Following the discussion on "Non-original music tracks in Bond film" this one is about the best and worst usage of musical tracks in general movies and even TV.
As I said before, non-original music means tracks that were not written by the movie composer and usage includes the connection of the track with the images, the dialogue, the characters, and the story.
Feel free to make best/worst lists, rankings or to use any other method you like.
The following are my favorites:
- "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner (Apocalypse Now)
- "The House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals (Casino)
- "La Mer" performed by Julio Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
- "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones (although it has been used a lot, my favorite usage is in Layer Cake)
- "Pavane pour une infante défunte" by Maurice Ravel (The Dark Knight Rises)
- "Intermezzo of Cavalleria Rusticana" by Pietro Mascagni (The Godfather Part III)
- "Vesti la Giubba" by Ruggero Leoncavallo (The Untouchables)
- "The Demise of Barbara and the Return of Joe" by Ennio Morricone (Kill Bill Vol. 2)
- "Tiny Tears" by Tindersticks (The Sopranos, "Isabella")
- "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Ben E. King (The Sopranos, "The Telltale Moozadell")
- "Soul Town" by The Motherhood (Ocean's 13)
- "Rags to Riches" by Tony Bennett (GoodFellas)
- "He's sure the boy I love" by The Crystals (GoodFellas)