10 Songs That Became More Famous Than Their Movies
10. I Will Always Love You - The Bodyguard
Like surprisingly many songs popular at weddings, I Will Always Love You is a break-up ballad. The original 1970s Dolly Parton hit got a boost back up to the top of the charts when it was included on the soundtrack to the big chested country star's movie The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. It was not until a Whitney Houston cover version was recorded for attempt to break into movie stardom, however, that the song became an unstoppable mega-hit. Playing a thinly veiled Whitney Houston-lite (only sans cocaine habit, naturally), Houston is singer Rachel Marron, protected by square jawed bodyguard Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) in 1992's The Bodyguard. As with any big romantic 90s hit, especially one featuring Kevin Costner (see Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Bryan Adams), the big romantic theme was key. Belting out Parton's ballad, Houston had a hit across the world, spending a record breaking 14 weeks at number 1 in the US and 10 weeks in the UK. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JWTaaS7LdU Thanks to the song's success The Bodyguard's soundtrack became the most successful movie soundtrack of all time and propelled the movie to over $400 million at the box office. As time has passed the film, never a hit with critics, has faded from memory. When Houston died in 2012 it was the song people remembered, not the movie.