Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie in 2002 set the standard for a lot of things in the comic book genre, like filling the soundtrack albums with nu-metal/alternative rock songs, as the main single from the first film was the huge hit “Hero”, from Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger.
Coming off the soundtrack for 1986’s The Color of Money, Eric Clapton’s “It’s in the Way That You Use It” hit #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts and was the main single of the Martin Scorsese directed movie.
Rapper Tone-Loc was everywhere in the 90’s with his distinctive gravelly voice in movies like Blank Check, Ace Ventura and Heat to cartoons like C-Bear and Jamal and, of course, his two gigantic hit songs Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina.
Depending on the season or DVD release, Baywatch had a number of different theme songs but the most iconic was “I’m Always Here” by former Survivor frontman Jimi Jamison.
Smash Mouth was all over movie soundtracks in the 90’s, including the 1998 teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait with “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby”
Coming off the soundtrack for Supercop, Warren G and Adina Howard put a new spin on the Tina Turner classic “What’s Love Got to Do With It” with a music video directed by Torque’s Joseph Kahn and featuring Jackie Chan himself.
A huge fan of the band’s album Points on a Curve, director Wiliam Friedkin hired Wang Chung to compose every song on the soundtrack for his Secret Service action thriller, To Live and Die in LA in 1985.
Instantly recognizable and inextricably tied to Ferris Bueller and the 80’s, Yello’s “Oh Yeah” has been a juggernaut, appearing in countless commericals, movies and TV shows.
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.
Ariana Grande and John Legend take over “pop version” duties from Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for this coming Friday’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast for the duet title song.