Coming in to replace Supertramp, 80’s juggernaut Journey contributed two songs to the soundtrack of 1982’s Tron, one of which was the end credits song “Only Solutions”.
A special feature on 2003’s DVD release of the third and final Re-Animator movie, Beyond Re-Animator, the seemingly one time only group Dr. Reanimator delivered the Eurodance theme the series didn’t know it needed with “Move Your Dead Bones”.
When The Avengers arrived in 2012, it had not only Alan Silvestri’s score available as a soundtrack but an “Inspired By” album of songs called Avengers Assemble, which included the movie’s credits song, “Live to Rise” by Soundgarden.
No stranger to spy movie themes thanks to Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney delivered the title track to 1985’s Spies Like Us, which starred Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd.
Ice-T delivered the fantastic title track for the 1988 crime/gang movie Colors, which was directed by Dennis Hopper and starred Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Don Cheadle and Damon Wayans.
Starting in 1993, Shaq set out to conquer the rap/hip-hop world with his first album, Shaq Diesel, and subsequently released four more albums and getting guest stars like Notorious BIG, Ice Cube, RZA, Method Man and more.
If there’s a genre that perfectly matches the 80’s reverence of Ready Player One, it’s Synthwave, and one of the best Synthwave bands out there, Gunship, pays tribute to the book and movie with their track “Art3mis & Parzival”.
Although Ghostbusters II obviously still featured the original Ray Parker Jr version of “Ghostbusters”, Run DMC provided an update with their own take on the theme song, complete with a music video that had cameos from most of the cast.
Along with Jan Hammer’s iconic synth songs, “You Belong to the City” by Glenn Frey helped make the first Miami Vice album a gigantic smash in 1985, staying on the top of the Billboard charts for 11 weeks and becoming the most successful TV soundtrack album of all time.
Winning Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards, “Remember Me”, written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, is sung by numerous characters in Pixar’s Coco and ties multiple generations in the movie together through the power of music.