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  • Overused Songs in Film

    What are some tracks that you can think of that are well past their expiration date in effective use or should be put to bed in terms of being showcased in films (or even in trailers for that matter)? Here are some top choices according to CHUD...


    "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown
    "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
    "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (as performed by too many, though Jeff Buckley's version is the modern template)
    "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield
    "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
    "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell
    "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend
    "Heroes" by David Bowie
    "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
    "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
    "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones
    "Respect" by Aretha Franklin
    "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
    "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen
    "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones
    "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones
    "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger
    "You're My Best Friend" by Queen
    "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas
    "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys
    "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra
    "All Star" by Smash Mouth
    "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate
    "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    "Magic Carpet Ride" by Steppenwolf
    "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf
    "All Right Now" by Free
    "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield
    "Tears of Jupiter" by Train
    "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix
    "American Pie" by Don McLean
    "Everybody's Talking" by Harry Nilsson
    "Breathe Me" by Sia
    "Taking Care of Business" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    "My Girl" by The Temptations
    "Oh Yeah" by Yellow
    "Dreams" by The Cranberries
    "Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind

  • #2
    Re: Overused Songs in Film

    You forgot Bang the Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren.
    "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
    -Maya Angelou

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    • #3
      Re: Overused Songs in Film

      Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
      Don't Fear the Reaper
      The Killing Moon
      Bad to the Bone
      Slow Ride
      Sex Machine
      I'll Stop the World and Melt With You
      In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
      Who Do You Love
      Mustang Sally
      Never Tear Us Apart
      Lux Aeterna
      Oh, Fortuna
      ... and that one track from 28 Days Later
      "Forget it, Jake. It's Hollywood."

      My YouTube channel.

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      • #4
        Re: Overused Songs in Film

        Originally posted by Signal30 View Post
        ... and that one track from 28 Days Later

        That would be "In the House/In a Hearbeat" by John Murphy (or just simply "28 Theme" as titled on the "28 Weeks Later" soundtack available on iTunes).
        Last edited by j over; 11-05-2007, 06:35 AM.

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        • #5
          Re: Overused Songs in Film

          What no Solsbury Hill?

          Currently it seems like just about any song from the band Muse should be on the list as well.

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          • #6
            Re: Overused Songs in Film

            How about "Bohemian Like You" from the Dandy Warhols? Not as high profile as some of the other artists/songs shown here, but it's been used everywhere.
            I want to be your assistant!
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5j0uw35iho

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            • #7
              Re: Overused Songs in Film

              Did I miss Lady Marmalade? A song that I hate by all standards. It was just used again in the Mad Money trailer. Pretty much every time you see a film by Callie Khouri (of her female director friends) or something starring Diane Keaton, you have to have this song somewhere. As if it's a calling card. I think it's really a cheap representation of the talent involved. It makes them seem narrow in their vision that they keep relying on this song to show a female presence.

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              • #8
                Re: Overused Songs in Film

                Originally posted by Slappynipsy View Post
                What no Solsbury Hill?
                LOL. That song could end up in a Pixar flick at this point.
                "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
                -Maya Angelou

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                • #9
                  Re: Overused Songs in Film

                  Sweet Home Alabama. I think I'm about done with that one.
                  Don't repeat it; create it.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Overused Songs in Film

                    Originally posted by WriteByNight View Post
                    You forgot Bang the Drum All Day by Todd Rundgren.
                    Hey, I love Todd Rundgren!!

                    Don't bash him, he's a genius!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Overused Songs in Film

                      Blue Moon by Bobby Vinton
                      Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
                      Stand By Me by Ben E. King
                      Moondance by Van Morrison
                      Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton

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                      • #12
                        Re: Overused Songs in Film

                        Did "Walkin' On Sunshine" seriously not make the list or did I miss it?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Overused Songs in Film

                          Originally posted by Kevan View Post
                          Hey, I love Todd Rundgren!!

                          Don't bash him, he's a genius!!
                          Oh please don't get me wrong. Todd IS a genius. But I AM sick of that song.
                          "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
                          -Maya Angelou

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                          • #14
                            Overused Song

                            "Hearts and Flowers" by Theodore Moses Tobani

                            Go ahead, listen to it and weep!
                            JEKYLL & CANADA (free .mp4 download @ Vimeo.com)

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