music 21 Most Annoyingly Over-Used Movie Trailer Songs

Allison Robinson
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These are the songs that make you roll your eyes in theaters, change the channel, or even put the TV on mute when you hear them come on in movie trailers.

Some are actually fantastic and beautifully written songs that have been ruined by overexposure; some are inexplicably popular songs that need to die immediately.
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Who Let the Dogs Out

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We have no idea how this song even came to fruition. Who thought this was cool? The song itself even starts out kind of badass (imagine you'd never heard it before) and then goes on to get really really friendly. It was actually a huge hit on Radio Disney for YEARS.

But seriously, we have no idea who possibly thought it was a good idea to spend time and money and actually use their names, faces and voices to make such a stupid and horribly annoying song.

Songs like these usually go away... songs like these usually go away! *Rocks back and forth* Songs like these usually go away.

But not this one. It first came out in 1999, started being used in trailers then... and it STILL. IS.

The worst part is that now any kids' movie with a dog and/or men behaving like dogs, or even just fun, light-hearted family films has this in the trailer.

The ultimate one-hit wonder song, "Who Let the Dogs Out" can rape your ears in everything from "The Hangover" to "Shallow Hal" to "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie," and graces such trailers as the one embedded here, where it is arguably most distastefully used.

Here's your token dogs-are-on-the-screen-so-let's-get-the-s**tty-tropical-dog-song moment from the Snow Dogs trailer at 0:50 to the left.

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All Star

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Just gonna put this out there, and although we don't wanna rock any boats, we'll be the first ones to admit it. You know what? We HATE this song. By "we," I mean "the thinking people of America."

And I think it's because of how Hollywood has saturated every part of our lives with this song. It's in video games, television, and movies such as Digimon: The MovieInspector Gadget, seemingly every single Shrek movie and "Mystery Men" (where they apparently had enough people on staff who smoked crack that they decided to make this the theme of their movie).

We would donate our dozens of dollars to charity to never have to hear this song in a movie (or life) ever again.

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Kung Fu Fighting

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An original B-side song, recorded in ten minutes by a Jamaican dude name Carl doesn't exactly motivate the listener to allow their minds to be transported to a dreamworld of dragons, egg rolls, and other supercool Asian stuff. Oh wait, that is exactly the kind of Asia that a song like "Kung Fu Fighting" makes the listener connect with. With appearances in everything from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie to Rush Hour 3, it seems like City of God is one of the only movies on this song's list of cultural infiltration that is actually worth being proud of.

Shockingly, the song was also used in the Dreamworks's movie Kung Fu Panda (gasp!), which is actually a cute movie if you're seven or like drugs. Fast-forward to the 0:34 mark to begin your immersion in Asian culture, the Hollywood way.

Thanks Carl! Now all martial arts comedies will be able to share one CD (who are we kidding, this is totally on a beta) for their soundtrack until the end of time.

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Walking on Sunshine

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The embedded trailer for High Fidelity uses the song for its intended purpose, super great feelings. This is what you use in a trailer when your characters are feeling a few notches above "I Feel Good." When people want to jump on tables, run while their hair bounces, drive off in a car, wear sunglasses, or dance for no reason, this is the song to play.

Cheesy/lame uses of it? Most def. Check out this trailer for Mr. Bean.

Honorable Mentions:

"Eye of the Tiger" (cause really, we're not sick of that one, it will last forever)
"Wake Up" by Arcade Fire (give it a few years, it'll belong here)
"Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (watch Indie trailers for it)

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No question, you know this song. You've heard it in Clerks 2 and in the part of any movie trailer where a kooky guy (or crew of guys) has to change their ways or take on a seemingly impossibly task. Who knows what could happen? Craziness ensues! But no matter what does, you know that everything is going to be OK because it's "ABC" time, so go see their crappy movie!

Here's the trailer for Daddy Day Care (you're welcome). At 1:16 the song starts, giving us the perfect, cliche example of how Hollywood uses this song.

That's right, if you have a child running amok or a clueless man learning anything in a movie, Tito Jackson is sure to get a check.

Perhaps the saddest thing about this song though is that it was responsible for kicking "Let It Be" out of the number one Billboard spot in 1970.

Oh, and for those who just can't get enough of the first three letters of the alphabet, you can download this jam for Rock Band or play it on Band Hero.

But seriously, please don't.

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A song that's cool enough to be in both "Full House" and "Lost" is all right in my book, no matter how over-utilized it is by Hollywood. But dear God is it overused in trailers.

The Godfather of Soul's hit single has been made an appearance on basically every soundtrack ever, including The Nutty Professor, It Takes Two, Garfield: The Movie, and Home Alone 4 (hey, I never said they were good soundtracks).

Really, this song is used masterfully by trailers in a way that isn't obvious in the least... ready for it? It's played whenever someone "feels good." BOOSH.

Remember this Richard Gere movie? GREAT example of how lame it is.

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Artist: James Brown

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