Home Movie Music Suggestions
July 5, 2012 11:00 AM   Subscribe

Help me pick the best family home movie montage music.

I'm in the process of taking the last 10 years of family home movies and photos and making a video for my family. Of course, these types of videos are always better with awesome music.

Give me your ideas for music that makes family memories seem that much cooler. Looking for mostly upbeat tunes but am open to all ideas!
posted by shew to Media & Arts (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I love Jackson 5, Stevie Wonderful, Al Green, James Brown, Etta James, etc. combinations.
posted by anya32 at 11:02 AM on July 5, 2012

It's a Beautiful Day-U2
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 11:03 AM on July 5, 2012

Who Are You - The Who.
posted by bondcliff at 11:07 AM on July 5, 2012

A little on-the-nose, but what about Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.
posted by griphus at 11:08 AM on July 5, 2012

Eye of the Tiger by Survivor!
posted by Grither at 11:16 AM on July 5, 2012

Herb Alpert makes for great people-doing-things music for anything that's a little silly. Like pretty much anything with kids in it. Example.
posted by phunniemee at 11:18 AM on July 5, 2012 [2 favorites]

You should absolutely do a short outtakes/gag reel to something heinously awful like Who Let The Dogs Out.
posted by elizardbits at 11:20 AM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root
posted by hot soup at 11:20 AM on July 5, 2012

Obviously the only good music for this purpose is the worst or least appropriate music. Maybe "Jump" by Van Halen or "In the Air of the Night" by Genesis. Captain Beefheart?
posted by cmoj at 11:37 AM on July 5, 2012

I think it'd be awesome if you could work Chariots of Fire in there.
posted by zizzle at 11:48 AM on July 5, 2012

If you're married, "This is Us" is what you're looking for to celebrate your experiences together. (Live on Letterman--you'd probably want the [excellent] album version.)
posted by MonkeyToes at 11:50 AM on July 5, 2012

Louis Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World" Not that upbeat but induces smiles all the time!
posted by punocchio at 12:24 PM on July 5, 2012

Maybe try some Leon Redbone (Aw You Salty Dog) or old school swing/jazz. I tend to think you can't go wrong if there is a banjo involved.
posted by poolsidemuse at 12:26 PM on July 5, 2012

Toddler- and pet-related hijinx become 150% hijinxier when accompanied by Yakity Sax.
posted by dr. boludo at 12:32 PM on July 5, 2012

Louis Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World"...

Someone I knew who did a lot of convert-to-DVD work back in the late-90s/early-00s often put movies and slideshows of kids to "Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, to make every mom all misty-eyed and such.
posted by AzraelBrown at 12:59 PM on July 5, 2012

"Walkin' on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves.
posted by emelenjr at 1:25 PM on July 5, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Zombies' "This Will Be Our Year" seems to work perfectly for this home video montage.
posted by shes_ajar at 7:33 PM on July 5, 2012

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