Six Songs Used In Movies That Have Lost All Meaning

Friday, July 15, 2011
1. It's A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong Cover) – Man has this song been played out, especially as a ironic counterpoint to violent behavior. Hell, even the animated film Madagascar used in the background when it showed cute little animals getting eaten by other animals. Look, I love this song as much as the next person, but c'mon movie directors, give it rest. By the way, Joey Ramone's version is full of win!

2. Any Doors song in any movie about Vietnam – Were The Doors the only thing AFRN played in Nam? Is there any Vietnam war movie where a Doors song is not played? I blame Francis for making it de rigueur to include a Doors song in your Vietnam film. It was his masterful use of “The End” in Apocalypse Now that started this now unbearable trend.

3. Bad To The Bone, George Thorogood & The Destroyers released – The go to song, either ironically or not, to indicate the movies character is a bad ass. The most egregious use of this song was in the end of the bar scene at the start Terminator II. Arnold walking of the bar with his newly acquired gun and clothing to this song is incredibly stupid. Talk about taking you out of the moment. No seriously, it's a sci-fi film! We get it, the Terminator is bad guy (or good guy, depending on who programmed him last).

4. Born To Be Wild, Steppenwolf – See any biker movie with bikers riding their bikes. I don't even hear this song anymore. All I see is Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper riding motorcycles in Easy Rider where this whole trend started.

5. Don't Fear The Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult – A horror movie go to and a song that has to have more cowbell! Just because it is moody and about death, doesn't mean it needs to be in your movie, though in the scene with Bill Murray smoking pot with Tallahassee & Wichita in Zombieland, it does add a nice touch.

This song is thought to be about a murder suicide pact, but BOC's Buck Dharma says he wrote it about eternal love. Of course with a lyric like 'Romeo & Juliet are together in eternity' we can see how people might get confused.

6. Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre, Wagner – Another one used Mr. Coppola in Apocalypse, this song was first used in the incredibly racist 'The Birth of a Nation' by D.W. Griffith, this is another overused song to indicate something violent and explodey is going to happen.

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