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The Most Unbelievable Movie Tie-In Music Videos 

Coy Jandreau
Updated April 9, 2019 2.6k votes 401 voters 77.3k views 28 items

List Rules Vote up the most unbelievable music videos promoting major film releases.

There was a time, not too long ago, when seemingly every blockbuster movie was accompanied by a single and music video from a high-profile artist. These movie tie-in videos featured celebrity cameos, giant budgets, and radio-ready songs vaguely related to the movies they were promoting. It's hard to believe now, but music videos were huge, and the likes of MTV and VH1 were happy to play these five-minute videos that were commercials for films.

Then the internet happened. As music money drained from music videos, our attention spans began to fall away. There was an amazing time during the '80s and '90s when music videos and corporate synergy were both in their heyday. Some brilliant execs combined movies and music videos for cross promotion, and these beauties were born.

Whether it's a star/musician profitably showing off their musical chops (Looking at you, Will Smith and LL Cool J), or an actor trying their hand at music (Tom Hanks rapping), or even someone using their music talent for a first movie (Eminem winning an Oscar), these are the most ridiculous music video tie-ins to famous movies. Vote up the most insane and unbelievable examples of this bygone trend below.

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'Ghostbusters'
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Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters

Wait so Ray Parker Jr. turns out to be a ghost? But if he's a ghost, why would he be calling the Ghostbusters? Nevermind, this song is awesome. He can do what he wants.

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'Ninja Rap'
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Vanilla Ice - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

People don't necessarily remember Vanilla Ice was at the top of the rap game for a short time. They also don't always remember the stories of Suge dangling him off a balcony. But they do remember the Ninja Rap.

Go Ninja, Go Ninja, GO!

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Will Smith - Men in Black

Remember seemingly any movie starring Will Smith also had a Big Willie Style theme song and an even bigger music video? Remember Will Smith danging alongside an alien? Remember those futuristic hallways all late '90s movies had to have? This video remembers.
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Coolio - Dangerous Minds

This is one of those instances where the song became way more popular than its movie counterpart. The video, which pits Michelle Pfeiffer against Coolio, is more memorable than the movie it was meant to promote.

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