Here are the 5 (+1) most overused songs in YouTube videos, movie trailers and game advertisements.
5. Power by Kanye
Its probably the fault of GiantBomb, who said every game trailer would be better with Kanye’s The Power, but now every game trailer has Kanye’s The Power. Bravo guys!
4. Bodies by Drowning Pool
Have you ever seen this band? Or the original video? No one has, but every single person on the Internets has heard this song, usually while watching a video of a UFC guy getting his teeth knocked out. Well for the first time ever here is the actual video. I warn you now, it has NOT been worth the wait.
3. Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell
BAD THINGS ARE AFOOT! How to convey these bad things? Well, with Lux Aeterna of course! This song was great in Requiem for a Dream, but has since lost all meaning. I’ve seen it in the cinema so many times, my mouth fills with the taste of popcorn when I hear it. I’m sure that’s not what the Director was intending.
2. Clubbed to Death by Rob Dougan
For any movie that’s desperate to evoke The Matrix (including the sequels) this is the go-to tune. Does our movie target the 14-25 male demographic? Is it sci-fi action? Does it have trench coats? Is it shown in cinemas? The stick it in there!
1. Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
Although most people will associate this with 2001, you mostly hear it in trailers for kids movies. It will open the trailer as the Director mischievously tries to portray the movie as serious, before they play the record-needle scraping noise and a cartoon character appears making some pop culture reference, before another cartoon character says “You did NOT go there!”.
Bonus Entry – Smack My Bitch Up by The Prodigy
Most often used in family friendly movies during a fight scene where its inclusion is wholly inappropriate considering its central lyric and theme of male on female violence.