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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2020 10:31 p.m. PST

"Nothing makes a war movie pop like its soundtrack. Films that are scored by famous composers stay with us forever. Hans Zimmer did Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, was scored by John Williams, and of course, the most famous war film score ever, Maurice Jarre's work for the WWI epic Lawrence of Arabia…"
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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2020 7:52 a.m. PST

What the ??? No
Burning Bridges by Mike Curb Congregation from Kelly's Heroes

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Feb 2020 8:26 a.m. PST

No Lili Marlene from Guns of Navarone?

thosmoss04 Feb 2020 9:05 a.m. PST

No opening riffs of Jimmy Hendrick's "Purple Haze" in … absolutely every Vietnam movie ever?

Ryan T04 Feb 2020 9:16 a.m. PST

Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky (1938) is a classic movie (assuming the Marxist propaganda doesn't trigger you) with a brilliant soundtrack by Sergei Prokofiev.

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Eclectic Wave04 Feb 2020 9:39 a.m. PST

Burning Bridges was my first thought too, Wackmole9

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2020 11:11 a.m. PST



Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Feb 2020 12:06 p.m. PST

That WASN'T "Lilli Marlene" in "Guns of Navarone."

I don't know what it was, and why they didn't use the authentic item, but it still had the right ambiance. The singer was even channeling Lale Andersen.

Meanwhile, though the Prokofiev soundtrack for "Alexander Nevsky" is great music, it's hardly in the neighborhood of
Pop Music.

The opening title sequence for "Patton" was a radio favorite at the time of the film's release, but that was fifty years ago, and tastes have certainly changed since.

Johnny Horton's "Sink The Bismark" was a perrenial on radio for a long time (now sixty years since release), and "The Battle of New Orleans" from a few years earlier was, too.

I guess war movies now are so politically correct/SERIOUS, a good up-beat, singable/whistleable song is just not in the cards anymore.

Too bad….


robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Feb 2020 4:51 p.m. PST

Uh, guys? The thread, and the article say pop songs from war movies. Prokofiev's score for Alexander Nevsky and Goldsmith's for Patton are not songs, and "Sink the Bismark" and "The Battle of New Orleans" are not part of movie soundtracks.

Someone wake me up when we do scores from war movies--or from military TV, come to that. Because I will trade EVERY "pop song in a war movie" mentioned so far for the "Rat Patrol" theme.

Extrabio194704 Feb 2020 6:24 p.m. PST

I'll just take the entire soundtrack from "Good Morning, Vietnam."

Glengarry505 Feb 2020 12:24 a.m. PST

The theme from "Guns of Navarone" did become a ska standard.
For me the most memorable pop song in a war movie was when "Apocalypse Now" opened with the Doors "The End" remix.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2020 11:07 a.m. PST



dilettante Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2020 3:40 p.m. PST

Go Ask Alice

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2020 7:58 p.m. PST

A 'pop' song? How about Dr. Strangelove (or is that an anti-war movie?) ending with Vera Lynn singing "We'll meet again, don't know where…" A massive hit during WW2 and appearing on albums ever since.

Slow Oats06 Feb 2020 12:28 p.m. PST

"Bird is the Word" from Full Metal Jacket, of course.

Bowman06 Feb 2020 12:37 p.m. PST

So the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" is a goofy song, but incredibly good in the context of Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. (Edit, got ninja'd by Slow Oats)

And how about Creedence Clearwater's "Suzie Q" in Apocalypse Now?

And on a totally different, non-pop musical tack, I'll second TVAG's inclusion of Prokofiev's soundtrack of Alexander Nevsky. One of my favourite recordings.

von Schwartz07 Feb 2020 6:38 p.m. PST

As soon as I read the title of this post, the first song that came to mind was….wait for it…..

"Burning Bridges".

Could there be any other?

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