Movies and music have a muddled history. For every "Mrs. Robinson" that electrified theater goers is a song like Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" that drove them towards the exits.
We sympathize. Writing a song for a movie that isn't overly corny or too on-the-nose appears to be a challenge for even some of the most talented performers. While there are some amazing songs written specifically for movies there are also some that are really questionable. Regardless of the quality of the movie it was written for, these truly terrible songs just missed the mark altogether.
Let's take a look at some of the worst songs ever written for movies.
Puff Daddy & Jimmy Page - "Come With Me"
In 1998, the man who was then named Puff Daddy took the Led Zeppelin classic "Kashmir" and reworked it for the soundtrack to Godzilla. Puff enlisted help from Zep guitarist Jimmy Page, but that didn't make things any better. The collaboration was a trainwreck from note one - even Public Enemy's Chuck D thought so.
"I like Jimmy Page and P. Diddy, but what they did to 'Kasmhir' was a debacle," Chuck D told Rolling Stone. "They are giants in their own way – and you can print this – but that was a f---ing travesty."
Though the duo performed the song live on a few occasions, most notably on Saturday Night Live, it failed to go down in the history books as a memorable mashup - and probably angered some Zep fans in the process.
MC Hammer's 1991 "Addams Groove" was recorded for the film The Addams Family, and became a moderate hit for the rapper. That said, it's not his best moment, particularly the groove that grows a bit too repetitive. MC Hammer's vocals are forgettable, the song lacks a hook and finally falls flat by the end.
It's one of the more monotonous songs ever written for a movie, and live performances didn't stand the test of time very well either.
Chad Kroeger & Josey Scott - "Hero"
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's Spiderman collaboration with Saliva singer Josey Scott has some of the most head-scratching lyrics ever put to paper. It's not clear why Kroeger would want to hold on to the wings of eagles and fly away, and what that even means in the context of the song.
Interestingly, the spectacularly corny song caused a bit of a feud between Scott and Kroeger, after Scott claimed that he wasn't paid properly for his contribution to the hit.
"They [screwed] me on that song," Scott told MTV in 2004. "I want the whole world to know it. They made millions off that song and threw me $5,000? That was foul, that was wrong, and that's bullsh*t."
Used for the Mission Impossible II soundtrack, "Take A Look Around" actually lifts the melody line from the original movie's theme song - but throws some rap rock on top of it. With lyrics like "With the good comes the bad, the bad comes the good. But imma live my life like I should," it's no wonder that it didn't make a more lasting impression on listeners.
The song is an unfortunate reminder of the rap rock craze of the late 90s, and didn't age very well in the years since.