Apr 08 2010

10 Random But Memorable Singing Scenes in Movies

Published by at 2:50 pm under Lists,Movies,Videos

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Have you ever been watching a movie – that’s not a musical – and all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, a musical number or singing scene appears?  It happens in all sorts of movies, be it a comedy, drama, or even science fiction, and a singing scene can often help draw the audience ever further into the movie.  Or, in the case of comedies, it can simply make you laugh.

For the purposes of this post, I selected scenes that are somewhat random, meaning that no scenes from musicals were picked.  Also, I wouldn’t pick a singing scene from something like Walk the Line, because singing is to be expected in a movie like that.  Anyway, let’s get to it – check out 10 random and memorable singing scenes from non-musical movies.

Step Brothers

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm2Jy64b0dI

A hilarious scene from a hilarious movies.  You have to admit, the son has a great voice.

Beetlejuice

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPuRCetlHvc

Pretty easily the movie’s most memorable scene, and perhaps the reason we hear “Day O!” blasting over the loudspeakers at baseball games.  I hate that.

Superbad

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZo-du0BrsY

My favorite guy in this scene is the poor-man’s Johnny Drama who’s just coked out of his mind.

Wayne’s World

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9umpJj3D4d8

Wayne’s World is responsible for resurrecting (and arguably ruining) this classic Queen song.

Magnolia

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_phQnNE80

A very, very underrated movie.  At first, this scene seems like it’s simply going to feature music in the background…until the cast joins in.

A Clockwork Orange

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuMrOWtQKNI

I couldn’t embed this, so click through to watch Alex sing “Singing in the Rain” while raping someone.  God bless Kubrick.

Southland Tales

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdhois-aiYs

Alright, so this is lip-syncing, but it’s a great tune by the Killer’s and gives the audience a glimpse of what it must be like to try Liquid Karma.

Almost Famous

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qn3tel9FWU

One of the cooler scenes in this movie.

Anchorman

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCxQsaQ9FtQ

In a movie filled with random gags and quotes, this random song somehow seems entirely appropriate.

Full Metal Jacket

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmILOL55xP0

Another Kubrick movie makes the list – does anyone know the significance of the American soldiers singing this song?





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  2. IcemanDon 08 Apr 2010 at 4:11 pm

    My personal favourite “out of nowhere” song is Blame Canada in the South Park Movie. Though, with the amount of songs in that movie, there is an argument that it may not fit your post’s requirements.

    These Eyes in Superbad is a very close second.

  3. Limituson 08 Apr 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I’m missing Nicholson and Sandler singing “I’m so pretty” in “Anger Management”^^

    God, I love this song XD

  4. Tishyon 08 Apr 2010 at 5:01 pm

    “Afternoon Delight” will always make me think of Arrested Development. Just can’t be helped.

  5. jaromiron 08 Apr 2010 at 7:24 pm

    What about Billy Madison?

    “Hey Kids it’s me, I bet you thought that I was dead…..”

  6. Garrett Staatson 08 Apr 2010 at 7:28 pm

    You ever seen the Deer Hunter? If not I hesitate to mention it, but there’s a surreal, almost out-of-place scene in a bar where all the main characters sing an even more out-of-place song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HWEBE0F1FQ

  7. Madisonon 08 Apr 2010 at 7:29 pm

    @ jaromir

    Yes, that’s a great call. Perfect example.

  8. CNAon 08 Apr 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I’m pretty sure the significance of the Mickey Mouse song in Full Metal Jacket is about representing the loss of childhood which faced the young marines.

  9. wolfyon 08 Apr 2010 at 7:34 pm

    My grandpa who was in vietnam told me when i asked this about full metal jacket and the mickey mouse club song he said they would sing anything that was cadence like that would remind them of home and was light hearted awesome scene in a movie if you ask me

  10. Daveon 09 Apr 2010 at 2:15 am

    CNA hit the Mickey Mouse song on the head.

  11. Lauraon 09 Apr 2010 at 3:42 am

    Love it.

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  16. Alion 10 Apr 2010 at 5:21 pm

    How can you leave out “I say a little prayer for you” from My Best Friend’s Wedding!? Fantastic, famous movie that made the song shoot up on the charts after its release.

  17. aaronon 10 Apr 2010 at 11:26 pm

    anchorman afternoon delight always makes me laugh

  18. Maggion 10 Apr 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Where is Twist and Shout from Ferris Bueller?

  19. Emilyon 14 Apr 2010 at 3:22 am

    Great list- it really made me smile to see the Anchorman scene here. That goes amongst one of my favourite movie scenes, let alone favourite spontaneous outbursts of song scenes. However, the first scene that came to my mind was the “You make my dreams” scene from ’500 Days of Summer’- an unconventional, sweet, funny movie. It would be an exception to the list, as it’s not a singing scene, but it’s a random outburst of dance (with the singing of Hall & Oats? does that count?). Maybe it was a deliberate omission if you didn’t like the film, I just think it would make a good addition to the list as it was completely unexpected for me when I first watched it.

  20. Madisonon 14 Apr 2010 at 3:56 am

    @ Emily

    I actually love that movie, but I didn’t include it because it’s pretty much a straight up dance sequence. It was definitely unexpected, though.

  21. Jimon 15 Apr 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Fifth Element – The Airline / Spaceflight Prince Dude!!!

  22. Jimon 15 Apr 2010 at 8:07 pm

    link to fifth element Chris Tucker:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK8ednS0skQ

  23. stonetoneson 23 Apr 2010 at 8:34 pm

    dumb and dumber? mocking bird?
    i cant stop laughin everytime i think of that scene!

  24. mik121on 24 Apr 2010 at 7:07 am

    the Mickey Mouse song in Full Metal Jacket is also a reference to an earlier point of the movie where the sergeant says “What is this Mickey Mouse shit?”

  25. U kno iton 02 May 2011 at 7:12 pm

    one of my favorites is in hot tub time machine where the guy starts singing lets get it started. great scene

  26. U kno iton 02 May 2011 at 7:15 pm

    oooo i almost forgot in jaws when they sing show me the way to go home that too

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