You may think the song “Pretty in Pink” was inspired by the movie of the same name but it actually came first in 1981, with John Hughes taking inspiration from the title while the band The Psychedelic Furs performed a new version to go with the movie in 1986.
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.
Best known for her song “Tell It to My Heart”, Taylor Dayne provided the bombastic and insanely rock operatic main theme for 1994’s The Shadow, “Original Sin”.
An official collaboration with Nintendo, producer Simon Harris’ house/dance project Ambassadors of Funk celebrated Mario’s first foray on the Game Boy, Super Mario Land, with a rap/dance song of the same name.
A pop culture relic that was thought lost was found as a Halloween miracle last week with the first ever upload of the full, official music video for The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s “Nightmare on My Street”.
90s hip-hop duo Tag Team turned their monster hit Whoomp! (There It Is) into an Addams Family version called Addams Family Whoomp for the soundtrack of 1993’s Addams Family Values.
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.