10 Movies You Didn't Realise Inspired Songs

Young Frankenstein did more than make people laugh —it inspired a classic Aerosmith song!

Juno Green Day
Fox Searchlight Pictures/Reprise

Have you ever sat down to listen to your favorite song and wondered what could have inspired the songwriter to come up with their lyrics? Most people probably have due to the fact that modern music tends to have some strange phrases, which could only have come from the artist's crazy life.

However, that answer is often incorrect. Most songwriters find inspiration from the same places everyone else does, and whether that's another band's music, something they experienced in real life, or their favorite movie, inspiration can strike at any time and from anywhere.

Occasionally, it's fairly obvious when a songwriter finds inspiration from a movie, but not always. There are plenty of songs that have been inspired by a film's themes, or even from a single line of dialogue that struck the artist's fancy.

Whatever aspect of a movie happens to get an artist's creative juices flowing, it's clear they use it as a jumping-off point in their writing process. Millions of people watched Juno, but only one guy heard something and thought, 'that would make a great song!'

These ten movies inspired songs, but in most cases, it's hardly obvious to the listener.

10. Roman Holiday 

Juno Green Day
Paramount Pictures

Artist & Song: Deep Blue Something – "Breakfast At Tiffany's"

When most people read that Deep Blue Something's song "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was inspired by a film, they immediately assume it's Audrey Hepburn's Breakfast at Tiffany's. That's certainly a reasonable assumption, but the reality is, a different Audrey Hepburn film was the inspiration for the song featured on the band's 1995 album, Home.

It wasn't Breakfast at Tiffany's at all, and instead, the song is all about Roman Holiday, which is probably Hepburn's other most-famous role. Lead vocalist Todd Pipes was inspired to write the song after seeing the movie, but when it came to choosing a title, they had to look elsewhere.

Calling it "Roman Holiday" didn't sit right with the band, so instead, they opted to name it after another Hepburn classic, and "Breakfast at Tiffany's" became the name of a song that has little to nothing to do with that film other than the fact that it starred Audrey Hepburn.

Of course, watching the music video makes it hard to see a difference, as the jewelry store features heavily. Go ahead and watch Roman Holiday, and then listen to the lyrics, and it's clear the song's true inspiration has nothing to do with Hepburn's other film... outside of the chorus, of course.


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