A cover of a song by folk singer Fred Neil, Harry Nilsson’s version of “Everybody’s Talkin” has become inexorably linked to 1969’s Midnight Cowboy after it was featured as the movie’s theme song and released as a single to Billboard and Grammy success.
Celebrating its 40th-anniversary this past weekend, John Landis’ cult classic The Blues Brothers is jam-packed with music not only from the titular duo of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi but legens like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, James Brown and John Lee Hooker.
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.
Channeling The Nature Boy, Offset from Migos, 21 Savage and producer Metro Boomin teamed up for the album “Without Warning” and it’s lead single, “Ric Flair Drip” and Ric Flair himself shows up for the official music video.
Much like The Archies or The Monkees before them, fake TV band The Heights had a huge #1 hit in 1992 with the theme song of the short-lived TV show of the same name produced by Aaron Spelling between Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place.
Despite it’s true nature as a commentary/satire about nuclear apocalypse, Walk the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was) became a massive hit in 1987, especially in the dance clubs, and was also featured in 1994’s The Flintstones and had covers by George Clinton and Queen Latifah.