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The Worst Songs Ever Written For Movies 

Sean Kelly
Updated March 5, 2019 8.6k votes 2k voters 50.6k views 12 items

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Movies and music have a muddled history. For every "Mrs. Robinson" that electrified theater-goers, there's 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 amazing songs written specifically for movies, there are also really questionable ones.

Regardless of the quality of the movie it was written for, these truly terrible songs just missed the mark altogether.

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Used for the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack, "Take A Look Around" 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 it didn't make a more lasting impression on listeners.

The song is an unfortunate reminder of the nu metal craze of the late '90s, and hasn't aged well in the years since. 

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The song "Wild Wild West" was a truly questionable release from Will Smith, who was one of the biggest names in movies and music at the time. That might explain why the whole thing was allowed to happen in the first place. In the years since, Smith has expressed regret over the song and the movie of the same name, explaining to Time that he wasn't quite focused on being an artist at the time.

"I wanted to win and be the biggest movie star, and what happened was there was a lag - around Wild Wild West time - I found myself promoting something because I wanted to win versus promoting something because I believed in it," Smith said of the project.

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Elton John has produced some undeniably great soundtrack songs in his career, but the theme to The Road to El Dorado isn't one of them. Tim Rice's lyrics feel too on-the-nose, especially in the chorus - which repeats "El Dorado" one too many times. 

Musically, the song lacks the memorable melodic nature of songs like "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," which is surprising considering he worked with celebrated composer Hans Zimmer on the project. Reviews of the soundtrack overall were lukewarm, and the theme song didn't age very well either. 

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Run-DMC's 1989 take on the Ghostbusters theme song came at a strange point for the group. While their popularity was still at a consistent high, the song failed to make as much of an impact as the rest of the Ghostbusters II soundtrack.

One later review went so far as to say the song "should have gotten a little more love back in 1989," but it was not meant to be. It's mostly been forgotten since, and doesn't have the same legacy as their rework of "Walk This Way" with Aerosmith.

 

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