The film Stand by me is timeless and brings about nostalgia for how skillful a person can cross from childhood to adulthood. This movie was inspired by Stephen King’s traumatic childhood experiences when he witnessed a horrific incident where a boy was knocked and killed by a moving train when he was four years old. The movie plot is centered on four young men who agreed to go to view the body of a dead boy who had gone missing for several days. Stand by Me captures more on childhood friendship about the four friends, the ups and downs in their small town, how they began to learn about each other, and what friendship means to them. This article will rank the soundtracks used in the movie to set the movie’s tone.
10. Everyday Buddy Holly (By Buddy Holly)
This song was perfectly used to make the scenes in the film quite memorable when the boys continued their journey to find the lost boy who had been hit by a train. It appears at the scene where the four boys walked along the railway line until they reached the river. Buddy Holly and Norman Petty wrote this soundtrack. Buddy recorded it in 1957, and it became a hit after it was released to reach number three on the Top 100 Billboard chart that same year.
9. Let the Good Times Roll (By Shirley & Lee)
This Shirley & Lee 1956 release was played in the movie scene for 0:20 seconds. According to Soundtrackradar, this song plays in the scene where the boys toss a coin and Gordie loses the toss. This soundtrack is a rock $ roll duet composed by these two friends who were still in school. It became the duo’s third most popular song and appeared number twenty on the pop charts and number one on R&B charts.
8. Come Go with Me (By Del-Vikings)
“Come go with me” was written by Clarence Quick in 1956 and then recorded by The Del Vikings. It appeared as a soundtrack in the movie at the scene where the four friends sat together around a fire while toasting marshmallows. This record became a hit and picked on the U.S. Billboard Top 100 at position five. It also went on to reach the second spot on the R&B chart.
7. Whispering Bells the Del (By Vikings featuring Krps Johnson)
This song became popular in culture, earning it a spot to be included as a soundtrack for the film in 1986. It was released in 1957 by the Del-Vikings group and became a household name to reach the top 5 in the U.S. R&B charts. It also did well in the U.S. Pop charts, reaching position 9. That same year of release, it was ranked number 49 on among the top 50 singles of the year on the Billboards. In the movie scene, it appears at the scene where the guys are sitting down in the junkyard talking about tits, and Gordie appears narrating.
6. Get a Job (By Silhouettes)
Get a Job is a popular hit that encourages enduring, which was released in the rock and roll old era. According to The Silhouettes, this Silhouettes hit song is still loved by many music enthusiasts 50 years down the line after its release because it brings pleasure to anyone who listens to it. This song featured as a soundtrack in the movie at the scene where the boys have closure and Billy and Charlie begin to reveal some secrets to their friend. Ace encourages them to come along.
5. Lollipop (By the Chordettes)
Lollipop is a feel-good pop song written by Beverly Ross and Julius Dixson in 1958. Ruby first recorded it before the Chordettes did a cover that became a hit to reach positions two and three on the Top Billboards pop chart and R&B charts. The cover also did well in the U.K. charts to reach position sixth. The Chordettes version, which was performed with sounds of handclaps, is heard as a soundtrack at the scene where the boys have tuned to their car radio, and Verne and Teddy are enjoying the vibe by clapping along to the song as they walk along the train tracks.
4. Yakety Yak (By the Coasters)
When the Coasters released this single in 1958, it began dominating the charts and brought fame to them to become the biggest performing act among rock and roll lovers during that era. According to Songfacts, this hit song talks about teenage life and the social implications they go through. In the movie, it plays at the scene where Ace is racing along with his friends while in the car. Ace then refuses to pull over, which forces the truck to go off the road.
3. Great Balls of Fire (By Jerry Lee Lewis)
This song plays in the movie scene where Ace is seen playing with a mailbox baseball with the friends in the car. The song is a gospel hit that talks about the presence of God, which is always indicated by fire.
2. Mr. Lee (By the Bobbettes)
Mr. Lee was released by the Bobbettes in 1957 and did well in Canada National R&B chart shows which talk about the ugliest teacher who has reformed to become the most handsome person. This vintage record plays at the scene where the boys are inside the tree-house, and Verne is seen asking the others if they still want to see the dead body.
1. Stand by Me (By Ben E.King)
Stand by Me is the movie theme song of the movie, which plays at the end. This rock and roll hit is one of the best in the history of rock and roll music, with so many covers having been released. Ben Kind recorded the original version in 1961, and it has been recorded over 500 times to date.
The entire soundtrack in this movie is nostalgic, and they remind us how it’s not easy to come of age. The more you grow, you will continually discover things. Therefore, whatever you do, keep doing it without the bonds from your past. The bonds and friendships that we create in our past are helpful in the formative days, especially with those that we entrust our lives, soul, and heart.