I was thinking the other day about the songs that have been licensed out for use in movie trailers so many times that they have become an absurd cliche. The trailer for Tropic Thunder really plays on the licensed music cliche by opening it's trailer with "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield. It's a hilarious use of the song because of just how many times we have heard the opening notes of it used in movies about the war in Vietnam as well as their trailers. Well, let's all put on our thinking caps and list the songs that have been used in so many trailers that there should be a moratorium placed on using them . . .
1. "Bodies" by Downing Pool
I'm sure you all are as sick as me of anytime there is an action movie the trailer has to have the inane chorus of "let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor, let the bodies hit the floor . . . aaaaaarrrrrhhhhhhhhhh!" Not only do I hate fake-ass "Nu metal" but I am sick of it being associated with anything remotely bad-ass. I think the response to this song should be Let the masters hit the fire, let the masters hit the fire!"
2. "Clocks" by Coldplay
So, this is the obligatory song for some sort of build-up of emotional tension. I think the main reason you hear it in trailers so much is because it really does sound like glorified generic production music.
3. "Let My Love Open the Door" by Pete Townshend
I love The Who as much as any other rock and roll fan but this song is pussy music at it's worst. This is the song we usually get when the love of a child or a woman thaws the icy heart of a man. I think in the Rom-Com 1o Commandments it's required to use this song in your trailers.
4. "Party Up" by DMX
This song's gone make me lose my mind . . . up in this theater, up in this theater!
5. "Solsbury Hill" by Peter Gabriel
I'm so touched. I'm so moved. I'm so sick of this fucking song! Stop licensing it out! Give it a fucking rest!
6. "Yeah" by Usher
A favorite of the "hip hop dance" genre of films. My response? NO!
7. "Don't Bring Me Down" by ELO
I am a huge ELO fan. The overuse of their most famous song in trailers went against the premise of the song . . . it brought me down.
I am sure I am forgetting quite a few. Feel free to chime in with some others you all are tired of.