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18th Jan '18 5:56:29 PM ClintEastwood
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* "Theme From Film/NewYorkNewYork" by Liza Minelli (CoveredUp by Music/FrankSinatra), to the point most even omit the first two words. The movie was a famous flop that represented a career low-point for Creator/MartinScorsese, but Sinatra's version of the song from 1979 became such a standard that some people believe it's both original to him and that he [[NewerThanTheyThink recorded it much earlier than he actually did]] (reaching #32 on the US pop charts in early 1980, it was Sinatra's final pop hit of his career). The song is not to be confused with a similarly named song that was featured in the film ''OnTheTown'' and parodied by ''TheSimpsons''.

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* "Theme From Film/NewYorkNewYork" by Liza Minelli (CoveredUp by Music/FrankSinatra), to the point most even omit the first two words. The movie was a famous flop that represented a career low-point for Creator/MartinScorsese, but Sinatra's version of the song from 1979 became such a standard that some people believe it's both original to him and that he [[NewerThanTheyThink recorded it much earlier than he actually did]] (reaching #32 on the US pop charts in early 1980, it was Sinatra's final pop hit of his career). The song is not to be confused with a similarly named song that was featured in the film ''OnTheTown'' ''Film/OnTheTown'' and parodied by ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.



* "Come and Get It", composed by Music/PaulMcCartney and performed by Badfinger for the soundtrack of the largely forgotten Creator/PeterSellers[=/=]Music/RingoStarr vehicle ''Film/TheMagicChristian''.

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* "Come and Get It", composed by Music/PaulMcCartney and performed by Badfinger Music/{{Badfinger}} for the soundtrack of the largely forgotten Creator/PeterSellers[=/=]Music/RingoStarr vehicle ''Film/TheMagicChristian''.



* The Gene Wilder comedy ''The Woman in Red'' was a modest success, but Music/StevieWonder's theme song "I Just Called to Say I Love You" became an Oscar-winning megahit.

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* The Gene Wilder Creator/GeneWilder comedy ''The Woman in Red'' was a modest success, but Music/StevieWonder's theme song "I Just Called to Say I Love You" became an Oscar-winning megahit.



* Dan Hartman's song "I Can Dream About You" was used in the the movie ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', which was somewhat of a disappointment at the time of its release.

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* Dan Hartman's Music/DanHartman's song "I Can Dream About You" was used in the the movie ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', which was somewhat of a disappointment at the time of its release.



* In a similar spirit, "That's What Friends Are For" was originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the Ron Howard-directed 1982 hit ''Film/NightShift'', starring Creator/HenryWinkler and Creator/MichaelKeaton, where it played over the closing credits. A couple years later Dionne Warwick was watching it on TV and decided to cover the song herself. Although ''Night Shift'' is still considered an early 80s comedy classic, very few people know its connection to the song; in fact, more than a few people have probably just thought that it was Rod Stewart covering a Dionne Warwick song.

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* In a similar spirit, "That's What Friends Are For" was originally recorded by Rod Stewart Music/RodStewart for the Ron Howard-directed Creator/RonHoward-directed 1982 hit ''Film/NightShift'', starring Creator/HenryWinkler and Creator/MichaelKeaton, where it played over the closing credits. A couple years later Dionne Warwick was watching it on TV and decided to cover the song herself. Although ''Night Shift'' is still considered an early 80s comedy classic, very few people know its connection to the song; in fact, more than a few people have probably just thought that it was Rod Stewart covering a Dionne Warwick song.



** Nearly 50 years later, Dusty Springfield's "The Look of Love" still gets airplay on light rock stations, while ''Royale'' wallows in well deserved obscurity, known primarily only by [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] fanatics.

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** Nearly 50 years later, Dusty Springfield's Music/DustySpringfield's "The Look of Love" still gets airplay on light rock stations, while ''Royale'' wallows in well deserved obscurity, known primarily only by [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] fanatics.



* "Happy Days are Here Again" was first featured in an early MGM musical called ''Chasing Rainbows''. Later, in 1932, the song became associated with FDR's presidential campaign.

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* "Happy Days are Here Again" was first featured in an early MGM Creator/{{MGM}} musical called ''Chasing Rainbows''. Later, in 1932, the song became associated with FDR's presidential campaign.



** "Separate Lives," from the now mostly forgotten and very strange film ''White Nights'' -- which also spawned Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me."
*** Though ''White Nights'' has niche appeal for dance fans who know it because of Mikhail Baryshnikov's and/or Gregory Hines's starring roles in the film, or Helen Mirren super fans who'll recognize this as one of her breakout films. Still, the Lionel Richie mega hit "Say You, Say Me" is unarguably far more well known than the film from which it originated.

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** "Separate Lives," from the now mostly forgotten and very strange film ''White Nights'' -- which also spawned Lionel Richie's Music/LionelRichie's "Say You, Say Me."
*** Though ''White Nights'' has niche appeal for dance fans who know it because of Mikhail Baryshnikov's and/or Gregory Hines's starring roles in the film, or Helen Mirren Creator/HelenMirren super fans who'll recognize this as one of her breakout films. Still, the Lionel Richie mega hit "Say You, Say Me" is unarguably far more well known than the film from which it originated.



** His TitleThemeTune for ''Absolute Beginners'' (1986) went to #2 on the U.K. charts, making it one of his bigger hits in TheEighties. But the movie -- which he had a OneSceneWonder role in -- was barely released beyond its home country and was briefly notorious as a flop big enough to be a CreatorKiller for its studio.

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** His TitleThemeTune for ''Absolute Beginners'' (1986) ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners'' went to #2 on the U.K. charts, making it one of his bigger hits in TheEighties. But the movie -- which he had a OneSceneWonder role in -- was barely released beyond its home country and was briefly notorious as a flop big enough to be a CreatorKiller for its studio.



* "Puttin' on the Ritz" was originally sung by Harry Richman in an early movie musical of the same title. The familiar lyrics, however, were first sung by Fred Astaire in ''Blue Skies''. (And there are probably viewers of younger generations who only know the song at all via ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and/or Taco's cover version in TheEighties.)

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* "Puttin' on the Ritz" was originally sung by Harry Richman in an early movie musical of the same title. The familiar lyrics, however, were first sung by Fred Astaire Creator/FredAstaire in ''Blue Skies''. (And there are probably viewers of younger generations who only know the song at all via ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' and/or Taco's cover version in TheEighties.)



* The song ''The Happening'' was a number one hit for TheSupremes and became a staple on oldies stations. The film ''The Happening'' (no, not [[Film/TheHappening that one]]), has sank into almost complete obscurity; it's generally remembered only for being one of Creator/AnthonyQuinn's worst roles.

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* The song ''The Happening'' was a number one hit for TheSupremes Music/TheSupremes and became a staple on oldies stations. The film ''The Happening'' (no, not [[Film/TheHappening that one]]), has sank into almost complete obscurity; it's generally remembered only for being one of Creator/AnthonyQuinn's worst roles.



* In one of the most prominent examples of this trope, Music/BoyzIIMen performed "End of the Road" for the Creator/EddieMurphy romantic comedy ''Boomerang''. While ''Boomerang'' made back its budget, it is not particularly remembered or acclaimed, while "End of the Road" is the highest selling Motown single of all time.

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* In one of the most prominent examples of this trope, Music/BoyzIIMen performed "End of the Road" for the Creator/EddieMurphy romantic comedy ''Boomerang''.''Film/{{Boomerang}]''. While ''Boomerang'' made back its budget, it is not particularly remembered or acclaimed, while "End of the Road" is the highest selling Motown single of all time.



* "I've Got You Under My Skin" written by Cole Porter was first heard in ''BornToDance'', an MGM musical starring Eleanor Powell. "Easy To Love" was introduced in the same movie, but since 1987 it's more likely to be heard in revivals of ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'', which was in fact the show for which Cole Porter originally wrote it.
* Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Street" became popular for young viewers when it was played in the opening credits of ''Film/JackieBrown''. However it was originally the title song to an early 70s crime drama of the same name, starring Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn.

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* "I've Got You Under My Skin" written by Cole Porter Music/ColePorter was first heard in ''BornToDance'', ''Film/BornToDance'', an MGM musical starring Eleanor Powell. "Easy To Love" was introduced in the same movie, but since 1987 it's more likely to be heard in revivals of ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'', which was in fact the show for which Cole Porter originally wrote it.
* Bobby Womack's Music/BobbyWomack's "Across 110th Street" became popular for young viewers when it was played in the opening credits of ''Film/JackieBrown''. However it was originally the title song to an early 70s crime drama of the same name, starring Yaphet Kotto Creator/YaphetKotto and Anthony Quinn.Creator/AnthonyQuinn.



* "Hooray For Hollywood" came from a musical called ''HollywoodHotel''. The movie's not very well known now but it does feature a great performance of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman's band.
* Other than featuring the late Music/TupacShakur, the film ''Film/AboveTheRim'' is mostly remembered for the hit songs ''Regulate'' by Nate Dogg and Warren G and ''Anything'' by [=SWV=] and the Wu-Tang Clan.

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* "Hooray For Hollywood" came from a musical called ''HollywoodHotel''.''Film/HollywoodHotel''. The movie's not very well known now but it does feature a great performance of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman's band.
* Other than featuring the late Music/TupacShakur, the film ''Film/AboveTheRim'' is mostly remembered for the hit songs ''Regulate'' by Nate Dogg and Warren G and ''Anything'' by [=SWV=] and the Wu-Tang Clan.Music/WTangClan.



* The Irving Berlin standard "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" was introduced by Dick Powell and Alice Faye in the movie musical ''On the Avenue'' (1937).

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* The Irving Berlin Music/IrvingBerlin standard "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" was introduced by Dick Powell and Alice Faye in the movie musical ''On the Avenue'' (1937).



* "Pennies From Heaven" from the 1936 Bing Crosby movie of that name. (The 1981 movie ''Pennies From Heaven'' with Creator/SteveMartin is unrelated aside from the title song.)

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* "Pennies From Heaven" from the 1936 Bing Crosby Creator/BingCrosby movie of that name. (The 1981 movie ''Pennies From Heaven'' ''Film/PenniesFromHeaven'' with Creator/SteveMartin is unrelated aside from the title song.)



* Several examples that wound up in ''SinginInTheRain'' fit into their original films:

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* Several examples that wound up in ''SinginInTheRain'' ''Film/SinginInTheRain'' fit into their original films:



* "Why", performed by Carly Simon for the film soundtrack ''Soup for One''. Chic's title song may qualify too, by virtue of being SampledUp on Modjo's "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)".

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* "Why", performed by Carly Simon Music/CarlySimon for the film soundtrack ''Soup for One''. Chic's title song may qualify too, by virtue of being SampledUp on Modjo's "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)".



* ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' is one of the less memorable films of Tom Cruise, but it spawned two #1 hits: "Don't Worry Be Happy" for Bobby [=McFerrin=] and "Kokomo" for Music/TheBeachBoys.

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* ''Film/{{Cocktail}}'' is one of the less memorable films of Tom Cruise, Creator/TomCruise, but it spawned two #1 hits: "Don't Worry Be Happy" for Bobby [=McFerrin=] and "Kokomo" for Music/TheBeachBoys.



* The theme songs for Film/JamesBond movies. The Creator/RogerMoore era in particular is often seen as a "golden age" for Bond movie theme songs thanks to hits like Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}' "Film/LiveAndLetDie", Music/CarlySimon's "Nobody Does It Better" (from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''), Sheena Easton's "Film/ForYourEyesOnly", and Music/DuranDuran's "Film/AViewToAKill", despite the Moore-era films themselves often being remembered as a DorkAge among Bond fans. Bond themes continued to be hits after Moore, but seeing as Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig's films have been ''much'' better recieved, they don't quite fall under this trope.

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* The theme songs for Film/JamesBond movies. The Creator/RogerMoore era in particular is often seen as a "golden age" for Bond movie theme songs thanks to hits like Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}' "Film/LiveAndLetDie", Music/CarlySimon's "Nobody Does It Better" (from ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''), Sheena Easton's "Film/ForYourEyesOnly", and Music/DuranDuran's "Film/AViewToAKill", despite the Moore-era films themselves often being remembered as a DorkAge among Bond fans. Bond themes continued to be hits after Moore, but seeing as Pierce Brosnan Creator/PierceBrosnan and Daniel Craig's Creator/DanielCraig's films have been ''much'' better recieved, they don't quite fall under this trope.



* "Thunderbirds Are Go" by Busted qualifies, having become a pop hit in the UK after the ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' movie faded out of public consciousness and even winning a Brit award.

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* "Thunderbirds Are Go" by Busted Music/{{Busted}} qualifies, having become a pop hit in the UK after the ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' movie faded out of public consciousness and even winning a Brit award.
6th Jan '18 1:28:11 PM wuggles
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** Another Aaliyah example is "Are You That Somebody?" made for the 1998 ''Film/DoctorDolittle'' soundtrack. It was considered one of the greatest songs of TheNineties by both ''The Rolling Stone'' and ''Spin'' magazine. While ''Dr. Dolittle'' was a box-office success, most people wouldn't realize that that song is from that movie.
5th Jan '18 10:30:24 PM nombretomado
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* The 1998 American version of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' has a few: the Grammy-winning cover of Music/DavidBowie's "Heroes" by The Wallflowers, Puff Daddy's Music/LedZeppelin-[[SampledUp inspired]] "Come with Me", and {{Jamiroquai}}'s sole #1 in the UK, "Deeper Underground". The only connections to the film are Godzilla's shriek in "Come with Me", and Zilla turning up in all three videos.

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* The 1998 American version of ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' has a few: the Grammy-winning cover of Music/DavidBowie's "Heroes" by The Wallflowers, Puff Daddy's Music/LedZeppelin-[[SampledUp inspired]] "Come with Me", and {{Jamiroquai}}'s Music/{{Jamiroquai}}'s sole #1 in the UK, "Deeper Underground". The only connections to the film are Godzilla's shriek in "Come with Me", and Zilla turning up in all three videos.
29th Dec '17 4:04:26 AM thelivingtoad
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* While some people who have heard Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" know that it comes from the CultClassic ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', most people today are not aware of this.
17th Dec '17 6:20:22 AM Q4
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* Soviet-era black-and-white Russian-language comedies not being one of the world's more popular movie genres, it is not entirely surprising that the 1934 film ''Lieutenant Kijé'' has fallen into obscurity. It hasn't stopped "Troika" from becoming a breakout hit and StandardSnippet.
17th Dec '17 5:57:25 AM Q4
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* Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" is one of the most famous pieces in the classical repertoire, easily eclipsing the 1900 adaptation of Creator/AlexanderPushkin's ''The Tale of Tsar Saltan'' from which it comes.
14th Dec '17 1:41:25 PM Anddrix
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* A rare example of an ''entire album'' falling victim to this trope; Music/StevieWonder's ''Music/JourneyThroughTheSecretLifeOfPlants'' is well remembered for being one of the first NewAge albums and for the [[LoveItOrHateIt polarized]] reaction it got from fans. However, how many people have actually seen ''The Secret Life of Plants''? It's an odd little documentary (the book, a history of the scientific -- or not -- study of if and how plants are aware of their environment, is much better known) that it was made as the soundtrack for.

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* A rare example of an ''entire album'' falling victim to this trope; Music/StevieWonder's ''Music/JourneyThroughTheSecretLifeOfPlants'' is well remembered for being one of the first NewAge albums and for the [[LoveItOrHateIt polarized]] polarized reaction it got from fans. However, how many people have actually seen ''The Secret Life of Plants''? It's an odd little documentary (the book, a history of the scientific -- or not -- study of if and how plants are aware of their environment, is much better known) that it was made as the soundtrack for.



* For great justice, the ''Film/SpaceJam'' soundtrack makes the cut. Music/RKelly's "[[AwardBaitSong I Believe I Can Fly]]" is today largely assumed by younger basketball fans to have been written to celebrate UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's career. Likewise, a lot of people like Music/{{Seal}}'s cover version of "Fly Like an Eagle" as well as Monica's "For You, I Will", a surprisingly actually heartwarming song written by the otherwise not-so-well-liked Diane Warren. Meanwhile, the movie is remembered for being LoveItOrHateIt. Once again, music videos never forget: WesternAnimation/BugsBunny has a cameo in each of them ("Fly Like An Eagle" is itself a VideoFullOfFilmClips).

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* For great justice, the ''Film/SpaceJam'' soundtrack makes the cut. Music/RKelly's "[[AwardBaitSong I Believe I Can Fly]]" is today largely assumed by younger basketball fans to have been written to celebrate UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's career. Likewise, a lot of people like Music/{{Seal}}'s cover version of "Fly Like an Eagle" as well as Monica's "For You, I Will", a surprisingly actually heartwarming song written by the otherwise not-so-well-liked Diane Warren. Meanwhile, the movie is remembered for being LoveItOrHateIt.divisive. Once again, music videos never forget: WesternAnimation/BugsBunny has a cameo in each of them ("Fly Like An Eagle" is itself a VideoFullOfFilmClips).
12th Dec '17 3:44:56 AM jormis29
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* In a similar spirit, "That's What Friends Are For" was originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the Ron Howard-directed 1982 hit ''Film/NightShift'', starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton, where it played over the closing credits. A couple years later Dionne Warwick was watching it on TV and decided to cover the song herself. Although ''Night Shift'' is still considered an early 80s comedy classic, very few people know its connection to the song; in fact, more than a few people have probably just thought that it was Rod Stewart covering a Dionne Warwick song.

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* In a similar spirit, "That's What Friends Are For" was originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the Ron Howard-directed 1982 hit ''Film/NightShift'', starring Henry Winkler Creator/HenryWinkler and Michael Keaton, Creator/MichaelKeaton, where it played over the closing credits. A couple years later Dionne Warwick was watching it on TV and decided to cover the song herself. Although ''Night Shift'' is still considered an early 80s comedy classic, very few people know its connection to the song; in fact, more than a few people have probably just thought that it was Rod Stewart covering a Dionne Warwick song.
12th Dec '17 3:44:56 AM jormis29
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11th Dec '17 10:06:59 AM mimitchi33
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* Whil some people who have heard Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" know that it comes from the CultClassic ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', most people today are not aware of this.

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* Whil While some people who have heard Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" know that it comes from the CultClassic ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', most people today are not aware of this.
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