Although star Ice Cube had a number of songs on the soundtrack for 1995’s Friday, the only single released for the soundtrack album was Dr Dre’s “Keep Their Heads Ringin”, which got a music video directed by Friday director F. Gary Gray.
Joined by Chris Tucker, Michael Jackson pursues a girl who happens to be under the thrall of gangster Marlon Brando in the music video/short film for the song “You Rock My World”, which was the lead single off of Jackson’s tenth and final album, Invincible.
Featuring a beat sampled from Knight Rider, Timbaland & Magoo’s third single from their debut album, “Clock Strikes”, also channeled From Dusk Till Dawn in the music video as the rap duo kidnaps a family in their RV and ends up at a club full of vampires.
Bryan Ferry contributed “Kiss and Tell” to the soundtrack for 1988’s Bright Lights, Big City, which featured a darker and more serious turn for Michael J Fox as he played a fact-checker at a big magazine in New York City that spirals into drug and alcohol abuse after a number of personal and professional setbacks, including the death of his mother to cancer.
For Speed 2: Cruise Control, director Jan De Bont wanted the soundtrack full of reggae and Caribbean inspired music to go along with the tropical cruise setting of the movie, which included UK reggae group UB40 performing a cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which became one of the biggest hits of 1997.
Rick Springfield starred in and performed almost all the songs from 1984’s Hard to Hold, where he played rock star James “Jamie” Roberts. “Love Somebody” was the first single off the soundtrack album and was a big hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although it was used in early promos and even got a music video composed entirely of scenes from the film, “War Games” from Crosby, Stills & Nash was cut out at the last minute from the 1983 movie and wasn’t used in the film or included on any soundtrack album.