History Main / BreakawayPopHit

25th May '16 1:46:37 PM twilicorn
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* Bryan Adams' 2002 hit "Here I Am" reached Top 10 charts across the world when it was released, won a Golden Globe Award, and still continues to be played at major events (an instrumental version was used for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics bid) years after it was released. Still, how many of you remember the Dreamworks film ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'', which opened in fourth place when it debuted in theaters and barely registered a blip in the weeks afterwards? This track was the lead single from it; Adams provided a whole song score for the film.

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* Bryan Adams' 2002 hit "Here I Am" reached Top 10 charts across the world when it was released, won a Golden Globe Award, and still continues to be played at major events (an instrumental version was used for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics UsefulNotes/OlympicGames bid) years after it was released. Still, how many of you remember the Dreamworks film ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'', which opened in fourth place when it debuted in theaters and barely registered a blip in the weeks afterwards? This track was the lead single from it; Adams provided a whole song score for the film.



* Music/JustinTimberlake may have invoked this with "Can't Stop the Feeling!", a summer pop hit that also happened to be his contribution to the soundtrack of the Dreamworks film ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}''.



* ''[[ O Captain! My Captain!]]'', from the collection ''Literature/LeavesOfGrass'' got this treatment when it was translated to Hebrew and set to music by famous Israeli lyricist and poet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Shemer No‘omi Shemer]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgi0odb-YFM performed]] by singer [[https://www.facebook.com/meital.trabelsi Meital Trabelsi]] following the 1995 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Yitzhak_Rabin assassination of Prime Minister Yitzkhak Rabin]].

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* ''[[ O ''O Captain! My Captain!]]'', Captain!'', from the collection ''Literature/LeavesOfGrass'' got this treatment in Israel, when it was translated to Hebrew and set to music by famous Israeli lyricist and poet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Shemer No‘omi Shemer]], a locally popular lyricist/poet, translated the poem to Hebrew and set it to music. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgi0odb-YFM This version was famously performed]] by singer [[https://www.facebook.com/meital.trabelsi Meital Trabelsi]] following the 1995 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Yitzhak_Rabin assassination of Prime Minister Yitzkhak Rabin]].
19th May '16 9:53:05 AM Aiguille
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* "Late Goodbye", by Finnish rock group Music/PoetsOfTheFall, was originally recorded for ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'' and based on a poem written by the game's lead writer after a dream he once had. The game itself didn't sell too well, despite being critically loved and developing an almost cult status, but the song wound up becoming the band's breakout hit, both in Finland and abroad.

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* "Late Goodbye", "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzsiE44Lz_w Late Goodbye]]", by Finnish rock group Music/PoetsOfTheFall, was originally recorded for ''VideoGame/MaxPayne2TheFallOfMaxPayne'' and based on a poem written by the game's lead writer after a dream he once had. The game itself didn't sell too well, despite being critically loved and developing an almost cult status, but the song wound up becoming the band's breakout hit, both in Finland and abroad.
16th May '16 12:50:43 PM Morgenthaler
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* Remember Music/JudasPriest's thrilling speed-metal cover of ChuckBerry's "Johnny B. Goode"? Of course you do. Remember [[Film/JohnnyBeGood the 1988 Anthony Michael Hall movie]] that version was originally in? Didn't think so.

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* Remember Music/JudasPriest's thrilling speed-metal cover of ChuckBerry's Music/ChuckBerry's "Johnny B. Goode"? Of course you do. Remember [[Film/JohnnyBeGood the 1988 Anthony Michael Hall movie]] that version was originally in? Didn't think so.
11th May '16 2:50:13 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Music/MichaelJackson's "Ben" is a heartfelt ballad written about...the killer rat of 1973's ''Ben''. The remake of predecessor ''{{Willard}}'' reminds viewers of the song's origins by using it twice -- using the original version within the film, and then having protagonist Crispin Glover sing it over the end credits!

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* Music/MichaelJackson's "Ben" is a heartfelt ballad written about...the killer rat of 1973's ''Ben''. The remake of predecessor ''{{Willard}}'' ''Film/{{Willard}}'' reminds viewers of the song's origins by using it twice -- using the original version within the film, and then having protagonist Crispin Glover sing it over the end credits!
4th May '16 8:37:10 PM nombretomado
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One tactic that has been used in the publicity of movies (and other media, but mostly movies) for decades is to produce a radio friendly song to go with the film. By having music intrinsically linked, you can effectively extend the advertising for both the musical artist(s) and the movie by crossing over into the two fields. It often works out pretty well, with both the movie and the artist(s) getting a ton of free publicity from each other. For example, ''TheGraduate'' and the song "MrsRobinson" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel were both major hits when they first came out, with each giving a ton of publicity to the other. (This was the first time a pop hit was used on the soundtrack of a high-profile Hollywood film, and while the trend didn't catch on right away, it's safe to say it eventually became pretty standard practice.)

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One tactic that has been used in the publicity of movies (and other media, but mostly movies) for decades is to produce a radio friendly song to go with the film. By having music intrinsically linked, you can effectively extend the advertising for both the musical artist(s) and the movie by crossing over into the two fields. It often works out pretty well, with both the movie and the artist(s) getting a ton of free publicity from each other. For example, ''TheGraduate'' ''Film/TheGraduate'' and the song "MrsRobinson" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel were both major hits when they first came out, with each giving a ton of publicity to the other. (This was the first time a pop hit was used on the soundtrack of a high-profile Hollywood film, and while the trend didn't catch on right away, it's safe to say it eventually became pretty standard practice.)



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3rd May '16 5:46:06 PM aye_amber
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* Music/{{Vangelis}} got a hit with "Conquest of Paradise" for Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/FourteenNinetyTwoConquestOfParadise'' (Yes, [[Film/{{Alien}} that]] Creator/RidleyScott). (They'd had an earlier hit with the theme music for ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'', but that doesn't qualify--the movie is remembered, and everyone associates that melody with the movie and with running.)

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* Music/{{Vangelis}} ''Vangelis'' got a hit with "Conquest of Paradise" for Creator/RidleyScott's ''Film/FourteenNinetyTwoConquestOfParadise'' (Yes, [[Film/{{Alien}} that]] Creator/RidleyScott). (They'd had an earlier hit with the theme music for ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'', but that doesn't qualify--the movie is remembered, and everyone associates that melody with the movie and with running.)
11th Apr '16 10:48:50 PM aye_amber
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** "Soul To Squeeze", a ''Music/BloodSugarSexMagik'' outtake that was previously released as BSide to "Give It Away", was contributed to the ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' soundtrack and became a hit, being played live and it later appeared on their GreatestHitsAlbum.
* ''Neptune's Daughter''

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** "Soul To Squeeze", to Squeeze," a ''Music/BloodSugarSexMagik'' outtake that was previously released as BSide to "Give It Away", Away," was contributed to the ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' soundtrack and became a hit, being played live and it later appeared on their GreatestHitsAlbum.
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** "On A Slow Boat To China" would count as a BreakawayPopHit from the same movie if it wasn't a CutSong.
* Music/PhilCollins

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** "On A a Slow Boat To to China" would count as a BreakawayPopHit from the same movie if it wasn't a CutSong.
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** "Two Hearts" and "Groovy Kind of Love" are two of his best known songs. But does anybody remember the 1988 film ''Buster''? ("Groovy Kind of Love" had been a #2 hit 20 years earlier for the Mindbenders, but it wasn't CoveredUp by Collins until the time the movie was made.)
** "Separate Lives", from the now mostly forgotten and very strange film ''Film/WhiteNights'' -- 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 superfans who'll recognize this as one of her breakout films. Still, the Lionel Richie megahit "Say You, Say Me" is inarguably far more well known than the film from which it originated.
* Music/HenryMancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" from ''Film/{{Hatari}}!'' is a rare instrumental example of the BreakawayPopHit.

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** "Two Hearts" and "Groovy Kind of Love" are two of his best known songs. But does anybody remember the 1988 film ''Buster''? ''Buster?'' ("Groovy Kind of Love" had been a #2 hit 20 years earlier for the Mindbenders, but it wasn't CoveredUp by Collins until the time the movie was made.)
** "Separate Lives", Lives," from the now mostly forgotten and very strange film ''Film/WhiteNights'' ''White Nights'' -- which also spawned Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me".
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*** 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 superfans super fans who'll recognize this as one of her breakout films. Still, the Lionel Richie megahit mega hit "Say You, Say Me" is inarguably unarguably far more well known than the film from which it originated.
* Music/HenryMancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" from ''Film/{{Hatari}}!'' ''Film/{{Hatari}}'' is a rare instrumental example of the BreakawayPopHit.
11th Apr '16 9:57:22 PM aye_amber
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* "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by {{Starship}} was featured in ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'', each successful in their own right.

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* "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by {{Starship}} Music/{{Starship}} was featured in ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'', each successful in their own right.



* DigitalUnderground's "Same Song", from Creator/DanAykroyd's comedy ''Film/NothingButTrouble''. The movie was panned by critics and was a box office flop, but the song was a hit.

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* DigitalUnderground's Music/DigitalUnderground's "Same Song", from Creator/DanAykroyd's comedy ''Film/NothingButTrouble''. The movie was panned by critics and was a box office flop, but the song was a hit.



* The ColePorter song "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" was originally from ''Something to Shout About'', a 1943 movie musical starring Don Ameche and Janet Blair.

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* The ColePorter Music/ColePorter song "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" was originally from ''Something to Shout About'', a 1943 movie musical starring Don Ameche and Janet Blair.
1st Apr '16 7:10:21 PM palmer7
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* Celine Dion's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLeYvefzUFA "To Love You More"]] was originally written for the 1995 Japanese drama ''Koibito Yo'' (My Dear Lover). Listen to the Japanese version [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GsubEGaAkg here]].
30th Mar '16 6:31:21 PM BURGINABC
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* "Megalovania" was actually written for ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'''s FinalBoss. Most people associate it with Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} and ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' instead.
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