Swedish pop duo Roxette was riding high on a string of late 80s hits and got another to start the next decade with 1990’s “It Must Have Been Love” from the Pretty Woman soundtrack.
Will Smith’s wonderfully ridiculous title rap gets most of the attention from the Wild Wild West soundtrack but it also featured “Bailamos” from Enrique Iglesias, which became a massive hit as part of the early 2000s Latin Pop explosion and also got a movie tie-in music video.
Channeling The Nature Boy, Offset from Migos, 21 Savage and producer Metro Boomin teamed up for the album “Without Warning” and it’s lead single, “Ric Flair Drip” and Ric Flair himself shows up for the official music video.
The main song from Eminem’s 8 Mile, “Lose Yourself” was a massive hit, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks and winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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.
Despite it’s true nature as a commentary/satire about nuclear apocalypse, Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was) became a massive hit in 1987, especially in the dance clubs, and was also featured in 1994’s The Flintstones and had covers by George Clinton and Queen Latifah.
The NeverEnding Story is one of the most beloved fantasy films of all time and something that may still be stuck in fans’ heads is the theme song for the first movie by Kajagoogoo lead singer Limahl when he was solo in the early 80’s.
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.
Can’t Fight the Moonlight was not only a major plot point of 2000’s Coyote Ugly as one of the songs written by aspiring songwriter/Coyote Piper Perabo but the version by LeAnn Rimes also exists and she shows up at the bar at the end of the film to sing it.
The theme song for 1993’s Free Willy, Will You Be There was also the eighth single off the Dangerous album and the longest song (at least the album version) in Michael’s discography.