The Rocket Man and exec-producer of ''Gnomeo & Juliet' names his all-time top five songs from the big screen

”I Will Wait for You” The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

”I remember bursting into tears because the song was so beautiful. Whenever I hear it, I think of the movie. It’s an unusual choice, but it’s one of my favorite songs of all time.”

”I Wan’na Be Like You”
The Jungle Book (1967)

”When we did The Lion King, that was the template. It was my favorite animated film up to that point. The song is so great and it just lifts everybody.”

”Springtime for Hitler”
The Producers (1968)

”It was so funny! It’s one of the great, great numbers in a musical. They made a funny song about Hitler, which is hard to do. It’s so outrageous and so un-PC.”

”Pinball Wizard”
Tommy (1975)

”I felt such a privilege being in that film. The [scene with this song] is one of the most incredibly filmed sequences ever. Even though I’m in it, it’s one of the great pieces of music in a film.”

”Lose Yourself” 8 Mile (2002)

”It was such an exciting movie, and the song went so well with it. I was so pleased it won the Oscar because it was the best song of the year. And Marshall [i.e., Eminem] didn’t even go to the ceremony!”