Ranking the 10 Best Songs from the American Wedding Soundtrack
‘American Wedding’ is a 2003 comedy film that is also known as American Pie 3: The Wedding’ and ‘American Pie: The Wedding.’ It is the third film in the American Pie series. The film was written by Adam Herz and directed by Jesse Dylan. It stars Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eugene Levy, Sean William Scott, and Fred Willard. ‘American Wedding’ was filed on a budget of just $55 million and was a commercial success as it grossed $232.7 million at the worldwide box office. The movie’s soundtrack includes tracks from various artists from different genres and eras. While some were previously released by the artists, others were recorded for the movie. An interesting fact about the soundtrack is that it is the only film in the series to not include the song ‘Mrs. Robinson.’ Here are the 10 best songs from the ‘American Wedding’ soundtrack ranked.
10. Bouncing Off the Walls, Sugar Cult, 2000
One of the songs that play during the credits is Sugar Cult’s ‘Bouncing Off the Walls,’ which was written by Ben Davis, Marko DeSantis, Arin Older, and Tim Pagnotta. It was the band’s debut single, and it was on the album ‘Start Static.’ The music video for the single features scenes of Tara Reid and Ryan Reynolds in the film ‘Van Wilder.’ Reid was in the cast of the first, second, and fourth films in the ‘American Pie’ franchise, but she was not in the cast of ‘American Wedding.’
9. Honey and the Moon, Joseph Arthur, 2003
‘Honey and the Moon’ plays when Michelle and Jim walk along the beach. Joseph Arthur originally recorded the song for his 2003 album ‘Redemption’s Son’ but later released the song as a commercial single in 2007. As well as featuring in ‘American Wedding,’ the song was also used in an episode of ‘The O.C.’
8. Come Back Around, Feeder, 2002
The Welsh band Feeder recorded ‘Come Back Around’ for their fourth studio album ‘Comfort in Sound,’ which they released in 2002. It was the first single the band released following the death by suicide of Jon Lee, their drummer, earlier in the same year. The song was the band’s tenth Top 40 hit. Lee was replaced for the single and album by former Skunk Anansie drummer Mark Richardson.
7. Laid, Matt Nathanson, 2003
The song playing in the opening scene of ‘American Wedding’ is ‘Laid’ by Matt Nathanson. The song was originally released as the title single from the fifth studio album of the rock band James in 1993. A cover of the song was recorded by Matt Nathanson, especially for ‘American Wedding.’ The song was then covered again by Aiden Hawken for the seventh installment of the ‘American Pie’ franchise, ‘The Book of Love.’
6. The Hell Song, Sum 41, 2002
After Stifler ruins the wedding and is driving through the city, the song playing in the background is ‘The Hell Song.’ It is performed by the Canadian rock band Sum 41. It was the second single from the band’s album ‘Does This Look Infected?’ Not only does the song appear in ‘American Wedding,’ but it also appears in the film ‘Punk’s Not Dead’ and the video game ‘Backyard Wrestling: Don’t Try This at Home.’ The single was most successful in the UK, where it reached number four on the UK Rock & Metal Chart. It was also a top ten hit in Belgium.
5. Calling You, Blue October, 2003
‘Calling You is the only single that the alternative rock band Blue October released from their album ‘History for Sale.’ It was a moderate hit on its release, reaching number 35 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The song then gained popularity after it was included in the ‘American Wedding’ soundtrack.
4. Swing, Swing, The All-American Rejects, 2002
‘Swing, Swing’ plays in ‘American Wedding’ when the guys are driving to Chicago to speak to a designer about creating a wedding dress for Michelle. It is the debut single of the rock band, the All-American Rejects, and it is featured on their self-titled debut studio album. The song is written by Nick Wheeler and Tyson Ritter.
3. The Anthem, Good Charlotte, 2002
‘The Anthem’ is a song by the rock band Good Charlotte from their 2002 studio album ‘The Young and the Hopeless.’ It peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart and number 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song plays when the friends are packing to go to the hotel.
2. Times Like These, Foo Fighters, 2002
The song playing after Jim proposes to Michelle is ‘Times Like These’ by the Foo Fighters. It is a track from the American rock band’s fourth album, ‘One by One,’ and it is the first track on the film’s soundtrack. In addition to featuring in ‘American Wedding,’ the song is also in the comedy film ‘The Benchwarmers’ and in an episode of ‘One Tree Hill.’ Furthermore, the song has been used by various sports teams for their home games.
1. Into the Mystic, The Wallflowers, 2003
One of the best songs in ‘American Wedding’ is ‘Into the Mystic, and there are two versions of the song in the film. The original Van Morrison version of the song plays when Jim and Michelle dance at the wedding, and a cover version of the song recorded by The Wallflowers also plays in the film. It is the latter that features in the film’s soundtrack album.