Top 10 Musical Scenes In Quentin Tarantino Films

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Sunday, Quentin Tarantino, one of the best modern film directors not named Uwe Boll, turns 48 years old. It's hard to believe the beloved hipster director has now been on the public radar for almost 20 years, with his feature-length debut and breakout movie Reservoir Dogs turning the big 2-0 next year.

It's hard to pinpoint what the Tennessee-born, California-living director has cooking next. Rumors have been swirling about a Kill Bill Vol. 1/Vol. 2 unrated super-cut release in the U.S., or perhaps even a third entry in the series. (According to, it's happening.) One thing is sure, though - whatever he decides to pick up next will be a stunner.

His last film, 2009's Inglourious Basterds, is easily our favorite QT flick, edging out Pulp Fiction, but then again we are partial to war movies.

When it comes to using pop music to to bulk up his films, QT is easily the best modern director. Since Dogs, he has been known for packing the musical landscapes with dissonant tunes to counteract the violence onscreen. A Neil Diamond cover to soundtrack an accidental overdose, or a prime Stealers Wheel cut to mesh with cutting off a cop's ear are just two of the best examples of the man expertly reconfiguring pop for his cinematic vision, linking those two songs forever to his oeuvre.

What are some of QT's best uses of pop music? Well...


Stealers Wheel, "Stuck In The Middle With You":

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Urge Overkill, "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon":

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The perfect mix of dread and squeamishness.

Chuck Berry, "You Never Can Tell":

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We still can't get over Vincent and Mia's laconic dancing.


Bobby Womack, "Across 110th Street":

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Best setting of mood ever.

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This list fails without Tito and Tarantula "After Dark" from the movie From Dusk Til Dawn. QT wrote the movie so it should count. Without a doubt the sexiest scene in the world with the hottest woman in the world, Salma Hayek.

Phil White
Phil White

you missed out my fav.... the opening of Reservoir Dogs with them all suited up strutting down the street to 'Little Green Bag'


I HAVE THAT! And refuse to get rid of that CD {cd hoarder} b/c I love the cash-money on it.


As a whole, I think that Kill Bill has the most powerful Musical Scenes (not to mention my favo exchange of any Tarantino movie [in Vol 2]):Kiddo [headed off to see Pai Mei]: When will I see you again?Bill: That's the title of my favorite soul song of the seventies.Kiddo: What?

Love that nuance.

My 2 favorites due to their ability to make ANYONE look cool walking in slow-mo: Little Green Bag--Reservoir Dogs and Battle Without Honor or Humanity--Kill Bill Vol. 1.


I was going for directed by's, but YES. I agree that one rules.


Growing up, I had this really cool QT comp called "The Tarantino Connection" that I played constantly.

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