7. The Rolling Stones, “Ruby Tuesday” (The Royal Tenenbaums)
Margot and Richie decide they should just keep being secretly in love with each other, and Mick Jagger’s woeful cries bid adieu to what could have been.
6. Iggy & The Stooges, “Search and Destroy” (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
Oh, please, like you’re going to listen to someone other than Iggy Pop when you’re battling pirates? They totally had it coming, by the way — you don’t point guns at unpaid interns.
5. Seu Jorge, “Life On Mars” (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou)
This David Bowie classic takes on a new beauty when Jorge sings it in Portuguese.
4. The Who, “A Quick One While He’s Away” (Rushmore)
The hilarious revenge sequence is only made funnier by the refrains of “You are forgiven” in the background. Just goes to show you, Max Fischer’s not one to be tussled with. After all, he saved Latin. What did you ever do?
3. Elliott Smith, “Needle in the Hay” (The Royal Tenenbaums)
Richie’s suicide attempt is arguably Anderson’s most arresting scene, and when you consider the circumstances of Elliott Smith’s death, the pairing of the two is even more haunting.
2. Nico, “These Days” (The Royal Tenenbaums)
Alec Baldwin’s gravelly narration, Gwyneth Paltrow’s slo-mo descent from the bus and Nico’s grade-A Jackson Browne cover all come together perfectly in one of Wes’ best scenes.
1. The Kinks, “Strangers” (The Darjeeling Limited)
What do you get when you mix a fantastic song about the meaning of life with a poignant funeral scene in Anderson’s most visually stunning film? A spiritual journey that, no matter what Owen Wilson said, did in fact pan out.