And, now, without further ado, what you’ve all been waiting for, or atleast I have.  Here’s Number 1.

For those who don’t know, I was a film major.  It was my dream to direct music videos.  I wasn’t even interested in feature films.  I thought I’d be happy doing just music videos.   Don’t get me wrong.  I love film and music.  With this countdown I combine both loves.

 This MY TOP 10 features songs that either equaled or transcended the pop cultural significance of the films from whence they came.  It’s less about the movies and more about the songs.  I’m including 5 male and 5 female performers and alternating between them to keep things fair and balanced.  I’m starting off with a woman so a man can be on top. 

Just flipping the script from how I ran thangs with February’s MY TOP 10 (Sexiest Videos for those of you who don’t know) where a woman lead the pack.

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dtrt1. Public Enemy  “Fight the Power” from Do the Right Thing

This song and the way it plays out in the film and underscores Radio Raheem’s fate and the aftermath of that fate is visceral.  It’s a powerful scene and the power of this song adds to the layers conveyed therein.  Spike Lee directed not only the film, but 2 versions of “Fight the Power.”  One contains scenes from the film, the other is the more known protest demonstration version.  You’ll get both here. 

This is one of those songs (as I mentioned in a previous post) where it’s hard to separate the message and power of the song from that of the film.  If you haven’t seen the film, I would check it out.  I consider it amongst the greatest American films ever made.  For now, check out the videos.

***BONUS*** Public Enemy “Fight the Power” from Do the Right Thing