Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top 17 Overused Movie Soundtrack Songs

From my friends at The Shark Guys.

"Soundtracks are an indispensable part of the movie-going experience. Think of how creepy and unnatural romantic comedy sightseeing montages would be without accompanying music and the biking doffings just aren’t the same without leering bass lines.

But there are some songs that have been used so often many are now either only used ironically or in films so devoid of creativity they need to write a royalty check to someone who probably already has a shoebox full of receipts from past ones. Someone has to put a stop to that gravy train and we’re doing it here with our list of the Most Overused Movie Soundtrack Songs."

17. Bad to the Bone (George Thorogood)

Uses: This is a very versatile song. Because it has “bone” in the title, it can be used for the kinds of actors you have to clean up after (dogs, that is – not the rehab-bound). However, it’s also a favorite for scenes where a former wimp undergoes some sort of transformation and the Thorogood number kicks in as he makes his reappearance (for added effect, said opening shot should begin at the hero’s feet and move slowly up).

Featured In: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Megamind, Joe Dirt, The Parent Trap, Talk Radio, Problem Child, Problem Child 2, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Talk Radio.

13. Walkin’ on Sunshine (Katrina & the Waves)

Uses: Sunshine is universally perceived as happy despite its nasty effects on people with freckled complexions. You’re unlikely to see Joe Pesci collecting gambling debts or hit-men puncturing retinas to the strains of this disposable 80s confection.

Featured In: Herbie Fully Loaded, Ella Enchanted, Daddy Day Care, Master of Disguise, High Fidelity, Bean, Look Who’s Talking, The Secret of my Succe$s, American Psycho, Into the Wild Green Yonder, and the trailer for Bye Bye Love.

8. Let’s Get it On (Marvin Gaye)

Uses: Perverting the order of the universe, the completely unappealing hero gets the girl and does things to her which ups the movie’s rating from PG.

Featured In: The Change-up, Marmaduke, The Bounty Hunter, Frankie and Alice, Blades of Glory, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Something’s Gotta Give, Crossroads, High Fidelity, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Love Stinks, The Taking of Beverly Hills, Nine Months

See the rest at The Shark Guys.


  1. Great list! 'Stayin' Alive" was the first one to come to my head when I saw the title.

    I see "All Star" is on the list too. That's one that comes to mind when I think of the songs they play over the speakers during timeouts at the Little League baseball fields. They play the same songs over and over there too. "Put Me in Coach" is another one they always play. That one makes sense, I guess. One I don't understand, though, is "YMCA." They play that one for every game too.

    Hmm, that was a rather random, off-topic comment. Ha! :D

  2. Before I read the article I thought of "Born to be Wild" and "I Feel Good." But the whole list is on target.

    Daisy, the kids in my zumba class LOVE to dance to YMCA! Along with "Who Let the Dogs Out?" "Firework" and "Forget You." Wears me out!

  3. Another example of highly incongruent music/scene is in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I won't spoil it, but it has to do with Enya and strangling. :)

  4. The quality of any documentary about the 60's is in inverse proportion to the amount of time it takes the following to occur: b/w footage of soldiers in Vietnam with "For What It's Worth" by the Buffalo Springfield on the soundtrack.



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