Which, of course, is subjective. In some cases, these soundtrack songs are now more famous than the films they came from. And that when you find that person, you pull a real Rachel Green and, despite having a life elsewhere, get off the plane. While we know stars — Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova — went on to fall in love and form the two-piece folk band, the indie hit Once offered a realish glimpse into the makings of their music and of their then-relationship.
The thing is, the songs came before the film. So where most soundtracks become the platform for burgeoning indie acts, it was Once itself that brought legitimacy to a band that actually existed before its leads sought to tell a story. Which made their breakup even sadder.
And really, what more can any of us ask for? Or that two little kids would know how to book an airline ticket. Which is a big deal, particularly when tied to a film not targeted to adult audiences. This time, true power exists in the fact that after 42 forced listens, you will be conditioned to turn up this song and half-heartedly sing along despite never having seen Trolls and having no intention to ever do so.
It was appropriate for a film steeped in nostalgia: As an aside, it is especially an especially great song to play during any awkward silence. But the single had legs of its own: And it landed Lisa Loeb on the charts before she even signed to a major label. Kelly away from everything, the better it will be for all. So there you have it: If you believe you can fly, you too can win out against a team of strange aliens with the help of Bill Murray.
Come at me, Hans Zimmer. You know, kind of like Waiting to Exhale, itself. But where the Moulin Rouge! Plus, the song avoided any real references to the movie or its characters, which helped it appeal to anyone put off by musicals in a pre-Hamilton era.
Mainly, it evolved from a pop song into a vehicle through which to channel Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, and Cameron Diaz in some of their funniest and arguably best roles. Mainly, it was a world conducive to the release of two asteroid films, but I digress. Which meant that regardless of your feelings about Aerosmith, the song reminded you repeatedly of just how sad the movie was.
A true feat, considering Ben Affleck has since done an excellent job of reminding us of how stupid the movie was, too. Which makes complete sense: Composed by James Horner, the song wove elements of the score into the single, which evoked the same sense of drama, heartbreak, and romance Titanic itself was defined by.
We love it or we loathe it.