As heard on Stern, Nick DiPaolo's introduction for Halle Berry that Chris Rock wanted to use but didn't: "Our next presenter has lost more men than the war in Iraq."
005: Destiny's Child
"Independent Woman (Part 1)"
[Charlie's Angels; 2000]
Yes, this song is an empty declaration of female self-reliance (we buy our own jewelry!) that conflicts with the "buy me stuff" sloganeering of "Bills, Bills, Bills," and yes, it's preposterous that the theme song to Charlie's Angels a franchise about three women managed by an old codger is an anthem for female autonomy, but it's not uncommon to find yourself humming or singing quietly along when you hear it played in a store or at the gym. Wish we could say the same about P!nk's theme song for the sequel.
004: Dashboard Confessional
[Spider-Man 2; 2004]
You can't sing along to this shamelessly overblown emo power ballad without wanting to phone your friends and tell them to come kick your ass, which, if they heard you singing the lyrics, they probably would. So why is it number four? Because you can't not sing along. This song is destined for the karaoke hall of fame alongside the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" and "Colors of the Wind" from Disney's Pocahontas.
003: Tomoyasu Hotei
"Battle Without Honor or Humanity"
[Kill Bill: Vol. 1; 2003]
Originally featured in Junji Sakamoto's 2000 film Shin Jingi Naki Tatakai, "Battle Without Honor or Humanity" answers the eternal question: "What if Ronnie James Dio wrote a blaxploitation instrumental and it ruled?" Like so many songs used by Tarantino, this amped-up mod rock piece permanently associates itself with the film it accompanies while transcending the film at the same time. What was the most interesting part of the original Kill Bill trailer? This song.
002: New Order
"Here To Stay"
[24 Hour Party People; 2002]
Featuring the production skills of the Chemical Brothers, "Here To Stay" is both a fitting tribute to New Order's first home Factory Records (the subject of 24 Hour Party People) and an instant classic addition to the band's catalogue. Somehow, they cram nearly every song they've ever written into one track "Blue Monday," "Temptation," "True Faith," "Bizarre Love Triangle," "Crystal." Easily one of New Order's best songs ever.
[8 Mile; 2002]
Eminem is the only person ever to claim a film and its soundtrack at number one in the same week, largely due to the cross-over success of "Lose Yourself," an inescapable talking rocker that won over urban audiences and old folks alike. The lyrics read like the blatherings of a cheesy motivational speaker, but Eminem's delivery is so spectacularly intense and honest that he pulls off otherwise laughable lines like "you can do anything you set your mind to."