AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs

AFI 100 Years... series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI's 10 Top 10

Part of the AFI 100 Years… series, AFI's 100 Years…100 Songs is a list of the top 100 songs in American cinema. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 22, 2004, in a CBS special hosted by John Travolta, who appeared in two films honored by the list, Saturday Night Fever and Grease.

Most represented films

Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music and West Side Story are tied for the most recognition, with three songs each on the list. The Wizard of Oz, A Star Is Born (#11 from the 1954 version and #16 from the 1976 version), Funny Girl, and Meet Me in St. Louis all have two entries.

Most represented singers

Judy Garland (who is also listed in first place for "Over the Rainbow") and Gene Kelly are tied with five songs each. Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Marni Nixon, and Barbra Streisand follow with four songs each. All of the songs performed by Astaire and Streisand are ranked within the top half of the list, though Astaire was co-credited for three out of his four songs listed, while Streisand performed all four of her songs by herself.

The list

# Song Film Year Performer(s) Song writer(s)
1 "Over the Rainbow" The Wizard of Oz 1939 Judy Garland Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg
2 "As Time Goes By" Casablanca 1942 Dooley Wilson Herman Hupfeld
3 "Singin' in the Rain" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
4 "Moon River" Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 Audrey Hepburn Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
5 "White Christmas" Holiday Inn 1942 Bing Crosby Irving Berlin
6 "Mrs. Robinson" The Graduate 1967 Simon & Garfunkel Paul Simon
7 "When You Wish upon a Star" Pinocchio 1940 Cliff Edwards aka "Ukulele Ike" (as Jiminy Cricket) Leigh Harline, Ned Washington
8 "The Way We Were" The Way We Were 1973 Barbra Streisand Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch
9 "Stayin' Alive" Saturday Night Fever 1977 The Bee Gees Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
10 "The Sound of Music" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
11 "The Man That Got Away" A Star Is Born 1954 Judy Garland Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin
12 "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 Marilyn Monroe Jule Styne, Leo Robin
13 "People" Funny Girl 1968 Barbra Streisand Jule Styne, Bob Merrill
14 "My Heart Will Go On" Titanic 1997 Celine Dion James Horner, Will Jennings
15 "Cheek to Cheek" Top Hat 1935 Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers Irving Berlin
16 "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" A Star Is Born 1976 Barbra Streisand Barbra Streisand, Paul Williams
17 "I Could Have Danced All Night" My Fair Lady 1964 Marni Nixon (dubbing Audrey Hepburn) Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
18 "Cabaret" Cabaret 1972 Liza Minnelli John Kander, Fred Ebb
19 "Someday My Prince Will Come" Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937 Adriana Caselotti (as Snow White) Larry Morey, Frank Churchill
20 "Somewhere" West Side Story 1961 Jimmy Bryant (dubbing Richard Beymer), Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood) Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
21 "Jailhouse Rock" Jailhouse Rock 1957 Elvis Presley Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
22 "Everybody's Talkin'" Midnight Cowboy 1969 Harry Nilsson Fred Neil
23 "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 B.J. Thomas Hal David, Burt Bacharach, Luther Dixon
24 "Ol' Man River" Show Boat 1936 Paul Robeson Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II
25 "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin')" High Noon 1952 Tex Ritter Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
26 "The Trolley Song" Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Judy Garland Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
27 "Unchained Melody" Ghost 1990 The Righteous Brothers Alex North, Hy Zaret
28 "Some Enchanted Evening" South Pacific 1958 Giorgio Tozzi (dubbing Rossano Brazzi) Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
29 "Born to Be Wild" Easy Rider 1969 Steppenwolf Mars Bonfire
30 "Stormy Weather" Stormy Weather 1943 Lena Horne Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
31 "Theme from New York, New York" New York, New York 1977 Liza Minnelli John Kander, Fred Ebb
32 "I Got Rhythm" An American in Paris 1951 Gene Kelly George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
33 "Aquarius" Hair 1979 Ren Woods, Ensemble James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot
34 "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" Shall We Dance 1937 Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
35 "America" West Side Story 1961 Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Ensemble Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein
36 "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Mary Poppins 1964 Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Ensemble The Sherman Brothers
37 "Swinging on a Star" Going My Way 1944 Bing Crosby Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
38 "Theme from Shaft" Shaft 1971 Isaac Hayes, Chorus Isaac Hayes
39 "Days of Wine and Roses" Days of Wine and Roses 1962 Chorus Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
40 "Fight the Power" Do the Right Thing 1989 Public Enemy Carlton Ridenhour, Eric Sadler, Hank Saxley, Keith Boxley
41 "New York, New York" On the Town 1949 Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Jules Munshin Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green
42 "Luck Be a Lady" Guys and Dolls 1955 Marlon Brando, Ensemble Frank Loesser
43 "The Way You Look Tonight" Swing Time 1936 Fred Astaire Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields
44 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Beaches 1988 Bette Midler Jeff Silbar, Larry Henley
45 "That's Entertainment" The Band Wagon 1953 Fred Astaire, Jack Buchanan, Nanette Fabray, Oscar Levant Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz
46 "Don't Rain on My Parade" Funny Girl 1968 Barbra Streisand Bob Merrill, Jule Styne
47 "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" Song of the South 1947 James Baskett Allie Wrubel, Ray Gilbert
48 "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956 Doris Day Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
49 "Make 'Em Laugh" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Donald O'Connor Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
50 "Rock Around the Clock" Blackboard Jungle 1955 Bill Haley and His Comets Max C. Freedman, James E. Myers
51 "Fame" Fame 1980 Irene Cara Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford
52 "Summertime" Porgy and Bess 1959 Loulie Jean Norman George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward
53 "Goldfinger" Goldfinger 1964 Shirley Bassey Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley, John Barry (composer)
54 "Shall We Dance?" The King and I 1956 Marni Nixon (dubbing Deborah Kerr), Yul Brynner Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
55 "Flashdance... What a Feeling" Flashdance 1983 Irene Cara Giorgio Moroder, Keith Forsey, Irene Cara
56 "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" Gigi 1958 Maurice Chevalier Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe
57 "The Windmills of Your Mind" The Thomas Crown Affair 1968 Noel Harrison Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand
58 "Gonna Fly Now" Rocky 1976 DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford Bill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins
59 "Tonight" West Side Story 1961 Marni Nixon (dubbing Natalie Wood), Jimmy Bryant (dubbing Richard Beymer) Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim
60 "It Had to Be You" When Harry Met Sally... 1989 Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
61 "Get Happy" Summer Stock 1950 Judy Garland Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
62 "Beauty and the Beast" Beauty and the Beast 1991 Angela Lansbury (as Mrs. Potts) Howard Ashman, Alan Menken
63 "Thanks for the Memory" The Big Broadcast of 1938 1938 Bob Hope, Shirley Ross Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
64 "My Favorite Things" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
65 "I Will Always Love You" The Bodyguard 1992 Whitney Houston Dolly Parton
66 "Suicide Is Painless" MASH 1970 Chorus Johnny Mandel, Mike Altman
67 "Nobody Does It Better" The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Carly Simon Carol Bayer Sager, Marvin Hamlisch
68 "Streets of Philadelphia" Philadelphia 1993 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen
69 "On the Good Ship Lollipop" Bright Eyes 1934 Shirley Temple Richard A. Whiting, Sidney Clare
70 "Summer Nights" Grease 1978 John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
71 "(I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy" Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 James Cagney George M. Cohan
72 "Good Morning" Singin' in the Rain 1952 Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown
73 "Isn't It Romantic?" Love Me Tonight 1932 Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
74 "Rainbow Connection" The Muppet Movie 1979 Jim Henson (as Kermit the Frog) Paul Williams, Kenneth Ascher
75 "Up Where We Belong" An Officer and a Gentleman 1982 Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes Will Jennings, Jack Nitzsche, Buffy Sainte-Marie
76 "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 Judy Garland Hugh Martin, Ralph Blaine
77 "The Shadow of Your Smile" The Sandpiper 1965 Chorus Johnny Mandel, Paul Francis Webster
78 "9 to 5" Nine to Five 1980 Dolly Parton Dolly Parton
79 "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" Arthur 1981 Christopher Cross Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carol Bayer Sager, Peter Allen
80 "Springtime for Hitler" The Producers 1968 Ensemble Mel Brooks
81 "I'm Easy" Nashville 1975 Keith Carradine Keith Carradine
82 "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" The Wizard of Oz 1939 Ensemble Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg
83 "The Rose" The Rose 1979 Bette Midler Amanda McBroom
84 "Put the Blame on Mame" Gilda 1946 Anita Ellis (dubbing Rita Hayworth) Allan Roberts, Doris Fisher
85 "Come What May" Moulin Rouge! 2001 Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor David Baerwald
86 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Dirty Dancing 1987 Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes Franke Previte, Donald Markowitz, John DeNicola
87 "Buttons and Bows" The Paleface 1948 Bob Hope Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
88 "Do Re Mi" The Sound of Music 1965 Julie Andrews, Ensemble Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
89 "Puttin' On the Ritz" Young Frankenstein 1974 Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle Irving Berlin
90 "Seems Like Old Times" Annie Hall 1977 Diane Keaton Carmen Lombardo, John Jacob Loeb
91 "Let the River Run" Working Girl 1988 Carly Simon Carly Simon
92 "Long Ago (and Far Away)" Cover Girl 1944 Gene Kelly, Martha Mears (dubbing Rita Hayworth) Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern
93 "Lose Yourself" 8 Mile 2002 Eminem Eminem, Luis Resto, Jeff Bass
94 "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" The Big Chill 1983 Temptations Norman Whitfield, Edward Holland, Jr.
95 "(We're Off on the) Road to Morocco" Road to Morocco 1942 Bing Crosby, Bob Hope Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke (lyricist)
96 "Footloose" Footloose 1984 Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins, Dean Pitchford
97 "42nd Street" 42nd Street 1933 Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ensemble Harry Warren, Al Dubin
98 "All That Jazz" Chicago 2002 Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger John Kander, Fred Ebb
99 "Hakuna Matata" The Lion King 1994 Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Jason Weaver, Joseph Williams Elton John, Tim Rice
100 "Old Time Rock and Roll" Risky Business 1983 Bob Seger George Jackson, Thomas E. Jones III

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