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Skewing old: A brief look at the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie songs

June 25, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
June 25, 2014

The other day, I was tweeting about films when Groundhog Day came up.

I’m not fond of that movie, and I said so. A disgruntled follower complained that we might tell him that The Blues Brothers wasn’t the greatest movie of all time.

I got curious and checked the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best comedies. Much to my surprise, I found that The Blues Brothers doesn’t appear on the list at all.

I also stumbled onto “100 Years…100 Songs,” the institute’s list of the best American movie songs, which was released in 2004. This caught the eye of another of my Twitter followers, who groused that a song from The Muppet Movie was ranked, but nothing from Purple Rain.

Frankly, I’m a huge fan of The Muppet Movie’s “Rainbow Connection,” which appears at No. 74 on the list. I certainly think it deserves to be there.

My theory is that Purple Rain, the 1984 feature starring the artist (then, formerly and once again) known as Prince got snubbed because the AFI jurors aren’t in the movie’s demographic. In other words, the panelists were too old and too white to appreciate Prince’s movie and music. Read the rest of this entry »

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