I will mention iMovie a lot, but these are also from iLife. To avoid confusion, I will mostly refer to these under iMovie rather than iLife.
WARNING: This post contains lots of YouTube videos. Your browsing may be slow because of this. You may want to view these videos from YouTube by clicking on the YouTube icon in each video to view the video on YouTube rather than just see them here.
--- iMovie Songs in Videos: Introduction ---If you watch a lot of YouTube videos, you will have heard a lot of songs that have been commonly used. I have thought for the longest that some of the most commonly-heard songs in videos were from Kevin Macleod or somebody. In the context of this blog post, though, I learned that these are all songs made by Apple (or at least licensed by Apple Computer Inc.) for iMovie and iLife. The songs that will be showcased in this blog post are some of many iMovie/iLife songs used in various videos I've seen before. In iMovie, these songs come in three different varieties- Short, Medium, and Long; and they are all referred to as Jingles, since they are all supposed to be relatively short pieces.
To set the mood for this blog post, this was the song I heard first, leading to my curiosity about other iMovie songs used in videos:
Here is a list of songs I will be featuring here, all from Apple, and all from iMovie/iLife. The item in parentheses () are examples of where I have personally heard these songs used before. Here are the featured songs:
• Headspin (a commercial for a college, some older FastLaneDaily videos, HotForWords, etc.)
• Catwalk (Smosh)
• Torn Jeans (AUTOCAR)
• Yearbook (fiveawesomegirls, and one video from HitomiNeko)
• Three Pointer (HotForWords)
• Stepping Out (fafinettex3)
• Curtain Call (once in an NDTitanLady video)
• Wild Card
• Celestial Body (HotForWords - intro to some videos)
• Pendulum (kandeejohnson)
• Pastel Slide
• Fireside (communitychannel)
What does it say for so many of these songs to be used in YouTube videos? It means two things to me- (1) these are all very good and popular songs, and (2) iMovie runs circles around Windows' Movie Maker series (speaking as a Windows user). A number of videos made using Apple products have featured many of the songs that I will share in this post. Upon researching YouTube channels for this blog post, the ever-popular Shane Dawson has featured many of iMovie's songs.
Next section awaits.
--- Popular iMovie Song Samples ---This here is the main focal point of this post. Each featured song comes from certain YouTube video searches I have done. They are all based on iMovie songs I have heard before and consider to be very popular. I have tried to find rather brief videos so you could just hear the song in a video and move on to the next one. If there is an iMovie song I haven't heard in at least one video, I will not feature it here; and it isn't like I look at everybody's channel (including some of YouTube's most famous channels). All videos are provided for educational purposes.
PERSONAL NOTE: I would like to thank everyone who allowed their videos to be embedded.
Here is how each section works:
[heading]. (click on the heading to hear a sample to each song before I show you the video that features the song).
hint on where/when to listen to hear the song in question
Okay? So when you see a heading for one song, click on the heading to hear the best-possible, non-interrupted version of each song I could find on YouTube. Then, watch the sample video that includes the song I introduced. Let's begin!
The introduction to this video features this song:
^ from "HotForWords"
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"Catwalk" starts to play at about 1:05 in "Male Model," shown below:
^ from "smosh"
BONUS MATERIAL! - Andy Claux is the original creator of this song, and its original name "Instant Incertains." Click on the link below to check out this bonus video I have to share with you!
Andy Claux - Instant Incertains (Bonus YouTube video!)
just listen to the video's introduction to hear "Torn Jeans", but don't forget about the cool car featured in this video! :)
"Torn Jeans" sample:
^ from "autocar"
"Breakbeat" is played for most of this video I semi-randomly found; and I somewhat question the choice of fashion this lady chose, but that's another story for another time:
^ from: "yachtnaughty"
This entire video features "Yearbook" just about all video long:
^ from: "HitomiNeko"
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The intro and outro have the same song playing.
"Three Pointer" sample:
^ from: "HotForWords"
You can hear "Gleaming" for yourself by watching the video below. It plays for about 75% of the entire video:
^ from: "DeliriumReal"
Just see the introduction to hear "Stepping Out" being played:
"Stepping Out" sample:
^ from: "fafinettex3"
BONUS MATERIAL! - The original creator of this song and its name are as follows- the original song is "Summer Groove" by Isaiah Stewart. Click on the link below to check out this bonus video I have to share with you!
Isaiah Stewart - Summer Groove (Bonus YouTube video!)
Curtain Call (best preview I could find).The "Curtain Call" jimgle is a cinematic piece with some 1920s style. A song like this would better suited for certain old-style videos or melodies 1969 or earlier. I have heard this song only once (that I can remember), and it was in this old video by NDTitanLady. Very early in the video, Natalie is slow dancing in the second scene, and "Curtain Call" plays:
"Curtain Call" sample:
^ from "NDTitanLady"
You can hear "Wild Card" in this video below, but it fades in after a while before the song eventually plays. It also plays very lightly. Still, this song has "Wild Card" in it as part of the video. Start listening a bit around the 33-second mark:
"Wild Card" sample:
^ from: "diethealth"
Though I said it is an introductory song, "Sprighty" can be heard at the end of this video below:
^ from: "CaseyHink"
Watch the video by just before the one-minute mark to hear a brief piece of "Celestial Body":
"Celestial Body" sample:
^ from "HotForWords"
Kandee Johnson's video below begins with "Pendulum." Have a listen.
^ from "kandeejohnson"
Most of this video features this lovely melody:
"Pastel Slide" sample:
^ from "dmacdonald001"
"Fireside" begins towards the end of this video:
^ from: "communitychannel"
There are likely some others, but these are the many iMovie songs that come to mind immediately for me. How many other commonly-used iMovie jingles can you think of?
--- Final Thoughts ---This says two things about the usage of these songs. For one thing, it shows just how amazingly well done these songs are. Those bestowed with iMovie or iLife have songs like these to listen to and use in videos. It also speaks volumes to how well-respected iMovie must be and how the songs must all be for so many Apple users to use these in their videos. You will know when you've heard so many different videos all featuring some of the more popular iMovie/iLife songs. That one curious moment listening to "Headspin" in the intro to this post led me to find some of the commonly-used songs I've heard so many times before.
It is because of such songs that I have been expressing interest in doing videos with iMovie. Do you find it the least bit surprising how many videos have featured so many of the songs featured here? A lot of people credit Shane Dawson for featuring a number of the iMovie/iLife jingles you've heard here. I just think Apple's built themselves a solid product if people continually use these jingles for their videos. The same could be said for proper companies who use these songs in shows and episodes in YouTube videos. Not sure if it's a cost-cutting deal so that more unique music could be played, but when publications and other businesses use these iMovie songs in videos, it's saying something about how good these songs are to use in media.
You know a song has to be good if lots of people are using the same song(s) for their work.
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