A theme or element from a work's soundtrack (usually a movie) that gets reused in another work. It may either be an original piece, or a preexisting one that wasn't widely known until being used as soundtrack.

See also RecycledTrailerMusic.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance'' used music from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' along with several tracks from ''KareKano''[[note]]Hideaki Anno's next series, with music by the same composer[[/note]] and one track from the 1979 semiclassic ''The Man Who Stole the Sun''. Also, in 3.0, Gods Message is a modified version of Light of Babylon from Sagisu's score for Nadia, Out Of The Dark is a slightly modified variant of Stand Up Be Strong from Sagisu's Bleach score, the main theme is a modified variant of Hedgehog's Dilemma from 1.0 and the original series, and in the original series, When I Find Peace of Mind was a modified version of The Distant Macross from Sagisu's score for [[Anime/MacrossII Macross II: Lovers Again]].
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' plays an instrumental version of "[[Film/TheWizardOfOz Over the Rainbow]]" in one of its episodes, though this is thematically relevant since it's the song a character's father used to play on his radio station in the past.
* The Ocean Group dub of ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' reused tracks from previous shows they worked on, including the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon.
* {{Sunrise}} reused parts of the soundtrack for the ''CaptainHarlock'' movie ''Arcadia of my Youth'' in the 1985 ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' TV anime.* The music created for [[FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids']] anime dubs would occasionally be reused in other series. Most notably, the theme which had originally been created to serve as [[OnePiece Django's]] theme was latter reused in other series, including an episode of ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward]]''.
* {{Saban}}'s English dubs of anime series such as ''TheLittlBits'', ''Literature/MayaTheBee'', ''{{Noozles}}'', etc., reuse many songs between each other, sometime's one show's theme tune even appears in another.
* Saban's English dub of DigimonAdventure recycled the score from its short-lived MaskedRider adaptation.
** Also happened to a lesser extent with the show's original score--a few pieces were re-used for ''[[DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', and, more egregiously, ''[[DigimonTamers Tamers]]''.
* The English dub of ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'' recycled some music from the English dub of ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Akira Ifukube, one of Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s Four Fathers, did this a lot, with much of his score from ''[[Film/VaranTheUnbelievable Great Monster Varan]]'' being reused and modified in countless films decades later. In his scores for the ''Godzilla'' movies of the 1990's, he would recycle dozens of themes from his Showa Period work, include those from films that TOHO had no part in, such as the Daimajin films. How successful he was at this is up for debate, but due to the obscurity of some titles (not to mention the butchering that many of the older scores went through in the 1950's and 1960's when they were being imported to the US), not many people here in the United States would even recognize that these themes were recycled until the advent of the Internet and YouTube made it easy to listen and compare soundtracks.
* The main theme of the Japanese movie ''Yumeji'' was reused as the main character's {{Leitmotif}} in ''InTheMoodForLove''.
* JamesHorner re-used one of the minor themes from ''Film/{{Willow}}'' in the soundtrack for ''Once Upon a Forest''.
** He also re-used parts of the ''Willow'' soundtrack yet again in ''TheMaskOFZorro''.
** "Ripley's Rescue" from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' saw Horner re-use part of the Klingon theme from ''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III.]]''
** Parts of the track "Resolution And Hyperspace" from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was used toward the end of the Michael Kamen-scored ''Film/DieHard'' (as was a track from John Scott's score for ''ManOnFire'' - the original, not the remake).
** James Horner is notorious for his repetition - all composers do so, but rarely to that extent.
* JohnWilliams quotes his own Yoda's Theme from ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' in ''Film/{{ET|The Extraterrestrial}}'' when the eponymous alien sees a child trick-or-treating in a Yoda costume.
* John Williams was too busy to properly do the music on ''Film/HarryPotter and the Chamber of Secrets''. He managed to compose a few new themes ("Gilderoy Lockhart", "Moaning Myrtle", etc.) and then someone else (William Ross, specifically) was hired to create the ''Chamber of Secrets'' soundtrack out of the new themes and the themes from the previous movie, ''Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone''. As a result, ''Chamber'' recycles a lot of musical cues from ''Philosopher's Stone''. For example, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyHDb025oOo&t=0m41s pixie scene]] uses the same music as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rPUBXLGsdw&t=1m26s flying keys scene]]. And the music from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aQEcHwRCmo&t=2m38s end scene in the Great Hall]] is a slightly remixed version of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYIh-OmRGmU Leaving Hogwarts]]" from ''Philosopher's Stone''. In fact, it seems Ross had go into Williams' non-''Potter'' work. The music used for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWESUQUS4tI&t=3m30s Quidditch trench chase]] sounds a whole lot like "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LJ3CUGSmXk&t=2m33s The Chase Through Coruscant]]" from ''AttackOfTheClones''. (In subsequent ''Potter'' films, music from previous installments other than "Hedwig's Theme" was used very sparingly, resulting in Voldemort having no less than three {{Leitmotif}}s at different points in the series.)
** When the Boggart turns into a giant snake in ''Prisoner of Azkaban'', John Williams quotes the snake theme from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* Hans Zimmer used themes from ''Film/TheRock'' in at least ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' and the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' trilogy.
** Roll Tide, from ''Film/CrimsonTide'', is reused in ''Film/DeepBlueSea''.
** "Too Many Notes, Not Enough Rests" from ''Drop Zone'' and "He's A Pirate" from the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' movies.
* ''Film/ManOnFire'', ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' and ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' have similar soundtracks. Justified in that all three films were directed by the Scott brothers (Riddley and Tony), and all films used the talents of Lisa Gerrard's vocals for several of the arrangements used in all three films.
* Elliot Goldenthal recycled a track from ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' in ''Film/BatmanForever''.
* "Snowflake Music" is a track by Mark Mothersbaugh from the movie ''Film/BottleRocket'', which was used again in ''Film/{{Rushmore}}'', also directed by Wes Anderson.
* The music for the "Jews in Space" segment of ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' is reused as the title song for ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.
* Philip Glass's "Pruit Igoe" and "Prophecies" from ''Film/{{Koyaanisqatsi}}'' are reused for Dr. Manhattan's origin flashback in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''.
* All of the following Philip Glass compositions were reused in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'': "Anthem - Part 2" from ''{{Powaqqatsi}}'', "The Beginning" and "Living Waters" from from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_Mundi_%28film%29 Anima Mundi]]'', and "Opening" from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mishima:_A_Life_in_Four_Chapters Mishima]]''.
* Soundtrack from Universal's ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' were reused in ''BuckRogers'' and ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' serials.
* ''Film/{{Kick-Ass}}'' lifts liberally from John Murphy's earlier work on ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' and ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater''.
** Much of this score was based on recycled cues. John Murphy's original score had been rejected and after that, two more scores were rejected before a score was finally settled on shortly before opening. In the end, works from five different composers (Murphy, MichaelKamen proteges IlanEshkeri and Marius de Vries, HansZimmer protege Henry Jackman and BasilPoledouris protege Christopher Lennertz) and many temp tracks (such as work from Music/EnnioMorricone and DannyElfman) became the score.
* If you listen, you'll notice that ''Building the Crate'' and ''The Chickens are Revolting'' from ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' are in ''[[MissCongeniality Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous]]''. [[spoiler:They play while Gracie and Sam are at Treasure Island to rescue Cheryl and Stan.]]
** In fact, [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385307/soundtrack a whole load of cues from other films]] are in this one.
* Five tracks from Creator/AlanSilvestri's score to ''Film/MouseHunt'' show up in ''FredClaus'' due to the fact that the actual score (written by Christophe Beck) was not finished in time for the release of the film.
* "King of Pride Rock" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (specifically, the bit from Simba's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning) plays near the end of the English version of ''ShaolinSoccer''.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'''s Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score (emphasis on the original) was withdrawn when the Academy realized Nina Rota had recycled themes from scores he had written for other movies.
* The ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' sequels both tracked in music from their predecessor(s) (which really annoyed DannyElfman, who refused to return for the second sequel - and refused to work with Sam Raimi for years).
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' reuses a track from Music/EnnioMorricone's ''Film/TwoMulesForSisterSara''. Meanwhile, much of HansZimmer's score resembles Morricone's ''Bluebeard''.
* The films ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders'' and ''Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold'' respectively reused JerryGoldsmith's scores to episodes of ''TheTwilightZone'' and the 1985 film ''King Solomon's Mines'' without his permission. The latter film also had additional music based on Goldsmith's work.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', scored by BasilPoledouris, used a track from his score for ''No Man's Land''.
* The iconic soundtrack of ''Le Professionnel'' (a 1981 film with Jean-Paul Belmondo, not to be confused with ''Film/TheProfessional'') was, unbeknownst to most of the movie's French audiences, recycled from a contemporary British TV show, ''The Times and Life of David Lloyd George''. It was recycled again in an entirely unrelated TV commercial for dog food. Said commercial was itself parodied in ''Asterix: Mission Cleopatra'' by recycling the soundtrack one third time.
* ''The Outing'' uses the intro to the theme from ''Film/{{Dreamaniac}}'' as its opening credits music.
* ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'' reused much of the soundtrack from ''The Wasp Woman''.
* The UniversalHorror films ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'' and ''Film/TheMummy1932'' use the same arrangement of music from ''SwanLake'' for their main titles.
* In an example closer to Recycled ''Score'', a portion of the ''[[Film/AFistfulOfDollars Fistful of Dollars]]'' score is featured in another SpaghettiWestern, ''Film/ThisManCantDie''.
* ''Bogus'', which was scored by Rene Dupere, reused "Kalimando" from Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Mystere}}''.
* The first two ''Film/{{Superman}}'' sequels had Ken Thorne adapt the JohnWilliams score from the first movie - the producers originally hoped Williams could return to score ''Superman II'', but Williams found he couldn't work with director Richard Lester.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* The theme from the original Japanese version of ''IronChef'' was made up of score written by Hans Zimmer (“Show Me Your Firetruck”) for the ''{{Backdraft}}'' movie soundtrack.
* Some of the soundtrack from ''MaskedRider'' was later used in Saban's dub of ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', and again in ''Literature/JimButton''.
* The opening theme to ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' was a peppy, uptempo remix of the main theme used in ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''.
* Some music cues from ''ThePriceIsRight'' have fallen under this trope:
** A remix of the ''CelebrityCharades'' theme cropped up at some point.
** The theme to ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' is presently used as a new-car cue.
** An early new-car cue became the theme to ''FamilyFeud'' when that show debuted in 1976. ''Price'' later brought back the last few bars as an introductory sting for the first playing of Plinko, and has used it since 1980 to introduce Grand Game. What's more, ''TriviaTrap'' also used the last bars as a victory cue. Finally, ''Feud'' retired that theme in 1994, but brought it back in the 2000s.
** The Bob Cobert theme used on the orignal ''Price'' from 1961-65 (titled either "A Gift For Giving" or "Window Shopping", depending on who you ask) would be used on two NBC games afterward — ''Snap Judgment'' (1967) and ''You're Putting Me On'' (1969).
* ''Series/SecondChance'' shared its theme with the 1976 version of ''IveGotASecret''. The same theme was later used on the Australian version of ''Family Feud'' in the 1980s.
* An early prize cue from ''WheelOfFortune'', retired in the early 1990s, became the theme to ''MervGriffinsCrosswords'' over 15 years later. Conversely, one of the other prize cues on ''Wheel'' was the theme to the 1978 version of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''
* The ThemeTune from Alex Trebek's ''[[DoubleDare1976 Double Dare]]'' was reused on Jim Perry's ''CardSharks'' a year after the former's cancellation. Both shows even had virtually-identical openings.
* The theme from ''[[Series/FunHouse College Mad House]]'' was later used on the Lifetime/PAX GameShow ''ShopTilYouDrop'' (which would later lend one of its own prize cues to ''Quicksilver'' as its theme song).
* Three of the [[Creator/ABCFamily Family Channel's]] mid-90's game shows - ''Boggle'', ''Shuffle'' and ''Jumble'' - used the exact same ThemeTune. ([[NoBudget And the same set, host, announcer...]])
* Bob Stewart recycled the theme from his short-lived 1970s game ''Blankety Blanks'' on an equally short-lived game from the 1980s, ''Double Talk''.
* Similarly, the "plonk plonk" timer on ''{{Pyramid}}'', which is actually considered part of the soundtrack, was recycled on ''Series/{{Go}}''.
* The theme to another one of Stewart's shows, ''{{Jackpot}}'', was later used on ''This Week in Baseball''.
* ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'', a parody reality-competition program by the same company and many of the same individuals who worked on ''Series/TheMole'' used many of the musical themes created for that program, but without any on-screen credit to the original composer, David Michael Frank.
* ''[[WhatWouldYouDoNickelodeon What Would You Do?]]'' used many of the same background cues as its sister Nick show, ''Wild and Crazy Kids''. Both were produced by Woody Fraser and used music composed by Alan Ett.
* Many, many, MANY TV shows from the '50s to the '80s reused music cues, often (but not always) written for the actual series. The most dramatic case was ''TheFugitive'', which didn't have ''any'' episodes scored at all - it relied on a specially written library and CBS stock music.[[note]]Which may have been why the first print run of the first season's DVD release (controversially) replaced the main soundtrack with sound-alike music.[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' reuses the submarine theme from ''MedalOfHonor''. Both works were scored by Michael Giacchino.
* Season 10: Episode 9 of ''TopGear'' uses the song "Peril" from ''{{Halo 2}}'' while James is testing the Jaguar S-Type.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' recycled a few cues from the game show version of ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', on which Beakman producer Marijane Miller was once a contestant.
* ''Series/PeakyBlinders'' prominently features the music of NickCave & The Bad Seeds, most notably in its use of "Red Right Hand" as a RealSongThemeTune, but also in its frequent reuse of the movie soundtracks by Cave and bandmate Warren Ellis, particularly ''Film/TheProposition'''s score.


[[folder: Music ]]

* In the video for Music/MariahCarey's "Heartbreaker," the {{Catfight}} between Mariah and [[ActingForTwo her rival Bianca]] features some of Lalo Schifrin's score for ''Film/EnterTheDragon''.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* WCW was notorious for doing this
** [[Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr Rey Misterio Jr.]]'s theme song was originally written for [[Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom Zodiac, and then inherited by Loch Ness.]]
** Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=]'s theme song was given to [[Wrestling/JimFullington Hak (aka ECW's The Sandman)]] after Mongo left WCW.
** Wrestling/LaParka's slap-bass theme song was originally written for ''Wrestling/{{Sabu}}''
* Although WWE engages in this less often than WCW did, it's still been known to happen
** Wrestling/{{Kurt Angle}}'s theme song was originally written for [[Wrestling/DelWilkes The Patriot]].
** Wrestling/{{Brodus Clay}}'s theme song originally was written for Ernest "The Cat" Miller. Now it belongs to Xavier Woods
** Wrestling/CMPunk's themes were both recycled. This Fire Burns was the Judgement Day 2006 theme, also used once for RandyOrton. Cult Of Personality was used for a Steve Austin video package.
* This happens slightly more with WWE Divas, with the occasional piece of music, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XhW73cD7P8 "Top Spin"]] seemingly being passed around at random.
** Wrestling/KellyKelly used a song called "Holla," which was originally used by Candice Michelle.
** Wrestling/AliciaFox uses a song called "Party," which was originally used by Maria back during her debut in 2004.
** Maria herself later used a song called "With Legs Like That," which was intended for Stacy Kiebler, who left before it could be used. This created something of an artifact since, while Kiebler is known for being exceptionally leggy, Maria wasn't, and in fact often wrestled in long pants.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* LeonardBernstein wrote the score to ''Wonderful Town'' in a hurry, and presumably saved time and effort by lifting a few parts from earlier works:
** The refrain of "Conga!" was previously music for the scene change to the Congacabana in ''OnTheTown''.
** The vamp in "Conversation Piece" is from the jazz band piece "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs," parts of which were also incorporated into the ballet "Conquering the City."
* The Overture of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' is originally from Stephen Schwartz's earlier {{rock opera}} ''The Survival of St. Joan''.
* ''{{Spamalot}}'' reuses "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from ''MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''.
* Rossini's overture to ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aureliano_in_Palmira Aureliano in Palmira]]'' was recycled for ''Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra'' and, most famously, ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville''.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' lifts six songs directly from ''VideoGame/MegaMan2''.
** The credits music for ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' is the same as ''2'''s title music.
** The intro of ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' reuses the first part of ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'''s ending theme.
** Possibly one of the better uses of this trope by Megaman comes from ''VideoGame/MegamanLegends''. Where the theme of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ihkBOVa2Yc Megaman Juno]] was actually written three hundred years ago by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO8i5D2uz84 Johann Sebastian Bach.]]
* The theme of the first level of ''VideoGame/MagicianLord'' is reused as the music of the final boss of the first ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes''.
* The end theme in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was used in ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 3'', albeit as part of a ''Metal Gear'' parody.
* The main theme of ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' is actually a countermelody from the piece "Big Shell" from the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' soundtrack, lifted and orchestrated InTheStyleOf the ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' theme.
* Some of the levels of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' actually reuse music from the first ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' game. Examples include:
** "Honeybloom and Honeyhop Galaxies" = "Honeyhive Galaxy"
** "Rolling Masterpiece and Rolling Coaster Galaxies" = "Rolling Green and Rolling Gizmo Galaxies"
** "Supermassive, Mario Squared, and Twisty Trials Galaxies" = "Toy Time Galaxy"
** "Topman's Tower" = "Buoy Base Galaxy"
** "Shiverburn Galaxy" = "Freezeflame Galaxy"
** [[spoiler: "Grandmaster Galaxy"]] = "Gusty Garden Galaxy", "Good Egg Galaxy", and "Bowser's Galaxy Reactor"
** [[spoiler: "The Perfect Run"]] = "Comet Observatory"
** Also, for some reason [[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Primal Dialga's]] theme can be heard during parts of this battle theme against [[OverlordJr Bowser Jr.]] in those games.
* ''SuperMario3DLand'' actually reused some of the music from both ''Galaxy'' and ''Galaxy 2''! It's especially noticable with the Ghost House music in this game.
* ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' (at least the first one, ''Mega Microgames'') reuses quite a few tunes from the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, notably ''Wario Land 4''. For instance, a version of the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-7GF5vmjWs Curious Factory theme]] is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqa74GzrtV8 recycled as part of the Paper Plane soundtrack]]. And the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUozK4yYwOY Crescent Moon Village theme]] is reused for the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3q4Ku01JRw ending cutscene]]. It also recycles sound effects, with his laugh sound effects coming from ''Wario Land 4'' as well (including his elevator entrance laugh being the one heard when you enter a portal in said game).
* RTS {{Netstorm}} used a score from the mecha-game ''VideoGame/ShatteredSteel''.
* ''VideoGame/Sonic3DFlickiesIsland'' featured an unused boss tune later reused in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4''
* ''VideoGame/SonicPocketAdventure'' recycled the soundtrack directly from ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles''. For one instance, Secret Plant Zone Act 1 is a remix of Angel Island Zone Act 2.
* A least a couple tracks from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' were taken directly from VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''.
* ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' entire soundtrack (with the exception of the Main Theme) was shamelessly copypasted from the obscure ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' FPS ''{{Trespasser}}''.
* Tommy Tallarico's no stranger to this with his soundtracks: the Beast Engine and Beast Ride levels in ''{{Wild 9}}'' use music from ''{{MDK}}'' and ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', and Molten Mine in ''[[SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Black Knight]]'' is a rearrangement of "Action Theme" from ''Black Dawn''.
* ''SyphonFilter 2'''s revisit to the Pharcom Expo Center reuses the music from the first game. The title theme is also directly reused.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'''s Mercenaries mode reused two songs from ''{{PN 03}}'', which used the same engine, notably "Mission 4" and "Mission 8", for Krauser and Hunk, respectively.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' borrows heavily from the soundtracks of the previous two games, particularly ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. There is some original music, particularly at the very beginning and end, but fans of the previous games' music will notice a lot of familiar material.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features the song "Callista" from ''NeedForSpeed: High Stakes'' in the upper section of [[CoolestClubEver Club Afterlife]].
* ''VideoGame/{{FEAR}} 2: Project Origin'' reuses about half the musics from its predecessor.
* ''MedalOfHonor: Allied Assault'' has only five original music pieces, the rest are recycled from the first game, ''Underground'', and in the {{expansion pack}}s, ''Frontline''. Later, ''Airborne'' reused a number of ''Allied Assault'' and ''Frontline'' musics, such as "Snipertown", "Shipyards of Lorient" and "Clipping Their Wings".
* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' are becoming infamous for this, thanks to their soundtracks recycling largely from ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', with many songs recieving little to no changes and very few new songs created for the games.
* The PS1 trilogy of ''SpyroTheDragon'' uses the same music for all three games' ending credits, although in 2 and 3 the track is cut (shorter)
** There are a few more example on the game's page.
* The Enix adventure game ''JESUS: Kyoufu no Bio-Monster'' reuses the overworld theme from ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''.
* Grant Kirkhope occasionally reuses music he wrote for canned games or DummiedOut features, as written on his [[http://grantkirkhope.com/dream.html website]]:
** ''VideoGame/VivaPinata: Trouble in Paradise''
*** "Oven-Fresh Day" was the main theme for the ''BanjoKazooie'' prototype, ''Dream''. Grant says that after the original concept for ''Dream'' was canned, he wanted a good opportunity to use the theme, and the VP series gave him an orchestra to perform it.
*** "Time Flies" is based on the theme for ''Dream'''s protagonist, Edison (heard in the demo track, "Chase").
*** The beginning of "Icicle Chorus" is the post-fanfare portion of the RecurringRiff from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'''s "Stop 'n' Swop" areas.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'':
*** Parts of "Creepy Castle" are based on a level called "Prickly Pear Island" from ''Dream''.
*** The fanfare that plays when a BossRoom opens is based on that played when using cheats to collect ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'''s famous DummiedOut "Stop 'n' Swop" items.
** ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'':
*** Elements of the series' theme and "Freezeezy Peak" (and DK 64's "Gloomy Galleon") can be traced to the theme for ''Dream'''s villain, Captain Blackeye.
*** "Mad Monster Mansion" is based on the theme for a troll character called "Bully" (and was originally a faster-paced, ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}''-inspired piece).
*** Tooty's theme is a condensed version of the theme for ''Dream'''s love interest, Madeleine.
*** "Atlantis" from ''BanjoTooie'' uses a slowed-down version of the melody from ''Dream'''s map screen.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'''s secret maps reuse music from ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' and ''Spear of Destiny''.
** ''Final Doom'' reuses many tracks from the first two games. ''The Plutonia Experiment'' does this for the entire soundtrack, while ''TNT: Evilution'' reuses several ''Doom II'' tracks.
** The E2 M2 music in ''Doom 1'', "The Demons from Adrian's Pen", is based on one of the secret level themes from ''Wolfenstein 3D''.
* The {{NES}} port of ''{{Defender}} II'' reuses music from ''Mike Tyson's PunchOut''.
* ''Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose'' re-arranges many pieces of BGM from the series, including the theme song, the music during the cutscenes (lifted from one of the title cards), the boss fight against Dizzy Devil (used in many episodes, but most notably "Rock 'n Roar"), the bonus game intro music (lifted from "The Weirdest Stories Ever Told" short "Robin Hare"), the haunted mansion theme (lifted from "The ACME Home Shopping Show" short "I Was a Teenage Bunnysitter"), the first half of the balloon level (lifted from "A Quack in the Quarks"), and the second half of the balloon level (lifted from the "How Sweetie It Is" short "Let's Do Lunch").
** ''Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Trouble in Wackyland'' for the NES also uses the "Rock 'n Roar" music in the bumper car stage.
** Similarly, ''[[VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBustersHiddenTreasure Buster's Hidden Treasure]]'' re-arranged a few pieces from the show: One of the level themes, the underwater theme, and Montana Max's level theme, the final boss theme, and the Sneezer weapon (used during "Son of the Wacko World of Sports") were all used in the show.
* The ''Cheetahmen'' theme was reused in ''Cheetahmen II'' and ''Syobon Action'', the latter of which also used the themes from ''{{Spelunker}}''(NES version) and ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYy69qOJWoM Joyride]] from ''VideoGame/{{Grand Theft Auto|Classic}}'' reappeared in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'', albeit with the swearing [[SoundEffectBleep bleeped out]].
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' reuses a few of Inon Zur's ambient soundtracks (though not the [[BattleThemeMusic battle musics]]) from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCEQ4GAduUY Wandering The Wastes]] (NV Medical Clinic and other buildings), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncmrdAX2lSg What Remains]](at Novac), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I52SEq384Eo Lockstep]](at the Mojave Outpost), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNxgKHX2B0g Fortress]] (Hidden Valley Bunker and Ranger Stations), as well as Mark Morgan's compositions from ''Fallout 1'' and ''2''.
* If it's an active {{BEMANI}} series, it's going to have "[[VideoGame/{{jubeat}} FLO]][[VideoGame/ReflecBeat WER]]" in it. Even the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPQeSgA2Rw TV commercial]] gets in on it.
* ''[[VideoGame/NightshadeKunoichi Nightshade]]'' uses the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgqI-gQ8Fg8 "Golden Palace]] when you visit [[ThatOneLevel said location.]] The track itself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySE7lz86gM4 originally came]] from the 2002 ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' game.
* Since the video game adaptation of ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith]]'' was finished before the soundtrack of the movie was fully recorded, it instead uses music from the other five movies.
* The Quake Zone Rumble music in ''TwistedMetal 2'' is a slightly extended version of the Snowblind music from ''JetMoto''.
* The Ragna Rock music in ''MaxPayne'' is a clip from the song "Corruptor" by {{demoscene}} producer Skaven(Peter Hajba), who was on the game's development team.
* The ''NiGHTSIntoDreams'' track "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynUuVytsr8 Message From Nightopia]]" is directly reused in ''SonicAdventure'''s [=NiGHTS=] pinball minigame.
* Some music themes from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' are imported to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': Lost Woods, Goron City, Zora's Domain, Lon Lon Ranch and minor themes like the Bazaar[=/=]shop's.
* In ''Videogame/ShadowrunReturns'' there is a remix of "Walking the Shadows" from the SNES game, which plays during [[spoiler:the FinalBattle.]]


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* Peter Bogdanovich's ''What's Up, Doc?'' (1972) ends with an in-flight showing of the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short "What's Up, Doc?", in which WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd sing the title song, thus resulting in a TitleDrop, for both.
* The "Temple of the Night Hawk" roller coaster in Phantasialand (an amusement park in Germany) actually uses [[{{Dinosaur}} "The Egg Travels"]] as the ride's background music. Also, compare the soundtracks of ''{{Dinosaur}}'', ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', and ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.
* The music played during the scene from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' where Mad Madame Mim [[LoopholeAbuse turns into a dragon]] was actually recycled music from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' that played during the scene where Maleficent [[OneWingedAngel turns into a dragon again.]]
** The 60s and 70s era Disney movies had a re-occuring "sad" motif. (In ''Sword in the Stone'', it plays when Wart is alone in the destroyed kitchen after being told he won't be going to London, and in ''RobinHood'', it plays during the scene where Prince John is fuming about "The Phony King of England" after having thrown the entire town in jail for it, to name a few examples.)
** The music played during Baloo's DisneyDeath at the end of ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was actually recycled from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' during the ending where the seven dwarfs put Snow White's (supposedly) dead body into the glass coffin.
* About halfway through ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', during the scene where the Genie is looking through his cookbook, a brief snippet of the song "Under the Sea" from the earlier Disney film ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' can be heard when Genie can be seen looking at a recipe for "Alaskan King Crab", causing him to pull Sebastian out of said cookbook.
* The 1958 CrusaderRabbit story arc "The Great Baseball Mystery" uses a tune called "Holiday Jaunt" (by Kurt Rehfeld) as background music in a late chapter. Three years later the tune would be the first theme for the game show ''Series/{{Password}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' takes a few cues from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', at one point taking an entire song. One scene also uses a track from DannyElfman's score for ''The Kingdom''.
* The 2010 series of ''[[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 Pound Puppies]]'' occasionally lifts snippets from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', specifically a piece of "Cutie Mark Crusaders" and an instrumental of part of "Love is in Bloom" (though it was heard in ''PP'' long before it appeared in ''FIM'').
* This was a regular occurence in series by HannaBarbera, extending all the way to the 1980s (although it didn't happen in every single show they made).
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGufyFt6zQc main theme]] to WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego was actually taken from Mozart's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqTuy9trijw Singt dem großen Bassa Lieder.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'' is permeated with JerryGoldsmith's music from ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', supplemented with some new tracks by Shuki Levy and Haim Saban.
* An action scene in the third season of ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Transformers Prime]]'' appears to lift a section of music from the ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Modern Warfare 3]]'' track "London Attack"; Brian Tyler is the composer for the series, and also scored said game.