Clay Aiken – Music Memories

Memoriesa mental impression retained; a recollection.

In June of 2004, CBS aired a 3-hour special called AFI – 100 Years, 100 Songs.  Hosted by John Travolta, the countdown from the American Film Institute featured clips of 100 famous songs.

According to the AFI webpage:

AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.

Clay Aiken joined Burt Bacharach, Celine Dion, Barry Gibb, Barbra Streisand, and Paul Simon who all commented about the songs in the Top 100.

The top 100 songs were chosen by 1,500 industry experts. The songs were evaluated on quality of music and lyrics as well as their cultural impact and legacy. Over the Rainbow – the Judy Garland anthem from The Wizard of Oz – was voted the greatest movie song ever.

The top ten list of greatest movie tunes follows:

  • ·         Over The Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
  • ·         As Time Goes By from Casablanca
  • ·         Singin’ in the Rain from Singin’ in the Rain
  • ·         Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • ·         White Christmas from Holiday Inn
  • ·         Mrs. Robinson from The Graduate
  • ·         When You Wish Upon A Star from Pinnochio
  • ·         The Way We Were from The Way We Were
  • ·         Stayin’ Alive from Saturday Night Fever
  • ·         The Sound of Music from The Sound of Music

Commenting on Lose Yourself by Eminem, Clay said:

Movie music does not have to be soaring love ballads. Lose Yourself is definitely an example of a movie song that makes a movie much more hip and much more popular for today’s culture.”

When commenting on Unchained Melody from Ghost, Clay said his mother had a dream that he would record a cover of Unchained Melody and it would be a big hit. One week later, LeAnn Rimes came out with the recording and it became a big hit. The hopes of Clay’s Mom were dashed. Clay also commented that he was in 4th grade when Ghost was released and that he did not understand the significance of the hands on the potter’s wheel during the song. I bet that Clay had no idea that Ben Cohn would later write a wonderful arrangement of Unchained Melody for him.

Another of Clay’s comments brought a laugh when he shared that he tried hard to learn to spell supercalfragalisticexpialidocious.

100 Years, 100 Songs, with the American Film Institute had an audience of 12.3 million people.  How many of those people were fans of Clay Aiken?

Watch the video below to see Clay’s part of the AFI show.

Did you watch Clay on this show?

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