Ray Charles helped kick off the iconic 1967 crime thriller In the Heat of the Night with the title song, “In the Heat of the Night”, that was composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.
Far surpassing the 1981 film it was the theme song for, “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross was a gigantic smash hit, becoming the second biggest song of the year and earning Oscar, Golden Globe and multiple Grammy award nominations.
An official collaboration with Nintendo, producer Simon Harris’ house/dance project Ambassadors of Funk celebrated Mario’s first foray on the Game Boy, Super Mario Land, with a rap/dance song of the same name.
One of her first big singles, “Your Love” from Nicki Minaj arrived in 2010 and the music video for it was inspired by martial arts and Asian culture, with Black Dynamite himself, Michael Jai White, appearing as Nicki’s samurai master.
Considered by many to be the greatest collaboration of the legendary Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Swing Time features a number of songs that became jazz standards, including the Academy Award-winning “The Way You Look Tonight”.
Featuring Wes Anderson regular Jason Schwartzman on drums until 2003, Phantom Planet is best known for their song “California”, which became the theme song for early to mid-2000s juggernaut The OC.
Best known for their eternal 90s jam “Turtle Power”, Partners in Kryme were back in 2015 with a new Turtles jam, the “Rock the Casbah” sampling “Rock the Halfshell”, to celebrate the 1990 movie’s 25th anniversary.
Most of us have probably never heard of Ukrainian pop star Iryna Bilyk but in 2008 she had none other than Jean Claude Van Damme in her music video for the song “Ya Lyublyu Ego” aka “I Love Him”.
Although it seemed like Eminem was a lock for “Dumbest Superhero Song of 2018” with his ode to Venom, Pitbull has swept in at the last minute and stolen the crown with his Toto sampling Aquaman song, “Ocean to Ocean”.
Post Malone and Swae Lee contributed the first song for the highly anticipated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sunflower, and the video for the song incorporates the movie’s visual style in some fun and cool ways.