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.
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 'Kashmir' 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*cking 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 remake - 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 with its groove that grows a bit too repetitive. MC Hammer's vocals are forgettable, the song lacks a hook, and it finally falls flat by the end.
It's one of the more monotonous songs ever written for a movie, and live performances didn't sound much better.
The Alicia Keys/Jack White duet "Another Way To Die" gets points for effort, but just doesn't have the same memorable hooks as other James Bond themes. The odd collaboration was poorly received by critics and fans alike, mostly for the lack of chemistry between the two artists.
Rolling Stone was particularly critical, saying the song was "less a duet than the sound of two people singing vaguely similar songs at the same time."
While many find "Ninja Rap" cringe-inducing, Vanilla Ice himself remains proud of his contribution to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Ice claims he's seen how fans react to his song, which he also performed in the film.
"The impact was huge all around the world, not just in the U.S. When I go to Russia, China and Europe, I see fans dressed up as Ninja Turtles everywhere. It's amazing to see the song have such a gigantic impact," he said in an interview with an MTV.