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10. 'Rushmore' (1999)
Best movie-music moment: Steel tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray) sits isolated from his twin sons' birthday party, tossing ping pong balls into a murky green swimming pool as the bluesy guitar intro of The Kinks' 1965 song "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl" begins to play. A cigarette dangling from his lips, Blume scans the party with contempt, focusing for a moment on his cheating wife feeding birthday cake to a younger man. Just as he spots her, the lyrics to the song kick in — "Met a girl, fell in love, glad as I can be / But I think all the time, is she true to me?" Blume climbs the diving board, downs a cocktail and cannonballs into the pool, floating underwater in the fetal position like he's hoping to drown.
Why we love it: The soundtrack to Wes Anderson's second film perfectly captures its wistful, wry tone. These pop songs mostly date back to the Sixties, but, like the movie, they feel timeless.
Tracklist highlights: The bittersweet "Ooh La La" by The Faces; the rollicking and romantic "Oh Yoko" by John Lennon and "Here Comes My Baby" by Cat Stevens; Creation's obscure garage rocker "Making Time"; and the aforementioned Kinks' song, "Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl."
- Whitney Phaneuf