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.
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.
About the only thing successful from 1997’s An American Werewolf in Paris was the song “Mouth” from alternative rock band Bush, which was the song most used in the movie’s trailers and hit the top 5 of Billboard’s Alternative charts.