Twenty years ago, “Forrest Gump” hit theaters. The film is often a hot button for movie buffs. Some love it, and some not so much, but there’s no denying one thing: This movie had a killer soundtrack, and plenty of iconic music scenes to boot. In honor of the film’s 20th anniversary, here are our five favorite music moments from the film:
Forrest Teaches Elvis How To Shake It
All of those hip-shakin’ moves that caused the censors (and teenage girls) to sweat? Yep…you can thank Forrest for that.
Forrest Goes To Vietnam, Meets Lt. Dan
From the opening riff of “Fortunate Son” to the sounds of The Four Tops and Aretha Franklin on top of echoing choppers, this scene somehow both captures the angst and soul of the 1960’s.
Forrest Meets President Johnson
Forrest moons LBJ all while Simon and Garfunkle’s “Mrs. Robinson” plays over the scene. “I got shot in the buttocks?” Come on…that’s just funny!
Forrest Runs Across the Country…with Jackson Browne and Bob Seger
One day, Forrest decided to go for a run. He went everywhere. We watched America’s amber waves of grain and its purple mountain’s majesty provide an incredible backdrop to his journey. The soundtrack? “Runnin’ On Empty” and “Against The Wind.” Perfection!
Forrest Helps Inspire “Imagine”
In the same vein as when he met Elvis, Forrest’s chance encounter with John Lennon on “The Dick Cavett Show” (per the film) would help inspire “Imagine.” It was one of many examples the wove Forrest into some of rock and roll and pop culture’s biggest moments.