When their first album hit Platinum status, Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch rushed back into the studio and produced the slightly harder-edged follow-up, You Gotta Believe, featuring the title song as the main single.
Before he was one of cinema’s preeminent badasses, Jason Statham was a former swimmer turned model who appeared as a background dancer for groups like Erasure and The Shamen while later appearing in more normal cameos for The Beautiful South and Calvin Harris.
Even though he’s conquered all sorts of different media over the years, one of LL Cool J’s most iconic pieces of pop culture will always be “Mama Said Knock You Out” from the 1991 album of the same name.
Another track from the insane MI2 soundtrack album, Metallica contributed “I Disappear”, which has a music video where the band interprets famous scenes from movies like North by Northwest and Die Hard while also playing on same cliff that Tom Cruise climbs in the beginning of the movie.
Jazz and pop singer Al Jarreau contributed the caramel smooth theme song for 1985’s comedic crime show, Moonlighting, which starred Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd as bickering partners of a private detective agency, solving crimes and getting into all kinds of wacky hi-jinks.
Formed in 1989, The Rembrandts exploded into pop culture history when they performed the theme song for Friends, “I’ll Be There For You”, which became a massive hit as a single in 1997.
One of the first songs released after Bowie returned as a solo artist in 1992, “Real Cool World” was part of the soundtrack for Ralph Bakshi’s insane live action/animation hybrid, Cool World.
Despite it’s true nature as a commentary/satire about nuclear apocalypse, Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was) became a massive hit in 1987, especially in the dance clubs, and was also featured in 1994’s The Flintstones and had covers by George Clinton and Queen Latifah.
For 1981’s critically and commercially beloved Dudley Moore comedy Arthur one of the kings of yacht rock, Christopher Cross, provided the smooth, soft rock theme song for the movie that went on to win Best Original Song at the 1982 Oscars.
Back before the Willenium and even before he was sitting on his throne in Bel-Air, The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff released one of their most classic tracks, “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, the Grammy award winning hit from 1988.