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The stories behind five classic movie tunes

Roxette, touring Dubai soon, is known for Pretty Woman's signature song, It Must Have Been Love. Here are five other film themes and the stories behind them.

Julie Garland's
Julie Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" featured in the Wizard of Oz.

Roxette, touring Dubai soon, is known for Pretty Woman's signature song, It Must Have Been Love. Here are five other classic movie tunes.

Take five... Eye of The Tiger - Rocky III (1982)

After his request for Queen's anthem Another One Bites the Dust was denied, Sylvester Stallone approached Survivor to write the theme song for Rocky III. The move was an inspired one, as Eye of The Tiger was a global chart-topper.

Take four… Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Academy Award-winning ballad remains Judy Garland's most memorable performance. The second verse, deleted from the movie, can still be heard in some theatrical productions.

Take three…My Heart Will Go On - Titanic (1997)

The composer James Horner was told by Titanic's director James Cameron not to record a vocal version of the theme song. Horner invited Celine Dion into the vocal booth anyway. Cameron eventually approved.

Take two… Take My Breath Away - Top Gun (1986)

Synth-pop group Berlin's biggest hit. The video clip shows the singer Terri Nunni wearing blue overalls as she performs the song in an empty aircraft hanger.

Take one… Jai Ho - Slum Dog Millionaire (2008)

The Pussycat Dolls may have tried to ruin it, but the original, composed by AR Rahman, is a modern classic. It was composed as an energetic Hindi song but also includes some Spanish lyrics.