The Real Ghostbusters, of course, used various spins on Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters” but each episode, at least for the first season, featured an original song performed by the duo Tahiti and a soundtrack album of those songs was released in 1986.
1988’s Buster is one of those movies where the soundtrack is more culturally relevant than the film as massive 80s hits like “Two Hearts” and “A Groovy Kind of Love” from the film’s star, Phil Collins and “Loco in Aculpalco” from The Four Tops exceeded the success of the movie they were featured in.
Patrick Swayze’s most remembered musical contribution is “She’s Like the Wind” from Dirty Dancing but he also contributed two songs to the Road House soundtrack, including “Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight)” in 1989.
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.
At the peak of his Blossom-fueled popularity in the early 90s, Joey Lawrence released his self-titled debut album, which included the international hit “Nothing My Love Can’t Fix”, which was also used as the end credits song for the movie Cop and a Half.
Widely considered to have helped the grunge scene of the early 90s in Seattle go mainstream, the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe’s 1992 movie Singles featured bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and more, with Pearl Jam even appearing in the film as Matt Dillon’s fake band, Citizen Dick.
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.