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Posted by on Sep 30, 2009 in Entertainment, Greg | 5 comments

Top Five List: Musical Movies

image Somewhat inspired by one of my most favourite books by Nick Hornby , High Fidelity, and it’s subsequent movie, (and with John Cusack and Jack Black being among my more favoured actors), I’d like to start a new regular list-style post: Top Five Lists.

For those who aren’t familiar with High Fidelity, – where have you been?! Go out immediately and get the book or movie! – it tells the story of Rob Fleming who is a London record store owner in his 30s whose girlfriend, Laura, has just left him. At his record shop — Championship Vinyl — Rob and his employees Dick and Barry spend their free moments discussing mix-tape aesthetics and constructing “top-five” lists of anything that demonstrates their knowledge of music.

We’ll not only focus on musical lists here at BlaBla, but to ensure that we honour the spirit of High Fidelity our first couple of lists will have a musical flavour to them.

imageLet’s start with Musical Movies – not “musicals” in the traditional sense necessarily, but movies that have a strong musical base or that tell the story through music and song. Take a look at my list and you’ll get the idea:

My Top Five Musical Movies:

  1. Blues Brothers
  2. Purple Rain
  3. Grease
  4. Hard Days Night
  5. Moulin Rouge
Now it’s your turn. Drop your list into the Comments section below.


  1. Hmmm, okay how about:

    1-The Doors

    2-Blues Brothers

    3-Walk The Line

    4-Staying Alive


  2. Going to have to think about this one a little. But I just wanted to say that I am amazed to see that there is an actual detailed and scholarly article about mix-tapes in Wikipedia! And especially the bit in it about the "aesthetics of the mixtape". Dudes need to get out a little more!

  3. Firstly – High Fedility. what a great movie. Funny!

    Here is my list:

    1. Blues Brothers

    2. The stones – Scorcesse production(I think)

    3. Rock Star

    4. Almost famous

    and just to be ridiculous

    5. The Dewey cox Story

    • Some good ones Don. The Scorsese/Stones movie was called "Shine A Light" ( I hear that he (Scorsese) is working on producing a similar movie covering Sinatra's life – could be interesting.

      "Almost Famous" = excellent movie. Think Anna Coke would have that on her list as well?

      Oh, and LOL @ "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" what a load of bollocks that was!

  4. The U2 Rattle and Hum movie was the first "story telling" movie and therefore for my opinion should be on the list. Blues Brothers is a classic, Walk the line is also a good choice. High fedility was more a movie with a good soundtrack. The Doors is also a Scorsese movie if I remember correctly. Grease is also a "cult classic" along with "staying alive" what about "high school musical" just for my daughter…..they did make three you know….

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