Much like The Archies or The Monkees before them, fake TV band The Heights had a huge #1 hit in 1992 with the theme song of the short-lived TV show of the same name produced by Aaron Spelling between Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place.
It’s kind of appropriate that “Fire in the Hole” off of Van Halen III was featured on the soundtrack for 1998’s Lethal Weapon 4 as they put their band and franchise respectively into hibernation for over a decade due to mixed critical reception and lower than expected sales.
Formed by Ice-T and guitarist Ernie C in 1990, the heavy metal band Body Count contributed the song “Body Count’s in the House” to the soundtrack of 1992’s Universal Soldier, playing over the end credits of the movie.
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.