Hold On: The 10 Best Singalong Scenes In Film

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"Someday somebody's gonna make you wanna turn around and say goodbye..."
Twenty-one years ago today, Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" shot all the way up the Billboard charts to become the No. 1 song in America. Somewhat adorably, the honor came 25 years after two-thirds of the vocal group's father, Brian Wilson, scored his own No. 1 hit with the Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda."

Both good songs, no doubt. Problem is, these days, whenever we hear "Hold On," all we can think of is the scene in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle when the title characters, upon hearing the song on an "extreme" mixtape, break out in a singalong with the track. It's easily one of the great music moments in movies -- by our sophomoric tastes, at least.

But it's hardly the only great singalong moment in film. So, in that vein, jump with us as we count down our 10 favorite singalong scenes.

10. The Temptations' "Ain't To Proud To Beg" in The Big Chill.
Apologies to Jack Black's character in High Fidelity, but this movie is awesome.


9. Dionne Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer" in My Best Friend's Wedding
Fake "our songs" are always better.



8. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" in Remember the Titans
And, like that, a racial beef is squashed.



7. Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in Beautiful Girls
Wanna know how this song became a staple in Red Sox lore? This movie, set in the Boston suburbs.




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5 comments
Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

I don't think of Harold and Kumar anymore when I hear "Hold On." Now it's all Bridesmaids. 

I'd have to add "Sweet Child O Mine" from Step Brothers. Adam Scott kills that scene.

MattL1
MattL1

I actually enjoy most of these scenes, especially "Louie, Louie" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."  However, the Top Gun scene, and indeed the whole movie, can go straight to hell.  

TLS
TLS

I HATE sing-a-long songs in movies.  So contrived.  Just yesterday the Charlie's Angels movie was on and there was a scene where Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and cant-remember-her name dance and sing Hammer's "Can't Touch this"; complete with stepping on and flipping a couch.  I need a mind eraser stat!

Steve
Steve

So flushed with embarassment for most of these scenes.

Oh, how I want to take a tire iron to the riders on the Tiny Dancer Express.

Kevin Kline's envy for Kevin Costner (who entered the film dead and thus, did not have to sing earnestly into a mashed potato spoon) is palpable.

Nick R.
Nick R.

But, you MUST admit the Bohemian Rhapsody scene is brilliant. you MUST!

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