Greatest Musical Numbers for Seemingly No Reason…

14 07 2014

Who doesn’t love a countdown! This list first appeared on Tumblr, it was compiled by self-appointed movie critic (and all around pop culture junkie) LauraLikedThatMovie.

Life is random, or so they say. And if life imitates art, as they also say, I guess we have to accept the blah-blah-blahs and the hit-its and the jump-backs that flesh it out.
Now, the title says “Greatest Musical Numbers for Seemingly No Reason,” not because the vibrant and loud twists to the plots are unnecessary, but because in large part they are inessential to moving said plot along. Sometimes, there just needs to be a song or dance number in a non-musical movie. Sometimes they rock, and sometimes they sting. The twenty or so listed below are the best we’ve seen…


(Lisa Kudrow, Mira Sorvino, Alan Cumming)

1919. “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling,” TOP GUN
(Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards)

“My Little Buttercup,” THE THREE AMIGOS
(Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Martin Short)

1717.  “ABC,” CLERKS 2

1616. “Say a Little Prayer for You,” MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING
(Rupert Everett & Ensemble)

1515. “You Don’t Own Me,” THE FIRST WIVES CLUB
(Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Bette Middler)

1414. “I Think I Love You,” SCREAM 2
(Jerry O’Connell)

1313. “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” EASY A
(Emma Stone)

1212. “Backstreet’s Back,” THIS IS THE END
(BSB, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson)

1111. “One Night in Bangkok,” THE HANGOVER PART II
(Mike Tyson)

1010. “I Put a Spell On You,” HOCUS POCUS
(Bette Middler)

99. “Thriller,” 13 GOING ON 30
(Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo)

88. “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
(Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle)

77. “Grow Old with You,” THE WEDDING SINGER
(Adam Sandler)

66. “Bennie & the Jets,” 27 DRESSES
(James Marsden, Katherine Heigl)

55. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
(Heath Ledger)

44. “Try a Little Tenderness,” PRETTY IN PINK
(Jon Cryer)

33. “We Are Not Alone,” THE BREAKFAST CLUB

22. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” WAYNE’S WORLD
(Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey)

11. “Danke Shoen/Twist & Shout,” FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF
(Matthew Broderick)





Definitely comment below if there is a spontaneous song or some cheesy choreo I need to see! The scenes included in this article are based only the films I’ve seen personally… so enlighten me if there is another number you think deserves a spot.