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It’s rare, but every now and then the stars of a movie will sing the movie’s theme song. Here are 11 examples.
1. “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile. In 2002, Eminem starred in 8 Mile, a movie about a struggling white rapper living in poverty in Detroit. You don’t cast Eminem in a movie if you don’t want him to perform the movie’s theme song. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself.”
2. “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann’s jukebox/mashup musical Moulin Rouge! starred Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor as star-crossed lovers living in the 19th Century. The two stars sang “Come What May” as a beautiful duet.
3. “Wind Beneath My Wings” from Beaches. Bette Midler starred in the movie Beaches, as she also sang its theme song. It was a big ‘ol hit, while it won Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 1990.
4. “Let It Go” from Frozen. It was the biggest song in 2013 and 2014, while Idina Menzel sang the theme song and starred as Elsa, the Snow Queen.
5. “When You Wish upon a Star” Disney’s Pinocchio. Actor Cliff Edwards sang the song as the character of Jiminy Cricket.
6. “I Will Always Love You” from The Bodyguard. Most people aren’t aware that “I Will Always Love You” is a cover song from Dolly Parton, but Whitney Houston’s version is more popular.
7. “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie. Jim Henson performed the song as Kermit the Frog to kickoff The Muppet Movie.
8. “(We’re Off on the) Road to Morocco” from Road to Morocco. Bing Crosby & Bob Hope sang the main theme song from the movie Road to Morocco, as the pair both starred in the film.
9. “Jailhouse Rock” from Jailhouse Rock. Elvis Presley starred in the rock and roll movie Jailhouse Rock, as he also performed its music.
10. “Singin’ in the Rain” from Singin’ in the Rain. Gene Kelly is an old-fashioned song-and-dance man, so it’s no surprise that he sang the main theme song from Singin’ in the Rain. The scene is iconic, as Gene Kelly makes the entire movie a classic.
11. “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland starred as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz, while “Over the Rainbow” won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1939.