Songs That Became Movies

Can you name the songs that were turned into movies?

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Album cut from singer’s “Goddess in Progress” EP; 19841988 comedy film based on a novelty song, featuring two actors (Damon Wayans and Jim Carrey) who would star in 'In Living Color' the following year.
#1 pop and country; 1976Directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson as Rubber Duck, the craze the song capitalized on was largely over by the time the 1978 movie hit theaters.
#1 country; 1978The oppressive factory the singer quits in the song becomes a brewery in the film; songwriter David Allan Coe plays a role and the singer has a cameo as “Man with Hamburger.”
#16 pop, #1 country; 1978Spawned a series of five TV films (1980-94), all starring the song’s singer as poker ace Brady Hawkes.
#1 pop; 1967Definitively settles what the song's narrator and her titular boyfriend threw off the bridge in the days before his suicide (a ragdoll). Oh, and he was gay. And the town thinks she's pregnant.
#60 pop, #1 country; 19742008 movie (based on a short story by EL Doctorow, which was based on the song) stars Jessica Chastain as the title character, who steals men (and does much, much more) just because she can.
minimal country chart success; 1979, 1982, and 1984Animated TV special features Santa on trial for kidnapping, leaving the scene of an accident, and “sleighicular negligence.”
Album cut that runs 18:34; 1968While the film added fictitious subplots to the song’s true story, the real life Officer Obie and the blind judge played themselves, and real pictures from the trial were used. The red VW microbus was not the original, however.
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#1 pop; 1958When Neil Patrick Harris plays the novelty song (30 years after it hit), a colorful alien appears and helps stop a greedy landlord from evicting an elderly couple. Little Richard and Chubby Checker co-star (but no sign of the Minnesota Vikings 1970s defensive line).
#1 pop; 1973Moviegoers (and song fans) expecting a pulpy 'backwoods Southern' tale of infidelity and murder with a twist ending instead got a road trip with a young brother and sister trying to make it in the Nashville music scene.
#3 pop, #1 country; 1980Despite the song’s perceived slight at country music act the Gatlin Brothers, the 1981 TV movie kept their name for the fictional villains … and, shockingly, made clear that when the song says they “took turns with Becky,” it means just what you feared.
#2 pop, #1 dance; 2010Chinese film highlights the romantic lives of 7 people – their love, their lover's revenge – but does not include a fluorescent white bathhouse, razorblade sunglasses, a pyrotechnic bra, or any little monsters.
#8 pop; 19781985 TV musical (which later became a stage show) featured song’s singer as bartender Tony Starr and added new songs like “Aye Caramba” and “Lola.”
#22 pop, #1 country; 2003No animals were inebriated during the making of this 2008 box office bomb, which starred the song’s singer, as well as Ted Nugent and Willie Nelson.
#1 pop and country; 1968 Movie inspired a TV show (1981-2); both included song characters Bobby Taylor (skirt-chaser) and Shirley Thompson (drunk).
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