16 songs repopularized by movies and TV shows

All these songs would save me from Vecna ​​tbh.

Last month Netflix gave us Season 4: Volume 1 of Weird stuff† It introduced us to Vecna, Steve’s chest hair, The Hellfire Club and of course Eddie.

But most importantly, it introduced Kate Bush to a whole new generation. In the fourth episode, “Dear Billy,” Bush’s 1985 song, “Running Up That Hill,” played a pivotal role in saving Max from Vecna, and it was emotional to say the least.

The show’s use of “Running Up That Hill” resonated with the audience. And after peaking at number 30 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1985, this year the song peaked at number 4.

This isn’t the first time a movie or TV show has given an older song a second life. So let’s look back at these 16 songs that became popular again because they were featured in a popular movie or TV show:


In February 2019, Netflix released the first season of The Umbrella Academy† In the very first episode, the kids of Hargreeves dance, albeit in separate rooms, to Tiffany’s cover of ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ from 1987. The song had a pretty big comeback, even making the rounds on TikTok.


Quentin Tarantino has re-introduced audiences to many songs over the years: Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” in Kill BillDick Dale’s “Misirlou” in Pulp Fictionand Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich’s “Hold Tight” in Dead Evidence† But in 1992, he played Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” during a torture scene in Reservoir Dogs† As a result, the song, originally released in 1972, had a major revival in the 1990s.


James Gunn’s Guardians of the Universe (2014) opens with Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill dancing to Redbone’s 1974 hit “Come and Get Your Love.” Known for its heavy 70s soundtrack, the film introduced this song and some other classic 70s hits to a new generation. The 2017 sequel didn’t disappoint and reintroduced us to Looking Glass’s “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”. I’m sure the third episode, due out next year, will give us even more iconic songs to add to our playlists.

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The band Pixies released “Where’s My Mind?” in 1988. The song appeared on their first studio album, Surfer Rosa† More than a decade later, in 1999, the song was at the end of David Fincher’s fight club† The film introduced the song and the band not only to a new generation of people, but to a wider audience in general. Since then, “Where is my mind?” has appeared in countless other movies and TV shows, and is basically a sign that the on-screen character is struggling with mental illness.

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A year after its release in 1975, Queen’s beloved classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, peaked at number 9 in the US. Billboard Hot 100. In 1992 Mike Myers chose to use the song for a scene in Wayne’s world† The scene, in which Myers and his co-stars headbang to the song in a car, quickly became an iconic moment in movie history. Same year Wayne’s world was released, “Bohemian Rhapsody” charted again, this time at number 2.


“Head Like a Hole” (black mirror“Rachel, Jack and Ashley too”)


In a 2019 episode of black mirrorMiley Cyrus played the fictional pop star Ashley O. Her hit, “On a Roll”, was a pop version of Nine Inch Nails’ 1989 hit “Head Like a Hole”. After the episode debuted, “On a Roll” was released as a single released, and Billboard placed the song 28 on their list of the 100 best songs of 2019. At the end of the episode, Miley’s character Cyrus plays the real-life version of “Head Like a Hole”, opening the eyes of a whole new audience to the song. (and NIN).

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The Proclaimers released “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” in 1988. The movie was released in 1993 Benny & Joon, which credits the song, enlightened the American public for the song. It peaked at number 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart that same year.

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Ben E. King released his song “Stand by Me” in 1961, where it peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 card. After the release of the 1986 film of the same name, which featured King’s version and an instrumental score based on the song, it hit the charts again, this time peaking at number 9. They even shot a new music video for the song, featuring River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton, the film’s young stars, join King on stage, and it’s literally the cutest thing ever.

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supernatural started in 2005 and ended just two years ago in 2020. Over the course of 15 years, it presented its millennial audience with countless classic rock songs from the 70s and 80s. Kansas’ 1976 hit “Carry on My Wayward Son” plays at the beginning of each finale episode with a montage summarizing the season. Fans quickly understood the song and it became sort of the show’s unofficial theme song.

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The Righteous Brothers’ 1965 cover of “Unchained Melody” peaked at number 4 in the US that same year. Billboard Hot 100 card. After its use in the 1990 film Spiritit regained popularity, peaking at number 13. Its newfound success was quite significant, and in 1992 the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced it was the most played song that year.


Enya released “Orinoco Flow” in 1988, and in 2018 Bo Burnham performed the song in his movie eighth grade† While the song did not re-enter the charts, it certainly had a second round of popularity. After the film was released, the song was embraced by young millennials and Gen Z and was quite popular on TikTok.

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Yes, Journey’s 1981 mega-hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” charted in 2007 and 2009 thanks to The Sopranos and cheerfulness respectively, but years earlier the song received a significant surge in popularity thanks to the MTV reality show, laguna beach† In the season 2 opener, Lauren Conrad and Stephen Colletti lip-synch, barely, in a car on their way to a date. The scene doesn’t even last a minute, and yet the song made it to the iTunes Top Ten right after it aired.

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After hitting No. 1 just a month after its release in 1964, The Temptations’ “My Girl” found renewed success nearly thirty years later. The 1991 coming-of-age movie My girlfriend, in 1972, the song featured introducing it to the very young audience. In the weeks following the film’s success, the song made its way back onto the charts.


For years after its 1996 release, Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash into Me” was seen as a joke; it’s overly juicy, a bit messy, and definitely a bit creepy and perverse. But when it came out in 2017 Ladybird, the meaning had completely changed. The way the director, Greta Gerwig, used it in the film as a turning point for the main character, Lady Bird – her moment of realizing who she is as a person – resonated with the audience.

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In 1977, Iggy Pop released his song “Lust for Life”, which was co-written by David Bowie. Nearly twenty years later, in 1996, the Ewan McGregor-directed British film Train spotting used the song, and also featured in the trailer. The song became popular again and even peaked at number 26 in the UK Singles Chart that same year.


“Pink Moon” (“Milky Way” Volkswagen ad)


And finally, in 1972, two years before his death, English musician Nick Drake released his last album Pink Moon† In 1999, Volkswagen debuted a commercial for their Volkswagen Cabriolet featuring a song from the album, also titled “Pink Moon”. In the weeks after the ad Pink Moon album sales increased by five hundred percent.

What song or artist did you discover from a movie or TV show? Let us know in the comments.

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