Sunday, July 25, 2010

Top 20 Songs from Singing Actors

In the past, when an actor was cast in a musical role, their voices were often dubbed by real singers. For example, think of Natalie Wood in West Side Story. The singing voice you hear is Marni Nixon, a talented soprano with a long history in musical theater. Still, there are some actors who might as well use their own voices. Some know they shouldn't be singing, but that hasn't stopped anyone yet. Whatever the case, it's always a surprise when actors known only for their acting break out into song on the big screen. And some surprises are more pleasant than others. Still, it's always fun to see people playing a role out of the ordinary. In fact, there are some actors who enjoy singing on screen so much that they decide to cut an album, often to mixed reviews and success. Braise yourself as these are my Top 20 Songs (good and bad) from Singing Actors.

1. Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor - Elephant Love Medley (from Moulin Rouge)

2. David Soul - Silver Lady

3. Patrick Swayze - She's Like the Wind (from Dirty Dancing)

4. Johnny Depp & Helena Bonhan Carter - Sweeney Todd

5. Richard Gere & Renee Zellweger - Chicago

6. Meryl Streep & Pierce Brosnan - SOS

7. Gwyneth Paltrow - Bette Davis Eyes (from "Duets")

8. Reese Witherspoon - Jukebox Blues (from "I Walk The Line")

9. Jennifer Love Hewitt - Me and Bobby McGee

10. Eddie Murphy - Party All the Time

11. Don Johnson

12. Bruce Willis - Under the Boardwalk

13. Anne Hathaway - Somebody To Love (from "Ella Enchanted")

14. Robert Downey Jr. - Man Like Me

15. Jack Nicholson - Go to the Mirror Boy (from "Tommy")

16. David Hassellhoff - Crazy for You

17. Scarlet Johanssen - Anywherte I Lay My Head

18. Leonard Nimoy - The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

19. Sigorney Weaver - Back in the USSR (from "Heartbreakers")

20. Steven Segal - Girl It's Alright

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