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Monday, June 30, 2008

Songs That Were Bigger Than The Movies They Were Featured In

I'm gonna need your help on this one.

Yesterday Take That's "Rule The World" popped up on the iPod, and I got to thinking about how, despite the fact that the film it was from, Stardust, flopped, the song became the fifth best-selling single of 2007 in the U.K.

How many times has this been the case—a successful song far outlives the film it was originally featured on the soundtrack for? Perhaps one of the most glaring examples in recent memory is the Gin Blossoms' "Til I Hear It From You," a #9 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1995 whose parent movie, Empire Records, only grossed about $303,000 according to IMDB.

A few that come to mind:

1. "I'll Remember" - Madonna (With Honors)
2. "Crazy For You" - Madonna (Vision Quest)
3. "Live To Tell" - Madonna (At Close Range)
4. "After All" - Cher & Peter Cetera (Chances Are)
5. "Stay (I Missed You)" - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (Reality Bites)
6. Anything from Xanadu.

Damn! Madge is like the box office kiss of death. What are some others?



  • At 11:29 AM, Anonymous Arlen, Australia said…

    The first one that pops into my head is Roxette's 'Almost Unreal' from the Super Mario Bros. movie! Love that song :)

  • At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Arlen, Australia said…

    Oh & 'Loverboy' by Mariah Carey, obviously from the infamous Glitter! Wasn't 'Loverboy' a #1 hit? Or did it only make #2?

  • At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oooh, fun! "Here Comes The Hotstepper" by Ine (sp??) Kimoze, from Pret-A-Porter!

  • At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    At the risk of stepping back a few decades, "The Happening" by The Supremes was a huge #1 hit, while the movie of the same name (er, not the recent one) was a bug dud.

  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger Ben said…

    What's funny, those are some of Madonna's better songs! LOL

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    More Kiss of Death: Madgie's "Who's that Girl?".. #1 on the Hot 100 and bomb at the box office.

  • At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Dan said…

    did stardust bomb? i happen to love it and it did quite well in the UK?
    did it not do well in the US?

  • At 7:03 PM, Anonymous John from PA said…

    "Theme from 'Mahogany'", number one song, box office flop, though it's one of my favorites!

  • At 9:01 PM, Blogger David said…

    Twist Of Fate by Olivia Newton John from Two Of A Kind.
    Causing A Commotion by Madonna from Who's That Girl?
    Prisoner by Barbra Streisand from The Eyes of Laura Mars.
    Again by Janet Jackson from Poetic Justice.
    Pure Shores by All Saints from The Beach.

    I love this game!

  • At 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Invincible" by Pat Benatar from "The Legend of Billy Jean".

  • At 10:09 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Damn! You hookers are on a roll!

    Arlen, "Loverboy" was #2, though any hit will do here.

    Dan, yeah, Stardust bombed in the States -- made about $38 million domestically, while the film's budget was upwards of $100 million.

    Yuri & David, how could I forget those Madge-tastrophes?

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger John said…

    "When the Rain Begins To Fall" by Pia Zadora and Jermaine Jackson - okay, so maybe it wasn't successful, but it could have gone Tin and beaten the movie "Voyage of the Rock Aliens". And I get to mention Pia in a Chart Rigger post.

    -Phil Collins "Two Hearts" and "Groovy Kind of Love" from "Buster"

    -PC and Marilyn Marin "Separate Lives" from "White Nights"

    -Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from "Mannequin"

    -Animotion "Room to Move" from "My Stepmother Is An Alien"

    -Luther and Janet "Best Things In Life Are Free" from "Mo Money"

    Some of these are judgment calls on "successful". I'll think of more in my sleep, probably.

  • At 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey....let's get one thing straight...."Xanadu" was cinematic BRILLIANCE.....it just took the rest of the world 28 years to realize what I've known since 1980! AND, the movie was just re-released on DVD w/bonus extras AND a cd of the soundtrack.

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger The Captain. said…

    How about Dolly's original "I Will Always Love You" from "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas?"

  • At 3:02 PM, Blogger The Captain. said…

    Oh! And "Wild Wild Life" by the Talking Heads, from the 1986 movie "True Stories."

  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger The Captain. said…

    Okay, one more and I'll stop: "Kiss" by Prince, "Under the Cherry Moon." (The album was called "Parade," but was considered the soundtrack to UtCM.)

  • At 5:06 PM, Anonymous Journey of the R'Orangutan said…

    Ooh, "Whole Wide World" by A'me Loraine from the movie "True Love."

    P.S. I just bought "Voyage of the Rock Aliens" on VHS!

  • At 6:12 PM, Anonymous mr. stickers said…

    The Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" from "Benny and Joon."

  • At 12:02 AM, Blogger C. Paul Keller said…

    "Last Dance" by Donna Summer from Thank God It's Fridat

  • At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie also from White Knites.

    and "Don't Let Go (Love)" by En Vogue from Set It Off

  • At 10:42 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    All excellent!

    I'll chime in with LeAnn Rimes' "Can't Fight The Moonlight" from Coyote Ugly.

    And L'Orangutan, you get your Pia Zadora on!

  • At 5:49 AM, Anonymous Arlen, Australia said…

    D'luv, Coyote Ugly was a big hit! It cost them $45 million to make and it grossed $114 million worldwide :)
    Love that movie and that song!

  • At 10:54 AM, Blogger Writer said…

    What about the entire soundtrack to Sliver??

  • At 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Stay (Faraway, So Close!) by U2 from Wim Wenders' Faraway, So Close!

  • At 7:58 PM, Anonymous shaun said…

    How about anything from the Boomerang soundtrack--

    End of the Road-Boyz II Men

    I'd Die Without You-PM Dawn

    Love Should Have Brought You Home-Toni Braxton

  • At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "I Heard a Rumour" by Bananarama at Billboard Hot 100 at #4 from "Disorderlies" film, 1987 (starring...uhm...the Fat Boys)..hahaha...

  • At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Top 10 hits from failed films:
    "Catch Me I'm Falling" by Pretty Poison from HIDING OUT
    "Room to Move" by Animotion from MY STEPMOTHER IS AN ALIEN
    "On the Radio" by Donna Summer from FOXES
    "Got to Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind & Fire from SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
    "I Can Dream About You" by Dan Hartman from STREETS OF FIRE
    "Nobody's Fool" by Kenny Loggins from CADDYSHACK II
    "Meet Me Half Way" by Kenny Loggins from OVER THE TOP
    "Lessons in Love" by Level 42 from HOT PURSUIT
    "Late in the Evening" by Paul Simon from ONE-TRICK PONY
    "Love Somebody" by Rick Springfield from HARD TO HOLD
    "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder from THE WOMAN IN RED


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