Songs Which Became Hits After Being Featured in These Movies

We all grew up watching iconic movies that had some great soundtracks. Every time we went to the movies, another new song would be added to your list of favorites. The songs from these movies will bring you back to when they first came out. They are the type of songs you find yourself singing along with because even though you can’t remember the words for the songs they play every day on the radio today, you still find yourself remembering every word.

Kate Winslet with her arms out and Leo’s hands on her waist while standing at the tip of the Titanic. / A shot from the movie with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson in character with the Ghostbuster suits on. / A shot of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing Shallow in the movie. / Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey in the famous lift scene.
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This list has music from everybody who is or was popular at one point, like Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Seal, and Liza Minnelli. A lot of the songs went on to be nominated and even won Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Grammy Awards.

You’ll see which was the first soundtrack song to win a Grammy ever and which song sold the most copies. Did you know that Justin Timberlake’s song ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ was the best-selling song of 2016 in the U.S.?

‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ from ‘Trolls’

The more recent computer-animated musical comedy film called Trolls came out in 2016. There are a lot of recognizable voices in this movie, like Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, and many more. This is one of those movies which you watch as an adult even though it’s meant more for children as you will hear many jokes meant for the parents who tagged along with their kids to see this movie.

The movie poster for DreamWorks ‘Trolls’. / Justin Timberlake is posing at a red carpet event.
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Justin Timberlake was the executive producer for all the movie’s music. He released the song as a single back in May 2016, before the movie came out, and then it was released in the movie’s Soundtrack. This song sold 3.3 million downloads in the U.S. as of 2017. Timberlake performed the song at the Academy Awards and was nominated for multiple awards at different Awards shows. It won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

‘Superfly’ from ‘Super Fly’

Super Fly is a blaxploitation crime drama film that was released in 1972. Ron O’Neal plays Youngblood Priest, who is a pimp and drug dealer trying to quit the illegal drug business. There is also a sequel to the movie called The Return of Super Fly in 1990, and a remake was released in 2018.

Artwork for the movie poster of ‘Super Fly’ 1972. / Photograph of Curtis Mayfield circa 1980.
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The song Superfly by Curtis Mayfield was released in October 1972, just a few months after the movie came out. The lyrics of the song show the determination and craftiness of the main character. The song’s introduction is so popular that it was used in other songs which you might recognize like Egg Man by the Beastie Boys, Ready to Die by The Notorious B.I.G, and Tilt Ya Head Back by Nelly.

‘Stayin’ Alive’ from ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Saturday Night Fever is a drama film starring John Travolta and Karen Gorney about a man who likes to drink and dance on the weekends at a discotheque in Brooklyn. The soundtrack for this movie is one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. There is a sequel called Staying Alive that was released six years later. It also stars John Travolta, but it wasn’t close to as popular as Saturday Night Fever.

John Travolta and Karen Gorney on the movie poster for Saturday Night Fever. / The Bee Gees performing on the TV show ‘This Is Tom Jones’ in 1969.
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Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees was first released as a single from the movie’s soundtrack in 1977. This is one of the Bee Gees’ signature songs and more recognized because it’s played at the beginning of the movie. This song and the Beatles tied for the most consecutive No. 1 singles at the time and was later broken by Whitney Houston.

‘Glory’ by Common and John Legend from ‘Selma’

The historical drama film called Selma was released back in 2014 and was based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. The movie itself was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Actor, but really won the awards for the music of the film.

The movie poster for ‘Selma’ which came out in 2014. / Photo of John Legend at the NAACP Image Awards holding his award.
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John Legend, Common, and Rhymefest wrote the song Glory for the theme song of this movie, and they released it on December 11th. This song had four Golden Globe Award nominations and two Academy Award nominations and won Best Original song at both awards shows as well as Best Song Written for Visual Media. You can see Legend and Common performing the song live on Good Morning America, the Grammy Awards, and the Academy Awards.

‘Kiss Me’ from ‘She’s All That’

She’s All That starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook came out in 1999. It’s a teen romantic comedy that reached No. 1 at the box office in the first week that it was released! Freddie Prinze Jr.’s character, who was in a relationship with the most popular girl, gets broken up with and claims he can make any random girl into a prom queen in six weeks.

Photo of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Cook on the cover of the ‘She’s All That’ movie. / Sixpence None the Richer performing in 2013.
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The song Kiss Me, by Sixpence None the Richer, came out in 1997 and was released as a single in 1998. The popular song was then used in the movie She’s All That, and it climbed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. This movie was actually released in Italy under the name ‘Kiss Me.’

‘Kiss from a Rose’ from ‘Batman Forever’ (1995)

This is one of the more popular Batman movies which starred Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman. While it had a budget of $100 million, they easily grossed $336.6 million in the box office. You might even recognize some of the actors who play some smaller roles in the film, like Drew Barrymore, Debi Mazar, and Ed Begley Jr.

The Batman Forever poster. / Photograph of Seal at the Voice red carpet.
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If you watched this movie, you probably remember hearing Seal’s voice. The song Kiss from a Rose was released as a single in 1994. It was re-released in the Batman Forever soundtrack and ended up winning awards. At the Grammy Award’s, it won Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

‘Independent Women Pt 1’ from ‘Charlie’s Angels’

The classic movie Charlie’s Angels is an action-comedy that was released in October 2000. There are so many famous actors in this film, like Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu, who play three women working in a private detective agency in LA. This movie grossed $264.1 million worldwide. I highly recommend watching this movie to also see well-known actors from today randomly showing up throughout the film.

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Destiny’s Child came out with the song Independent Women Pt 1, which was first featured in Charlie’s Angels. It was released as the soundtrack’s lead single, and it stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks in a row. This is Destiny’s Child’s only song to feature Farrah Franklins’ vocals, but also the first time it featured Michelle Williams’ vocals.

‘New York, New York’ from ‘New York, New York’

New York, New York is a musical drama that was released back in 1977, starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro. The movie is about De Niro, the saxophone player and Minnelli, the small-time singer, and their love story. This movie made about $16.4 million in the box office, which wasn’t a lot because their budget was $14 million.

Liza Minnelli and Robert de Niro, who is playing the saxophone in a scene from ‘New York, New York.’
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However, the song ‘New York, New York’ is still well-known to this day. Liza Minnelli actually wrote and performed this song for the movie and is still of the best-known songs about New York City. Not only do you hear this song covered by multiple artists, but it’s also in a lot of recognized movies and shows like Arrested Development, Madagascar, and Blue Bloods. Frank Sinatra’s version is one of the songs used for the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Time Square every year after the ball drop.

‘Steal My Sunshine’ from ‘Go’

The movie Go Is a crime comedy film which was released in April 1999. Even if you haven’t seen the film, you probably recognize some of these big names like Tay Diggs, Katie Holmes, and Jane Krakowski. It is about a woman who is trying to make some extra money, and she tries to hook up some guys (who would normally go to her co-worker), with ecstasy, and then the film takes you through her hilarious adventure.

Screenshot of Katie Holmes and Nathan Bexton starring in ‘Go.’ / Photo of Marc Costanzo of Len with his sister Sharon (left).
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Even if you haven’t seen Go, you have heard the song Steal My Sunshine. This song was performed by Len and written by Gregg Diamond. They first released this song for the radio in March of 1999, but it was so popular that they moved the soundtrack release date up from June to May 1999.

‘Fight the Power’ from ‘Do the Right Thing’

Most of us remember the Spike Lee film called Do the Right Thing. It’s a comedy-drama film that came out in 1989. This movie was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress selects films that are deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.” Do the Right Thing isn’t the only film on the list today that made this registry.

Do the Right Thing movie poster. / Public Enemy the band, performing in one of their music videos.
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Now here is a song which most of you should know. Fight the Power was a song written at Spike Lee’s request and then put out as a single by Motown Records. The Recording Industry Association of America made a list in 2001 called ‘Songs of the Century.’ This song was ranked 288, and that is just an example of one of the lists it’s on, which was made over the years.

‘Take My Breath Away’ from ‘Top Gun’

Most of us have seen the movie Top Gun with Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. This movie was released back in 1986, and while it received mixed reviews, most people loved the action sequences, effects, aerial stunts, and of course, watching Tom and Kelly act. This movie was so popular that they re-released it in 2013 as an IMAX 3D film.

Photograph of Tom Cruise, Don Simpson, Kelly McGillis, and Jerry Bruckheimer in 1986 on the set of Top Gun. / Photograph of the three members of Berlin on the beach in Miami, Florida, in 1986.
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There were two very popular songs in this movie. The first is called Danger Zone, which was chosen over other songs written specifically for the movie. It is still popular today, but even more so is the song Take My Breath Away by Berlin. This is just another example of songs written for a movie which become so popular that you hear them in other movies and TV shows throughout the years. Take My Breath Away won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song!

‘9 to 5’ from ‘9 to 5’

9 to 5 is a hilarious comedy film from 1980. You have Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton; all working women who get to live out their fantasy of overthrowing their “Sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss. This movie actually made over $130.9 million, and it is what put Dolly Parton in the limelight.

A shot from the movie 9 to 5 with Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and Jan Fonda in 1980.
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She was famous before for singing and songwriting, but now Dolly Parton was a star in the 20th highest-grossing comedy film of her time and the songwriter for the movie’s theme song. 9 to 5 was written for the soundtrack of this movie, and Dolly would add it to an album later in the year and released it as a single.

Did you know that Dolly Parton was the second woman to top both U.S country singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100 with the same hit single?

‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’

The movie Once is a romantic musical drama starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. They play struggling musicians in Ireland, and they even perform and compose the music of the film. The movie won numerous awards, and the main song of the soundtrack even received a Grammy nomination. I thought that I had never heard this song before, but then the chorus started…

A shot of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the movie ‘Once.’ / The 5 current members of The Frame with Glen Hansard.
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Falling Slowly was written specifically for this movie by Glen and Marketa, and Glen’s band The Frames recorded it for them. A lot of artists have covered this song since, and it is very popular in singing talent shows like American Idol, as well as in romantic films and shows. Not only was it this popular, but it also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

‘When She Loved Me’ from ‘Toy Story 2’

Toy Story 2 was released in 1999, and of course, it was one of the first sequels to Toy Story. This movie is also about the two toys Bud and Woody, who are played by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. The movie was originally just supposed to be released on VHS but ended up going to the box offices. In November, the movie was released, and it ended up making over $497 million. This was one of the rare movies to receive a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

A shot of all of the characters in Toy Story 2. / Singer Sarah McLachlan dressed in a shiny silver dress for the American Music Awards in 2008.
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Randy Newman wrote a song called When She Loved Me specifically for this movie. Sarah McLachlan, the Canadian singer, recorded the song, which is the new toy’s, Jessie, the cowgirl’s backstory. While there are a lot of different interpretations of this song, they used it to show how Jessie’s relationship was with her previous owner.

‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ from ‘Dangerous Minds’

The drama film Dangerous Minds was released in 1995. Michelle Pfeiffer and George Dzundza starred in the film, which is based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework. It was written by LouAnne Johnson, who was a retired marine who took a teaching position at the Carlmont High School in Belmont, California. It was based on the fact that most of her students were from East Palo Alto, a poverty-stricken, racially segregated, and economically deprived city.

Photograph of Michelle Pfeiffer and the rest of the cast of Dangerous Minds. / Photograph of Coolio at Sony Pictures Studio in 2015.
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While Gangsta’s Paradise wasn’t written specifically written for Dangerous Minds, it definitely helped with the song’s popularity. Coolio’s album Gangsta’s Paradise came out on August 8th, 1995, three days before the movie was released. He sold at least 11 million copies of the song all over the world and even performed it live with Stevie Wonder.

‘Mrs. Robinson’ from ‘The Graduate’

This movie is based on the book The Graduate by Charles Webb about a recent college graduate with no goal in life who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, but ends up falling in love with her daughter. It was released in 1967 and grossed $789 million. It made the list of highest-grossing films in the U.S. and Canada at 23.

A shot of Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in The Graduate. / Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon in concert in London, 1977.
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Simon and Garfunkel wrote a few songs to pitch to the director, and he rejected two of them. But they came back with this third song, and they loved it. Mrs. Robinson was the group’s second chart-topper, and it even became the first rock song to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. If you haven’t heard Simon and Garfunkel’s version of this song, the chances are that you have heard another famous cover of it.

‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ from ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’

The classic American Western film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid came out in 1969. It’s the story of Wild West outlaws played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who are on the run after a string of train robberies. It is based very loosely on a factual story and made $102.3 million in the box office.

A shot of Paul Newman, Katharine Ross, and Robert Redford lying on the ground in a scene from the movie. / Publicity photo of B.J. Thomas from 1972.
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Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote the song Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head for this movie, and it ended up winning an Oscar for Best Original Song. B.J. Thompson recorded the song for them. He was sick when he recorded the film version of the song, so it sounds different than the recording, which was released. His single ended up reaching No.1 in the United States, Canada, and Norway and reached No. 38 in the UK chart.

‘Young and Beautiful’ from ‘Great Gatsby’ (2013)

The remake of The Great Gatsby from 2013 is starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. The movie is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, and is also based back in the ‘20s. Something interesting about the movie that I noticed was that the Empire State Building was in the skyline view. However, it wasn’t actually completed until 1931. So, that wasn’t historically correct, but it was a great movie!

A shot of Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, and Carey Mulligan all in ‘20s dress with Tobey Maguire following behind them. / Photo of Lana Del Rey on the red carpet.
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Lana Del Rey wrote and recorded the song Young and Beautiful for this movie with help from Rick Nowels. She received multiple nominations for this song and won the Best Original Song at the 18th Satellite Awards. This song helped Del Rey make it to her highest peak at No. 22, which passes her song Video Games that hit 91.

‘Happy’ from ‘Despicable Me 2’

To add a more recent movie in here, let’s talk about Despicable Me 2. This movie is starring Steve Carrell, who plays Gru. Kristen Wig, Miranda Cosgrove, Russell Brand, and even Ken Jeong can be heard in this movie. It’s about a former super-villain who is now falling in love. It is a continuation of the first movie where he finds his new family.

A shot of Gru and Lucy with their whole family at the wedding in Despicable Me 2. / Pharrell Williams is performing in Glastonbury, UK.
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Pharrell Williams wrote, produced, and performed the song for this movie. It was first released along with the movie on November 21st, 2013, and then he later released it as a single on his album Girl. It ended up being the best-selling song of 2014 in the US and the UK and reached No. 1 on the charts multiple times.

‘In the Heat of the Night’ from ‘In the Heat of the Night’

This movie was based on a novel by John Ball, also called In the Heat of the Night. It’s about a black detective from Philadelphia who gets involved in a murder investigation in Mississippi. A Mississippi officer named Sam Woods finds a murdered body in the street, and he goes on to accuse the detective from Philly. The movie has won five Academy Awards and made many lists of top films throughout time.

A scene from In the Heat of the Night with everyone standing in the police station. / An old photograph of Ray Charles sitting at the piano.
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The main song in this film, which you hear as the opening theme, is also called In the Heat of the Night. It is performed by Ray Charles and shows how the main character’s predicament was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They brought the movie in with the lyrics, the composition, as well as the way it was sung by Ray Charles.

‘Moon River’ from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

Who has not seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s at least once with a large tub of ice cream with one spoon? I know that I have. This romantic comedy, which was released on October 5th, 1961, made over $14 million in the box office. The United States Library of Congress deemed this film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and they selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in character shopping for jewelry. / Headshot of Audrey Hepburn.
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Audrey Hepburn, who starred as Holly Golightly, performed the song Moon River for this movie. Her single was released at the same time the movie was, and it ended up winning an Academy Award for the Best Original Song. In 1962, it also won two Grammy Awards, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

‘Mona Lisa’ from ‘Captain Carey, U.S.A.’

The crime film Captain Carey, U.S.A., was released on February 21st, 1950. This movie was based on a novel by Martha Albrand called No Surrender and had two other names before they chose the final one. Alan Ladd and Wandra Hendrix starred in this movie about an American returning to post- World War II Italy to bring a collaborator to justice.

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The song Mona Lisa was written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for this movie. The song’s lyrics and title are referring to the portrait for Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci. In 1950, the song was nominated and won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Nat King Cole sang the song for this movie, and the single was released in May 1950. Like a lot of these songs from movies, many different covers were released around the same time. Even Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley released their own cover of it.

‘Call Me’ from ‘American Gigolo’

American Gigolo is a crime drama that was released in February 1980. Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton starred in this film, which brought in $52.7 million in box offices. The movie is about a high-priced male escort and a prominent politician’s wife who start a romantic relationship, and at the same time, he becomes a suspect in a murder investigation.

A shot of Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton in the movie American Gigolo. / Blondie’s album cover with the whole band wearing black.
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The song Call Me by Blondie was written for the theme song to the movie American Gigolo. The song was actually recorded in August 1979. It was then released as a single at the same time the movie was released. Call Me was NO. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six weeks in a row and ended up being the band’s biggest single.

‘Streets of Philadelphia’ from ‘Philadelphia’

Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington starred in the movie Philadelphia, a legal drama film that came out in 1993. Tom Hanks won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Andrew Beckett. This was one of the first Hollywood films to recognize homophobia, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDs in a film.

A photograph from the Philadephia set with Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Mary Steenburgen, and Jason Robards. / Bruce Springsteen is performing a concert in Washington DC in 1994.
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Bruce Springsteen wrote and performed the song Streets of Philadelphia for this movie. He then went on to release it as a single in 1994, topping the singles chart in many countries. He won an Academy Award for Best Original song and four Grammys! The song has been covered by many known artists throughout the years. More recently, The Fray covered it for their album Scars and Stories, which was released in 2012.

‘Lose Yourself’ from ‘8 Mile’

The drama film 8 Mile came out in 2002 and was starring Eminem, Kim Basinger, Brittany Murphy, and Mekhi Phifer. Eminem plays B-Rabbit, a white rapper who attempted to launch his career in a predominantly black genre. They got the title from the 8 Mile Road, which is basically the highway between the mainly black city of Detroit and the largely white suburban communities to the north of it. Also, almost all of it was filmed at the actual location and not in the studio.

Eminem with two co-stars acting in ‘8 Mile’.
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Eminem wrote and produced Lose Yourself with Jeff Bass for this movie. They say the song is basically talking about his character’s background in 8 Mile. This was actually one of Eminem’s first No. 1 single and stayed up there for 12 weeks in a row. The song was released exactly one month to the day before the movie was released on November 8th, 2002.

‘Ghostbusters’ from ‘Ghostbusters’ (1984)

The original Ghostbusters movie came out in 1984 and was starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver. It’s about a trio of parapsychologists who start a company that catches ghosts in New York City. This was actually the first film to use such expensive special effects, and there were a lot of talks if they have a large enough budget.

A shot from the movie with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson in character with the Ghostbuster suits on. / Ray Parker Jr. at the Sausage Party premiere in 2016.
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The theme song was cleverly named Ghostbusters after the business they opened (in the movie). It was written by Ray Parker Jr., and it topped the charts in the US and the UK in the following year. It was even nominated at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Original Song, but he lost to Stevie Wonder with his song I Just Called to Say I Love You” from The Woman in Red.

You probably remember hearing this song in something more recent. In the Ghostbusters remake, they actually brought in another band to cover this song. The original song was actually played recently in the show Stranger Things on Netflix when the main characters dressed up as ghostbusters for Halloween.

‘Scotty Doesn’t Know’ from ‘EuroTrip’

EuroTrip is a comedy that was released in 2004. Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Michelle Trachtenberg, Travis Wester, and Jessica Boehrs star in this movie about an American teenager who goes traveling in Europe looking for his German pen pal. They travel through different places and encounter different awkward and embarrassing situations on the way, most of them hilarious.

Vinnie Jones and Scott Mechlowicz on a bus with some serious soccer fans in EuroTrip. / Matt Damon performing Scotty Doesn’t Know with Lustra in EuroTrip.
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Scotty Doesn’t Know was written and performed by Lustra. It was written for EuroTrip about how Scotty’s girlfriend has been cheating on him for most of the time they were together. They say that this is taken from a real-life story the band went through in high school. They wrote this song from the perspective of the man she’s sleeping with, which in the movie is band leader Matt Damen.

‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ from ‘Pretty Woman’

Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere was released in March 1990 and made $463.4 million in the box office. It sold only 1 million tickets more than My Big Fat Greek Wedding, at about 42 million. Even though the movie received mixed reviews, Julia Roberts won a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Also, this movie and the soundtrack is still popular today.

Richard Gere and Julia Roberts were sitting on a couch from a scene in Pretty Woman. / Headshot of Roy Orbinson in Singel concert hall.
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The song Oh, Pretty Woman was not written for the movie, but this is still one worth mentioning. While it was a popular song prior to the movie, this 1964 hit single came back once the movie Pretty Woman came out. They also used it in Pretty Woman: The Musical. This song was actually selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress in 2008. This is a list of a recording of things that are basically very important culturally or historically or reflect on life in the United States.

‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ from ‘A Walk to Remember’

I probably watched this movie at least ten times after reading the Nicholas Sparks book. A Walk to Remember is a romantic tragedy film starring Shane West and Mandy Moore. In the plotline, Moore and West fall in love, and she hides the fact she had cancer from him. He finds out, and then we get to see how their love story blossoms.

Mandy Moore and Shane West in a scene where they sit in the park looking up at the stars. / Toploader performing in 2011.
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I know I’m not the only one who cried during that movie, but who didn’t cry when they played Dancing in the Moonlight, and West takes her around to do everything she wants to do while she still has the chance. He even took her to a state line so that she can be in two places at once. Originally, Dancing in the Moonlight was released by Kings Harvest, but Toploader’s version was the one used in this production.

‘Can’t Get Enough of you Baby’ from ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

The comedy film Can’t Hardly Wait was released on June 12th, 1998, and starred Ethan Embry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, and Seth Green. While they got mixed reviews, it grossed about $8 million in its opening weekend and ended up making more than double its production budget.

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Can’t Get Enough of You Baby was originally written by Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer. The first time it was recorded was by The Four Seasons back in 1966. Smash Mouth covered the song for the soundtrack of this film in 1998, and then they included it as the lead single in the album a year later. Smash Mouth released a music video for the song, which is based in the auditorium during a high school dance, and there are a few scenes that were thrown in there from the movie.

‘I’ve Had the Time of my Life’ from ‘Dirty Dancing’

Dirty Dancing was a romantic drama starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. It’s about a woman named Frances who falls in love with her dance instructor Johnny Castle. Dirty Dancing premiered in May 1987 and was released in August 1987. The movie earned over $214 million worldwide. I don’t think anyone will forget the famous lift which people try to reenact all the time.

Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey in the famous lift scene. / Bill Medley was performing in California in 2012.
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Even more recently, Jessica Biel was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Twitch helped her do the infamous lift as her entrance onto the stage. The famous lift comes with the famous song, I’ve Had the Time of my Life, recorded by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. The song won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as a Grammy.

‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ from ‘The Breakfast Club’

The Breakfast Club is one of the most recognized movies from the ‘80s, starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. They are teenagers from different cliques who spend Saturday detention together. Paul Gleason plays the assistant principal who is looking over the group. This movie premiered in February 1985 and earned $51.5 million.

Emilio, Anthony, Judd, Molly, and Ally were sitting in the library during detention. / Three of the four members of Simple Minds posing.
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The song Don’t You (Forget About Me) is played two main times in the movie, once during the opening credit and once during the closing credits. Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff wrote and composed the song to go with the movie. If you watch the movie back, you will notice that the version Forcey recorded as a demo is played in the opening credits, and the actual recording by the band Simple Minds was played during the closing credits.

‘Eye of the Tiger’ from ‘Rocky III’

Who hasn’t seen Rocky III? Well, if you haven’t, it is a sports drama film which was written, directed, and starred in by Sylvester Stallone. This film is actually where Mr. T debuts as James “Clubber” Lang, and you even see Hulk Hogan playing “Thunderlips.” They released Rocky III on May 28th, 1982, and it has grossed around $270 million.

Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa. / The members of Survivor circa 1980.
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Eye of the Tiger is a famous song that was used as the theme song for Rocky III. Apparently, Queen denied them using Another One Bites the Dust, so they ended up going with the band Survivor. The song was released as a single on their third album just a day after the movie was released in 1982. The song received an Academy Award nomination and even won a Grammy. It became a smash hit single topping all of the charts.

‘I Want You to Want Me’ from ‘10 Things I Hate About You’

Most of us have seen the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, and if you haven’t seen it, then you probably heard about it in passing. Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles star in this romantic comedy, which was released in March 1999. The movie was written with Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, just retold with an American high school setting in the late ‘90s. There is a TV series as well, which aired on ABC Family in 2009, which was based on this movie.

Susan Pratt, David Krumholtz, Gabrielle Union, Andrew Keegan, Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. / The members of Letters to Cleo in front of a burrito stand.
Source: Touchstone Pictures / Photo by Justine Ungaro, Boston Magazine

Now, this song brings back memories for me. Letters to Cleo covered the song I Want You to Want Me for this movie. The song was originally released by Cheap Trick in September 1977. They also covered Cruel to Be Kind by Nick Lowe and Ian Gomm, and included two original tracks called Come On and Co-Pilot. While they contributed to other songs, everyone remembers the song I Want You to Want Me.

Did you know that the movie incorrectly credited Letter to Cleo instead of Letters to Cleo in the closing credits?

‘I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing’ from ‘Armageddon’

Armageddon is a science fiction disaster film from 1998. The film is about worked sent by NASA to stop a gigantic asteroid from colliding with Earth. You might recognize some of the actors from it like Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thorton, Liv Tyler, and Owen Wilson. This was the highest-grossing film of 1998 worldwide even though astronomers said that other movies were more scientifically accurate.

Steve Buscemi, Will Paton, Bruce Willis, Michael Clarke Duncan, Ben Affleck, and Owen Wilson dressed as astronauts in Armageddon. / Steven Tyler of Aerosmith performing at a music festival.
Source: Disney, Touchstone / Photo by Debby Wong,

Aerosmith performs four songs in this movie; What Kind of Love Are You On, Come Together, Sweet Emotion, and the famous I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing. I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing was first written and played with just the piano, and they couldn’t really hear how it would sound with Aerosmith singing it. However, they right away made it their own, and it hit No. 1 in 12 different countries!

‘Lady Marmalade’ from ‘Moulin Rouge’

Moulin Rouge is a romantic musical drama film which was released in 2001 starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Overall this film was nominated for 53 different awards, anywhere from the Oscars to the Grammy Awards. They ended up winning 22 of these nominations!

A shot of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor dancing in Moulin Rouge. / Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Pink, and Mya in costume for the song Lady Marmalade.
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While this isn’t the original version of the song ‘Lady Marmalade,’ this cover made the song even more famous. The original song was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan and became famous in the ‘70s when Labelle performed it. Her version was put in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim, and Mya performed the song, and Missy Elliot performed and produced it. This song earned one of the Grammy’s that I mentioned above for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

‘I Believe I Can fly’ from ‘Space Jam’

A lot of us will remember the movie Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. The movie is about how Jordan takes a break from basketball and is enlisted by the Looney Tunes. It was released back in 1996 and made over $230 million worldwide. They say it was the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time. There is a rumor that a sequel is being released with LeBron James in July 2021.

Bill Murray, Michael Jordon, and Bugs Bunny on the court in Space Jam. / R. Kelly’s cover with Michael Jordon and Bugs Bunny for the single I Believe I Can Fly.
Source: Warner Bros. / YouTube

R. Kelly wrote and sang the song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ for the soundtrack of Space Jam, and then two years later included it in one of his albums. The song is definitely his most successful hit and was ranked number 406 on the Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was covered at least 18 times by different famous artists and sung on American Idol by countless contestants.

‘Shallow’ from ‘A Star is Born/ (2018)

A Star is Born is a musical romantic drama film that has been remade three times, and it was made into two musicals. The original film came out in 1937, then another in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Madison, then in 1976 with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, and finally in August 2018 with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The latest version with Gaga and Cooper grossed $434.9 worldwide, which includes the multiple times I went to see it.

A shot of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performing Shallow in the movie.
Source: Warner Bros.

Lady Gaga wrote the song ‘Shallow’ with help, as well as produced it. There were three times that this song played during the movie, but the most popular time was when they were performing on stage. Cooper pulled Gaga on to perform with him, and this is what led to the song being streamed 148.6 million times by January 2019.

‘See You Again’ from ‘Furious 7’

Furious 7 is the seventh movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Everyone from Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, and Tyrese Gibson. As you can guess, or might even know already, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Paul Walker starred in most of these films together and were close. Right before this film was completed, Paul Walker was on the way to a charity event with his financial advisor Roger Rodas when the unspeakable happened.

The cast of Furious 7 looking serious with Paul Walker in the middle. / Charlie Puth singing See You Again while playing the piano in front of a skyline.
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Rodas was driving in a Porsche Carrera GT in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, and they crashed into a concrete lamp post. Two trees caught fire, and Rodas and Walker succumbed from their wounds.

The song ‘See You Again’ was purchased for the soundtrack of Furious 7 as a tribute to Walker. It is recorded by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth and ended up becoming their biggest single to date.

‘My Heart Will Go On’ From ‘Titanic’

Titanic is one of the most iconic romantic and disaster films starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. James Cameron directed, co-produced, and co-edited the movie with Jon Landau, Conrad Buff, James Cameron, and Richard A. Harris. It was released on December 19th, 1997, and was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, won 11 Oscars, and even won the award for the most Oscars won by a single film. It was re-released in a 3D version, and the two movie releases brought the earnings of the film to $4.18 billion.

Kate Winslet with her arms out and Leo’s hands on her waist while standing at the tip of the Titanic. / Celine Dion in a shiny silver dress at the Academy Awards in 1997.
Source: 20th Century Fox / Photo by Featureflash Photo Agency,

The song ‘My Heart Will Go On’ is the main theme song for the movie Titanic. It is known as Celine Dion’s signature song, and in history, it is the second best-selling single by a female artist. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time selling about 18 million copies. The music video for the song was released towards the end of 1997.