songs 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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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.

Artist: The Jackson 5

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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.

Artist: James Brown