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- 7+ 21- 8We 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.
- 8+ 59- 51
Every Little Thing She Does is MagicAnother case of a great band that had one song sucked into the movie trailer vortex that sits in the center of Hollywood's first "O" never to be played or sung outside of any other context besides a children's movie about magical nannies, faeries, unicorns, or whatever magical crap kids today believe in (note to children: THEY'RE NOT REAL, well except for unicorns, those are totally real. And you shouldn't be on this website anyway, go now. scat).
Shockingly unexpected was the decision to use "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" in the new Nanny McPhee trailer (1:36), as it's most often spotted along with images of Adam Sandler smiling above his name at the end of a trailer that gives away the whole movie, or for mid-level, barely-got-made romantic comedies that have no personality.
- 9+ 44- 37
Back in Black, Highway to Hell AC/DCAlthough Iron Man is making sure that it too, needs to come to a stop, the only AC/DC song that is still cool to use in trailers is "Thunderstruck," because that song rules. Overused in places here and there (TV's "Supernatural" and the Iron Man 2 trailer but hopefully not any Thor trailers, but if it happens, you heard it here first, folks), but "Thunderstruck" still manages to be a great song.
Here are two AC/DC songs that have been taken to the dark side of bad-ass song turned aaaaanoying.
"Back In Black": used whenever someone is "back," as in they are reformed and out to kick some ass with a new lease in life.
"Highway to Hell": used whenever a badass is doing anything, or whenever someone's flaunting their stuff, proud to be who they are despite what naysayers have to say.
You might even say they have a haters gonna hate attitude. Like this . And this.
- 10+ 52- 46Ah yes, the ubiquitous anthem of every ass-kicking, bone-breaking and tights-wearing action movie trailer. Why? Because it's obvious.
With such moving and thought provoking lyrics like "Let the bodies hit the floor.Let the bodies hit the floor. Let the bodies hit the floor. Let the bodies hit the floor. Let the bodies hit the floor."
Yeah, that's about it.
In any movie where bodies need to, or will be, hitting the floor you can bet your sweet ass that at some point you will hear the brutally-metal voices of Drowning Pool letting you know that they're going to be allowing something, and that something is bodies hitting the goddamn floor.
Skip to 1:19 in this trailer for Jason X to hear the satisfying thud of some bodies. Also used in Vin Diesel movies and crappy, not-going-to-make-their-money-back-in-theatres movies, which are essentially the same thing.
- 11+ 30- 25"Carnival of the Animals, VII Aquarium," is the perfect example of one of those movie trailer songs that you have no idea what it is, but it's in all movie trailers needing a mystical and mythical musical background. Anything playfully mysterious or even slightly (but gothically) ethereal will have this song at the beginning of its trailer.
An actually lovely song, "Aquarium" is just one part of a larger collection of music, but seems to be the one part that every movie trailer maker latches on to (perhaps they all have a lucky number seven). Kind of like the intense part of "O Fortuna," which isn't included in this list because people really seem to have eased off the song in the last 5-10 years (thankfully).
Here's just one of the 637 billion trailers (we totally counted) out there that use "Aquarium."
And if you find the song just a bit too annoying, try listening to it while looking at fish (either real or on Youtube), it really does sound like what an aquarium looks like.
- 12+ 34- 32
Dammit - Blink 182"Well I guess this is growing up."
This one line has assured that "Dammit" by Blink 182 would make it past the 90s, pass the 00s and all the way to the Squeakquel without being dropped as another "coming of age" tune because Hollywood thinks that it can really sell us the idea that the kids (or backyard woodland creatures) in the trailer are really going to LEARN something, and that it's worth our dinero.