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13th Jul '17 4:24:39 PM thelivingtoad
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* Pharrell Williams' #1 hit "Happy" originally came from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2.'' Although the film was a massive hit, the song was successfully able to distance itself from its origin. Many people are still unaware that it was written specifically for the movie, even though the video clip has a short flash of dancing Minions in it. A quite unique reason for the distancing was that Pharrell created a "24 hours of Happy" video, with various celebrities and random people dancing along to the song, laid back to back for 24 hours.



* This is {{Inverted|Trope}} in the case of "Let It Go" from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}''. The Creator/DemiLovato version, played during the closing credits, was clearly intended to be one of these, but it barely made a ripple while the song in the context of the movie (sung by Creator/IdinaMenzel) became the pop hit instead, getting to the top 5 in the Billboard charts despite little to no airplay.



* Jeanette[=MacDonald=] first sang "Beyond the Blue Horizon" in ''Film/MonteCarlo1930.'' It became a signature song for her, which she performed and recorded many times over the next couple of decades. Then it became a hit all over again when it was CoveredUp by Lou Christie in 1974.

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* Jeanette[=MacDonald=] Jeanette [=MacDonald=] first sang "Beyond the Blue Horizon" in ''Film/MonteCarlo1930.'' It became a signature song for her, which she performed and recorded many times over the next couple of decades. Then it became a hit all over again when it was CoveredUp by Lou Christie in 1974.



* Yet another CoveredUp example: "Mah Na Mah Na", which nowadays is associated with Franchise/TheMuppets, was originally from an Italian pseudodocumentary/exploitation film called ''Sweden, Heaven or Hell''. Just about every cover/parody of it nowadays is based on the Muppets version as opposed to Piero Umilani's original (CAKE's cover, from the multi-artist CD ''For The Kids'', being the most well-known exception).

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* Yet another CoveredUp example: "Mah Na Mah Na", which nowadays is associated with Franchise/TheMuppets, was originally from an Italian pseudodocumentary/exploitation film called ''Sweden, Heaven or Hell''. Just about every cover/parody of it nowadays is based on the Muppets version as opposed to Piero Umilani's original (CAKE's (Music/{{Cake}}'s cover, from the multi-artist CD ''For The Kids'', being the most well-known exception).
13th Jul '17 4:22:00 PM thelivingtoad
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* "Touched by the Hand of God" by Music/NewOrder from ''Salvation!''. The song isn't one of their bigger hits, but because of its video - which features the band dressed up as a hair metal group - its much better known than the movie it came from.

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* "Touched by the Hand of God" by Music/NewOrder from ''Salvation!''. The song isn't one of their bigger hits, but because of its video - which was directed by a Creator/KathrynBigelow and features the band dressed up as a hair metal group - its much better known than the movie it came from.



* ''Film/{{Footloose}}'' isn't exactly obscure, but its soundtrack is certainly better-remembered (and regarded) than the film. In particular, "Holding Out for a Hero" became so popular, and subsequently has been [[CoveredUp covered so many times]], that few remember it was written for this movie.



* "Boom Clap" by Music/CharliXCX, from the soundtrack to ''Film/TheFaultInOurStars''. While the movie the song came from was hugely successful and was responsible for the song's initial surge in sales, the song fast distanced itself from its origins soon after.



* "Cups/When I'm Gone", as performed by Creator/AnnaKendrick in ''Film/PitchPerfect'', became a surprise hit on the strength of multiple Website/YouTube covers.
3rd Jul '17 5:26:52 PM twilicorn
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* "How Do You Talk to an Angel", credited to the fictional band The Heights from the early '90's FOX show of the same name, went to #1 in the US, but the show was canceled a week after the song fell from its peak.

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* "How Do You Talk to an Angel", credited to the fictional band The Heights from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heights_(TV_series) the early '90's FOX show of the same name, name]], was nominated for an Emmy and went to #1 in the US, but the show was canceled a week after the song fell from its peak.



*** The melody was also reused unintentionally for "Planet Claire" by Music/TheB52s which, whilst it rarely gets airplay, did lead to a lot of people pointing out its similarity to the Peter Gunn theme despite the show being obscure.

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*** ** The melody was also reused unintentionally for "Planet Claire" by Music/TheB52s Music/TheB52s, which, whilst it rarely gets airplay, did lead to a lot of people pointing out its similarity to the Peter Gunn theme despite the show being obscure.



* "For You I Will (Confidence)" by singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger originated as the theme song for the failed ([[CriticalDissonance but critically well received]]) 2006 CBS dramedy ''Love Monkey'', which Geiger had a small recurring role in. A few months after CBS ditched the show, the song made the Top 30 of the US pop charts.

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* "For You I Will (Confidence)" by singer/songwriter Teddy Geiger originated as the theme song for the failed ([[CriticalDissonance but critically well received]]) 2006 CBS dramedy {{dramedy}} ''Love Monkey'', which Geiger had a small recurring role in. A few months after CBS ditched the show, the song made the Top 30 of the US pop charts.



** "Bein' Green" from the same show could also qualify; besides the endless covers from people like Music/RayCharles, Music/FrankSinatra and most recently on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with [[Music/CelticThunder Damian McGinty]], the phrase "It's not easy being green" is frequently used to refer to [[GreenAesop environmental concerns]]. This context came full circle in 2006, when Kermit [[CelebrityEndorsement appeared in]] [[MuppetCameo a commercial]] for the environmentally-friendly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMNECJpUepQ Ford Escape Hybrid]], which caused him to remark that it was, in fact, "easy being green".

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** "Bein' Green" from the same show could also qualify; besides the endless covers from people like Music/RayCharles, Music/FrankSinatra and most more recently on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' with [[Music/CelticThunder Damian McGinty]], the phrase "It's not easy being green" is frequently used to refer to [[GreenAesop environmental concerns]]. This context came full circle in 2006, when Kermit [[CelebrityEndorsement appeared in]] [[MuppetCameo a commercial]] for the environmentally-friendly [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMNECJpUepQ Ford Escape Hybrid]], which caused him to remark that it was, in fact, "easy being green".
3rd Jul '17 5:15:39 PM twilicorn
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* If the forgettable 1999 crime-comedy ''Desert Blue'' is remembered for anything today, it's because of its soundtrack included "The Frug", the debut single from Music/RiloKiley. The song's official music video even includes clips from the movie, but the film has become so obscure, it's left many Rilo Kiley fans scratching their heads as to why Music/CaseyAffleck (it was one of his first lead roles) and Creator/ChristinaRicci are in it.

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* If the forgettable 1999 crime-comedy ''Desert Blue'' is remembered for anything today, it's because of its soundtrack soundtrack, which included "The Frug", the debut single from Music/RiloKiley. The song's official music video even includes clips from the movie, but the film has become so obscure, it's left many Rilo Kiley fans scratching their heads as to why Music/CaseyAffleck (it was one of his first lead roles) and Creator/ChristinaRicci are in it.it.
* ''The Greatest'', a 1977 biopic of UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli, is now best known for George Benson's theme for it: "The Greatest Love of All", which later became CoveredUp by Music/WhitneyHouston.
22nd Jun '17 12:05:06 PM Pichu-kun
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* Coca-Cola has proved to be the undisputed master of this trope in advertising.

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* Coca-Cola has proved to be the undisputed master of this trope in advertising.advertising:










* "I Still Believe" by Hayden Panettiere, from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}} III'', a DTV sequel.

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* "I Still Believe" by Hayden Panettiere, from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}} III'', ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'', a DTV sequel.
19th Jun '17 4:48:33 PM jormis29
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* The ending song from ''Film/TheRose'' is more familiar to anyone who's been to karaoke or an audition than the film is. If ''Beaches'''s "The Wind Beneath My Wings" is any indication, Bette Midler can do this to a song.

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* The ending song from ''Film/TheRose'' is more familiar to anyone who's been to karaoke or an audition than the film is. If ''Beaches'''s ''Film/{{Beaches}}'''s "The Wind Beneath My Wings" is any indication, Bette Midler Creator/BetteMidler can do this to a song.
16th Jun '17 6:08:49 AM jormis29
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* Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire broke into the top 40 with the album ''That's the Way of the World''. Most people don't know that it's actually a soundtrack for a [[Film/ThatsTheWayOfTheWorld movie of the same name]].

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* Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire Music/EarthWindAndFire broke into the top 40 with the album ''That's the Way of the World''. Most people don't know that it's actually a soundtrack for a [[Film/ThatsTheWayOfTheWorld movie of the same name]].
15th Jun '17 1:42:53 PM Ezclee4050
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* Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire broke into the top 40 with the album ''That's the Way of the World''. Most people don't know that it's actually a soundtrack for a movie of the same name.

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* Legendary R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire broke into the top 40 with the album ''That's the Way of the World''. Most people don't know that it's actually a soundtrack for a [[Film/ThatsTheWayOfTheWorld movie of the same name.name]].
14th Jun '17 12:57:29 AM jamespolk
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* One of the most prominent examples is "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Music/BobDylan, written for the film ''Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid'', one of Creator/SamPeckinpah's lesser known works.

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* One of the most prominent examples is "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Music/BobDylan, written for the film ''Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid'', ''Film/PatGarrettAndBillyTheKid'', one of Creator/SamPeckinpah's lesser known works.
11th Jun '17 8:54:17 AM 64SuperNintendo
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** Their 1970 jingle 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing' had radio callers '''requesting the commercial''', so a longer version was released that was a Billboard Top 10 hit.

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** Their 1970 jingle 'I'd "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing' Sing" had radio callers '''requesting the commercial''', so a longer version was released that was a Billboard Top 10 hit.
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