Jazz and pop singer Al Jarreau contributed the caramel smooth theme song for 1985’s comedic crime show, Moonlighting, which starred Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd as bickering partners of a private detective agency, solving crimes and getting into all kinds of wacky hi-jinks.
Formed in 1989, The Rembrandts exploded into pop culture history when they performed the theme song for Friends, “I’ll Be There For You”, which became a massive hit as a single in 1997.
One of the many 80s movies that revolved around breakdancing, 1984’s Body Rock featured future Renegade Lorenzo Lamas and a title song by Maria Vidal, which became an international hit and a cult classic 80’s dance club jam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In between takes of 1995’s Virtuosity, Russell Crowe used the movie’s locations and sets to film a music video for his band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, “The Photograph Kills”.
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.
Forever the Mistress of the Dark and de facto Queen of Halloween, Cassandra Peterson aka Elvira has conquered pretty much every form of pop culture imaginable, including music like the wonderfully cheesy 80’s dance song “Trick or Treat”.