Playlist: Bruno Mars’ ‘It Will Rain’ Joins The Ranks Of Great Soundtrack Tunes

Yesterday, the track listing for the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” was revealed and now everyone is buzzing about Bruno Mars’ hot new song for the franchise, “It Will Rain.”

“Rain” is the perfect soundtrack song – a big, sweeping ballad co-written and co-produced by Mars’ team, the Smeezingtons – and seems an ideal fit for “Breaking Dawn.” And it got us thinking about our favorite soundtrack tunes. When a one-off tune from one of our favorite artists is tied to a movie you, it’s the icing on a very tasty cake.

After the jump, a rundown of some of our favorite soundtrack tunes. We tried to stay away from musicals – with the exception of “Moulin Rouge” – because that’s whole different can of worms, and we aimed for songs that we felt really belonged in the movies in which they appear.

>>> “Elephant Love Medley,” Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor – “Moulin Rouge”

>>> “Take My Breath Away,” Berlin – “Top Gun”

>>> “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton – “9 to 5”
* Random fact: Parton based the riff of this song on the sound of acrylic finger nails typing on a typewriter.

>>> “Streets of Philadelphia,” Bruce Springsteen – “Philadelphia”
* The Boss won an Oscar for this tune.

>>> “Into the Groove,” Madonna – “Desperately Seeking Susan”

>>> “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston – “The Bodyguard”
*Dolly Parton wrote and recorded this song in 1973 and while it was a big hit for the country superstar, Whitney Houston’s cover spent 14 weeks at No. 1 and pushed “The Bodyguard” soundtrack to become the first record ever to enjoy a million-plus sales week. It is also the biggest-selling soundtrack ever.

>>> “I Believe I Can Fly,” R. Kelly – “Space Jam”

>>> “Uninvited,” Alanis Morissette – “City of Angels”

>>> “Lose Yourself,” Eminem – “8 Mile”
*Speaking of Oscars, Em won one for this jam.

>>> “It Must’ve Been Love,” Roxette – “Pretty Woman”