Despite it’s heavy subject matter, 1987’s Less Than Zero actually had a pretty awesome soundtrack, including The Bangles performing an amped up cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s Hazy Shade of Winter.
Rapper Tone-Loc was everywhere in the 90’s with his distinctive gravelly voice in movies like Blank Check, Ace Ventura and Heat to cartoons like C-Bear and Jamal and, of course, his two gigantic hit songs Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina.
Depending on the season or DVD release, Baywatch had a number of different theme songs but the most iconic was “I’m Always Here” by former Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison.
Smash Mouth was all over movie soundtracks in the 90’s, including the 1998 teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait with “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby”
Coming off the soundtrack for Supercop, Warren G and Adina Howard put a new spin on the Tina Turner classic “What’s Love Got to Do With It” with a music video directed by Torque’s Joseph Kahn and featuring Jackie Chan himself.
Among the 70’s hits and deep cuts from bands like Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac and Silver, the new Awesome Mix Vol. 2 also features a brand new disco/rap song from the one and only David Hasselhoff and “The Sneepers”, Guardians Inferno.
One of the go-to composers for directors like Zack Snyder, Rob Zombie and James Gunn, Tyler Bates has scored movies like both John Wicks, both Guardians of the Galaxy movies, Halloween, 300 and more.
Since the focus of both Breakin and Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo was on break dancing, the soundtracks were key parts of the movies and featured hip&hop duo Ollie & Jerry contributing both title songs along with tracks by Chaka Khan and the first ever appearance by Ice-T.
The flip side to his constantly in over his head alter ego Roman Pierce, Tyrese has been delivering silky smooth R&B since 1998, even collaborating with the similarly styled Ginuwine and Tank for R&B supergroup TGT.
A huge fan of the band’s album Points on a Curve, director Wiliam Friedkin hired Wang Chung to compose every song on the soundtrack for his Secret Service action thriller, To Live and Die in LA in 1985.