10 Great Songs in Famous 3D Movies

John Salley

Sep 09, 2014 07:58 pm / Posted by John Salley to Movies, Reviews

High-quality 3D movies can now be seen in thousands of new generation 3D theaters all around the world. And there must be some well-known songs that is unforgetable and reminiscent of a singular moment in the 3D film. Here, we take a look at the top 10 best songs in 3D movies of all time.

1. The Lion King

The Lion King
The Lion King really benefits from the larger screen. Its lavish landscapes will be able to capture you more, and you can really savor the animation. Disney didn’t need any humans, so they could spend all of the time on a great story and lush landscapes. In fact, its camera movement was so majestic that you actually felt like you were part of the pride of lions.

The opening line from the song “Circle of Life” in the iconic film The Lion King has been sung over and over for twenty years. The music boomed and really created the atmosphere. Although I had seen this picture before, I still was tense because of the way the music played out. Most of the time, I would just roll my eyes at the attempt to make me nervous. But Hans Zimmer’s music really bowled me over and made my heart do calisthenics.

Unlike such new Disney pics like Lilo and Stitch, the songs actually did some good. They took you out of a somewhat dreary mood and put a smile on your face and made your feet want to tap along. There were only a few, but they were very entertaining. And the Circle of Life song at the beginning was beautiful, with its perfect pictures and perfect sound.

2. Frozen


The movie’s soundtrack has been equally dominant in a chilly year for album sales – racking up a seven-week streak of dominance at the Number One spot. “When a musical grosses a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and features an inspirational album, why should we be surprised?” asked Glen Brunman, former head of Sony Music’s soundtrack unit, in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Even in 2014, when soundtrack sales are starting to remind us of a bygone era?”

As Rolling Stone reported, the sucess of Frozen was a planned, months-long process by Disney, who released Demi Lovato’s version of “Let It Go” two weeks before the album made its debut followed by Idina Menzel’s version a month later.

3. Glee – the 3D Concert Movie

GLEE, which features a soundtrack of hit music from past to present, follows an optimistic high school teacher, WILL SCHUESTER (Matthew Morrison), as he tries to refuel his own passion while reinventing the high school’s glee club and challenge a group of outcasts to realize their star potential.

One of the songs covered by the Glee cast for this film is the huge Lady Gaga hit song, “Born This Way”.

4. Top Gun 3D

Top Gun 3D
While some will no doubt see the release of a 3D version of Top Gun as a cynical ploy, Sandrew stresses that 3D is a tool that can let filmmakers bolster the story they’re already telling — comparing it to a movie’s soundtrack. “We don’t notice the music score at all, really, when we’re watching a movie,” he says, “But if you take it away, we notice its absence. I think 3D should be basically the same sort of thing. It’s more dramatic than simply music, but I think it should enhance the mood. It should enhance the action, enhance the story, without being the story.”

As if the sight of those beautiful fighter jets isn’t enough to get your adrenaline going, the soundtrack features Cheap Trick’s “Mighty Wings” and Kenny Loggins’ “Highway to the Danger Zone” that will do it.

5. Titanic

I was practically dragged by my significant other to see ‘Titanic’ in the theater. After reading so much about production troubles, the ever-increasing budget, and the release date being pushed from summer to the end of the year, I really didn’t have much interest in seeing what I expected would be a complete disaster.

The second-highest grossing movie of all time, and the first of two James Cameron films on our list, features the hugely popular Celine Dion song “My Heart Will Go On”.

6. Avatar

“Avatar” is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.

It’s easy to see why, as you get lost in the far away land called Pandora with the Na’vi people. The lovely soundtrack features “I See You” by British pop star Leona Lewis.

7. Step Up 3D

Step Up 3D
3-D can’t save the latest entry in the “Step Up” franchise. Mostly, the annoying process just gets in the way of the series’ main claim to fame: take-your-breath-away, hyperkinetic street-style dancing. And 3-D sure can’t pump up the lame dramatic scenes filling in between the exuberant jams. Though director Jon Chu brings admirable energy and imagination to “Step Up 3D”‘s dance extravaganzas, he can’t animate shockingly wooden performances or cure stumble-footed dialogue. Only a way-talented crew of acting coaches and screenwriters could have whipped this cornball musical into something more than amateur night.

On the soundtrack to this film is Flo Rida’s Billboard top 10 song “Club Can’t Handle Me”. If it doesn’t get you up and dancing like no one’s watching, well, just say that it will.

8. Polar Express

Polar Express
Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy Hayden McFarland, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family’s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. My daughter loves this movie and requests “choo choo” back to back… very sweet movie, and the music is wonderful! I even usually don’t mind watching it repeatedly with her.

And come sprinkle a little Christmas magic any time by listening to Josh Groban’s “Believe”, featured on the soundtrack.

9. Kiss Me Kate

Kiss Me Kate
The light-hearted musical version of Shakespeare’s most sexist comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, was filmed in the very latest 3D available in 1953, and pushed the format to its then-limit. Decades before Streetdance or Step Up 3D, this proved that one of the best reasons to watch 3D is to see big movement like dancing coming right at’cha – and the lines of chorus girls in this effort give it all they’ve got. Sparkling Technicolor and sparky performances make this one of the best mainstream 3D efforts of the ’50s.

This musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” features some great music by Cole Porter. So pull up a chair, mix a nice beverage, and enjoy a classic.

10. U2 3D

U2 3D
Recorded over 9 concerts in Latin America and one in Australia, U2 3D is the first film to utilize IMAX,3-D, and multi-camera technology for a concert. While this use of new tools could have easily been badly bungled with cheesy bells and whistles, 3-D effect are used only to create and successfully sustain the cinematic illusion rather than dismiss the reality altogether.

Wisely forgoing the usual concert film rituals of backstage interviews and retrospectives, U2 3D keeps the focus where it belongs: on the music. The camera swoops and swirls around the band, sometimes giving us a bird’s eye view (or cheap seats view), other times taking the low angled view, letting us gaze up at the band as though we are standing at the foot of the stage. This was also the first live action 3D movie ever to be shown at the famous Cannes Film Festival. Wanna hear the soundtrack? “Unos, dos, tres, catorce!”

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