The Top 15 Best Bands in Movies

#10. Crucial Taunt from Wayne’s World

Wanye's World - Crucial Taunt

Key Members: Cassandra Wong (Tia Carrere), George Foster, Anthony Focx, Marc Ferrari

Their Best Song: Ballroom Blitz

The Shitty Beatles may suck, but Crucial Taunt can really wail. When Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) stumbles upon the band at GasWorks, he’s immediately smitten by the babealicious Cassandra (Tia Carrere). But besides being his love interest, she really can rock. Her band Crucial Taunt impresses with a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Fire’ and Private Life’s ‘Touch Me’, but it’s their rendition of Sweet’s ‘Ballroom Blitz’ which really solidifies this band as one of cinema’s best, especially since they finally get a major record deal in the mega happy ending.

#9. The Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother Where Art Thou?

O Brother Where Art Thou - Soggy Bottom Boys

Key Members: Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson)

Their Best Song: Man of Constant Sorrow

These dimwitted escaped prisoners sure do make some great music. In fact, they might be the only big screen band to be formed entirely by criminals on the run. Sadly, George Clooney, John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson didn’t do their own singing, but they at least look the part while Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright provide the vocals. Their rendition of the folk classic ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’ is catchy as hell, and it even made a surprising splash on the radio during the time that O Brother Where Art Thou? was in theaters.

#8. The Wonders from That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do - The Wonders

Key Members: Jimmy (Johnathon Schaech), Lenny (Steve Zahn), Guy (Tom Everett Scott) and Ethan Embry, who has no character name other than T.B. Player

Their Best Song: That Thing You Do!

After starting out as The Oneders (not the Oh-need-ers) and becoming The Wonders it only makes sense that this band would be a one-hit wonder. But at least that hit was the insanely catchy tune ‘That Thing You Do!’. Again, the song actually became a hit on the radio in the real world, which gives this fake band a firm place in real musical history. The band may have been shortlived, but they made their dreams comes true for at least a fraction of their lives.

#7. Marty McFly and the Starlighters from Back to the Future

Back to the Future - Marty McFly

Key Members: Mary McFly (Michael J. Fox) Marvin Berry (Harry Waters Jr.), Tommy Thomas, Granville ‘Danny’ Young, David Harold Brown, Lloyd L. Tolbert

Their Best Song: Johnny B. Goode

All right, technically the band is Marvin Berry and the Starlighters, but at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance, it’s Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) who steps up to save the band after their leading man slices his hand open. McFly initially keeps things cool with a rendition of ‘Earth Angel’ (though he starts being erased from existence in the middle of it), but then he does something that really cooks. Marvin Berry may be the frontman, but if it wasn’t for McFly, we may never have gotten ‘Johnny B. Goode’ from Chuck Berry. That’s just science.

#6. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Movie

The Muppets - Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

Key Members: Dr. Teeth (Jim Henson), Animal (Frank Oz), Sgt. Floyd Pepper (Jerry Nelson), Janice (Richard Hunt), Zoot (Dave Goelz), Lips (Steve Whitmire),

Their Best Song: Can You Picture That?

Even though this Muppet rock band got their start on television with The Muppet Show, Dr. Teeth and his crew eventually headed to the big screen with The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan. They’ve got soul, and they also help progress the movie with montage songs. Though the voice line-up behind the band has changed over the years, due to the death of Jim Henson and the retirement of some of the other puppeteers, the band still plays on today. Will they be part of the new ABC series The Muppets coming this fall? It’s almost a guarantee.

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