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.
Handpicked by director Ryan Coogler, Kendrick Lamar curated the soundtrack album for this weekend’s sure to be gigantic Black Panther, performing on three of the album’s songs, including it’s first single, and the only song with a music video, “All the Stars” featuring SZA.
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.
For the music video of the second single off of Hello Nasty, “Body Movin”, the Beastie Boys paid homage to the Italian cult classic Danger: Diabolik as they recreated the general plot themselves alongside footage from the actual movie.
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.