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 & Manga]]
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance'' used music from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' along with several tracks from ''Manga/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 second Ocean dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is a prime example of this. All the music was recycled, save for the opening theme song and perhaps one or two pieces from later in the dub. The Cell arc [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qi8UirL4iY used]] music from the 1994 Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, while the Buu arc also included tracks from the English version of ''Monster Rancher''. Both these shows were previously dubbed by Ocean Productions. Interestingly, this has led some to believe that the earlier Saban BGM from Ocean's Saiyan / Namek Saga dub was also recycled from ''Mega Man'', which is incorrect, although some of that music [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWbI1idBals may have originated from Power Rangers]].
** In addition, ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' had to reuse the entire soundtrack of the original ''Z'' series after it was discovered that Kenji Yamamoto's original soundtrack for the show [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} wasn't exactly]] original.
* Creator/{{Sunrise}} reused parts of the soundtrack for the ''Anime/CaptainHarlock'' movie ''Arcadia of my Youth'' in the 1985 ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' TV anime.
* The music created for [[Creator/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 ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fast Forward]]''.
* Creator/SabanEntertainment's English dubs of anime series such as ''Anime/TheLittlBits'', ''Literature/MayaTheBee'', ''Anime/TheNoozles'', etc., reuse many songs between each other, sometimes one show's theme tune even appears in another.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** Saban's English dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' recycled the score from its short-lived ''Series/MaskedRider'' adaptation. The composer of all this, Udi Harpaz, also wrote some very similar-sounding music for the 1994 ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries Spider-Man]]'' cartoon.
** Also happened to a lesser extent with the show's original score--a few pieces were re-used for ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', and, more egregiously, ''[[Anime/DigimonTamers Tamers]]''.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCIJDLoNL3E standard battle theme]] from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUl1LTerxLI taken]] from the last season of ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* The English dub of ''Anime/DeltoraQuest'' recycled some music from the English dub of ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.
* It's common for certain ''Anime/PrettyCure'' seasons to reuse instrumental tracks from its predecessors. This was particularly egregious from [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure 2009]] to [[Anime/SmilePrettyCure 2012]], when the score was done by Yasuharu Takanashi.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** 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 (Scored by George Bruns) had a re-occuring "sad" motif. Its first appearance is in 101 Dalmatians, when after the puppies have been kidnapped and the humans have exhausted all legal options, Pongo tells Perdita that it's now up to them. 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 ''Disney/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 overture for ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was originally written for the 1964 New York World's Fair as music for an exhibit of miniatures at the Ford Pavilion based on different parts of the world.
** 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.
** "King of Pride Rock" from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' (specifically, the bit from Simba's AwesomeMomentOfCrowning) plays near the end of the English version of ''Film/ShaolinSoccer''.
** Compare the soundtracks of ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', and ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.
** ''WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie'', the {{pilot|movie}} to ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', re-used a handful of Music/AlanSilvestri's score from the original ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''.
* A few background music cues in ''WesternAnimation/DougsFirstMovie'' were originally used in ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries''. Both shows were created by Jumbo Pictures and were co-composed by Dan Sawyer (Sawyer worked with Fred Newman on ''Doug'' and Mark Watters on ''Dalmatians'').
* During the scene in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' when the toys are [[spoiler:running along the conveyor belt]], the music played in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' when Sulley thinks Boo is going through a trash compactor was re-used by Randy Newman.
* The ''Disney/FrozenFever'' song "Making Today a Perfect Day" reutilizes part of the melody of a CutSong written for ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' called "Life's Too Short".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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 ''Film/InTheMoodForLove''.
* Music/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 ''Film/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 ''Film/ManOnFire'' - the original, not the remake).
** James Horner was notorious for his repetition - certainly all composers do so, but rarely to the extent that he did.
** And indeed Horner's score for ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars'' turns up in several Roger Corman efforts in the 1980s.
* Music/JohnWilliams quotes his own Yoda's Theme from ''Film/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/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''. 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, ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''. 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 gone 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 ''Film/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''.
* Music/HansZimmer used themes from ''Film/TheRock'' in at least ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' and the ''Franchise/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 ''Franchise/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}}'' and the fight music from ''Film/DemolitionMan'' in ''Film/BatmanForever''. He did it again with ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', not only reusing music from ''Film/DemolitionMan'', but recyciling the theme for Two-Face and Chase Meridian for Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy, respectively.
* "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 ''Film/{{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 ''ComicStrip/BuckRogers'' and ''[[Film/FlashGordonSerial Flash Gordon]]'' serials.
* ''Film/KickAss'' 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, Music/MichaelKamen proteges Music/IlanEshkeri and Marius de Vries, HansZimmer protege Henry Jackman and Music/BasilPoledouris protege Christopher Lennertz) and many temp tracks (such as work from Music/EnnioMorricone and Music/DannyElfman) became the score.
* If you listen, you'll notice that "Building the Crate" and "The Chickens are Revolting" from ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' are in ''[[Film/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 ''Film/FredClaus'' due to the fact that the actual score (written by Christophe Beck) was not finished in time for the release of the film.
* ''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/SpiderMan1'' sequels both tracked in music from their predecessor(s) (which really annoyed Music/DannyElfman, who refused to return for the second sequel -- and didn't reunite with Sam Raimi until ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'').
* ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' reuses a track from Music/EnnioMorricone's ''Film/TwoMulesForSisterSara'' when Holmes rides such an animal. 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 Music/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.
* Goldsmith himself usually averted this trope like a champ, but there were exceptions:
** His main theme for the [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot unsold pilot]] ''Crosscurrent'' was repurposed for the main title of ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes''. It's been speculated that as that projects were scored during a difficult time in his life (he was going through a divorce, and his mother had passed away), reusing the theme for a relatively minor project could have helped him get out of a compositional hole.
** The main theme for ''The Russia House'' had previously been written for ''Film/WallStreet'' before Goldsmith left the project due to CreativeDifferences with Oliver Stone (he never did any score for the movie) and then used in his thrownout score for ''Film/AlienNation''. The third time was the charm.
* ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', scored by Basil Poledouris, used a track from his score for ''No Man's Land''.
* The iconic Music/EnnioMorricone soundtrack of ''Film/LeProfessionnel'' (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'', and had been previously uused in the 1978 BBC sci-fi serial An Englishman's Castle. 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 yet again.
* ''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 Franchise/UniversalHorror films ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'' and ''Film/TheMummy1932'' use the same arrangement of music from ''Theatre/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 Music/JohnWilliams score from the first movie - the producers originally hoped Williams could return to score ''Film/SupermanII'', but Williams found he couldn't work with director Richard Lester.
* ''Film/RobotHolocaust'' reuses music by Richard Band made for ''{{Film/Laserblast}}'' (ironically both movies would be lampooned in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'') although slowed down by 8 octaves.
* "Oye" from Creator/AlanSilvestri's score for ''Film/TheMexican'' is heard in ''[[Series/HannahMontana Hannah Montana: The Movie]]'' [[spoiler: (when the English reporter eats something '''way''' too hot for him)]]. Ironically, Silvestri was supposed to score this movie as well but due to a scheduling conflict Creator/JohnDebney replaced him (although Silvestri and Glen Ballard did write the song "Butterfly Fly Away," which Miley and her dad sing onscreen).
* And staying with Alan Silvestri, although ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' was scored by ''two'' A-list film composers in the forms of Creator/BrianTyler and Music/DannyElfman the movie still reuses some Silvestri music from ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'', most notably his main theme during the end credits [[spoiler: and "Helicarrier" for the scene where said massive flying machine arrives to help get the citizens off the rising city before Ultron can drop it and launch his Extinction Level Event]].
* Creator/TheCannonGroup, being the Cannon Group, reused music throughout their productions - such as the ''King Solomon's Mines'' example listed above, ''Hercules II'' (which reused the music Pino Donaggio composed for the first film) and ''Film/BraddockMissingInActionIII'' (which backed up Jay Chattaway's original score with music from the first movie and ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'', among others).
* The movie ''9/30/55'', about the effect Creator/JamesDean's demise has on various people, was scored by Leonard Rosenman using the main themes from the Dean movies ''EastOfEden'' and ''RebelWithoutACause'' (both of which were also scored by Rosenman).
* The songs "Arrival of the Birds" and "Transformation" by The Cinematic Orchestra (from ''The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos'') were reused in the soundtrack for Film/TheTheoryOfEverything.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The theme from the original Japanese version of ''Series/IronChef'' was made up of score written by Hans Zimmer (“Show Me Your Firetruck”) for the ''Film/{{Backdraft}}'' movie soundtrack.
* Some of the soundtrack from ''Series/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 ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' have fallen under this trope:
** A remix of the ''Series/CelebrityCharades'' theme cropped up at some point.
** The theme to ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' is presently used as a new-car cue.
** Another cue is recycled from Edd Kalehoff's "Grandeur" news music pack, made for the CBS flagship, WCBS-2 in New York, in 2000.
** An early new-car cue became the theme to ''Series/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, ''Series/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 original ''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 ''Series/IveGotASecret''. The same theme was later used on the Australian version of ''Family Feud'' in the 1980s.
* An early prize cue from ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', retired in the early 1990s, became the theme to ''Series/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 ''[[Series/DoubleDare1976 Double Dare]]'' was reused on Jim Perry's ''Series/CardSharks'' a year after the former's cancellation. Both shows even had virtually-identical openings. Meanwhile, the Eubanks/Rafferty version also recycled the ''MG/HS'' theme as a car theme.
* The theme from ''[[Series/FunHouse College Mad House]]'' was later used on the Lifetime/PAX GameShow ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'' (which would later lend one of its own prize cues to the Creator/USANetwork's ''Quicksilver'' as its theme song); all three we co-produced by Scott Stone and/or David Stanley.
* 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, rules...]])
* The music score by Barry Gray for Gerry Anderson's series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' reused music cues from Gerry Anderson's previous shows (See Puppet Shows below). ''Series/Space1999'' did this as well until Gray was replaced with Derek Wadsworth in Season 2.
* 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 ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'', which is actually considered part of the soundtrack, was recycled on ''Series/{{Go}}'' and ''Double Talk''.
** The theme to another one of Stewart's shows, ''Series/{{Jackpot}}'', was later used on ''This Week in Baseball''.
** In reverse, the Stewart series ''Series/ChainReaction'' borrowed its theme from the notorious flop ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' (both shows aired on NBC and got cancelled quickly, though ''Chain Reaction'' was cancelled for a morning talk show with David Letterman, not because it was bad).
* For a set of tournament episodes, ''Series/TheJokersWild'' recycled the theme from ''Series/BreakTheBank1976''.
* ''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.
* ''Series/{{What Would You Do|Nickelodeon}}?'' 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 ''The Fugitive'', 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 ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor''. Both works were scored by Michael Giacchino.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' recycled a few cues from the game show version of ''Series/{{Scrabble}}'', on which Beakman producer Marijane Miller was once a contestant. (Also odd, considering how the show was produced by Sony- which owns quite a few game shows, but not ''Scrabble'', which belongs to Creator/{{Hasbro}} and Creator/FremantleMedia.)
* ''Series/PeakyBlinders'' prominently features the music of Music/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.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' track "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaXpK60PLS0 Which One is the Flesh?]]" was remixed and used in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzP31qkymQI promotional videos]] for the One World Trade Center observation deck.
** In addition, the minisode ''Time Crash'' reused much of the incidental music from Seasons 19 through 21 as a nod to the Fifth Doctor, who guest starred in the minisode.
* Because of a composers' strike in 1971, Creator/WarnerBros Television had the MadeForTVMovie ''The Eyes Of Charles Sand'' "scored" with Creator/HenryMancini's music from ''Wait Until Dark'' (and reportedly Ron Grainer's for ''The Omega Man''). Mancini was understandably not happy about it, since it had been done without his knowledge or permission, and sued the producers. (He won.)
* Several of the background music for ''Big Time Rush'', most notably the "sneaky" music, is reused in ''100 Things To Do Before High School''.
* ''Ireland's Fittest Family'' used tracks from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVGroundZeroes''.

* 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:Pro Wrestling]]
* 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}}''
** Dennis Rodman used [[Music/JimiHendrix "Voodoo Child"]] (Which was used by Hulk Hogan during his nWo run) as his entrance music during his 1999 run.
* 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 Wrestling/RandyOrton. Cult Of Personality was used for a Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin video package.
** Even Wrestling/HulkHogan's most well-known theme "Real American" was originally written for the tag team of Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda, the U. S. Express. Hogan's original theme (also used as the title theme for WesternAnimation/HulkHogansRockNWrestling), meanwhile, was an instrumental version of Bonnie Tyler's song "Ravashing" with chants of "Hulk! Hulk!" overlaid.
** Wrestling/RickySteamboat's theme "Dragon" that he's used since his 2009 return was originally used by Wrestling/UltimoDragon.
* 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 Wrestling/CandiceMichelle.
** Wrestling/AliciaFox uses a song called "Party," which was originally used by Maria back during her debut in 2004.
** Wrestling/MariaKanellis 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.
* Wrestling/TarynTerrell first used "A Girl Like That" as her entrance music in WWE, which was originally used by Wrestling/TorrieWilson. Then she used a track called "Insatiable" which is now used by Wrestling/{{Layla}}.
* Wrestling/MichelleMcCool's theme "Not Man Enough For Me" was previously used by Torrie Wilson. Then Layla used it after Michelle left.
* Even Wrestling/{{TNA}} is guilty of this. [[Wrestling/VelvetSky Velvet Sky's]] first entrance track was later used by ODB.
* According to Wiki/ThatOtherWiki, Wrestling/RingOfHonor first gave Wrestling/LioRush "Not Dead Yet" as an entrance theme, which long time fans would recognize as belonging to TJ Perkins beforehand. The more distinctive "Feel The Rush" was used by the time they had decided to enter Rush into the Top Prospect Tournament.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Gerry Anderson's Main/{{Supermarionation}} series such as ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'' all had music composed by Barry Gray, so it was common to hear music pieces from previous series to appear in the newest. For example, in the ''Thunderbirds'' episode "Danger at Ocean Deep" where most of the music composed was made for the ''[[Series/Stingray1964 Stingray]]'' episode "The Big Gun".

* Music/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 ''Theatre/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''.
* ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'' reuses "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from ''Film/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''.
* Jerome Kern regularly recycled songs and incidental music from older musicals into newer ones, and importing and exporting them between American and British musicals. For instance:
** In ''Theatre/ShowBoat'', Magnolia's pseudo-classical piano theme is a tune from ''The Beauty Prize'' (London, 1923), and the romantic string motif in the penultimate scene of the first act is from ''Dear Sir'' (1924). Magnolia's waltz, a CutSong in this show, was recycled from "If We Were on Our Honeymoon," a song interpolated into the imported operetta ''The Doll Girl'' in 1913.
** The opening music from ''Music in the Air'' (1932) seems to have been originally written for ''Love o' Mike'' (1917), and had already been reused in the lost movie musical ''Men of the Sky'' (1930).
** The opening number of ''Sitting Pretty'' (1924) was a slightly altered version of "The Pergola Patrol (Is This Not a Lovely Spot?)" from ''The Cabaret Girl'' (London, 1922). "On a Desert Island With You" and "The Enchanted Train" from ''Sitting Pretty'' were in turn reused in ''Three Sisters'' (London, 1934) as "My Lover, Come Out of the Shadows" and "Dorrie Imagines."
* Music/KurtWeill's Prelude to Act II of ''Theatre/StreetScene'' was recycled from incidental music for Leo Lania's play ''Konjunktur'' (Berlin, 1928).

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* The "Temple of the Night Hawk" roller coaster in Phantasialand (an amusement park in Germany) actually uses [[Disney/{{Dinosaur}} "The Egg Travels"]] as the ride's background music.

[[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.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'' actually reused some of the music from both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''! 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).
* ''VideoGame/{{Netstorm}}'' used a score from the mecha-game ''VideoGame/ShatteredSteel''.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** ''VideoGame/Sonic3DFlickiesIsland'' features an unused boss tune later reused in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4''.
** Two themes from the Mega Drive (Genesis) version of ''Flickies Island'', Green Grove Act 1 and Panic Puppet Act 1, are remixed for ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' in Windy Valley and Twinkle Park respectively.
** ''VideoGame/SonicPocketAdventure'' recycled the soundtrack directly from ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', plus one theme from ''VideoGame/SonicJam''. For one instance, Secret Plant Zone Act 1 is a remix of Angel Island Zone Act 2.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicAdvance3'', Sunset Hill uses an arranged version of the theme song of Green Hill Zone from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''.
** The 8-bit version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' uses a remix of the Japanese ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' theme song for the stage Green Hills Zone, though since Sonic 2 was released first it's not reuse so much as concurrent use.
** ''VideoGame/DrRobotniksMeanBeanMachine'' uses the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvJcCEKa2Io final boss theme]] from ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' as its [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjEyI6Pqnfk 2-player versus theme]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmlaHsxURXE "Theme of Puyo Puyo"]] is also present in the game's code, albeit [[CutSong unused]], although [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiULEGcH1WM a remix]] of it plays during the ending.
** A Sonic fan game called ''The S Factor: Sonia and Silver'' actually reused a few ''game show themes''- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCYWRHZ0Wko the main theme]] is based off the theme from the short-lived 1994 game show ''Free 4 All'' (produced by [[Series/ShopTilYouDrop Stone-Stanley Productions]] for the Creator/USANetwork), while Scourge's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gss6fWEUCZ0 victory theme]] is based off the theme to the 1986-87 revival of ''Series/SplitSecond''.
* 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 ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser''.
* Music/TommyTallarico's no stranger to this with his soundtracks: the Beast Engine and Beast Ride levels in ''VideoGame/{{Wild 9}}'' use music from ''VideoGame/{{MDK}}'' and ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', and Molten Mine in ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheBlackKnight'' is a rearrangement of "Action Theme" from ''Black Dawn''.
* ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/PN03'', 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 ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: High Stakes'' in the upper section of [[CoolestClubEver Club Afterlife]].
** The lower section of Afterlife features "Lo Fi Epic", which was originally composed for ''EA Sports Arena Football'', but went unused at the time.
* ''VideoGame/FEAR2ProjectOrigin'' reuses about half the musics from its predecessor.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'':
** ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonorAlliedAssault'' 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/MedalOfHonorVanguard'' has even less original music, as only two track are original, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMqmuTzawg4 Operation Husky]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuWby3XiKIo Defusing the Charges]], the rest are all reused from previous games.
* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'' and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU'' were 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 ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' uses the same music for all three games' ending credits, although in 2 and 3 the track is cut (shorter)
* 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 ''VideoGame/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").
** "Time Flies" was also used in ''Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts'' for the theme Nutty Acres. Direct sampling from ''Chase'' are especially apparent in the Challenge Theme. And the beginning of "Icicle Chorus" is the post-fanfare portion of the RecurringRiff from ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'''s "Stop 'n' Swop" areas.
** "Ripen and Bloom" (Day 7) takes direct inspiration from the "Zombie Pirate" theme of ''Grabbed by the Ghoulies'', an earlier title Kirkhope composed for.
** The Romance Dance for the Jameleon contains a medley of recycled music that shifts from one theme to the next, tying in appropriately with the changing nature of a chameleon. All of the tracks are previous compositions from Grant Kirkhope which include Mayahem Temple from ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'', "Big Belly" from ''Dream'', The remixed rock cover of the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' theme from Kameo: Elements of Power and the Ballroom Disco theme from ''Grabbed by the Ghoulies''.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'':
*** Parts of "Creepy Castle" are based on a level called "Prickly Pear Island" from ''Dream''.
*** In predictable fashion, the theme for Fungi Forest was previously used as the theme to ''Banjo-Kazooie''[='s=] Fungus Forest before it was scrapped altogether. The original theme can be heard in Banjo's E3 trailer, reused practically verbatim for ''Donkey Kong 64''.
** Tiny Kong's Tag Barrel theme is a more upbeat rendition of an early Mumbo's Mountain theme which was saved in the Ticker's Tower area for ''Banjo-Kazooie''.
** The final battle against King K. Rool uses its bridge for the Skeleton Battle in ''Grabbed by the Ghoulies''.
** ''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 ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' uses a slowed-down version of the melody from ''Dream'''s map screen.
* Fellow Rareware composer Graeme Norgate recycled the Boss tune from Donkey Kong Land as an upbeat ranch rendition for Jade Plateau in ''Blast Corps.'' It fits surprisingly well.
* ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'' has a track called True Spirit, which serves as the boss theme. However, it originally appeared in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', specifically ''Toys In The Attic.''
* ''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 UsefulNotes/{{NES}} port of ''VideoGame/{{Defender}} II'' reuses music from ''Mike Tyson's VideoGame/PunchOut''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' games:
** ''[[VideoGame/TinyToonAdventuresBusterBustsLoose 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 that were made at the time.
* The Quake Zone Rumble music in ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams'' track "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynUuVytsr8 Message From Nightopia]]" is directly reused in ''VideoGame/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. The Goron City and Zora's Domain themes got reused again in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
* In ''Videogame/ShadowrunReturns'' there is a remix of "Walking the Shadows" from the SNES game, which plays during [[spoiler:the FinalBattle.]]
* Several of the tracks in ''[[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Might & Magic: Heroes VI]]'' are remixes of music from older ''Heroes'' games (mostly ''Heroes of Might and Magic II''), with a couple instead being from ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'' proper (there is a 'winter' track which was the music for the Frozen Highlands in ''Might & Magic VI'', for instance).
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/XWing' where the music team ripped everything they could from the original trilogy. ''VideoGame/TIEFighter'' has plenty of original music. But is's played straight in the Gold edition where the original score was replaced by a Williams score. ''VideoGame/XWingVsTIEFighter'' and ''VideoGame/XWingAlliance'' again reuse Williams scores.
* Several ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' characters have been reusing the same background songs since 2001, remixed appropriately in some cases. The "Suspense" theme has, in fact, appeared in every single game up to date. This is invoked in the last case of ''Apollo Justice'' in the segments where [[spoiler: Phoenix Wright]] is the POV character, which uses almost exclusively music from the first games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 2'' re-used tracks from the first game for the sub-bosses, save for newcomer Baek, who got an original theme.
* The remix of I Remember by ''Music/{{deadmau5}}'' that plays in the background of the Barcelona level in ''VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii'' was actually re-used from another game published by Activision, ''VideoGame/DJHero'' 2.
* The title Epic Adventures from ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' Add-On Galactic Adventures was re-used as one of the themes for the final battle of ''VideoGame/SaintsRowGatOutOfHell''.
* VideoGame/UnlimitedSaga and VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII share composers; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTj4n0L9Uh0 Unlimited Saga's battle theme]] was recycled into [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Cg92jbc88 Final Fantasy XIII's]].
* ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor''[='=]s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7N4BBRKhuk ending theme]] is a slightly slower copy of ''VideoGame/GunstarHeroes''[='=]s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McOIUfUzU9c ending theme]]. (Both games were made by Creator/{{Treasure}}.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** According to WordOfGod, "Heartache", "Nyeh Heh Heh!", and its BossRemix "Bonetrousle" were all composed for an unidentified earlier RPG project that was never finished.
** "Fallen Down" was originally written for the ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' fan album "I Miss You".
** "Another Medium" is a more fleshed-out remix of Toby Fox's earlier composition "Patient", which was itself based on "Doctor" from the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' soundtrack.
** Of course, Toby Fox's CreatorThumbprint "MEGALOVANIA" (originating from ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'') is used here too as the final boss theme in the No Mercy route.
* The Magician's battle theme in ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead 2'' is directly reused from the first game, with the addition of an OminousPipeOrgan introduction.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 6'' reuses one of ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: Open Season'''s [[TheElevatorFromIpanema elevator muzak]] tunes as Gammie Boysulay's theme.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana''[='=]s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvS3jY2jlSk Marginal Beast]] boss theme is a sightly revamped version of ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''[='=]s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRLRs98I7Fc Plosive Attack]] boss theme. Yoko Shinomura composed the soundtrack of both games.
* The BGM of "Virtual Insanity", the final world of ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdIIAssimilation'', is an almost-identical arrangement of the BGM for the first game's final level "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts", albeit with 16-bit instruments. The boss theme is also mostly recycled.
* Several tracks in ''VideoGame/Alphadia2'' are the exact same songs used in the first game, just used in different circumstances.
* ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon Orta'' makes liberal use of songs from ''Panzer Dragoon Saga'' during its side story about Iva Demilcol. ''Saga'' itself reuses a track from ''Panzer Dragon Zwei'' [[spoiler:when Edge has to fight the final boss from that game, the Guardian Dragon.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', the piece played during the military exercise at Garrelia Fortress with the tanks is "Steel Roar −Verge of Death−" (alternately "Roar of Steel - Life-Or-Death Crisis -") from ''[[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Ao no Kiseki]]'', while the song Emma performs for the Class VII concert is "I Swear..." from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky SC''.

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* A lot of videos made with ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' tend to use music from other works, usually from video games.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Peter Bogdanovich's ''Film/WhatsUpDoc'' (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 works.
* Speaking of Looney Tunes, the Ford-Lennon shorts and movies from the late 80's to the mid 90's reused music from many classic cartoons composed by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.
* The 1958 ''WesternAnimation/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 ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', at one point taking an entire song. One scene also uses a track from Music/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'' [[EarlyBirdCameo long before it appeared]] in ''FIM'').
* This was a regular occurence in series by Creator/HannaBarbera, extending all the way to the 1980s (although it didn't happen in every single show they made). Several songs from ''A Christmas Story'' were reused in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones A Flintstone Christmas]]'', regardless of whether they make sense in the new context.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGufyFt6zQc main theme]] to ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' was actually taken from Mozart's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqTuy9trijw Singt dem großen Bassa Lieder.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/RamboTheForceOfFreedom'' is permeated with Music/JerryGoldsmith's music from ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'', 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/CallOfDutyModernWarfare3 Modern Warfare 3]]'' track "London Attack"; Brian Tyler is the composer for the series, and also scored said game.
* One episode of WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow recycled the theme from, of all things, Britain's ITV News at Ten; titled ''The Awakening'', it's been used since the program's debut in 1967; the version used in the episode was used from 1992 to 1999.
* A few background music cues on ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'' were re-used cues from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. Both shows were scored by Guy Moon, and were produced at the same studio. Season one's recycled cues came from the original shorts for ''[=OddParents=]'' (it should be noted that ''[=ChalkZone=]'' was delayed for two years, and was actually produced before ''[=OddParents=]'' was made into a full series), and season two and the first half of season three re-used cues from the first, second, and third seasons of ''[=OddParents=]''. The last episode to use a re-used cue was "Let's Twister Again", which used a cue from ''Abra-Catastrophe!'' in one scene. Afterwards, Geoff Levin took over composing while Guy Moon was busy with ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* A musical segment that played during the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "In Blackest Night" when the League first fought against the Manhunters is reused in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Titan Rising" when the Titans fight against Slade's giant mechanical worms.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' have cues reused from ''The Raccoons and the Lost Star'', which was produced two years before the series began in 1985.
* WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool: It at least twice reused music from TheLandBeforeTime sequels, and both were composed by Michael Tavera.