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Top 10 Overused Songs In Movies And TV


Not that song again! Couldn’t they’ve used something else. “Okay let’s rock.” Welcome to watch mojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks
for the top 10 overused songs in film and TV For this list we’ve picked those overplayed and overused songs that always seem to find their way into a movie soundtrack or onto television shows We’re not only talking numbers here but
also considering the quality or rather lack there of, in the common
usage of the songs we’re excluding purely instrumental
songs and film scores, so don’t expect to see songs like 0’Fortuna, the theme from Jaws, and the Nutcracker Suite on here Number 10: All Along the Watchtower, the Jimi Hendrix Experience. of this song usually denotes that something epic is
about to happen when you hear it on-screen. “I think it might be narcotic“
`Is that so` That epicness usually involves someone tripping on
drugs for the first time ` Wow …That is very cosmic I don’t understand wow` but the best uses of all along the
watchtower have deviated from that very obvious hippy sentiment Case in point, Battlestar Galactica uses
the song throughout the series, to mark major events for the characters The psychedelic rocker has also been
used as a marker to let audiences know that it’s the
nineteen sixties and has basically become the unofficial anthem for the period. `There must be some kind of way out of here` We’ll always be looking for this guy
named Charlie Number 9: Gimme Shelter, the Rolling Stones casino boss`s wife were killed they both question Nicky Martin Scorsese’s movies probably count
for half of the plays this song gets on screen. `No one gives it dear, you have to take it` Like Gimme Shelter. also has a reputation
for meaning that something intense is about to happen. That can be emotionally and romantically
intense as it is in Layer Cake, or that everything is about to hit the
fan, like it does in the bus sequence of GoodFellas. `Took me about a week of
sneaking around before I could unload the Pittsburgh stuff but when I did it was a real score` The Stones have
so many incredible songs we’re thinking this one might deserve a
retirement party soon. Number 8: Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves. This song may have been the group’s
biggest hit, but it`s also guaranteed their spot in pop culture. The pop-rock number sounds like Sunshine,
Rainbows and Everything Nice, so it’s always played
to make sure we know that an on-screen character is feeling good. The most creative use of the Katrina
and the Waves single, must be in American Psycho though during the
scene in which Patrick Bateman listens to it after a successful night of killing. Walking on Sunshine has appeared in
dosens of projects, including films, TV shows, video games and
more but maybe it’s about time that it walks away. `Listen to me, I wasn`t supposed to find the….` Number 7: Bad to the Bone, George
Thorogood and the Destroyers. `Then it hit me, if I was the bad boy, then I was going to
be the baddest boy of them all` Isn’t most unlikely person about to rebel ? If so, cue this song. “We can have sex again” this song seems to appear everytime
middle-aged men wanna be badasses old people go on a trip, or kids feel
the urge to rebel. “I’ll take a whack at it” Before I had such an ironic use, after the bomb was used with sincerity.
`…is one thing I know I really know, and that is there no such thing in the world as a bad boy, I’m sure of that` For example, it plays in Terminator 2
Judgment Day after the t-800 suits up in his leather
motorcycle outfit. the tracks opening guitar riff makes it
instantly recognizable and alerts the audience to watch out for
whoever’s on-screen. Number 6 : Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd. This Lynyrd Skynyrd track seems to
be the only tune about the South that Hollywood knows about . and if the on-screen setting isn’t
actually in the south filmmakers seem to use it when they want
the audience to know a character is a backwards country hick done only make a stop Sweet Home Alabama may often be used to
stereotype but its two best uses were in scenes in
which was used ironically in Conair. `Be fine irony
Bunch of idiots dancing on a plane to a song made famous
by a man that died in a plane crash.` And humorously in 8 Mile. `Because I live at home in the trailer…. Mama coming home to you` `Oh..Break it down, oh` Number 5: Kung Fu Fighting, Carl
Douglas. The inclusion of this funky disco tune
means we`re about to engage in some whacky fighting. `Good to see you again brother` When this Carl Douglas number
comes on it pretty much guarantees that no one in
the scene actually knows kung fu or even a good fighter. ` I may not be the
best ninja, I may not be one with the universe but I will tell you this, no one messes with my brother` everybody with or if they can fight it or if they can fight it is almost by miracle. Interestingly enough
this song was originally recorded as a b-side so the producer decided to
go over the top with the Asian theme grip in the background. we were trying set me up, pop ` `Everybody was kung fu fighting..` Well, Kung Fu Fighting was fun at the time of its release, now
it seems way past it’s due date. `…Everybody was kung fu fighting..There never …`.` but yeah `There’s only one thing a kid can do at a a moment
like this, Strike !` Number 4: Stayin` Alive, The Bee Gees. Originally created for the
Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack this disco tune seems to have really
outgrown its source. sure. When older viewers hear the Bee
Gees crooning they immediately think of John Travolta striding along the
sidewalk, but there have just been so many other on screen uses up the chart topper to
denote when someone thinks he’s a pretty cool customer. Especially when other people do not.
`Hey, you`re out of town princess remember It certainly has a great vibe but its also one of the biggest
earworms ever, so more often than not it can be quite
distracting. `You, idiot boy, go cover the cash register…. Idiot boy, go cover the cash register! ` Number 3: Over the Rainbow, Judy Garland. The filmmakers behind The Wizard of Oz
probably never thought this song would become such a standout track and a cultural phenomenon`. .
`Don`t stop Mikey, keep crooning` `Some day over the rainbow.. There’s no denying the ballad was a
beautiful addition to the musical fantasy but it now too often been advertly
used to make the audience feel a sense of
nostalgia I wanted it to be you over the rainbow has appeared in one
hundred on-screen projects and shows no signs of slowing down, it
may go down as one of the most emotional songs ever but its also often cringe-worthy too.
`Dreams really do……. come true……` `Special song on after you……. right now` Number 2: What a Wonderful
World, Louis Armstrong. ` I see trees of green……. ` If you want viewers to cry, then this is the song to put in your sound track. Every time What a Wonderful World
plays it pretty much means that something
awful happened but that we should still have faith in humanity. `Well that that’s good, yes that’s.. that’s
good ` or, that something truly beautiful has just happened. `I think to myself….. what a wonderful ……` Either way Louis Armstrong’s traditional
pop tune has become too emotionally manipulative and its
on-screen inclusion seems unoriginal at best. `Welcome to the world ` Movies like Journey 2, the Mysterious
Island attempt to make it new by offering alternative versions of the
original. be easy but we see what they’re doing. Stop. Before we unveil our number one pick
here are a few honorable mentions. `Ooooh…..` `Ready` `….Oooohhhhh` ……Close your eyes…. good boy…` Close your eyes…. Good boy ! `Something happening here…..` `One day, we was out walking like always, and then just like that, somebody turned off the rain and the
sun came out` `I feel the bad moon rising…….. I see trouble on the way` Number one: Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf. You can almost hear a motorcycle revving
up each time this song comes on originally and masterfully used in Easy
Rider the hard rocker truly captured the spirit up sixties counterculture a sense
americana and the quest for freedom however the entertainment industry has
pretty much ruined those positive connotations with the Steppenwolf song by including it in close to a hundred
other productions know it’s also appeared in movies
featuring: or about animals Born to be Wild is now too often used in
a very cliche way to represent someone who feels
liberated. Do you agree with our list? Which song do you think is
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