Aug 26 2010

10 Memorable Singing Scenes from Science Fiction Movies

Published by at 11:00 am under Lists,Movies,Videos

If there’s one genre of film I love, it’s science fiction.  If there are two genres I love, they are science fiction and musicals.  So you can imagine that during the very rare occurrences that there is an actual musical scene in a science fiction movie (or, I suppose, the more frequent occurrence of a science fiction musical), I’m simply giddy.  Not all science fiction has to be gritty or bleak – just read some Vonnegut to see why – and a good musical number in a science fiction movie is, for me, almost always entertaining.

It wasn’t easy – especially since I tried my best to avoid scenes from science fiction musicals – but I compiled 10 clips of singing scenes from science fiction movies.  Check them out below, and let me know if I left anything off.

The Diva from The Fifth Element

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJB5Rqc1m0Y

A very cool scene in The Fifth Element where the blue Diva hits notes that only an alien could.  Sucks about those stones, though.

Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGRN39oifsE

Yes, a man-eating, blood-drinking plant from outer space counts as science fiction.  You can take your pick of any of the songs in this great movie, but I’ve always been a huge fan of “Feed Me.”

The National Anthem in Southland Tales

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe6Xerya9BY

One of these days, I’ll have to review this absolute trainwreck of a movie.  There are, however, some good scenes and some cool concepts, and I do like this rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Alex DeLarge doing “Singin’ in the Rain” in A Clockwork Orange

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2a73Z-cTMo

Click through to watch the clip.  NSFW, but you should probably know that.

Marty McFly in Back to the Future

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFgI1FaLpGM

Of course, the logic of Chuck Berry discovering Rock N’ Roll and “Johnny B. Goode” because his cousin Marvin called him while Marty was on stage playing Chuck’s future song doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I’ve always been more than willing to overlook that in light of Back to the Future‘s timelessness.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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

Like with Little Shop of Horrors, you can really take your pick of any of the songs – but here’s some young Meat Loaf for ya.

Princess Vespa in Spaceballs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=venV4b7p5HI

It’s amazing how well this comedy holds up today, but you can say that about almost all of Mel Brooks’ movies.  This isn’t a big musical number or anything, but it’s a quick, funny scene that does involve some singing.

HAL 9000 singing “Daisy Bell” in 2001: A Space Odyssey

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px0c4Tgg6gg

Absolutely creepy beyond belief.  Anyway, Kubrick chose “Daisy Bell” as HAL’s swan song (pun intended) because that’s the song the first “singing” computer performed back in 1962.

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” in Young Frankenstein

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ-aRwEbp5I

One of the funniest scenes, to me, in any movie ever.  R.I.P. Peter Boyle.

Mac singing Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” in Predator

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfe4RKdo6Sc

Look, it wasn’t easy coming up with 10 examples of singing in science fiction movies, but dammit, Mac is doing his best to belt out some Little Richard, and for that he deserves credit.





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11 responses so far

  • Online9

    What about the intro to “A hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy”? With the Dolphins, and Thanks for all the fish?

  • Keitaro

    Strange Days, song Hardly Wait by Juliette Lewis :)

  • Alex

    Yes!! The Fifth Element. One of the greatest musical montages in movie history. Perfectly placed together with the fight

  • floppytall

    @ Online9

    Good call, that song was hilarious.

  • Six04Tensai

    Actually there is a human that can sing the fifth element song!
    “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgo0CDL6bd0″

  • chelsea

    your idea of “sci-fi” is VERY broad….

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  • Bryan

    For me, nothing beats that diva in 5th Element! She’s got some punch in that voice.

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  • Nyaa

    You know the Diva from FIfth element was actually a real opera singers voice, not computer generated or anything.
    Thought I’d mention it, since you said only an alien could sing that :P

  • Kiefer

    Would have gone with the singing alien at the end of spaceballs over the princess vespa scene.

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