When I opined that Classic Rock had lost its relevance and significance in the contemporary music industry, it does not mean that Classic Rock is no longer important. In fact, Classic Rock is a critical asset to film and TV producers as directors utilise Classic Rock to create a vibe in film and TV series that contemporary pop music just cannot replicate. Which brings me to The Best Classic Rock Film and TV Scenes.
Simply put, The Best Classic Rock Film and TV Scenes list contain the best examples of this phenomenon. Remember that most film and TV directors grew up with Classic Rock and that may partially explain why Classic Rock always trumps contemporary pop music when it comes to providing the most suitable soundtrack for key scenes. Think of this as a sonic short-cut for directors to provide emotional resonance and nuance to a scene that perhaps a film score would not be able to.
Of course, Classic Rock is even more crucial when dealing with period dramas – especially those set in the golden age of Classic Rock (i.e. 1950s to 1990s) – there is no better way to evoke a particular time in history than to utilise the music of that era. Thus examples cited in this list are bound to lean heavily on period dramas as well.
So here we go – The Best Classic Rock Film and TV Scenes – is merely the tip of the iceberg and I am sure that you can come up with a totally different list on your own. Film and TV is the main vehicle for Classic Rock appreciation now and I daresay will continue to be the case for years to come! Enjoy our selection!
Shocking Blue – “Venus” (The Queen’s Gambit)
Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower” (Watchmen)
Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter” (Goodfellas)
Pixies – “Where Is My Mind” (Fight Club)
The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
Steely Dan – “Dirty Work” (American Hustle)
10cc – “I’m Not In Love” (Guardians of the Galaxy)
Badfinger – “Baby Blue” (Breaking Bad)
The Boxtops – “The Letter” (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile)
The Beatles – “Tomorrow Never Knows”
David Bowie – “Helden” (Jojo Rabbit)
… still there’s more …