Twenty-one years ago today, Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" shot all the way up the Billboard charts to become the No. 1 song in America. Somewhat adorably, the honor came 25 years after two-thirds of the vocal group's father, Brian Wilson, scored his own No. 1 hit with the Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda."
Both good songs, no doubt. Problem is, these days, whenever we hear "Hold On," all we can think of is the scene in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle when the title characters, upon hearing the song on an "extreme" mixtape, break out in a singalong with the track. It's easily one of the great music moments in movies -- by our sophomoric tastes, at least.
But it's hardly the only great singalong moment in film. So, in that vein, jump with us as we count down our 10 favorite singalong scenes.
Apologies to Jack Black's character in High Fidelity, but this movie is awesome.
9. Dionne Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer" in My Best Friend's Wedding
Fake "our songs" are always better.
8. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" in Remember the Titans
And, like that, a racial beef is squashed.
7. Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in Beautiful Girls
Wanna know how this song became a staple in Red Sox lore? This movie, set in the Boston suburbs.
I hate it when she does that.
5. The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" in Animal House
Best frat party song of all time, bro!
4. Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous
So much for being a golden god.
3. Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
Dude, on a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being not so extreme and 10 being extremely extreme, I give this a 9.5!
2. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Wayne's World
If you're gonna spew, spew into this.
Rest in Peace, Farley.
[Editor's note: I searched high and low for a clip of this scene online and could only find the below sped-up version, which doesn't even come close to doing the scene justice. Sorry, folks.]
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