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Exit Music

Was trying to recall some of the better examples of music over closing credits, and these came to mind. They’re not necessarily the best, but the most memorable. They’re in no particular order and are (mostly) embarrassingly contemporary examples.

Fight Club (D. Fincher, 1999) – “Where Is My Mind?” The Pixies

Lost In Translation (S. Coppola, 2003) – “Just Like Honey” Jesus & Mary Chain

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (W. Anderson, 2004) – “Queen Bitch” David Bowie

The Prestige (C. Nolan, 2006) – “Analyse” Thom Yorke

The Darjeeling Limited (W. Anderson, 2007) – “Les Champs-Élysées” Joe Dassin

Children of Men (A. Cuarón, 2007) – “Bring on the Lucie (Freeda People)” John Lennon

The Bourne Identity (D. Liman, 2002) – “Extreme Ways” Moby

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (M. Gondry, 2004) – “Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime” Beck

Ocean’s Eleven (S. Soderbergh, 2001) – “Clair de Lune” Claude Debussy (maybe not credits, but close enough)

Dr. Strangelove (S. Kubrick, 1964) – “We’ll Meet Again” Vera Lynn

The Royal Tenenbaums (W. Anderson, 2002) – “Everyone” Van Morrison

American Beauty (S. Mendes, 1999) – “Because” Elliott Smith

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2 thoughts on “Exit Music

  1. Andrew on said:

    What I am constantly telling Katie is that most second credit songs are horrible. They often present a dramatic change that is unsettling. And usually (this might tell you what kind of movies I watch, or remind you I am a music snob) they are trash
    I encourage your research team to go back and listen to the second credit song on some of the films you listed and report back to us. I’m sure Wes will do well, but the others???
    – Andrew

  2. You are right; I have definitely noticed this. Which is why I try either to (a) leave the theater before the second song or (b) hit “stop” on the DVD before it comes. I just thought of an exception! I think it’s the first Spider-Man movie that rolls the credits to the tune of some Nickelback song (something about a “hero”?). I don’t know what the second song is, but it couldn’t possibly be worse. If there’s a dramatic change, it must be a settling one.

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