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50 Greatest Movie Singing Scenes

Magnolia (1999)

The Scene: As things start to look at bit bleak in Paul Thomas Anderson's drama, the entire cast break into (subdued) song.

The Song: Aimee Mann and the film's cast croon 'Wise Up' to heartbreaking effect. "It's not going to stopÖ"

Join In When:
Whenever you feel like it, really. That's what the cast do.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

The Scene: The Soggy Bottom Boys (George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson) don fake beards and hop up onto the stage for a damn catchy number.

The Song: The Boys sing 'I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow' as the crowd claps and cheers.

Join In When: A rude interruption is dealt with the singing starts up again.

Mean Girls (2004)

The Scene: Cady (Lindsay Lohan) and the other mean girls mime along to 'Jingle Bell Rock' during a Christmas show, but then Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) kicks the CD player and leaves them tuneless.

The Song: Cady takes up the tune herself, saving the entire show. Meanwhile, Ms Norbury (Tina Fey) hops onto the piano.

Join In When:
Cady starts singing. It's only fair that we help her out.

Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)

The Scene: Fred (George Peppard) sits typing at his desk when, through the window, he hears an angel's voice come floating down...

The Song: In fact it's Holly (Audrey Hepburn), sitting on her windowsill crooning 'Moon River' in a bewitchingly husky whisper.

Join In When:
An orchestra subtly arrives to accompany her.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

The Scene: Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his droogs break into the country home of F Alexander to wreak a little havoc.

The Song: While doling out terrible violence, Alex joyfully sings 'Singin' In the Rain'.

Join In When:
We wouldn't recommend joining in with this particularly upsetting rendition of the ditty.

Gremlins (1984)

The Scene: Mrs. Deagle (Polly Holliday) can't stand Christmas carollers, but she's in for a bit of a shock this year...

The Song: When Mrs Deagle goes outside to throw watcher on the carollers, she discovers a gaggle of Gremlins having a go at Christmas spirit.

Join In When: Mrs Deagle starts screaming. That's if you can decipher the lyrics, which seem to mostly consist of "ya ya yaaa yayaya".

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

The Scene: Patrick (Heath Ledger) is trying to woo Kat (Julia Stiles), but she's proving really frickin' tricky. Cue an impromptu solo on the football field.

The Song: Patrick sings 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You', replete with bleacher-steps dancing.

Join In When:
The marching band comes to life on the football field for something truly epic. How can Kat resist?

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The Scene: Kermit plays the banjo while chilling out in a swamp in Florida. It's a special, swampy version of Heaven.

The Song:
Kermit croons 'Rainbow Connection' while perched on a log and steals away our little hearts.

Join In When: Our favourite frog starts singing: "Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection"...

Grease (1978)

The Scene: Danny (John Travolta) and the guys are fixing up his car when inspiration strikesÖ

The Song: The guys launch into musical number 'Grease Lightning', which turns into a full-blown automobile fantasy, replete with one hell of a pair of wheels.

Join In When:
The clapping section starts. Cos it's easy.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

The Scene: Bueller (Matthew Broderick) proves he really knows how to enjoy his day off by boarding a parade float.

The Song: Our last miming entry (we promise), in which Bueller sings along to 'Danke Schoen'. So joyful it could lift even the heaviest spirit.

Join In When:
The song segues into 'Twist And Shout'.