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American Film Institute’s
100 Years . . . 100 Songs

The American Film Institute (AFI) celebrated the centennial of cinema by airing a number of television specials, each honoring a different aspect of excellence in American film. On June 22, 2004 AFI broadcast a program entitled “100 Years . . . 100 Songs—America’s Greatest Movie Songs.”

To determine the winners, AFI invited more than 1,500 leaders from across the American film community—screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics, among them—to choose from a list of nominated films compiled by AFI. The selected films (and their ranking) are listed below.

TheOscar Nominated marker symbol appears next to those films which also received an Academy Award nomination (although this was not a requirement for inclusion on the list). Click on the name of one of those films to display more information about it. You can also click on the IMDb link to to open a new browser window or tabshowing information about the film from the Internet Movie Database. Or, click on a title in the column on the right to display the winners from another AFI program.

For more information, you can follow this link to the American Film Institute’s website.

1.“Over the Rainbow”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
2.“As Time Goes By”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
3.“Singin’ in the Rain”
 Oscar Nominated markerSingin’ in the Rain (1952)   IMDb
4.“Moon River”
 Oscar Nominated markerBreakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)   IMDb
5.“White Christmas”
 Oscar Nominated markerHoliday Inn (1942)   IMDb
6.“Mrs. Robinson”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Graduate (1967)   IMDb
7.“When You Wish upon a Star”
 Oscar Nominated markerPinocchio (1940)   IMDb
8.“The Way We Were”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Way We Were (1973)   IMDb
9.“Stayin’ Alive”
 Oscar Nominated markerSaturday Night Fever (1977)   IMDb
10.“The Sound of Music”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Sound of Music (1965)   IMDb
11.“The Man That Got Away”
 Oscar Nominated markerA Star Is Born (1954)   IMDb
12.“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerFunny Girl (1968)   IMDb
14.“My Heart Will Go On”
 Oscar Nominated markerTitanic (1997)   IMDb
15.“Cheek to Cheek”
 Oscar Nominated markerTop Hat (1935)   IMDb
16.“Evergreen (Love Theme from ‘A Star Is Born’)”
 Oscar Nominated markerA Star Is Born (1976)   IMDb
17.“I Could Have Danced All Night”
 Oscar Nominated markerMy Fair Lady (1964)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerCabaret (1972)   IMDb
19.“Some Day My Prince Will Come”
 Oscar Nominated markerSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerWest Side Story (1961)   IMDb
21.“Jailhouse Rock”
 Jailhouse Rock (1957)   IMDb
22.“Everybody’s Talkin’”
 Oscar Nominated markerMidnight Cowboy (1969)   IMDb
23.“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”
 Oscar Nominated markerButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)   IMDb
24.“Ol’ Man River”
 Show Boat (1936)   IMDb
25.“High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’)”
 Oscar Nominated markerHigh Noon (1952)   IMDb
26.“The Trolly Song”
 Oscar Nominated markerMeet Me in St. Louis (1944)   IMDb
27.“Unchained Melody”
 Oscar Nominated markerGhost (1990)   IMDb
28.“Some Enchanted Evening”
 Oscar Nominated markerSouth Pacific (1958)   IMDb
29.“Born to Be Wild”
 Oscar Nominated markerEasy Rider (1969)   IMDb
30.“Stormy Weather”
 Stormy Weather (1943)   IMDb
31.“Theme from ‘New York, New York’”
 New York, New York (1977)   IMDb
32.“I Got Rhythm”
 Oscar Nominated markerAn American in Paris (1951)   IMDb
 Hair (1979)   IMDb
34.“Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”
 Oscar Nominated markerShall We Dance (1937)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerWest Side Story (1961)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerMary Poppins (1964)   IMDb
37.“Swinging on a Star”
 Oscar Nominated markerGoing My Way (1944)   IMDb
38.“Theme from ‘Shaft’”
 Oscar Nominated markerShaft (1971)   IMDb
39.“Days of Wine and Roses”
 Oscar Nominated markerDays of Wine and Roses (1962)   IMDb
40.“Fight the Power”
 Oscar Nominated markerDo the Right Thing (1989)   IMDb
41.“New York, New York”
 Oscar Nominated markerOn the Town (1949)   IMDb
42.“Luck Be a Lady”
 Oscar Nominated markerGuys and Dolls (1955)   IMDb
43.“The Way You Look Tonight”
 Oscar Nominated markerSwing Time (1936)   IMDb
44.“Wind Beneath My Wings”
 Oscar Nominated markerBeaches (1988)   IMDb
45.“That’s Entertainment”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Band Wagon (1953)   IMDb
46.“Don’t Rain on My Parade”
 Oscar Nominated markerFunny Girl (1968)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerSong of the South (1947)   IMDb
48.“Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)   IMDb
49.“Make ’em Laugh”
 Oscar Nominated markerSingin’ in the Rain (1952)   IMDb
50.“Rock Around the Clock”
 Oscar Nominated markerBlackboard Jungle (1955)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerFame (1980)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerPorgy and Bess (1959)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerGoldfinger (1964)   IMDb
54.“Shall We Dance”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe King and I (1956)   IMDb
55.“Flashdance . . . What a Feeling”
 Oscar Nominated markerFlashdance (1983)   IMDb
56.“Thank Heaven for Little Girls”
 Oscar Nominated markerGigi (1958)   IMDb
57.“The Windmills of Your Mind”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Thomas Crown Affair (1968)   IMDb
58.“Gonna Fly Now”
 Oscar Nominated markerRocky (1976)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerWest Side Story (1961)   IMDb
60.“It Had to Be You”
 Oscar Nominated markerWhen Harry Met Sally . . . (1989)   IMDb
61.“Get Happy”
 Summer Stock (1950)   IMDb
62.“Beauty and the Beast”
 Oscar Nominated markerBeauty and the Beast (1991)   IMDb
63.“Thanks for the Memory”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Big Broadcast of 1938 (1938)   IMDb
64.“My Favorite Things”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Sound of Music (1965)   IMDb
65.“I Will Always Love You”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Bodyguard (1992)   IMDb
66.“Suicide Is Painless”
 Oscar Nominated markerM*A*S*H (1970)   IMDb
67.“Nobody Does It Better”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Spy Who Loved Me (1977)   IMDb
68.“Streets of Philadelphia”
 Oscar Nominated markerPhiladelphia (1993)   IMDb
69.“On the Good Ship Lollipop”
 Bright Eyes (1934)   IMDb
70.“Summer Nights”
 Oscar Nominated markerGrease (1978)   IMDb
71.“The Yankee Doodle Boy”
 Oscar Nominated markerYankee Doodle Dandy (1942)   IMDb
72.“Good Morning”
 Oscar Nominated markerSingin’ in the Rain (1952)   IMDb
73.“Isn’t It Romantic?”
 Love Me Tonight (1932)   IMDb
74.“Rainbow Connection”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Muppet Movie (1979)   IMDb
75.“Up Where We Belong”
 Oscar Nominated markerAn Officer and a Gentleman (1982)   IMDb
76.“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
 Oscar Nominated markerMeet Me in St. Louis (1944)   IMDb
77.“The Shadow of Your Smile”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Sandpiper (1965)   IMDb
78.“9 to 5”
 Oscar Nominated marker9 to 5 (1980)   IMDb
79.“Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”
 Oscar Nominated markerArthur (1981)   IMDb
80.“Springtime for Hitler”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Producers (1968)   IMDb
81.“I’m Easy”
 Oscar Nominated markerNashville (1975)   IMDb
82.“Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
83.“The Rose”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Rose (1979)   IMDb
84.“Put the Blame on Mame”
 Gilda (1946)   IMDb
85.“Come What May”
 Oscar Nominated markerMoulin Rouge! (2001)   IMDb
86.“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”
 Oscar Nominated markerDirty Dancing (1987)   IMDb
87.“Buttons and Bows”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Paleface (1948)   IMDb
88.“Do Re Mi”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Sound of Music (1965)   IMDb
89.“Puttin’ on the Ritz”
 Oscar Nominated markerYoung Frankenstein (1974)   IMDb
90.“Seems Like Old Times”
 Oscar Nominated markerAnnie Hall (1977)   IMDb
91.“Let the River Run”
 Oscar Nominated markerWorking Girl (1988)   IMDb
92.“Long Ago and Far Away”
 Oscar Nominated markerCover Girl (1944)   IMDb
93.“Lose Yourself”
 Oscar Nominated marker8 Mile (2002)   IMDb
94.“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Big Chill (1983)   IMDb
95.“(We’re Off on the) Road to Morocco”
 Oscar Nominated markerRoad to Morocco (1942)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerFootloose (1984)   IMDb
97.“42nd Street”
 Oscar Nominated marker42nd Street (1933)   IMDb
98.“All That Jazz”
 Oscar Nominated markerChicago (2002)   IMDb
99.“Hakuna Matata”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Lion King (1994)   IMDb
100.“Old Time Rock and Roll”
 Risky Business (1983)   IMDb