Best of 2010: Cinema Jukebox Edition

by Vadim Rizov

One of the incidental pleasures of watching even a mediocre movie is experiencing the way a specific song is used. As long as they’re not the bland sonic equivalent to wallpaper for montages (e.g. the breathy singer-songwriter blandness of Morning Glory, or any peppy pop-punk shopping sequence), most movies make a token stab at rewiring the associations of a given song. Here are 10 of my favorite examples from the past year, with any film-length scoring (like Shutter Island‘s primer on 20th-century chromatic classical music, or the ever-popular BRAAAAAAAHM of Inception) disqualified:

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