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The world’s top 10 favourite film songs revealed


A list of the world’s most popular songs taken from iconic cinematic moments has been revealed.

Music has long been a major and pivotal factor of films and, since the category of ‘Best Original Song’ was introduced at the 7th Academy Awards—the ceremony honouring the best in film for 1934—the focus on creating a major hit has been amplified to new lengths.

The team at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance have teamed up with Spotify to analyse data to find, in a modern study, which film song ranks at the top of the pile.

Based on current streaming numbers, Justin Timberlake takes what must considered a shot victory with his song ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ which appeared in the 2016 film Trolls directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn. Timberlake, who voices as character in the film, was nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars after acting as an executive producer on the film’s score.

Elsewhere, it should come as little surprise to see that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper arrive in second place with their Academy Award-winning track ‘Shallow’ which has hit 786million streams and counting.

Shout outs for Eminem, Lana Del Rey and Coolio who all make the top ten list which can be viewed, below.

The top 10 most popular film songs:

  1. ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’, Justin Timberlake – Trolls
  2. ‘Shallow’, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born
  3. ‘Lose Yourself’, Eminem – 8 Mile
  4. ‘Happy’, Pharrel Williams – Despicable Me 2
  5. ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel – Guardians of The Galaxy
  6. ‘Eye of The Tiger’, Survivor – Rocky III 
  7. ‘Young and Beautiful’, Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby
  8. ‘Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’, Aerosmith – Armageddon
  9. ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, Coolio – Dangerous Minds
  10. ‘You Make My Dreams’, Daryl and John Oates – 500 Days of Summer