->''"Listening to it now, I'm a bit surprised I got away with such nutty music for a coming attraction. Of course, those days are long gone...as all trailers now seem to be mandated by law to be beefed-up variations of Carl Orff's ''[[StandardSnippet Carmina Burana]]''...''"
-->-- '''Creator/DannyElfman''', on the music written for the trailer of ''Film/MarsAttacks''

When releasing a film to the public, the film's score is usually the very last thing to be completed. This means that there will be enough finished scenes to make a trailer, but no soundtrack yet. What's a studio to do?

Slap in some music from another film, stock music, or even a pop song, that evokes the general mood they're going for, that's what.

The first film of a franchise is most likely to use this trope, whereas trailers for future films tend to reuse music from the previous ones. For example, most ''Franchise/StarWars'' trailers after ''Film/ANewHope'' used portions of Music/JohnWilliams' score for that film, whereas the original trailer for ''A New Hope'' used stock music! Once the score is completed, the studio might release a new batch of trailers using the film's own music.

Licensed music made entirely for trailers by groups like Music/TwoStepsFromHell and used to advertise several unrelated products is not an example of this trope as that's just stock library music. Also not part of this trope are classical compositions or songs initially released as just.. well, music, take those examples to StandardSnippet and/or StockTrailerMusic.

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%% * How many times have you heard [[ElectricLightOrchestra ELO's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98P-gu_vMRc Mr. Blue Sky]] in a commercial?
* An advertisement for the {{Nickelodeon}} Cruise had the ''KaBlam!'' theme playing...though the show itself is not featured on the cruise, and has been forgotten by Nick.

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* ''Film/TermsOfEndearment'' is probably the TropeCodifier. Any trailer using [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnxfDuxaRzA the theme]] is practically screaming in your ear: "Quirky character study comedy that will have poignant moments at the end!"
* ''Film/LoveStory'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTSc4hBdCd0 served that role]] for weepy romances.
* ''Film/SweetLiberty'' is a relatively minor comedy from 1985, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGBjiyVVbGU the score]] has been used in a ton of comedy trailers.
* Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - ''Romeo and Juliet''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VMCiewc7mE Maybe you've heard it before?]]
%% * Nothing says "EPIC!" like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of5ebCY5__Q the Adagio of Spartacus]].
* Erotic thriller? Expect to hear [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYQmsyYxSFk "Telescope"]] from ''Film/BodyDouble''.
* The trailers for ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' made excellent use of DannyElfman's score from ''Film/TheWolfman2010''.
%%* Enya. And not just for films -- any time any sort of visual medium wants to convey uplift/hope/sensitivity/poignancy, she's pretty much the go-to artist. How many films/trailers/TV shows/commercials have ''you'' heard these in?
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfYIMyS_dI Only Time]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiBwr4U59EI Book of Days]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeYL3uhYv48 Caribbean Blue]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfVJ11GXzXQ Orinoco Flow]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRBW_vRHslI Anywhere Is]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOykCYDMKBs May It Be]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiyiexKOaHk Storms in Africa]]
%%* The overuse of "O Fortuna" -- particularly for huge, sprawling period epic war footage -- was splendidly mocked in an advertisement for the Australian beer Carlton Draught.
%%** It's a big ad! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGJiTpBBD18 It's just so freak...ing]] [[BiggerIsBetter HUGE!]] Nowadays, even parodies of "O Fortuna" are cliched, but at least it influenced the much more epic music of groups like Two Steps From Hell, X-Ray Dog and Immediate Music.
%%** "O Fortuna" has also been used in several political ads whenever the ad's makers have wanted the audience to feel afraid of whatever it is they are showing in the ad. An ad portraying the moving of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay as releasing them into the public at large used this music, and was subsequently mocked heavily on ''Series/TheRachelMaddowShow''.
%%* Of course, [[UpToEleven if you want it bigger than]] "O Fortuna", you go to the point of parody with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWnmCu3U09w "Thus Spake Zarathustra"]]. As with "O Fortuna", even parodies of "Thus Spake Zarathustra" are cliched.
* Randy Edelman may feel either aggrieved or blessed by this trope, depending; Edelman himself is a relatively unknown and minor film composer, but two of his movie themes, for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHthbtSbGLM ''Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'']] (around 1:35 in) and ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' ("[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTKSUlMbp9A To The Stars]]"), have been peddled endlessly in trailers for other movies.
** The ''Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'' theme was used in the trailer of ''ForrestGump'' and even in an early ''Film/HarryPotter'' commercial. The latter is particularly jarring due to the piece sounding nothing like the now iconic ''Harry Potter'' leitmotifs.
* True to this trope's name, the first trailer for Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' contains "Up and Out" from ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', as well as "Brainwash 'n Go" from ''WallaceAndGromit''.
* The score for the film ''Film/TheRocketeer'' has probably been heard in trailers for other films by more moviegoers than ever saw ''The Rocketeer'' itself.
* The trailer for the 2006 film ''Film/DejaVu'' used the theme from ''{{Saw}}''. So do some trailers for ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'', and ''Film/TheBox''.
** This in itself might not be so bad, if not for the fact that the trailer ended up being played before ''Saw III''.
%%* At least one of the trailers for ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' did this. They were still working on the music for the movie. The trailer used music from ''TheIsland'' as well as music by Audiomachine.
* An overused score is the main theme from ''Film/RequiemForADream'', "Lux Aeterna" which is used for "serious" movies... and certain NASCAR commercials. Most ads don't use the original recording; instead they tend to use the big orchestral arrangement which was recorded for the trailer of ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Two Towers]]''.
** The ''Film/RequiemForADream'' version was used in a chrurch for a video montage of World Youth Day preparation.
** Neatly mocked in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP4mgObDeUU this]] Telus commercial, featuring some fairly epic meerkats.
** A LOT of Youtube videos use this piece.
%%** They do seem to be fond of using Clint Mansell--"Lux Aeterna" and the "Requiem for a Tower" remixes are the most common, but there has also been a bit of ''Death is the Road to Awe'' from ''The Fountain'' score in a trailer for ''Frost/Nixon''.
** You '''HAVE''' heard this piece. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl5McGN2L-E when you listen to it]] you '''will''' say "oh, the movie trailer song" at 1:38.
** It's frequently used on ''Series/BritainsGotTalent''. It seems like a typical usage until you [[FridgeBrilliance realize]] that one of the storylines in ''Requiem For A Dream'' involves someone compromising their values and ultimately sacrificing their sanity for a chance to be on television.
** It is also used in the trailer for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl5McGN2L-E Cupcakes: The Movie]].
%%* ESPosthumus' album ''Unearthed'' has been regularly plundered for trailer music. Interestingly, ''Series/ColdCase'' also [[RealSongThemeTune uses music from this album as the title theme]]. Unsurprisingly, the duo wound up producing the theme for the SuperBowl one year.
%%** It was the AFC Championship Game, and the promo was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDNxdmnCz4 Epic.]]
%%** Not terribly surprisingly, it's rumored that the brothers behind E.S. Posthumus are actually the experienced trailer-music composers Jeffrey and Robert Pfeifer, of Pfeifer Broz. Music. The ASCAP database briefly (and embarrassingly) credited the Pfeifers with every single track in E.S. Posthumus' output, and "outed" E.S. Posthumus as aliases.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AEU5pBxY6E Nara]]" is the track used most often, it seems--that's the ''Series/ColdCase'' one and it was in the trailers of ''Unfaithful'' and ''Vanity Fair''.
* A lot of trailers use music from the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie.
** Usually the piece called "[[http://vbox7.com/play:d7e422f4 "Mastadge Drag".]]
* In the previews for the movie ''NoReservations'', part of the music used consisted of the ending credits music from ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. Its own trailers were using music from Paramount's ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' films. And some trailers for ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' used the ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' theme! The first trailer for Burton's ''Alice in Wonderland'' used music from ''A Series of Unfortunate Events'' -- the cycle is complete. Naturally ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' also used music from ''A Series of Unfortunate Events''.
* The "Flying" theme from the '03''Peter Pan'' is used in children's fantasy-adventure trailers almost as much as "What's This". That movie's trailer used "The Crystal Chamber'' from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', which was also from James Newton Howard. It's especially odd to hear on the commercials for the DisneyThemeParks, considering Disney has its own version of PeterPan.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX1rxPBTyEY "Bishop's Countdown"]] from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' pops up a lot in trailers involving action sequences building up to a crescendo.
* "Aquarela do Brazil" is slowly becoming one of these songs, especially in its incarnation as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kwYplWfN9M the Central Services theme song]] from Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/{{Brazil}}''.
** It was used in a ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' ad.
*** Which oddly brought the song full-circle, as "Aquarela do Brazil" (Portuguese for "Watercolor of Brazil") debuted in an early Disney feature, "Saludos Amigos", where DonaldDuck meets Brazilian parrot Jose Carioca.
*** The reason for its use in the WALLE teaser trailer: Michael Kamen, who did the music for Gilliam's "Brazil," was originally going to score WALLE. But then he died. And people were sad. And then Thomas Newman came to the rescue. And everyone was happy again. The end. The theatrical trailer used "With Great Power" by Immediate Music and "Super Strength" by Two Steps From Hell, two epic trailer music pieces.
* The choral bit called "O Verona" from Baz Luhrmann's ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' sounds a bit like Carmina Burana and gets used a lot. I remember it being used in the trailer for ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'', certainly.
* ''Film/EdwardScissorhands'' - DannyElfman said, as part of a commentary track for the DVD, that every now and again his friends will call up and say "Edward's back!" when some trailer uses that music. It's also frequently imitated in ads for other companies - indeed, if ''any'' ad's BGM involves an slightly spooky choir, it's probably an imitation of this score.
** Elfman's title music for ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is also heard frequently in trailers for kid's movies.
%%* "In the Hall of the Mountain King" is also in a few trailers. It genuinely ''was'' the [[SoundtrackDissonance theme music]] for ''Film/{{M}}''. Now it's become really cliched.
%%** Used in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBpoDgiK_rs trailer]] for the [[NightmareFuel extremely not-funny]] American remake of the film ''FunnyGames.'' Good luck ever hearing it the same way again.
* Some family films use the main theme from ''Film/LiarLiar'' during their trailers.
* The trailer for ''Film/{{Australia}}'' (the movie, not the country!) uses "The Ecstasy of Gold" from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' and the heroic leitmotif from ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. It also used the music that plays during the St. Crispian's speech in KennethBranagh's ''Theatre/HenryV''.
%%* "I Kissed A Girl" was in the trailer for ''Film/KissingJessicaStein''. Music/JillSobule commented, "I guess I'm trailer trash."
%%* "Clubbed to Death" and other songs by Rob Dougan.
%%* "Take Us Out" from ''Rudy'' has been used in a few.
* Nicely averted by ''Film/TheProposition'' which used its own soundtrack, probably because the soundtrack was one of the film's main selling points. This is also true of ''Film/MirrorMask''.
%%* Most {{egregious}} example; ads for FrankMiller's ''Film/TheSpirit'' featured Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve, Sarajevo"(a stadium-rock remix of Carol of the Bells and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) in its TV ads.
* The ecstatic, sweeping "Prime Minister's Love Theme" from ''LoveActually'' crops up in any number of trailers, particularly romantic comedies.
%%* See if you recognize [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X1_Zyqv2Hk this music]] from anywhere.
%%* The trailer for ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' uses a track that [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong s ounds a hell of a lot like]] "Come and Get Them" from ''300''. The song is actually "Legend" by Groove Addicts, a trailer music group who are known for their use of [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong Suspiciously Similar Songs]]. Just as the trailer for ''Vantage Point'' uses the track "To Victory" from the same soundtrack.
%%* The trailer for every family film released around Christmas ''will'' feature the "Russian Dance" from Tchaikovsky's ''Nutcracker''. No exceptions. Unless they use ''Carol of the Bells'' instead. One exception: "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy", from... ''The Nutcracker''.
%%* Another piece of music frequently used on things that are supposed to feel "epic" is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDFFHaz9GsY "Dies Irae"]] from Verdi's Requiem.
* The score to ''Film/DonnieDarko'', and a swathe of knockoffs thereof, seemed to be all over the place three months after it hit DVD. The spooky-but-lighthearted Middlesex Times (or is it Manipulated Living?) made it around the most.
%%* The trailer for ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy'' featured "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2gzibUvDzw Mein Herz Brennt]]" by Rammstein. The song never made it into the film, despite the fact that it was a very fitting choice and quite awesome. The trailer also used "Dark Side of Power", a trailer music piece by Immediate Music.
* The initial [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S0DTpq1RU0 trailer]] for ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1laXBhhVG0 music]] from ''The American President''.
* The use "Journey to the Line" from ''TheThinRedLine'' makes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx6HnLvK9M0 the trailer]] for ''Film/PearlHarbor'' look so frickin' awesome and epic that it made a lot of people think it could be another ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' or at least a really cool movie. [[NeverTrustATrailer You know what they say....]]
* The theme from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' was used in one of the trailers for ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}''.
** As well as the TV spots for ''Master & Commander'', no doubt trying to forge a connection with the blockbuster ''The Curse of the Black Pearl'', which came out a few months prior.
* The trailer for ''TheIncredibles'' uses the Propellerheads' epic "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", a awesome ten-minute dance-remix-amalgamation-hybrid-''thing'' of about five different ''Film/JamesBond'' instrumental themes.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' movies avert this trope; the only music that a trailer for any ''Bond'' movie needs is a variant of the classic ''James Bond'' theme. ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' featured the ''Bond'' theme mixed with OminousLatinChanting.
%%* The music from the climax of ''Film/DarkCity'' was used for one of the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' sequels. Nearly all of the melodic motives in the ''Dark City'' score were lifted out of Igor Stravkinsky's RiteOfSpring.
%%* The first ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' trailer used "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning," a more melancholy remix of "The End is the Beginning is the End" (try saying that five times fast) by Music/TheSmashingPumpkins, which was originally from the ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' soundtrack.
* The "Word of Warning" teaser for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' swiped some of the score from ''Film/LogansRun''.
%%* The trailer for ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' featured Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys are Back in Town'. Nowhere to be found in the film, though. It's sung in the [[RecycledInSpace on-ice version]].
%%** 'The Boys Are Back in Town' would become the trilogy's signature trailer song, being reused to promote ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' and ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 3]]''.
* The commercials for ''TheSantaClause 3'' contained "What's This" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
%%* The trailer for ''Film/ConfessionsOfAShopaholic'' used many songs, including Rihanna's "Disturbia," which was not in the film.
* The trailer for ''Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium'' used Creator/DannyElfman's "Breakfast Machine" music from ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AeoJU4KqSY&feature=PlayList&p=AA8F2CDC9C7AC16A&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1]] See this, then notice what's different from the actual movie.
%%* Most of the trailers for ''9'' used ''Welcome Home'' by CoheedAndCambria, which stands very much in contrast with the film's own gloomy orchestral score.
* The theatrical trailer for ''Film/CinderellaMan'' used the Atreides March from the SYFY miniseries ''[[{{Dune}} Children of Dune]]'', the first song on this sampler of the soundtrack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHOaaNT69qU&feature=related
** Also, the trailer for ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' uses the track "The Revolution" from the same series.
%%* "What I Like About You" by The Romantics gets used a lot in comedy trailers.
* Creator/AlanSilvestri's theme from ''Film/MouseHunt'' was used in the live action ''Cat In The Hat'' film trailer and for the ''Film/AChristmasCarol2009'' trailer, as well as many others.
** And then it was ''actually reused'' (in the film itself) in ''FredClaus''.
* The trailer for ''Film/{{Creepshow 2}}'' used the theme from ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clqK5OC3BWE original 1987 trailer]] to ''Film/RoboCop1987'' uses the famous main score from ''FilM/TheTerminator'', which makes sense when you consider that Orion Pictures was involved with both films.
* The theme used during the trailer of ''Film/{{Casper}}'' was "What's This?" from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
%%* "Love Song" seems to be used for every romantic movie, particularly romantic comedy, regardless of how clingy the relationship is.
* Tomoyasu Hotei's "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" began cropping up all over the place after ''Film/KillBill'' made it famous.
* Elfman's main theme to Rodney Dangerfield's ''BackToSchool'' has been trailer music for plenty of boisterous comedies.
* HansZimmer's piece [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJeGFu8JHrI You're So Cool]] from the movie ''TrueRomance'', gets used in trailers quit often.
** Which itself is almost a direct rip-off of Carl Orff's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ9_6W6bVoQ "Gassenhauer"]].
* Trailers for the film adaptation of ''Film/{{Constantine}}'' use "Pain and Retribution" from the score to ''Film/TheCrow''.
* The teaser to ''BedtimeStories'' had music playing from ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 102 Dalmatians]]''.
* The "Flying" theme from ''Film/{{Hook}}'' is another exceedingly popular children's fantasy piece. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-0wghH4OL8 Give a listen,]] and you'll probably recognize it.
* Aversion: the first trailer for the 2004 version of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' used a churning, string-section-heavy part of the actual score (though that may have been a different recording than the one used in the film), followed by a small snippet of Gerard Butler singing "The Music of the Night". The trailers for the DVD version, oddly, still contained the score, but little to no singing (similar to the ''Sweeney Todd'' example above), except the narration still called it "Andrew Lloyd Webber's triumphant musical"!
* One of the first teasers of Creator/RidleyScott's ''{{Gladiator}}'' used "Anvil of Crom" from ''ConanTheBarbarian'' by Basil Poledouris. What better way to set the epic tone for the then upcoming movie? The film had music by HansZimmer, Klaus Badelt and LisaGerrard.
%%* Trailers used to use ''Aquarium'', from Camille Saint-Sans' ''Carnival of the Animals'', for a supernatural, slightly creepy vibe, before people realized that putting classical pieces in trailers made them feel unoriginal.
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pblcodi0ZfA Only You]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAWpSdQI8fg Charlotte's Web]]
%%** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFk0T0eQonw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button]]
* Early trailers for the movie ''Seabiscuit'' used Creator/MichaelGiacchino's main theme for ''MedalOfHonor'' on the PlayStation.
* The trailer to the movie ''Film/{{Miracle}}'' uses the end title from the 2000 film ''Film/DungeonsAndDragons'' for its climax.
* MichaelKamen's main theme from ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' is used in promos for Disney DVD and Blu-ray releases. Ironic, since that film was not released by Disney or its affiliates, and in fact, Disney has its own version of Disney/RobinHood.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQXVzg2PiZw The main theme]] from ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' is getting really popular. It's especially worth noting that the version linked to is the official soundtrack version: "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)". However, in the film itself the piece is in a different key, [[note]] specifically, a higher key, and since even the clip of Cassie's voice on the official version is a lower pitch than it is in the movie, one wonders if they didn't just take the track and digitally pitch it all down... for some reason...[[/note]] and that version seems to get used as often as the official one.
%%* Johann Johannson's single "The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black" is on its way there, creeping people out with the electronic voice overlayed with the ShakyCam footage of a global alien invasion in the trailer for ''BattleLosAngeles''.
* The trailer for ''Film/TheMightyDucks 2'' used the iconic Creator/AlanSilvestri theme from ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** One trailer for the Creator/AdamSandler vehicle ''BedtimeStories'' used the Western theme from [=BTTF=] Part III.
%%* Early trailers for the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' movie used the song Cannonball by The Breeders, but the song isn't in the movie or on the soundtrack. The teaser trailer used Tommy The Cat by Primus, possibly to invoke thoughts of the TV show's theme song which was also written and performed by Primus.
* If the music from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCRQQCKS7go trailer]] for ''Film/{{Super 8}}'' sounds familiar, that's because it was from the movie ''Film/{{Cocoon}}''. It can be heard in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEzTeHJUk3k this trailer]] for ''Cocoon: The Return''.
* An early trailer for the movie adaptation of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', directed by Henry Selick featured "What's This?" from a previous Selick movie, ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
** The music in the trailer of this film's video release was reused in the preview of the canceled ''Disney/{{Dumbo}} II''.
* An early trailer for ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' used Creator/AlanSilvestri's score to ''FatherOfTheBride'' along "Friend Like Me". The rest of the trailers just used "Friend Like Me".
* The trailers for ''Film/IndependenceDay'' used Zimmer's "Roll Tide" fanfare from ''Film/CrimsonTide''.
* The trailer for ''Film/RunawayTrain'' made excellent use of Henry Mancini's dynamic theme for ''Film/{{Lifeforce}}''.
%%* Songs by The Black Keys appear in movie trailers and ads very commonly, usually to show some sort of opposition while maintaining a lighthearted tone.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C_E-gwsuAM This teaser]] for a school musical production of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' uses the song "One Short Day" from ''Theater/{{Wicked}}''.
%%* [[{{Music/Enigma}} Enigma's]] music was very popular in the nineties (particularly ''Sadeness'', usually misspelled as ''Sadness''), being used for various movies, trailers, and TV shows. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_%28musical_project%29#Influence Here's the full list.]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kVmLkMicMn8 trailer]] for the ''Film/AfterEarth'' uses the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpTcZJJ-lm0 main menu theme]] from ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wok7pG9_vX8 trailer]] music for the Disney film AngelsInTheOutfield notably featured the main overture from ''Film/{{Rudy}}'', as well the main theme from another baseball flick, ''Film/{{TheNatural}}''.
* Both ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King]]'' and ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'', with soundtracks by Howard Shore, ''invert'' this:
** ''Return of the King'' starts with shortened versions of the themes ''Breath of Life'' and ''The Last March of the Ents'' from ''The Two Towers'', and then switches to music recorded especially for the trailer. This music ends in an epic version of the Gondor theme that sounds suspiciously similar to the scene where Gandalf rides through Minas Tirith.
** As for ''An Unexpected Journey'', it starts with a variation on the Shire theme (maybe used in the movie, but not present in the OST), before we're treated to the Dwarves' ''Misty Mountains'' song. But after that we hear the exact same score as in the scene where the party leaves Rivendell, though with a different instrumentation.
* "My Name Is Lincoln" from ''Film/TheIsland'' shows up quite frequently in film trailers. Much of the trailer to ''Film/{{Flyboys}}'' is set to it.
* "Escape", from the period film ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane'', is another prominently used chorale theme, showing up in trailers for films such as ''Film/{{Quills}}'' and ''Film/ThePatriot''.
* Early trailers for the Creator/{{Pixar}} film ''Film/{{Cars}}'' used a piece of music originally heard over the opening titles in ''Film/ABugsLife'', also by Pixar.
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** The original trailer shown at Comic-Con used "Time" from ''Film/{{Inception}}''.
** The first official trailer uses [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQXVzg2PiZw "Adagio in D Minor"]] from ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'' and "Journey to the Line" from ''Film/TheThinRedLine''.
** The final Trailer uses the song ''Kashmir'' by Music/LedZeppelin.
* The teaser for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' used "Khazad-Dm", from Howard Shore's score for ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.
* The second trailer for ChristopherNolan's ''Film/{{Interstellar}}'' brilliantly uses "Evey Reborn" from Dario Marianelli's score for ''Film/VForVendetta''.
* One of the trailers for ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'' uses the theme from ''Series/StargateSG1''.
* All the sequels to the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film used music cues from that film even though they appear nowhere in the actual movies.
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* The 2006 Literature/{{Discworld}} Convention included an exclusive trailer for the TV adaptation of ''Hogfather'' which was still in post-production. The director apologised beforehand for having to use the music from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* The trailers for the History Channel's ''BandOfBrothers'' used the''LegendsOfTheFall'' ThemeTune (by James Horner).
%%* The more recent trailers for ''DeadliestCatch" use "Rise" by Eddie Vedder, which is nowhere to be heard on the show.
* TNT used music from VideoGame/MassEffect2 (Suicide Mission, to be exact) for a promo of TheBorgias.
%%* A leaked demo reel for the [[DevelopmentHell troubled]] ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' prequel ''Blood And Chrome'' used the TrentReznor cover of LedZeppelin's "Immigrant Song" from Reznor's soundtrack to ''TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'', and the trailer was edited to the song in the same way as the memorable trailer to that film, which came out a few months earlier.
* Commercials for the Italian edition of ''SaturdayNightLive'' ([[InNameOnly which aired at Fridays]]) used the Pinna Park theme from ''SuperMarioSunshine''.
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* Every single trailer of 007 Legends and GoldenEye 007: Reloaded used the music composed for Casino Royale trailer.
* In what appears to be a sort of mini-tradition, the series used [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onGWF8mz1Zw "Riddle Of Steel/Riders of Doom" by Basil Poledouris]] from ''ConanTheBarbarian'' in the trailers for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', and it was so popular, Creator/{{Nintendo}} reused it in the first trailers for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''! [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome And for good reason, too.]]
** A trailer for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' reused the Dark World music from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. The music doesn't appear in the finished product.
* One trailer for ''[[FarCry Far Cry 2]]'' used a fast-paced, techno "battle" piece over a series of explosions and battle scenes. The melody, however, was not from the first or second ''FarCry'' games, but was, in fact, the miniboss battle theme "Fear the Reaper" from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil.''
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ2LVZX4yiQ trailer]] for VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 uses music from PiratesOfTheCaribbean.
%%* ''JakAndDaxter'' used a few Associated Production Music pieces for one of its trailers. What's odd about it is that the pieces chosen were very heroic and rousing, like something you'd hear on a movie soundtrack, but the game's actual soundtrack (by Mark Mothersbaugh and Josh Mancell) sounded nothing like that.
%%* ''VideoGame/SlyCooper: Thieves in Time'' used an APM track in its trailer. It's "The Lineman", best known to everyone as the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy theme]].
%%* A trailer for "TheWitcher2" used Chopin's Nocturne No. 15. However,the arrangement was original.
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* The trailer for ''TheWildThornberrys'' movie used the theme from ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''. Quite fair, really, since the music was one of the only things about ''Dinosaur'' to be particularly good.
* True to the name, some trailers for ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' used music from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. Others used ''In the Hall of the Mountain King''.
** The trailer also used the music from the 2004 version of ''TheStepfordWives''.
** But just to show that nothing is immune, trailers for ''Nightmare'' used a version of the Christmas song "Carol of the Bells" for ''its'' trailers.
* Disney pulls out "If I Never Knew You" and the hook from "Just Around The Riverbend" (both from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'') for some of their movies, especially the DirectToVideo films.
* The trailer for ''{{Doug}}'s 1st Movie'' had background music from the live action ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''. Most notably is when Skeeter says, "There's something bad behind me, isn't there?", an instrumental "Cruella de Vil" is heard, and then later was the music used during Pongo and Perdita's departure to find the puppies. The VHS commercial for ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' had the same.
* ''La Valse D'Amelie'' from ''{{Amelie}}''. It's been in many ads and so-called reportages.
* The main theme from ''TheGreatMouseDetective'' is used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAEDfzYcN6g#t=3m49s an advert]] for a 1996 VHS release of ''Disney/TheAristocats''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wAbGAkkOgcM trailer]] for {{Disney/Mulan}} makes use of the theme "To the Stars" from {{Dragonheart}}.
* The 1993 reissue trailer for ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' features a bit of music from the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of ''{{Disney/Fantasia}}'' during the scary moments.
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