10 Ridiculously Overused Movie Songs
We cannot overstate the importance of the music in the film; it is a driving force that will help us feel something, be it excitement, anger, fear, or all of the above, in the face of what is happening on the screen. However, some songs have become so iconic in their use that they have ended up being used way too much, and so their impact has been lessened, perhaps even to the point where their use is nothing more than a cliché. It’s hard to hear these songs in movies these days without laughing or sighing; luckily some filmmakers are smart and use the songs because they’re cliché, but some still try to get away with lazily recycling them. Here are 10 ridiculously overused movie songs…
10. Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYJzcUvS_NU Vangelis’ score to Chariots of Fire became so popular that the title track was actually released as a single, reaching No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart and reinforcing the film’s inspirational power in the process. Along with its famous use during the film’s idle run, the song has since been used countless times to parody the sports genre (in films such as Happy Gilmore, Bruce Almighty and Old School). In Bruce Almighty, Jim Carrey’s character even shouts, “Cue the cheesy inspirational music!”, acknowledging that a once-classic song has essentially been ruined by its overuse in film, even though its use is normally in a parody context. Whether it’s used in a serious or comedic way, I’ve really heard enough about it for quite a while.