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 first songs released after Bowie returned as a solo artist in 1992, “Real Cool World” was part of the soundtrack for Ralph Bakshi’s insane live action/animation hybrid, Cool World.
As gorgeous and interesting as Quantic Dream’s new game Detroit: Becomes Human looks, there’s one thing the studio’s first game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul will always have over it, a collaboration with the immortal David Bowie, who provided songs, played two characters and performed “live” in the world of the game.
In another brilliant marketing masterstroke from the team promoting Deadpool 2, the Merc with a Mouth teamed with the Queen of Las Vegas, Celine Dion, for the sweeping pop ballad “Ashes” for the Deadpool 2 soundtrack.
Coming in to replace Supertramp, 80’s juggernaut Journey contributed two songs to the soundtrack of 1982’s Tron, one of which was the end credits song “Only Solutions”.
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.
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.
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.
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.