GoodFellas Music: All Songs In The Movie

The music to Goodfellas is unrelenting, featuring Italian crooners, American standards, and even pop-rock favorites. Here’s a list of all the major songs.

The soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas is unrelenting, featuring Italian crooners, American standards, and some great pop-rock tunes. The featured music, like most of Martin Scorsese’s best successes, creates a sense of familiarity while also emphasizing thematic elements and character traits. Goodfellas is based on Nicholas Pileggi’s 1985 book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family, which details the adventures of American gangster Henry Hill and is currently streaming on Netflix.

Hill (Ray Liotta) describes his 25 years working for the Lucchese crime family in Goodfellas. He proves himself to mob associates Jimmy Conway (Robert De Niro) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci in an Oscar-winning performance) after understanding the inner workings of the organization, but he realizes he’ll never be a “Made Man” owing to his lack of pure Italian ancestry. As a result, Henry grinds it out by arranging heists and side dealings in the hopes of maintaining a luxury lifestyle in New York City, where he has lots of options. Goodfellas was nominated for six Academy Awards and shares many themes with Martin Scorsese’s 2019 Netflix picture The Irishman.

GoodFellas Music: All Songs In The Movie

There are 12 songs on the official Goodfellas soundtrack, and all of them are mainstream hits. The film’s credits sequence, on the other hand, lists the whole group of tracks that Scorsese utilizes from start to finish, with several stylizing crucial sequences with stylish characters. Here’s a list of every song featured in Goodfellas.

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  • “Rags to Riches” – Tony Bennett
  • “Can’t We Be Sweethearts” – The Cleftones
  • “Sincerely” – The Moonglows
  • “Firenze Sogna” – Giuseppe di Stefano
  • “Hearts of Stone” – Otis Williams and the Charms
  • “Speedo” – The Cadillacs
  • “Parlami d’Amore Mario” – Giuseppe di Stefano
  • “Playboy” – The Marvellettes
  • “Stardust” – Billy Ward and His Dominoes
  • “It’s Not for Me to Say” – Johnny Mathis
  • “This World We Live In (Il Cielo in Una Stanza)” – Mina
  • “I Will Follow Him (Chariot)” – Betty Curtis
  • “Them He Kissed Me” – The Crystals
  • “Life Is But a Dream” – The Harptones
  • “Look in My Eyes” – The Chantels
  • “Leader of the Pack” – The Shangri-Las
  • “Roses are Red” – Bobby Vinton
  • “Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye” – Written by Ernie Erdman, Ted Fiorito, and Gus Kahn
  • “Happy Birthday to You” – Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
  • “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” – Dean Martin
  • “Pretend You Don’t See Her” – Jerry Vale
  • “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” – The Crystals
  • “Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)” – The Shangri-Las
  • “Atlantis” – Donovan
  • “Baby I Love You” – Aretha Franklin
  • “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin
  • “Wives and Lovers” – Jack Jones
  • “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” – Tony Bennett
  • “Monkey Man” – The Rolling Stones
  • “Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones
  • “Frosty the Snowman” – The Ronettes
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love
  • “Danny Boy” – Written by Frederick E. Weatherly
  • “Bells of St. Marys” – The Drifters
  • “Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream
  • “Unchained Melody” – Vito and the Salutations
  • “Layla” – Derek and the Dominos
  • “Jump Into the Fire” – Harry Nilsson
  • “What Is Life” – George Harrison
  • “Memo from Turner” – The Rolling Stones
  • “Mannish Boy” – Muddy Waters
  • “The Magic Bus” – The Who
  • “My Way” – Sid Vicious

“As long back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster,” Henry says in the opening scene of Goodfellas when he delivers the now-iconic line “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” “Speedo” provides the music for De Niro’s entrance as Jimmy Conway, which includes a reference to Joey Gallo (a character in The Irishman).

“It’s Not for Me to Say” plays over the iconic tracking shot at the Copacabana, and “Then He Kissed Me” plays during Henry’s first date with Karen (Lorraine Bracco). “Life Is But a Dream” is the featured song once the couple marries.

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GoodFellas Music: All Songs In The Movie

Scorsese used “He’s Sure the Boy I Love” for Billy Batts’ homecoming party. “Atlantis” plays over a long sequence as Pesci orchestrates the character’s murder. When the team disposes of Batts’ body, they also play “Remember (Walking’ in the Sand).”

“Gimme Shelter” scores a cocaine-themed passage as Goodfellas reaches its conclusion, while “Monkey Man” appears as Henry gets increasingly paranoid. During a montage of dead bodies, “Layla” plays, and “Jump Into the Fire” speeds up numerous scenes involving a cocaine-addled Henry. Goodfellas comes to a close with Sid Vicious’ version of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”

By Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson competes in weightlifting, and holds a degree in computer science. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, AL, and coaches at her local gym. She likes spending her time researching anything to everything related to peak human potential.