Many movies rely on songs to set the mood, and there are some that are relied upon a lot – what we like to call soundtrack staples. Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now certainly has the quantity of soundtrack appearances, but how about quality?
The likes of Bohemian Rhapsody from Queen’s canon were instant smashes, but other tracks of theirs took more circuitous routes to popularity. Talking globally, Don’t Stop Me Now is one such song.
While a top 10 hit in the UK, the track from the 1978 album Jazz barely scraped the top 100 in Australia and the US, and didn’t even appear on the original CD release of Queen’s Greatest Hits (it’s on there now, although the ace David Bowie collaboration Under Pressure has disappeared). More recently – or 2005 to be precise – the song was voted as “the greatest driving song ever” by viewers of revhead nirvana Top Gear.
While it has featured on a handful of movie soundtracks since its release, the appearance of Don’t Stop Me Now in “romzomcom” Shaun of the Dead marked one of the most perfect ever collisions of music and movie. But more on that further down…
(Oh, and we haven’t included 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody in our list because, well, duh, obvious!)
Space Riders (1984)
While it may sound like a sci-fi outing from the title, the first flick to feature Don’t Stop Me Now on its soundtrack was actually a motorcycle racing drama, starring British champion Barry Sheene as himself. Queen bumped uglies sonically with the likes of Duran Duran, The Fixx and SImple Minds, while Barry bumped uglies with, erm, the ground.
Hmm, we wonder if the National Lampoon people saw Mick Molloy’s 2002 cack-fest Crackerjack…? After almost 20 years of being ignored, this tale of a young upstart setting the scintillating world of lawn bowls on its bottom finally dug Don’t Stop Me Now out of soundtrack obscurity. Despite having a decent cast, we’d recommend Crackerjack over this piece of shi- oops, swear jar, Amy!
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
BAM! It may be third chonologically, but Shaun would easily take the number one spot if we were listing these appearances by aceness. As the undead descend upon The Winchester, the jukebox’s auto-play knows the score…
Notte prima degli esami (2006)
Translating as ‘Night Before the Exams’, this Italian teen comedy was named after the track by Italian singer/songwriter Antonello Venditti. Now that we’ve learned something today, enjoy the Queen-infused trailer for the Queen-infused film.
Proving – along with the movie above – that Queen works in any language, this Spanish comedy is the tale of three old friends who find themselves fighting with each other to inherit a dead pal’s fortune. Well, that’s what Google tells us, our Spanish is pretty much limited to various foodstuffs.
Video Games: The Movie (2014)
A doco featuring the likes of Nolan Bushnell, David Crane, Cliffy B and a bunch of other video game luminaries that non-gamers will have never heard of, Don’t Stop Me Now made the perfect soundtrack to the opening credits. Although we reckon Mi-Sex were robbed.
Hardcore Henry (2015)
A hard-earned climax deserves a big, climactic song, and the best climactic song is Don’t Stop Me Now, in this underrated first-person action blast that stars Sharlto Copley and Tim Roth.
Breaking and Entering (2017)
Sometimes a movie is so teensy that it doesn’t even have enough rating votes on IMDB to warrant a rating. Breaking and Entering is one such flick, claiming a total budget of $6 for fake blood. That would imply that licensing fees weren’t paid for tracks from the Rolling Stones, The Animals and, of course, Queen… Sorry for the still, but we couldn’t even track down a trailer.
Animal Crackers (2017)
This US/Spanish animated tale which gives away the crumby secrets of the circus features the Queen song in question, as well as an impressive voice cast that includes Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen, Sly Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Tara Strong, Wallace Shawn and Harvey Fierstein.
Game Night (2018)
What better song to bond over shared Teletubbies knowledge than…?
Algebra! Science! English! Queen and testing out superpowers – a match made in heaven!
Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Turtles need speed too, so what better song to soundtrack a run on the wild side with the world’s fastest hedgehog than Queen’s little number?