In 2005, the American Film Institute (AFI) released a list of the top 100 greatest movie quotes of all-time.

The rundown, which was turned into a three-hour special that aired on CBS, was compiled by 1,500 filmmakers, historians, and critics.

We decided to honor their list by re-creating it here, and we created a brand new complimentary list of our own called 50 of the greatest song lyrics of all-time.

You may or you...continue reading below


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Quote

Movie

Year

1

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

2

I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.

THE GODFATHER

1972

3

You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.

ON THE WATERFRONT

1954

4

Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

1939

5

Here's looking at you, kid.

CASABLANCA

1942

6

Go ahead, make my day.

SUDDEN IMPACT

1983

7

All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

SUNSET BLVD.

1950

8

May the Force be with you.

STAR WARS

1977

9

Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

ALL ABOUT EVE

1950

10

You talking to me?

TAXI DRIVER

1976

11

What we've got here is failure to communicate.

COOL HAND LUKE

1967

12

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

APOCALYPSE NOW

1979

13

Love means never having to say you're sorry.

LOVE STORY

1970

14

The stuff that dreams are made of.

THE MALTESE FALCON

1941

15

E.T. phone home.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982

16

They call me Mister Tibbs!

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

1967

17

Rosebud.

CITIZEN KANE

1941

18

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

WHITE HEAT

1949

19

I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!

NETWORK

1976

20

Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

CASABLANCA

1942

21

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

1991

22

Bond. James Bond.

DR. NO

1962

23

There's no place like home.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

1939

24

I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

SUNSET BLVD.

1950

25

Show me the money!

JERRY MAGUIRE

1996

26

Why don't you come up sometime and see me?

SHE DONE HIM WRONG

1933

27

I'm walking here! I'm walking here!

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

1969

28

Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'

CASABLANCA

1942

29

You can't handle the truth!

A FEW GOOD MEN

1992

30

I want to be alone.

GRAND HOTEL

1932

31

After all, tomorrow is another day!

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

32

Round up the usual suspects.

CASABLANCA

1942

33

I'll have what she's having.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

1989

34

You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

1944

35

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

JAWS

1975

36

Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

1948

37

I'll be back.

THE TERMINATOR

1984

38

Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES

1942

39

If you build it, he will come.

FIELD OF DREAMS

1989

40

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

FORREST GUMP

1994

41

We rob banks.

BONNIE AND CLYDE

1967

42

Plastics.

THE GRADUATE

1967

43

We'll always have Paris.

CASABLANCA

1942

44

I see dead people.

THE SIXTH SENSE

1999

45

Stella! Hey, Stella!

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1951

46

Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.

NOW, VOYAGER

1942

47

Shane. Shane. Come back!

SHANE

1953

48

Well, nobody's perfect.

SOME LIKE IT HOT

1959

49

It's alive! It's alive!

FRANKENSTEIN

1931

50

Houston, we have a problem.

APOLLO 13

1995

51

You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?

DIRTY HARRY

1971

52

You had me at "hello."

JERRY MAGUIRE

1996

53

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.

ANIMAL CRACKERS

1930

54

There's no crying in baseball!

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

1992

55

La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

ANNIE HALL

1977

56

A boy's best friend is his mother.

PSYCHO

1960

57

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

WALL STREET

1987

58

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

THE GODFATHER II

1974

59

As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

60

Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!

SONS OF THE DESERT

1933

61

Say "hello" to my little friend!

SCARFACE

1983

62

What a dump.

BEYOND THE FOREST

1949

63

Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?

THE GRADUATE

1967

64

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

DR. STRANGELOVE

1964

65

Elementary, my dear Watson.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

1939

66

Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.

PLANET OF THE APES

1968

67

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

CASABLANCA

1942

68

Here's Johnny!

THE SHINING

1980

69

They're here!

POLTERGEIST

1982

70

Is it safe?

MARATHON MAN

1976

71

Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!

THE JAZZ SINGER

1927

72

No wire hangers, ever!

MOMMIE DEAREST

1981

73

Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?

LITTLE CAESAR

1930

74

Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

CHINATOWN

1974

75

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1951

76

Hasta la vista, baby.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY

1991

77

Soylent Green is people!

SOYLENT GREEN

1973

78

Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

1968

79

Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

Rumack: I am serious…and don't call me Shirley.

AIRPLANE!

1980

80

Yo, Adrian!

ROCKY

1976

81

Hello, gorgeous.

FUNNY GIRL

1968

82

Toga! Toga!

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE

1978

83

Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

DRACULA

1931

84

Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.

KING KONG

1933

85

My precious.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: TWO TOWERS

2002

86

Attica! Attica!

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

1975

87

Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!

42ND STREET

1933

88

Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go!

ON GOLDEN POND

1981

89

Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.

KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN

1940

90

A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

GOLDFINGER

1964

91

Who's on first.

THE NAUGHTY NINETIES

1945

92

Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac...It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!

CADDYSHACK

1980

93

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!

AUNTIE MAME

1958

94

I feel the need - the need for speed!

TOP GUN

1986

95

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

DEAD POETS SOCIETY

1989

96

Snap out of it!

MOONSTRUCK

1987

97

My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

1942

98

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

DIRTY DANCING

1987

99

I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

WIZARD OF OZ, THE

1939

100

I'm king of the world!

TITANIC

1997

 

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Quote

Song

Artist

Year

1

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" Steam 1969
2

And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make

"The End"

The Beatles

1969

3 I got ninety nine problems but a b*tch ain't one "99 Problems" Jay-Z 2004
4 You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" The Rolling Stones 1969
5 For the times they are a-changin' "The Times They Are a-Changin'" Bob Dylan 1964
6 Well, it's one for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
Now go, cat, go

"Blue Suede Shoes"
Elvis Presley 1956
7 'Cause I want to be anarchy "Anarchy in the U.K." Sex Pistols 1976
8 'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" Beyoncé 2008
9 You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
"Imagine" John Lennon 1971
10 R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB
"Respect" Aretha Franklin 1967
11 "It's Britney, bitch" "Gimme More" Britney Spears 2007
12 Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss
"Won't Get Fooled Again" The Who 1971
13 I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
"In My Life" The Beatles 1965
14 I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA "DNA" Kendrick Lamar 2017
15 If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding
How can you have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat?
"Another Brick in the Wall" Pink Floyd 1979
16 I can't get no satisfaction
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones 1965
17 Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strange)
"Changes" David Bowie 1972
18 Don't just stand there, let's get to it
Strike a pose, there's nothing to it
"Vogue" Madonna 1990
19 Ob la di, ob-la-da, life goes on, bra
La-la, how the life goes on
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" The Beatles 1968
20 I'm the king of rock, there is none higher
Sucker MC's should call me sire
To burn my kingdom, you must use fire
I won't stop rockin' till I retire
"King of Rock" Run-D.M.C. 1985
21 I get knocked down, but I get up again
You're never gonna keep me down
"Tubthumping" Chumbawamba 1997
22 Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
"Born to Be Wild" Steppenwolf 1968
23 Oh yeah I tell you somethin'
I think you'll understand
When I say that somethin'
I want to hold your hand
"I Want To Hold Your Hold" The Beatles 1964
24 We will we will rock you "We Will Rock You" Queen 1977
25 I'm Slim Shady, yes I'm the real Shady
All you other Slim Shadys are just imitating
So won't the real Slim Shady, please stand up,
"The Real Slim Shady" Eminem 2000
26 Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you
Wu wu wu
"Mrs. Robinson" Simon & Garfunkel 1968
27 Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
"Landslide" Fleetwood Mac 1975
28 I am human and I need to be loved
Just like everybody else does
"How Soon Is Now" The Smiths 1985
29 I am the egg man
They are the egg men
I am the walrus
Goo goo g'joob
"I Am the Walrus" The Beatles 1967
30 Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we're young
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
"Born to Run" Bruce Springsteen 1975
31 I feel good, I knew that I would now "I Got You (I Feel Good)" James Brown 1964
32 Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
"Sweet Caroline" Neil Diamond 1969
33 Money, get back
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack
Money, it's a hit
Don't give me that do goody good bullsh*t
"Money" Pink Floyd 1973
34 I feel stupid and contagious
Here we are now, entertain us
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" Nirvana 1991
35 They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
"Big Yellow Taxi" Joni Mitchell 1970
36 I want my, I want my MTV "Money for Nothing" Dire Straits 1985
37 Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
"Subterranean Homesick Blues" Bon Dylan 1965
38 Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Awop-bop-a-loo-mop alop-bom-bom
"Tutti Frutti" Little Richard 1955
39 For there's Basie, Miller, Sachmo
And the king of all Sir Duke
And with a voice like Ella's ringing out
There's no way the band can lose
"Sir Duke" Stevie Wonder 1976
40 I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I'm wanted dead or alive
"Wanted Dead or Alive" Bon Jovi 1986
41 Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside
"Karn Evil 9" Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1973
42 Go Johnny go! Go.
Johnny B. Goode!
"Johnny B. Goode" Chuck Berry 1958
43 Excuse me while I kiss the sky "Purple Haze" Jimi Hendrix Experience 1967
44 I read the news today, oh boy "A Day in the Life" The Beatles 1967
45 But I believe in this and it's been tested by research
He who f**ks nuns will later join the church
"Death or Glory" The Clash 1979
46 You gotta fight for your right to party "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)" Beastie Boys 1986
47 Yo, I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want.
So, tell me what you want, what you really really want.
I wanna—, Iwanna really, really, really wanna zigazig
"Wannabe" The Spice Girls 1996
48 A little ditty 'bout Jack & Diane
Two American kids growing up in the heart land
"Jack and Diane" John Mellencamp 1982
49 Started with a little kiss, like this "Walk This Way" Aerosmith 1975
50 We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year "Wish You Were Here" Pink Floyd 1975

 

AFI's List of Moive Quotes

In 2005, the American Film Institute (AFI) released a list of the top 100 greatest movie quotes of all-time.  The rundown, which was turned into a three-hour special that aired on CBS, was compiled by 1,500 filmmakers, historians, and critics.

We decided to honor their list and re-create it here, along with a brand new list of our own, 50 of the greatest song lyrics of all-time.

You may or you may not agree with all of them, but it's fun to read nonetheless.

AFI chose “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn,” from 1939’s Gone with the Wind, as the top movie quote of all-time.

The year Gone with the Wind hit theaters is the most represented year on their list.  There are 19 quotes from movies released in 1939.

Casablanca leads all pictures with seven quotes.  Wizard of Oz comes in second with six.

Humphrey Bogart uttered a tenth of the quotes.  You probably assumed that with Casablanca’s being the most quoted flick.

Woody Allen, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, the Marx Brothers, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, and James Stewart all uttered five or more quotes.

The list’s oldest film was The Jazz Singer.  Hollywood’s first full-length “talkie” was released in 1927.

The list’s only notable drawback is its age; it’s not friendly to Millennials.  The rundown has only one film from the 21st century. 

Otherwise, AFI did a respectable job of putting together a list.  It’s comprehensive and includes Hollywood’s most notable lines.

At the same time, they left plenty of room for argument.  Ultimately, a list is judged by the quality of debate it sparks.  AFI’s list is a great debate-starter.

It helps if you review their quotes with as much objectivity as you can afford.  For example, the list contains quotes like “There's no crying in baseball,” “Houston, we have a problem,” and “You had me at ‘hello.’”

While those quotes are the artistic equivalent of fast food, they are undeniably part of our popular culture.  Even causal movie fans know those lines and the movies from which they sprung.

While those quips are vapid, they are far more recognizable then the witty, “An African or European swallow?” or the quintessential meme fodder, “Khaaannnn!” Neither of those lines made the list.

Our List of Song Quotes

AFI’s focus on cultural impact and longevity inspired us to create a similar list for popular music.

We culled the liner notes of our favorite LPs, and reviewed lyric sites, to create a catalog of the 50 greatest song quotes of all-time.

Almost certainly, we left your favorite lyric off our list.  And by favorite, we mean that line you turned into a life motto, DIY t-shirt, or back tattoo.

For that we apologize.  Nonetheless, we think you’ll agree that the 50 lyrics we selected, like AFI’s 100 movie quotes, have become staples of popular culture and some of rock’s most endearing sentiments.

The Beatles lead all artists with six quotes.  Their decade, the 1960s, is responsible for 17 entries. 

The 21st century did better on our list of song quotes then it did on AFI’s list of movie passages.  Don’t take that as us disparaging the music of the 21st century.  It’s just that that music hasn’t had enough time to be considered enduring.

We listed artists that made the song, and by extension the lyric, popular.  Therefore, some of the songs we quoted are covers, but it’s their version of the song that has become definitive.

Lastly, the year represents when the song was released, not when it was written.

What song lyric came in first?  “Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye” from Steam’s 1969 single "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.”

Since 1977, when it was used at a Chicago White Sox game to salute an opposing pitcher being removed from the game, Steam’s brain worm has become a utilitarian taunt.  For example, in 2017 Democratic lawmakers used it to tease their Republican counterparts over a failed legal battle.

“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye” may not be the most sagacious thing to ever come out of a rock singer’s mouth, but it’s now the go-to-chant for a group of winners to ridicule a group of losers.

 

References:

https://www.afi.com
https://web.archive.org/
https://www.filmsite.org/
https://www.imdb.com/
https://www.azlyrics.com/
https://www.npr.org/
https://huffingtonpost.com

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