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Diane Warren’s 5 Favorite Movie Songs
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Diane Warren
Songwriter

Nominated for eleven Oscars, Diane Warren knows a thing or two about great songs for the movies. She generously swung by A.frame to give us five of her all-time favorite picks.


Songs from movies have been some of my favorites for as long as I can remember. They can make you smile, or make you dance, or make you cry at the end. They can take you back to that movie again and again, every time you hear them.

Ya know, the big ballads. I guess it’s not a big surprise that I kind of love those!

Here are five of my all-time favorite movie songs:

1
To Sir, With Love
1967
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Maybe it’s the melody, which is stunning, or the longingly beautiful lyrics. Together they create a masterpiece of sadness. It’s a song about having to say goodbye to someone who has changed your life, as the teacher played by Sidney Poitier has done for his students and about thanking someone who has “taken you from crayons to perfume,” sung so beautifully by Lulu, who also was one of the stars in the movie. One of the best movie songs of all time.

Related: Listen to every Best Original Song from this year's shortlist

2
Born Free
1966
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I still remember sitting in the movie theater with my mom and dad and that exact scene when Elsa the lion comes back to visit the Adamsons, who raised her, with her lion cubs and just sobbing uncontrollably when “Born Free” comes on. This song captured the entire meaning of not only that beautiful moment, but also of the entire film.

3
A Hard Day's Night
1964
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 From that opening chord, you knew you were about to experience something amazing. And what an amazing movie, filled with so many great songs. The sound of the Beatles crashing into all of our young hearts all at once. 

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Purple Rain
1984
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Everything about this song is fantastic, the melody, the genius guitar solo—it’s like Prince poured all his influences into one song and created something totally unique and timeless from that. This song and this movie showed us all that Prince was one of the greats. It is one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

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I Will Always Love You
1992
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Has there ever been a greater vocal performance of a greater song in a movie? The longing, the sadness of having to let go of someone you love so much when you know it is what must be, but wish with all your heart that it wasn’t. Who doesn’t remember that scene when the key change happens and the camera pulls away from Whitney Houston right at that glorious moment. The answer? Nobody.

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