Top Five Standout Songs From Amazing Movies According to Brian Monarch

This Thursday (November 7th), comedian Brian Monarch is throwing down with some stand-up hilarity, opening up for headliner The Greg Wilson at the Irvine Improv. Though he mostly tells jokes for al living, Monarch also has some pretty big opinions when it comes to the music that is used in movies. Since we all can relate a song to a movie (or vice versa) and we've never EVER met anyone who hates music, we asked Brian to rattle off his “Top Five Songs Standout Songs From Amazing Movies.”


5. Eye of The Tiger – Rocky III

Brian Monarch: Rocky III was and still is one of my all-time faves! I mean come on, the debut of Mr. T and Hulk Hogan in one awesome movie? What young boy isn't excited about this? I might have jizzed my pants if I was capable of jizzing back then. Or if I even knew what jizz was in 1982. They landed a big right hook right from the start with this movie when the opening sequence included “Eye of the Tiger.” It gets you pumped for the rest of the film just like it was meant to. I was hooked immediately!

4. Don't You Forget About Me – The Breakfast Club

I'm not going to lie. I've only seen this movie once. I only watched it because somebody made me watch it. I liked it but honestly, I don't remember all that much about it. The one thing I do remember is that the best part for me is at the end where everything comes together and this song hits. It was definitely the song that made me feel something for this movie. The timing was perfect, and “Don't You Forget About Me” really did bring everything full circle. Without that ending and this song, I probably would have zero recollection of anything else from this film.


3. Bad To The Bone – Terminator 2

T2! This movie kicks butt with or without this song. However, it definitely kicks more ass with it! I don't care if you love or hate Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nobody can deny that when he walks out of that biker bar and that music hits, he truly is BAD TO THE BONE! That first guitar riff always makes my adrenaline start pumping big time! I love this movie and this song was the perfect addition to that scene.

2. Twist and Shout – Ferris Bueller's Day Off

I was fifteen years old when this movie came out and I didn't know much about music at the time. The funny thing is that for many years after seeing this film, I thought Matthew Broderick was actually singing this Beatle's hit while dancing on that parade float. What can I say? I was naive and the guy can lip sync! Either way, “Twist and Shout” made you wish that you were the one on that float rocking out! I mean who doesn't want to be Ferris Bueller??


1. Unchained Melody – Ghost

What a pussy! This is his number one pick? Damn straight mofos! This was so well done. It's perfect! Even if you have a heart made of ice, this scene should be able to melt it. If not, go see a shrink and ask them who stole that shit from you or get out a pair of pliers and pull that stick out of your ass! This music hits! The look on her face, the look on his face, this movie is great with or without “Unchained Melody.” However, I'd like to take this time to thank the movie gods because they got it right with this one! It really gives this film the extra emotions they aimed for. The song helped make a couple of scenes in this movie even more moving than they would have been without it. Well done!

Catch Brian Monarch at the Irvine Improv this Thursday November 7th, 71 Fortune Drive Irvine, CA 92618, (949) 854-5455. You can get on the free admission guest list now by clicking RSVP at the top of For more information, check out his website and follow him on Vine and on Twitter @BrianMonarch.

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