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To celebrate my blog reaching 400 followers (which may not seem like a lot compared to other blogs but it’s a big deal to me), I decided to finally compile the list I’ve mentioned on and off since my third review ever: the End Credits Song Hall of Fame. That’s right, this is where great songs at a film’s conclusion will be honored, respected, liked, and maybe even listened to. Most movie credits roll with just the score playing as you wait to see if there’s an after-credits scene, but many others feature amazing songs that offer a perfect musical coda to everything that came before. This is their hall of fame.

Now, let me just say up front that this list is by no means comprehensive. It will undoubtedly grow as I watch and remember more worthy songs, and anyone is welcome to comment with suggestions to add. As I said before, these are actual songs with words rather than the film score. (For my top movie scores, check here.) I ranked my favorites as a Top Twelve list, but since this is a hall of fame instead of a countdown, I’ll count up from #1, with the rest of the list being in alphabetical order by film. I’ll also include my VC’s twelve favorites since they’re a bit different from mine. Enjoy the hall of fame!

 

  1. “When Can We Do This Again” from Wreck-It Ralph

 

Wreck-It Ralph is the only film to have three songs worthy of the hall of fame, two being the theme songs for the in-movie games Fix-It Felix, Jr., and Sugar Rush, and the best being Owl City’s utterly catchy “When Can We Do this Again.” I have played this song to death; not only is it an energetic conclusion to a fun and colorful movie, but it’s a fantastic song for walking or mowing the lawn.

 

  1. “May It Be” from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring / “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

 

Okay, so I’m fudging the top twelve with a tie, but I couldn’t choose between these two incredible songs. Sung by Enya, “May It Be” earned an Oscar nomination, while Annie Lennox’s “Into the West” actually won. Though “Gollum’s Song” at the end of Two Towers isn’t on the same level as these, both offer peaceful and beautiful conclusions to my favorite films.

  1. “Wunderkind” from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

 

Speaking of beautiful songs, Alanis Morissette’s haunting performance of “Wunderkind” put a special stamp of loveliness at the end of the first Narnia movie. While my VC doesn’t like to rank her picks, she’ll go so far as to say this is probably her #1.

  1. “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic

 

Celine Dion’s Oscar-winning super-hit will forever be linked with James Cameron’s Titanic. This bittersweet elegy to lost love was the perfect gut punch for me after that final scene.

  1. “I 2 I” from A Goofy Movie

 

Now for something completely different. This Michael Jackson-style pop song sung by sound-alike Tevin Campbell was cut short in the actual movie, but the full version was heard in the credits. If it hadn’t been part of a lesser Disney movie, I seriously think this would have been a radio hit.

  1. “I See Fire” and “The Last Goodbye” from The Hobbit trilogy

 

Middle-Earth strikes again. Peter Jackson definitely knows how to end his films well (when they do finally end), and all three Hobbit films end with some brilliant Celtic-sounding music. Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” concludes The Desolation of Smaug with subtle intensity. And Billy Boyd’s singing of “The Last Goodbye” ended The Battle of the Five Armies and the whole Middle-Earth saga on an ideal note of farewell. My VC and I agree this last one was wrongly shunned for an Oscar nom.

  1. “Gotta Knock a Little Harder” from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

 

The music is often cited as the best part of the classic anime series Cowboy Bebop, and its film spinoff ended with an equally awesome blend of jazzy coolness.

  1. “Let the River Run” from Working Girl

 

Carly Simon’s African-influenced Oscar-winner begins and ends Working Girl with uplifting hope and a soothing choir. There is a poignancy to the video too, seeing the Twin Towers as a part of the New York skyline.

  1. “Jailhouse Rock” from The Blues Brothers

 

I love movies that end by showing the actor’s name with their character. It’s just a visual courtesy to those who can’t remember every character’s name, but it’s even better when everyone is singing at the same time. As Jake, Elwood, and the band rock out in jail, all the various players and cameos sing right along.

  1. “Love Train” from The Martian

 

The same goes for The Martian’s credits, even if everyone’s not singing here. I love how they slip in one more ‘70s song that complements the theme of globally working together. Now whenever I hear this song, I think of this movie.

  1. “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” from Scrooged

 

And back to everyone singing together. Bill Murray ends his Christmas special and the film with one big feel-good sing-along, with a little breaking the fourth wall thrown in for good measure. I also associate this song with the beginning of Stuart Little 2, but it’s a great conclusion to this modern Christmas Carol.

  1. “Breath of Life” from Snow White and the Huntsman

 

I honestly didn’t notice this song when I first watched the movie, but after recently discovering Florence and the Machine and falling in love with several of their songs, I reevaluated this ending track for Snow White and the Huntsman. It has a building intensity reminiscent of the epic trailer music done by Two Steps from Hell. Definitely epic.

VC’s Top Twelve in no particular order:

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – “Wunderkind”
Titanic – “My Heart Will Go On”
Scrooged – “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”
A View to a Kill – “A View to a Kill”
The Breakfast Club – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “Oh Yeah”
Footloose – “Footloose”
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – “Into the West”
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – “The Last Goodbye”
School of Rock – “It’s a Long Way to the Top”
Same Time, Next Year – “The Last Time I Felt Like This”
To Sir, with Love – “To Sir, with Love”

 

 

And the rest…

 

(500) Days of Summer – “She’s Got You High”
9 to 5 – “9 to 5”
A Beautiful Mind – “All Love Can Be”
Anastasia – “At the Beginning”
An Extremely Goofy Movie – “Right Back Where We Started From”
Armageddon – “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
Around the World in 80 Days (2004) – “Everybody All over the World”
A View to a Kill – “A View to a Kill”
Babe – “If I Had Words”
Batman and Robin – “Kiss from a Rose”

Big Hero 6 – “Immortals”
The Bodyguard – “I Will Always Love You”
Bolt – “I Thought I Lost You”
The Bourne Ultimatum – “Extreme Ways”
Brave – “Learn Me Right”
The Breakfast Club – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
Brother Bear – “No Way Out” reprise and “Look through My Eyes”
Children Who Chase Lost Voices – “Hello, Goodbye, and Hello”
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – “The Call”
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – “There’s a Place for Us”

Ella Enchanted – “It’s Not Just Make Believe”
Enchanted – “Ever Ever After”
Eragon – “Keep Holding On” and “Once in Every Lifetime”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “Oh Yeah”
Finding Nemo – “Beyond the Sea”
Footloose – “Footloose”
Frozen – “Let It Go”
Ghostbusters – “Ghostbusters”
Groundhog Day – “Weatherman”
Home Alone – “Somewhere in My Memory”

Inkheart – “My Declaration”
The Hunger Games – “Abraham’s Daughter” and “Safe & Sound”
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – “Atlas”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – “The Hanging Tree”
High School Musical 3 – “Just Getting Started” and “The Boys Are Back”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey “The Song of the Lonely Mountain”
King of Thorn – “Edge of This World”
Laputa: Castle in the Sky – “Carrying You”
The Lion King – “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”
Live and Let Die – “Live and Let Die” (and most other Bond songs)
Mannequin – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”

Meet the Robinsons – “The Future Has Arrived”
Millennium Actress – “Rotation”
Patema Inverted – “Patema Inverse”
The Polar Express – “Believe”
The Prince of Egypt – “When You Believe”
The Princess Bride – “Storybook Love”
The Road to El Dorado – “Someday Out of the Blue”
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”
Rocky III – “Eye of the Tiger”
Same Time, Next Year – “The Last Time I Felt Like This”

School of Rock – “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)”
Song of the Sea – “Song of the Sea”
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron – “Don’t Let Go”
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams – “Isle of Dreams”
Stand by Me – “Stand by Me”
Stuart Little 2 – “I’m Alive”
Tangled – “Something That I Want”
Teachers – “Understanding”
To Sir, with Love – “To Sir, with Love”
Toy Story – “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – “A Thousand Years Part 2”
Unbroken – “Miracles”
WALL-E – “Down to Earth”
Won’t Back Down – “I Won’t Back Down”
Zootopia – “Try Everything”

 

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