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Music and movies good hand in hand to give viewers a complete experience. While some hit songs were first used to give some information about a character or story, sometimes those same songs are just overused and considered lazy. Here are 9 overused songs in movies and TV.
- “All Along the WatchTower” by Jimi Hendrix. This song is mostly used when a modern day movie flashes back to the 60s, or something epic and big is about to happen. It’s also used if someone is tripping on drugs for the first time. Notable use in a movie: Watchmen.
- “Born to be Wild” by Steppenwolf. The song is used to show that a character wants to be free or is searching for freedom. Notable use in a movie: Easy Rider.
- “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees. The song is used to show a character is confident or is strutting. While it was originally used in Saturday Night Fever, at this point, any use of “Stayin’ Alive” would be considered a parody of the film. Notable use in a movie: Saturday Night Fever
- “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood and the Destroyers. This song is always used if a good character goes bad or trying to be a badass. It’s also used if a character wants to rebel. Notable use in a movie: Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
- “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. It’s mainly used in movies where something really bad has happened and the filmmakers want the audience to feel bad about it. It’s also used if the filmmakers want to give its characters a sense of hope. Notable use in a movie: 12 Monkeys.
- “Kung-Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas. This song is used in movies that feature weird fighting scenes. It’s to emphasize the silliness of the fight, mainly for comedy. Notable use in a movie: Beverly Hills Ninja.
- “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. Like “All Along the WatchTower,” “Walking on Sunshine” is used if a modern day movie flashes back to the 80s. It’s also used to show if a character is happy and everything is going right in their lives. Notable use in a movie: High Fidelity.
- “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This song is used as a shortcut to introduce a character from the South, or if characters are going to the South. Either way, it’s Hollywood’s way to let people know they’re in the South. Notable use in a movie: Con Air.
- “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones. Martin Scorsese used this song a lot, but it’s also used if a moment in a movie is about to get intense. Notable use in a movie: Goodfellas.