I can't remember if the movie was based on the book which was based on the song, or if the book was just a novelization of the movie.

10-02-2001, 09:25 AM
Originally posted by Legomancer
Now the order is important...it doesn't count if the song is written FOR the movie.

That would disqualify "Yellow Submarine", right?

How about "La Bamba"? That song wasn't written for the movie, obviously -- but it still seems like a tenuous case.

Similarly, the movie "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"?

Wasn't there a documentary made about the Beatles in the early '70stitled "Let it Be"?

10-02-2001, 09:34 AM
It wouldn't disqualify "Yellow Submarine" -- the song came out in '66, the movie came out in '68 or '69.

If you wanted to be really picked, you'd require that the movie script be written with the specific song in mind. For example, there's a movie called "When A Man Loves A Woman" and the song features prominently in it. However, I'm sure that if the producers hadn't gotten the rights to the song, they just would have named the movie something else.

10-02-2001, 09:40 AM
Warren Zevon's Things to do in Denver When You're Dead predates the film of that name. Good song, poor film. The content of the film has nothing to do with the song.

10-02-2001, 11:01 AM
How about those 70's conceptual rock operas that started out as just albums, but ended up being made into movies?

The Wall

10-02-2001, 11:09 AM
Kenny Roger's "The Gambler" was made into a movie.
And for the obscure, Twisted Sister's song "Captain Howdy" was made into a movie called "Dee Snyder's Strangeland".

10-02-2001, 11:17 AM
Originally posted by SmackFu
How about those 70's conceptual rock operas that started out as just albums, but ended up being made into movies?

The Wall

AND Jesus Christ Superstar!

10-02-2001, 02:20 PM
Good Grief, no one's mentioned "Singin' in the Rain?!?"

Freudian Slit
10-02-2001, 02:40 PM
Ooh, I got one...My Boyfriend's Back. Except in the movie, the boyfriend dies and comes back from the dead as a flesh eating zombie. He does end up getting together with the girl...so I think it's all right. :)

10-02-2001, 03:09 PM
Blue Velvet?

10-02-2001, 03:10 PM
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

10-02-2001, 03:12 PM
ooooh,oohh..... and for my 200th post!!!!!!!.......

Frosty the Snowman

Weird Science

Does Leaving Las Vegas count? I guess that's not what Sheryl Crow had in mind.

10-02-2001, 03:12 PM
What about "The Legend of Billie Jean?" Or was there even a song before the movie? Was there any song at all? What is it about the name Billy/Billie, anyway?

Kevin H
10-02-2001, 03:15 PM
The Hurricane by Bob Dylan is now a movie (although it was a true story, I don't know if that matters)

10-02-2001, 03:59 PM
Tom Petty was allegedly offered a sizeable sum for the movie rights to "Into the Great Wide Open". He turned it down, however.

10-02-2001, 06:23 PM
"Torn Between Two Lovers"

10-02-2001, 07:04 PM
Paul Thomas Anderson claimed that "Magnolia" was inspired by the Amiee Mann songs which eventually became its soundtrack. Apparently, she had recorded some tunes and PT decided to write a movie around 'em -- or so he says.

10-02-2001, 08:14 PM
Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman and Only the Lonely

10-03-2001, 09:13 AM
"An American in Paris"
(not a story song, per se, but still very evocative)

10-03-2001, 09:23 AM
Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue Got Married" was made into a film in 1986.

Angel of the Lord
10-03-2001, 07:33 PM
"Man on the Moon," by REM, and the Jim Carrey movie. ::is surprised no one mentioned that::

TV time
10-03-2001, 07:38 PM
There have been at least two Frankie and Johnny movies that I know of. One with Elvis and one without. I seem to remember a third, but I am not certain.

Speaking of Elvis, what about Love Me Tender and Jail House Rock?

I also seem to remember a Rock Around the Clock from the late 50s that was not much after the song of the same name.

Dale The Bold
10-03-2001, 07:51 PM
Only The Lonely

Ghostbusters (okay, that's cheating)

10-03-2001, 08:32 PM
Baby Snakes by Frank Zappa.

The Song was written in 1977-1978, Movie was filmed from the Halloween concert in 1977. Movie was released in 1979. Baby Snakes was not performed live in the movie. The studio version was used.