Songs inspired by Movies.
30 Days in the Hole
2 81. The Best of Humble Pie - Humble Pie
This song was inspired by a Humphrey Bogart line in the 1938 movie Angels With Dirty Faces.
11 7.62. Toto - Toto
Toto keyboard player David Paich wrote this song, which he explained is inspired by the 1971 movie THX-1138, which was the first full-length film directed by George Lucas of Star Wars fame. Writes Paich: "This movie is set in the 25th-century in a totalitarian state where mankind is stripped of any individuality. People are numbered drones, and a government-enforced program of sedation controls the populace. Lucas used THX as the name for his movie theater sound system."
A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More "Touc
1 103. Maximum Fallout Boy - Fall out Boy
This song is about a guy who is obsessed with a girl to the point where he sleeps on her porch. She doesn't return his affections, even telling him, "Why don't you just drop dead." (thanks, amy - oklahoma city, OK)
Sixteen Candles is a 1984 movie starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. Like this song, it contains themes of teenage drama and unrequited love.
In addition to the movie, the title is a play on the Elvis song "A Little Less Conversation." "Touch Me" is a song by both Samantha Fox and "The Doors."
A New Hope
218 74. Blink-182 - Blink-182
The title comes from the full name of the first Star Wars movie shown in theaters: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
A love story based on Star Wars. The dream girl in the song is Princess Leia.
4 75. A Tribute to the Greatest Hits of Robbie Wil... - Rock DJ
This ballad is about Elvis Presley. It contains references to Quentin Tarantino's True Romance. Williams says, "This is my True Romance song. The one where, like Christian Slater in the film, I like to believe I have direct access to Elvis Presley every now and then."
All my own stunts
4 8.56. Arctic Monkeys - Arctic Monkeys
The song finds Turner singing, "I've been watching cowboy films on gloomy afternoons." Another Suck It and See track, "Black Treacle," also contains a lyrical reference to western movies. The vocalist disclosed in interviews that he watched several westerns whilst recording the album.
4 97. Misfits [Vinyl] - Misfits
This song was inspired by a 1968 science fiction horror film called The Astro-Zombies.
Bad Moon Rising
15 8.18. Chronicle Vol. 2: Twenty Great CCR Classics - Creedence Clearwater Revival
In Rolling Stone issue 649, John Fogerty explained that the lyrics were inspired by a movie called The Devil And Daniel Webster, in which a hurricane wipes out most of a town. This is where he got the idea for the words "I feel the hurricane blowin', I hope you're quite prepared to die." Overall, he said the song is about the "apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."
110 8.79. Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold
This song is based on a book called Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. There is also a movie with the same name with Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro as the leading actors.
Between Angels & Insects
7 910. Papa Roach - Live & Murderous In Chicago - Papa Roach
his song is about Greed, and how money doesn't solve your problems. The song is influenced by the movie Fight Club, with the lyrics, "Working jobs that you hate, for that s--t you don't need"
Bleed Like Me
313 7.411. Garbage - Garbage
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Garbage drummer Butch Vig explained that the song was inspired by the movie Thirteen. Like the movie, the song is about individuals who need others to notice their pain, whether in the form of actual self injury (scars, cutting) or other types of harmful behavior. It addresses many forms of behavior including actual cutting, anorexia, alcohol abuse and gender role confusion.
20 7.912. Jay-Z Unplugged - Jay-Z
The album American Gangster was inspired by the movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington as the notorious drug lord Frank Lucas. In this song, Jay-Z raps about his own past as a drug dealer, and how he hustled his way to the top.
"Blue Magic" is a potent form of heroin that Lucas sold. At the end of the video, there is a clip from American Gangster where Denzel Washington (as Frank Lucas), explains that he turned "Blue Magic" into a brand name. Jay-Z is big on this kind of marketing, as he created an empire based on various brands he created.
605 6.913. The Eminem Show - Eminem
The song's title refers to a character from the 1991 horror thriller Silence of the Lambs that Clarice Starling has to confer with Hannibal Lecter about. The lyrical content follows the storyline of the movie version fairly closely, as Slim Shady cuts and skins women and severs limbs.
Caught somewhere in time
169 7.914. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
This song was inspired by the 1979 movie Time After Time. In that movie, H.G. Wells pursues a friend who turns out to be Jack The Ripper, and he claims sanctuary in a world of violence which he calls his natural habitat, hence "If I said I'd take you there, would you go, would you be scared?"
64 7.415. Rush - Rush
This is loosely based on a movie called Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, starring Gary Cooper as a man from a small town who inherits lots of money and moves to the big city.
Come out and play
47 7.916. The Offspring - Greatest Hits - The Offspring
This song is about gang and gun violence in schools, and was the breakthrough hit for The Offspring. The title is a reference to the 1979 movie The Warriors, which features the famous line, "Warriors... come out and play."
749 7.817. Metallica - Metallica
The inspiration for this song was the movie The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses. In the movie, the Angel of Death is represented by a green cloud. When bass player Cliff Burton saw it, he thought it looked like "Creeping Death."
Devil without a cause
4 918. Kid Rock - Kid Rock
The title is a play on the classic James Dean movie Rebel Without A Cause.
9 719. Mudvayne - Mudvayne
At the beginning of the song, Chad Gray repeats four times: "All work and no play makes me a dull boy." This is a reference to the film The Shining, in which Jack Nicholson's character's wife finds her husband has typed the line repeatedly on his typewriter.
Even in Death
20 8.320. EVANESCENCE "Origin" CD by BIGWIG, 11 tracks - Evanescence
This is based on the movie and comic book The Crow, hence the last line in the song, "People die, but real love is forever," which is the famous Crow tagline.
6 1021. String Quartet Tribute to Breaking Benjamin - Tribute to Breaking Benjamin
This song was inspired by the film The Wizard of Oz. In the live version, they include the lines, "I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too" at the beginning. This lyric does not appear in the album version.
It Wasn't Me
2 622. The Boombastic Collection - Best of Shaggy - Shaggy
The song is about a guy who gets caught cheating on his girl, but denies it even though he is clearly guilty. It was inspired by a comedy routine Eddie Murphy performed in his movie Raw. Murphy said that no matter what your girl accuses you of, never admit to anything, just say "It Wasn't Me."
33 7.923. David Bowie - David Bowie
Bowie wanted to write a song using the names of all seven dwarves from Snow White. When he ran out of dwarves, he made some up.
Martin Sheen or JFK
2 724. Yellowcard - Beyond Ocean Avenue Live At The... (2005)
This song was inspired by the 1985 movie The Goonies, starring young versions of Sean Astin, Josh Brolin and Corey Feldman. In the movie, Feldman's character finds a half-dollar coin at the bottom of a wishing well and thinks the person on the coin is Martin Sheen, but it is really John F. Kennedy (JFK).
38 7.225. Greatest Hits - Bob Seger
Seger was inspired by the movie American Graffiti. He says, "I came out of the theater thinking, Hey, I've a story to tell too. Nobody has ever told about how it was to grow up in my neck of the woods."
One & Only
8 8.326. iTunes Exclusive EP Adele Live From SoHo - Adele
art of the song was inspired by the 1999 high school-themed romantic comedy Never Been Kissed. "When I wrote the middle eight—it's really cheesy," Adele laughed in a song-by-song preview video. "The night before I wrote the middle eight I watched Never Been Kissed, with Drew Barrymore in it… You know at the end when she describes being kissed as the whole world slows down and goes in slow motion, everything else goes blurry? I kind of see it like that. Whenever I hear the bridge it really is sort of like that, and it's quite epic. I mean, I don't think Never Been Kissed is a particularly epic movie."
9 8.927. Nine Inch Nails - Closure [VHS] - Nine Inch Nails
his song is based on the movie Fight Club, which Fincher directed. Lyrics like, "You were never really real to begin with, I just made you up to hurt myself" point to the main character in the film and his alter-ego Tyler Durden.
So long, Astoria
0 028. The Ataris Live [3 Track EP]
Astoria is the town from the 1985 movie Goonies. In the film, a bunch of kids find a treasure map and set out to find the booty. Hijinks ensue as a group of criminals join the search. The line, "This is my wish and I'm taking it back, I'm taking 'em all back" is from the movie.
Edge of Glory
43 7.629. Lady Gaga - Alejandro - Lady Gaga
Gaga revealed to MTV UK that in addition to being penned for her late grandfather, the song was also inspired by Sylvester Stallone's hit movie Rocky. "That song is about looking life in the eye and when you die saying 'I won, I'm a champion' like Rocky sprinting to the top of the staircase," she explained. "Rocky is my favourite movie – I love Rocky 3 because he gets his ass kicked in the first round and comes back."
The Family Trip
7 930. Marilyn Manson - Guns, God and Government Wo... (2002)
The song consists of Manson reciting the poem Willy Wonka softly sang in the 1971 musical comedy Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory - "There's no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going..." The first part of the poem is found in Ronald Dahl's novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but the end of it (which describes death, Hell, and fear in general) was added for the film. Manson sometimes recites the poem at the beginning of his concerts.
Veronica Sawyer Smokes
9 831. AFI - AFI
The song's title is a reference to Winona Ryder's character in the teen black comedy Heathers. Frontman Davey Havok has admired Winona Ryder for a long time - he recited a verse on AFI's song "The Despair Factor" that she said in the movie Beetlejuice.
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