7 songs that were much better than the films they were promoting

A great soundtrack accompanying a great film is a uniquely satisfying experience. This can be anything from As Time Goes By in Casablanca to Don’t You Forget About Me in The Breakfast Club. It could be the Mortal Kombat soundtrack (I won’t have a word said against those films!), or it could be Michael Giacchino’s superlative score to Up.

Sometimes, however, there’s a mismatch between the quality of the music and the quality of the film. The promotional single – usually released in advance – might have you all fired up, only to face disappointment when you watch the movie. So here’s a shout-out to some memorable music that accompanied some pretty forgettable films.

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The song: Blue Man Group feat Gavin Rossdale – The Current
The film: Terminator: Rise of the Machines

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In Terminator terms, the most recent film wasn’t a patch on the first two, but it was entertaining in its own right. Fans would do well to forget that the third film ever existed, save for a pleasingly unusual theme song courtesy of the boys in blue and that bloke from Bush.

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The song: Korn – Did My Time
The film: Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life

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The first Tomb Raider film was entertaining enough, and I recall enjoying the second at the cinema, but it didn’t hold up to a second viewing. Gerard Butler looking cute aside, it’s just not a very good film. It did host one of the better Korn songs, though.

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The song: Evanescence – Bring Me To Life
The film: Daredevil

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This song is something of a guilty pleasure for me, since it is so cheesy and overblown and … well … gothic. It was the guest male vocals from Paul McCoy that provided a rough counterpoint to Amy’s cloying, saccharine tones and really made it work. The Daredevil movie was better than, say, Catwoman, but hardly up to par with other superhero flicks.

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The song: Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
The film: Loser

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I know, this is simpering indie, but there’s something charming about it. Just like the irresistibly likeable cast of the teen flick it accompanied. The song is catchy as hell – I bet you were mentally humming it as soon as you read the title, right? Shame that Loser was such a disappointing, forgettable film. I mean, just how hard is it to get teen movies right? This had everything going for it, but just fell flat in the execution. At least it was better than Down To You.

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The song: The Cure – Burn
The song: Nine Inch Nails – Dead Souls
The film: The Crow

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I know what you’re thinking. Two songs! I may as well nominate the whole Crow soundtrack – and, really, I should – but these are the two songs that I most remember. Who knew that NIN could cover Joy Division so well? The Crow was as defined by its soundtrack as Dirty Dancing, but had the added bonus of inspiring a generation of misunderstood teenaged boys to mimic Brandon Lee’s makeup, which would inevitably be running down their pasty faces after six hours of dancing. The Crow hasn’t aged well, and its power was lost the minute anyone saw a real Hong Kong action movie. Great memories, though.

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The tune: John Williams – Duel of the Fates
The film: Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace

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I said songs, rather than tunes, but I do love this piece. I remember seeing the film for the first time and assuming that it made no sense due to my advanced state of intoxication. Then I saw it sober and …

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or if you really want to get into it

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