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.
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.
Along with being wildly out of place in the Murder on the Orient Express trailers last year, Imagine Dragons’ Believer also featured the one and only Dolph Lundgren in the music video for the song, where he boxes lead singer Dan Reynolds.
One of the Foo Fighters’ signature songs, Everlong featured a music video by director Michel Gondry that paid homage/parodied the Evil Dead movies as Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins both have Sam Raimiesque nightmares.
Recreating Rebel Without a Cause with Keanu Reeves in the James Dean role, “Rush Rush” was another huge hit for Paula Abdul in 1991, staying at #1 for five weeks.
Prolific Pacific Northwest DJ Bob Rivers specialized in parody songs during his decades long career and he specifically put out five albums of Christmas parody songs, one of which featured the Black Sabbath spoofing “I Am Santa Claus”.
Directed by none other than Michael Bay, “I Love You” was the unsuccessful follow up to the juggernaut of Ice, Ice Baby, where Vanilla Ice completely shifted gears and tried to do a sincere, romantic slow jam with the terrible results you might expect.
Much more widely remembered than the insane Corey Haim/Corey Feldman movie that featured it, Michael Damian scored a massive hit with his cover of “Rock On” in 1989.
Ska punk and Good Burger are two of the most 90’s things ever made, so it only made sense in 1997 to combine them for the soundtrack of the Good Burger movie with Less Than Jake teaming up with star Kel Mitchell for an expanded version of the nonsense theme song for Kel’s lovably dumb Ed.