| The American
Film Institute in Los Angeles conducted their seventh polling, 100 Years...100
Songs that highlighted "America's Greatest Music in the Movies."
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About the 400 Nominees for the Greatest American Movie Songs:
- Bing Crosby topped the list of nominees as the most
represented performer with 12 nominated songs; Fred Astaire was second
with 11; others well-represented included Gene Kelly (8) and Frank
- Judy Garland was the most represented female performer
with nine songs
- Barbra Streisand had eight nominated songs, as did
Marni Nixon, though she never appeared on screen. Her voice was used
in performances by Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe (partial).
- Among composers, Richard Rodgers had the most nominated
songs with 18; Irving Berlin was second with 11
- The 1950s was the most represented decade with 67
nominees; the 1980s had 62 nominees
- The Wizard of Oz (1939),
Singin' in the Rain (1952), Meet
Me in St. Louis (1944), The Lion King (1994), and The
Sound of Music (1965) were among the most-represented on the
ballot, with three nominated songs apiece
- The ballot of nominees stretched from Al Jolson (two
songs from The Jazz Singer (1927),
"My Mammy" and "Toot, Toot, Tootsie") to Eminem
(8 Mile (2002) and "Lose Yourself") and "All
That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago (2002)
- There were four Elvis tunes on the ballot
- There were non-musical films on the ballot, for example: The Shawshank Redemption (1994) with
the Mozart opera "Duettino--Sull'Aria" from "The Marriage
of Figaro," and Apocalypse Now (1979)
with The Doors' "The End"
- "White Christmas" (by Bing Crosby) was
on the ballot for its contribution to Holiday Inn (1942) and
not for its inclusion in White Christmas (1954); "Easter
Parade" was also listed for Holiday Inn (1942) and not
for Easter Parade (1948). Likewise, "Singin' in the Rain,"
which made its film debut in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929),
was nominated for its rendition by Gene Kelly in Singin'
in the Rain (1952)
- Non-human nominees included Jiminy Cricket (as voiced
by Cliff Edwards) for "When You Wish Upon a Star" in Pinocchio
(1940), and Kermit the Frog (as voiced by Jim Henson) for "Rainbow
Connection" in The Muppet Movie (1979)