On Thursday, I posted a Cinematical Seven list featuring seven songs that had gotten a new lease on life after appearing in a movie (even if several of them made me stabby ... and our own Jessica Barnes agrees with me). I then opened up the floor to readers to weigh in with some of their own choices, but one commenter, @nixskits, took things in the opposite direction: he listed songs that are totally overused in movies. That was such a great topic that I wanted to do something with it -- and that something turned into this article.
I don't want to get too crazy here, but I do want to point out a few of the songs that send me grabbing for the remote so I can press the mute button, or groaning when they start to play (usually over a montage ... ) in a movie theater. The film industry is filled with creative people -- so why can't they come up with some better tracks to convey the mood of their scenes?
Nixskits nailed some great choices -- including "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and The Destroyers, "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum, and the Godfather of Soul's "I Got You (I Feel Good)." I concur on all those selections (although it pains me on the James Brown -- great song, but it's way overused). Those aren't the only songs we're sick of hearing though. I've come up with a few more that should be banned from movie soundtracks for at least a decade. You can find them after the jump. I hope you'll take a minute and share some of your own selections in the comments section once you've finished.