100 Songs Project

What is the 100 Songs Project?

The 100 Songs Project takes its inspiration from two things. (1) It is a 100-day writing challenge. A writing challenge is an endeavor by a novice writer to practice the discipline of writing on a daily basis. I have twice engaged in a writing challenge before, first, with a thirty-day writing challenge specifically for poem-plays, and, second, with the Tarot Writing Project. This is something similar, albeit different.

(2) It is taken from AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs list, a compiled list of what the American Film Institution deemed as 100 of the “best” songs from all American movies. Everyday, I will write a short piece, whether poetic, prosaic, or dramatic, based on one of those songs. For ordering purposes, I will begin at #100 and work my way up to #1. In essence, it is a project on ekphrasis (moving one medium, music, to another, literature).

The title of the piece is the title of the song. On a personal note, I’m very excited about this project. It blends three of my favorite things: writing, music, and film.

Here is the list of songs I’m using taken from their website in reverse order. Italics indicate the film they came from. I will be updating these with links as soon as they’re written:

100 – Old Time Rock and Roll (Risky Business)

99 – Hakuna Matata (Lion King)

98 – All That Jazz (Chicago)

97 – Forty-Second Street (42nd Street)

96 – Footloose (Footloose)

95 – (We’re Off on the) Road to Morocco (Road to Morocco)

94 – Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (The Big Chill)

93 – Lose Yourself (8 Mile)

92 – Long Ago (and Far Away) (Cover Girl)

91 – Let the River Run (Working Girl)

90 – Seems Like Old Times (Annie Hall)

89 – Puttin’ on the Ritz (Young Frankenstein)

88 – Do Re Mi (The Sound of Music)

87 – Buttons and Bows (The Paleface)

86 – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)

85 – Come What May (Moulin Rouge!)

84 – Put the Blame on Mame (Gilda)

83 – The Rose (The Rose)

82 – Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead (The Wizard of Oz)

81 – I’m Easy (Nashville)

80 – Springtime for Hitler (The Producers)

79 – Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Arthur)

78 – 9 to 5 (Nine to Five)

77 – The Shadows of Your Smile (The Sandpiper)

76 – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Meet Me in St. Louis)

75 – Up Where We Belong (An Officer and a Gentleman)

74 – Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie)

73 – Isn’t It Romantic? (Love Me Tonight)

72 – Good Morning (Singin’ in the Rain)

71 – (I’m a) Yankee Doodle Dandy (Yankee Doodle Dandy)

70 – Summer Nights (Grease)

69 – On the Good Ship Lollipop (Bright Eyes)

68 – Streets of Philadelphia (Philadelphia)

67 – Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)

66 – Suicide is Painless (MASH)

65 – I Will Always Love You (The Bodyguard)

64 – My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music)

63 – Thanks for the Memory (The Big Broadcast of 1938)

62 – Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)

61 – Get Happy (Summer Stock)

60 – It Had to Be You (When Harry Met Sally…)

59 – Tonight (West Side Story)

58 – Gonna Fly Now (Rocky)

57 – The Windmills of Your Mind (The Thomas Crown Affair)

56 – Thank Heaven for Little Girls (Gigi)

55 – Flashdance…What a Feeling (Flashdance)

54 – Shall We Dance? (The King and I)

53 – Goldfinger (Goldfinger)

52 – Summertime (Porgy and Bess)

51 – Fame (Fame)

50 – Rock Around the Clock (Blackboard Jungle)

49 – Make ‘Em Laugh (Singin’ in the Rain)

48 – Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) (The Man Who Knew Too Much)

47 – Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)

46 – Don’t Rain on My Parade (Funny Girl)

45 – That’s Entertainment (The Band Wagon)

44 – Wind Beneath My Wings (Beaches)

43 – The Way You Look Tonight (Swing Time)

42 – Luck Be a Lady (Guys and Dolls)

41 – New York, New York (On the Town)

40 – Fight the Power (Do the Right Thing)

39 – Days of Wine and Roses (Days of Wine and Roses)

38 – Theme from Shaft (Shaft)

37 – Swinging on a Star (Going My Way)

36 – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)

35 – America (West Side Story)

34 – Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (Shall We Dance)

33 – Aquarius (Hair)

32 – I Got Rhythm (An American in Paris)

31 – Theme from New York, New York (New York, New York)

30 – Stormy Weather (Stormy Weather)

29 – Born to Be Wild (Easy Rider)

28 – Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)

27 – Unchained Melody (Ghost)

26 – The Trolley Song (Meet Me in St. Louis)

25 – High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’) (High Noon)

24 – Ol’ Man River (Show Boat)

23 – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

22 – Everybody’s Talkin’ (Midnight Cowboy)

21 – Jailhouse Rock (Jailhouse Rock)

20 – Somewhere (West Side Story)

19 – Some Day My Prince Will Come (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)

18 – Cabaret (Cabaret)

17 – I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady)

16 – Evergreen (A Star is Born)

15 – Cheek to Cheek (Top Hat)

14 – My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

13 – People (Funny Girl)

12 – Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)

11 – The Man That Got Away (A Star is Born)

10 – The Sound of Music (The Sound of Music)

9 – Stayin’ Alive (Saturday Night Fever)

8 – The Way We Were (The Way We Were)

7 – When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)

6 – Mrs. Robinson (The Graduate)

5 – White Christmas (Holiday Inn)

4 – Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

3 – Singin’ in the Rain (Singin’ in the Rain)

2 – As Time Goes By (Casablanca)

1 – Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz)

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