Martin Scorsese's Music: An A to Z Guide to the Director's SoundtracksAn alphabetical breakdown of the Oscar winner's sonic legacy, from "Atlantis" to Warren Zevon
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B: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" From 'Mean Streets'
It's one of the most famous needle-drop music cues ever: As up-and-coming wise guy Harvey Keitel sinks his head on the pillow after awaking from a nightmare, the drums from the Ronettes' 1963 smash kick in, and suddenly, a career is born. Pop music had been used effectively in soundtracks before, but there was something about the way Scorsese associated the music you'd hear on the streets with the toughness of street life that felt unique. The way he'd cut that sequence in time with the beat felt new as well – an announcement that here was an artist who could use pop to make a personal cinematic statement.