Midnight City – M83

If you’re a fan of the reality TV show Made in Chelsea, you will recognise this tune by the French electronic music band M83.

I knew it long before I knew MIC used it as their theme tune, though. The BBC played it a lot during their coverage of the London Olympics in summer 2012.

The video of telekinetic children, who have escaped from a federal facility, is a joy to watch.

My Fair Lady

Audrey Hepburn plays a young  Edwardian flower seller called Eliza Doolittle. In Covent Garden she meets Professor Henry Higins (Rex Harrison), who vows to give her elocution lessons and pass her off as a duchess at an embassy ball.

This wonderful musical from 1964 lasts nearly three hours long and has a great storyline. It’s bursting with memorable songs including ‘Wouldn’t it be Loverly?‘, ‘The Rain in Spain’, ‘On the Street Where You Live‘, ‘The Ascot Gavotte‘, and ‘Get me to the church on time‘.

Not surprisingly, the film won big at the Oscars, taking home eight awards.

Vide Cor Meum – Patrick Cassidy/Hans Zimmer

Irish composer Patrick Cassidy composed this breathtakingly beautiful song especially for the 2001 film Hannibal, the sequel to the Silence of the Lambs. One of my favourite film soundtrack composers Hans Zimmer helped produce it.

The song, which means ‘See my heart’  is based on a sonnet written by the Middle Ages Italian poet Dante.

 

 

Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks

Whenever I listen to this it conjures up memories of lazy hot summer days. It was a big hit back in 1967 for The Kinks, peaking at number two in the charts.

Lead singer Ray Davies wrote the lyrics for the song, which is considered to be the band’s best known work. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at number 42 on their all-time 500 greatest songs list.

Titanic

At over three hours long, this film is not necessarily one to watch in one sitting. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, it retells the story of the famous sinking of the Titanic ship on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, and the romance between two of the passengers from different classes of society.

James Cameron directed the film and released it at Christmas 1997. At the 1998 Oscars, it swept the board, winning 11 out of 14 awards for which it was nominated.

Celine Dion’s unforgettable theme song My Heart Will Go On was a huge hit all over the world, and sold millions of copies.

 

 

Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Edward Elgar

The most famous part from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, which he premiered in 1899, is Nimrod, a mournful tune, which is played on Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.

There are a total of fourteen variations in total, each one dedicated to one of Elgar’s friends. The only one I am familiar with is Nimrod, which has been a favourite of mine for many years, especially since it was played at the Hong Kong handover in June 1997.

You Win Again – The Bee Gees

This ultimate feel-good tune made it to number one back in 1987, and was a massive hit in other European countries as well.

The Bee Gees became the first group to have a number one single in three different decades, and they won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.

Duel

Duel was legendary director Steven Spielberg’s first major film, which was released in 1971. It is a thrilling 90 minutes in which a man played by Dennis Weaver is stalked by an unseen truck driver on a deserted road in California.

The entire film is basically one scene of the truck following Weaver’s character, which on the face of it doesn’t sound that exciting, but it is totally gripping edge-of-your-seat viewing.

Finale Andante from Swan Lake – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky composed the ballet Swan Lake in 1875-76, and despite initially not being successful, it has gone on to become one of the most popular ballets of all time.

The closing Andante from the fourth and final act is my favourite part of the ballet.

Firework – Katy Perry

Firework was a big chart hit for American singer Katy Perry in late 2010. I am a big fan of her music, and this is my favourite song of hers.

Katy wrote it with the express purpose of improving the self-esteem of her teenage listeners as the lyrics are self-empowering. I love the video, too, which shows Katy dancing around in Budapest with fireworks exploding in the night sky.