The theme from “Chariots of Fire” remains one of the most inspiring instrumentals in cinematic history. Equally good for running down a beach and running a razor down your face.
R. Kelly, “I Believe I Can Fly”
The R&B legend delivers on all fronts with this “Space Jam” classic.
Blue Oyster Cult, “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
The now-legendary jam (more cowbell!) was showcased in the 1980 Olympic hockey film “Miracle.”
Explosions in the Sky, “Your Hand in Mine”
Much of the success of “Friday Night Lights” can be attributed to its epic soundtrack, created solely by this Texas-bred post-rock quartet.
Public Enemy, “He Got Game”
Beyond this standout single, the hip-hop icons composed the entire album for the Spike Lee basketball film.
John Fogerty, “Centerfield”
It’s hard to imagine “Bull Durham” without this baseball classic from the former Creedence frontman.
Jimmy Cliff, “I Can See Clearly Now”
It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sunshine-y day.
Seal, “Fly Like an Eagle”
Another flying-themed “Space Jam” jam. Two’s better than one anyway, right?
Marvin Gaye, “I Heard it Through the Grapevine”
A classic in its own right, Gaye’s soulful song was a choice addition to the soundtrack of “Remember the Titans.”
Bob Dylan, “Hurricane”
The rock god shines on this lengthy eight-minute-plus jam, featured in the boxing biopic of the same name.