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->''"I have the feeling that this movie is just a receptacle for songs Music/DavidBowie didn't want to release on any of his albums."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''' on ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}''

When you're setting up an AllStarCast, who says you have to stop at ''actors?''

The Pop-Star Composer is a famous musical figure, known primarily for their work with, well, popular music, who is hired by a movie or video game studio to provide music and songs for their latest work. Think partially-or-completely washed-up rock stars and dueling divas. This is especially common for animated musicals--lyrics and music by a famous songwriter seems a good way to draw audiences. If they already like Songwriter X, then they'll probably like the movie! Or so one hopes. Despite the trope title, the songwriter in question doesn't necessarily have to be an alumnus of the "pop" music genre--they just have to be known for performing something ''besides'' movie scores.

This particular practice has been somewhat all-over-the-place since it first began. Earlier, {{Trope Mak|er}}ing examples sprouted up in TheEighties with examples such as Music/DavidBowie doing the songs for ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' and Music/{{Queen}} doing a lot of the music for movies such as ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' and ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' (they did ''not'' do all the music for these films, however, as admirers of Howard Blake and Music/MichaelKamen will attest). But animated movies in TheNineties really [[TropeCodifier codified]] this trope, with examples such as Music/EltonJohn doing the songs for ''Disney/TheLionKing.'' In particular, animated movies with this kind of musical casting are prone to {{Award Bait Song}}s and composers/performers who used to be kind of cool once.

Ironically, the more mainstream and big-budget a live-action movie generally is, the ''less'' likely this trope will be used. With many Hollywood studios serving as corporate siblings of major record labels, "synergy" usually rears its head and a grab bag of artists from a label will be tapped to each provide a number for a movie soundtrack (it was common in TheNineties to end TV ads with a list of performers who appeared on the soundtrack, no matter how briefly their work turned up in the actual film). Pop Star Composers usually work in animated features or smaller-scale films that aren't trying so hard to hit every potential radio market and can thus focus more on matching music to the moment.

And before you ask: No, Music/DannyElfman does ''not'' count, though he was in [[Music/OingoBoingo a band.]]

See also CultSoundtrack.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Music/YukiKajiura, maker of many soundtracks for various anime series, is one of the two members of famous Japanese pop duo See-Saw (disbanded), and regularly contributes to Japanese music through the solo project FictionJunction and the band Music/{{Kalafina}}.
** In case you were wondering, yes, this is why ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' and its sequel have insert songs by FictionJunction, and this is also why ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' has all of its ending themes by Kalafina.
** Also why ''.hack//SIGN'' has an opening theme, "Obsession" by See-Saw.
* Music/SusumuHirasawa, a pop star during the 80s and 90s, experienced something of a second coming as a composer of anime soundtracks, notably ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' and the works of Creator/SatoshiKon.
* Ai Maeda is a film actress and singer, and provides the distinctive voice of the main character in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney''. Naturally, she also sings the ending theme song. (Relatedly, the ending theme lyrics were written by the original book's novelist.)
* US popstar Neil Sedaka composed the opening and ending themes for the series ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. Ironically however, this resulted in the openings not being used in the US DVD release.
* Daisuke Inoue, composer and performer(both vocally and instrumentally in some cases) of several songs for the original Anime/MobileSuitGundam, was well-known in Japan and to some folks in the US for being frontman and saxophonist of the early J-Pop band Blue Comets, who had a huge hit with Blue Chateau.
* {{Music/Supercell}}'s soundtrack was the main attraction of ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', in much the same way that Music/YukiKajiura was the main attraction of ''Anime/DotHackSign''. Another famous Music/{{Vocaloid}} producer, livetune, was hired to write the [=OPs=] for ''Anime/DevilSurvivor2'' and the second season of ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}''. The latter is actually a double-example, written by livetune and performed by the pop idol duo [=ClariS=].
* Music/YoshikiHayashi, for Anime/{{X1999}} with ''Forever Love,'' and Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Buddha'' with ''Scarlet Love Song.''
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' featured music from the j-rock band Music/ThePillows, in somewhat of an inversion of this trope -- the studio picked the band because they thought their sound fit the series rather than for marketing reasons, and their involvement in ''FLCL'' actually caused a popularity bump for The Pillows, rather than the other way around. In addition, most of the music used in ''FLCL'' was stuff The Pillows had already recorded -- only two songs were actually created specifically for the series, though those two songs ("Ride on Shooting Star" and "I Think I Can") are featured prominently, as the EndingTheme and arguably the series' main theme, respectively.

* From what the rumors say, they tried to do this to ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'', with famous pop songs and a plot changed to be more "[[AnimationAgeGhetto teen friendly.]]" Jeff Smith was not pleased and shot it down, hard.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Disney uses this trope every once in a while:
** [[OlderThanTheyThink A surprisingly early example]]: Peggy Lee wrote (with Sonny Burke) the songs for ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' and sang most of them.
** Country singer Roger Miller wrote and performed "Oo-de-lally", "Not In Nottingham", and "Whistle-Stop" for Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''.
** Almost all of the songs in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. "Once Upon a Time in New York City" was co-written by Barry Mann, "Why Should I Worry?" was written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight, "Streets of Gold" was written by Dean Pitchford and Tom Snow, and "Perfect Isn't Easy" was co-written by Music/BarryManilow. Bonus points for the first two of those songs being sung by songwriters themselves, Huey Lewis and Music/BillyJoel (respectively), though neither of them wrote songs for the movie.
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'','s songs by Music/EltonJohn (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics).
** Music/PhilCollins of Music/{{Genesis}} wrote the songs for ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}.'' A few years later, he also did the songs for ''Disney/BrotherBear'', which then is lampshaded in the DVDCommentary:
-->'''Rutt:''' Phil Collins, Phil Collins, Phil Collins... He's everywhere.
-->'''Tuke:''' Doesn't he take a break?
*** In addition, many of the dubs got a major pop star from their area to sing the dubbed songs: Ákos Kovács in Hungarian, Alex Panayi in Greek, Wakin Chau in Cantonese, Hisham Nour in Arabic, Luís Represas in European Portuguese, and Paweł Hartlieb in Polish, just to name a few.
** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' was originally set to feature a whole arsenal of songs by Music/{{Sting}}, but due to the movie undergoing a massive plot-shift in development, only two songs remain in the movie: Kuzco's facetiously-used theme song, and the end credits AwardBaitSong, "My Funny Friend and Me." The rest of the songs can still be heard on the soundtrack album.
** ''Disney/{{Moana}}'''s soundtrack, in addition to being composed by Creator/LinManuelMiranda, features singer Opetaia Foa'i of the New Zealand-based Pacific fusion band Te Vaka.
* Aside from ''Lion King'', Music/EltonJohn also co-wrote and sang most of the songs in ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' with Tim Rice, though unlike ''Disney/TheLionKing,'' that [[AllAnimationIsDisney wasn't a Disney movie.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet'' also features several songs by him (and his usual collborator, lyricist Bernie Taupin), both originals and classics. The trailer even shows a [[InkSuitActor gnomified]] version of him.
* While Music/PeterGabriel's main contribution to Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' was the end credit song "Down to Earth", he also co-wrote EVE's theme with underscore composer Thomas Newman.
* While most of the Newman family is known for film soundtracks, Music/RandyNewman had a career as a singer-songwriter before (and while) working on films. He's been doing this for quite some time too, including six Creator/{{Pixar}} movies and ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', along with pre-existing songs and Newman's score and "Our Town", also had original songs by Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley.
* will.i.am performed and co-wrote with composer Music/HansZimmer music for ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' had original songs by Pharrell Williams, who was also credited for the underscore along with Heitor Pereira. Pharrell not only came back for the sequel, but one of the songs from its soundtrack -- "Happy" -- became one of his biggest hits.
* Originally, ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' was set to have a whole arsenal of songs by Music/TheyMightBeGiants. However, they ended up not fitting with the tone of the film, and mostly getting cut. One short song, sung by Other Father, does remain in the film.
* Plan on watching ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron''? Hope you like Bryan Adams!
* ''WesternAnimation/CuriousGeorge'' has songs by Jack Johnson.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' has songs written and performed by Graham Gouldman of 10cc.
* Jimmy Webb, best known for "Wichita Lineman" and "[=MacArthur=] Park", wrote the underscore and songs for ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn''; the group Music/{{America}} performed some of the songs.
* [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]] composed the music to ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'', with David Bowie contributing the title song.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' has songs written by Ben Folds.
* Music/{{Sia}} composed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paXOkGMyG8M "Rainbow"]] for the ending credits of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', in which she has the ponysona Songbird Serenade. Danish artist/band Lukas Graham also contributed [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDiCuZTjS18 "Off to See The World"]] for the first trailer.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{The Graduate}}'' featured songs by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel.
* ''Film/WorldWarZ'' featured a minimalistic, haunting soundtrack by Music/{{Muse}}.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' featured a song score by Music/DavidBowie, who also played the main antagonist, the Goblin King (as well as a synth underscore by Trevor Jones). Contrary to the Nostalgia Chick's theory, Bowie was attracted to the project in part because he liked the idea of writing songs for a children's movie -- it's just that some of them aren't ''that'' far removed from his usual output.
* John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas wrote part of the score for ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth''. Interestingly, that film was Music/DavidBowie's first NonActorVehicle, and he initially worked on a score with Paul Buckmaster, but for various reasons it went unused and will probably never see the light of day, save for a backwards bass line that appears on one track of ''Low''.
** A few years earlier Phillips wrote and performed several songs for Creator/RobertAltman's quirky comedy ''Brewster [=McCloud=]''. Phillips was also a co-producer for the film.
* Music/{{Queen}} provided the music for [[Film/FlashGordon1980 FLASH! AH-AAAH--]] ...er, we mean ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. [[VerbalTic Sorry about that.]]
** Music/{{Queen}} also were "born to be princes of the universe" with ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
** Freddie Mercury (of Music/{{Queen}}) was involved in the re-scoring of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'''s 1984 release. (While he was there, he requested for the East German government to use [[VideoFullOfFilmClips pieces of the film in the video]] for "Radio Ga Ga".)
* Roger Waters of Music/PinkFloyd wrote a song for ''Film/TheLastMimzy'' called "Hello (I Love You)".
* ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'' (2007) has a soundtrack by Music/{{Radiohead}}'s Jonny Greenwood. Notably, it sounds nothing like Radiohead, but includes part of Greenwood's modernist orchestral work "Popcorn Superhet Receiver". He played the viola and studied classical composition years before becoming a guitarist, and it shows. Greenwood, a [[ProductionPosse frequent collaborator]] of director Creator/PaulThomasAnderson, has also scored ''Bodysong'' (2003), ''Literature/NorwegianWood'' (2010), ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin'' (2011), ''Film/TheMaster'' (2012), and ''Film/InherentVice'' (2014).
* {{Jazz}} example: Music/DukeEllington composed and performed the soundtrack for ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'' ([[TheCameo he also briefly appears as juke joint pianist Pie-Eye]]) and wrote the theme and pilot score for the shortlived TV series of ''Film/TheAsphaltJungle''.
* Eddie Vedder of Music/PearlJam did the soundtrack for ''Film/IntoTheWild'', which also doubled as his solo debut.
* Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice wrote the music for ''Literature/RumbleFish''. He also composed the original theme for ''Series/BabylonFive'' and worked on ''Series/TheEqualizer''. In fact, he has an extensive scoring career.
* Pop-rock duo Wang Chung did the synthrock score for William Friedkin's ''Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA'', which also featured some of their licensed songs.
* Music/BobDylan composed a number of original songs for the Sam Peckinpah western ''Film/PatGarrettAndBillyTheKid.'' He also appears in a minor role. One of the songs from the film, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", is one of his greatest hits, covered by (among others) Music/GunsNRoses on ''Music/UseYourIllusion''.
* Music/NeilYoung improvised the electric guitar soundtrack to Creator/JimJarmusch's acid western ''Film/DeadMan'' while watching the film alone in a studio.
* Jack White of Music/TheWhiteStripes performed five songs in the film ''Film/ColdMountain'' and appeared in a minor role.
* ''Film/KillBill Vol. 1'' features original music by The RZA of the Music/WuTangClan.
* Olivia Newton-John and Music/ElectricLightOrchestra recorded the soundtrack for ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''.
* Karen O of the Music/YeahYeahYeahs collaborated with Music/CarterBurwell on the soundtrack to the film adaptation of ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre.''
* Clint Mansell, former vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock-rap-techno-industrial-grebo band Pop Will Eat Itself, moved into film scores after the band disbanded in 1996. Nowadays he's most famous for writing the scores for every single Darren Aronofsky film.
* Music/PeterGabriel composed the music for ''Film/TheLastTemptationOfChrist'', ''Birdy'' and ''Rabbit Proof Fence''.
* Music/YoshikiHayashi produced the entire soundtrack for ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', created the song ''VUK-R'' for it. He also contributed ''Blue Butterfly'' for Film/{{Catacombs}}, and contributed the title track "IV" for ''Film/SawIV''. In a more meta sense, he did the theme for the 2012 and 2013 Golden Globes.
* Music/PaulMcCartney as solo artist composed songs for several films, including ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'', ''Father's Day,'' ''Film/VanillaSky'', and the American versions of ''Film/TheLakeHouse'' and ''Film/TheInLaws''. For some reason, films that use his music tend to get too philosophical or too {{Fauxlosophical}} for the intended audiences and achieve limited success.
** 1966's ''The Family Way'' is Fab Macca's only actual film score to date.
* Cameron Crowe's film ''Film/{{Singles}}'' features songs from bands in the Seattle grunge scene, which had just started to explode. Music/PearlJam wrote two original songs, "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust," for the film. Music/{{Soundgarden}} created an acoustic track for use in the background ambience of a scene. The song was "Spoonman," which was later re-recorded and became Soundgarden's breakout single. Meanwhile, Crowe's ex-wife [[Music/{{Heart}} Nancy Wilson]] wrote music for all of his movies up to ''Film/{{Elizabethtown}}''.
* [[Music/DireStraits Mark Knopfler]] composed a number of scores for movies, such as ''Film/LocalHero'' and ''Film/ThePrincessBride''.
* Paramount and Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Film/{{Popeye}}'' LiveActionAdaptation was a musical with songs written by Music/HarryNilsson.
* Music/DaftPunk composed the music for ''Film/TronLegacy''.
** Thomas Bangalter also contributed music for Gaspar Noe's films ''Film/{{Irreversible}}'' and ''Film/EnterTheVoid''.
* Horror film ''Film/TrickOrTreat'' from 1986 had all its songs written by HardRock band Fastway, although this also had an instrumental score by Christopher Young.
* Music/TheResidents, of all people, performed the soundtrack to little-known [[TheEighties Eighties]] black comedy ''The Census Taker'' (although about half of the soundtrack was previously released material).
** Perhaps even more surprisingly, they provided the score to a Creator/DiscoveryChannel nature documentary series, ''Hunters: The World of Predators and Prey''.
* Mark Oliver Everett of Music/{{Eels}} composed the soundtrack to ''Levity''.
* Shudder To Think released two soundtracks in 1998 that were notable for being SomethingCompletelyDifferent from their normal alternative/art-punk sound: the score to ''High Art'' was a mixture of ambient music and instrumental trip-hop, while ''First Love Last Rites'' was a {{retraux}} 50's and early 60's pastiche with loads and loads of guest vocalists such as [[Music/TheSmashingPumpkins Billy Corgan]], [[Music/CheapTrick Robin Zander]], Music/LizPhair, and Music/JeffBuckley. Members Nathan Larson and Craig Wedren now both do soundtrack work from time to time.
* Music/YoLaTengo scored ''Film/{{Adventureland}}''.
* Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum scored Creator/KevinSmith's ''Film/ChasingAmy''.
* Music/{{ACDC}} made the soundtrack of Creator/StephenKing's ''Film/MaximumOverdrive''.
* Music/{{REM}} wrote the underscore for ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'', which was titled after their hit song about the movie's subject, Creator/AndyKaufman. That song becomes an instrumental {{Leitmotif}} in the score, and they also contributed a new song in "The Great Beyond".
* Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' Billy Corgan has also written film scores, most recently for trashy auteur features like Jonas Akerlund's ''Spun'', and Creator/AsiaArgento's adaptation of ''Film/TheHeartIsDeceitfulAboveAllThings'', though his first entrances into the genre involved more mainstream fare like ''Film/{{Ransom}}'' and ''Film/{{Stigmata}}''.
* Anne Dudley, composer of the scores for (among many others) ''Film/AmericanHistoryX, Film/TheFullMonty'' and ''Film/TheCryingGame'' (as well as the TV series ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'') first became famous as a member of experimental electronica group Music/ArtOfNoise, as well as a prolific string arranger for many, many songs. She more or less moved into this full time - what she's done since leaving the band couldn't rationally be described as "pop".
* In 2004, Music/PetShopBoys composed a score for the 1925 silent film ''The Battleship Potemkin'', and performed it live with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Trafalgar Square.
* Former Music/{{Yes}} guitarist Music/TrevorRabin has moved into writing soundtracks full-time since leaving the band in 1994.
* Music/TangerineDream. ''And how''. Well known in the 1970s for their experimental electronic sounds. 1970s output: 9 studio albums and 1 soundtrack. 1980s output: 6 studio albums and ''13 soundtracks'' - including ''Thief'', ''Film/RiskyBusiness'' and the American cut of ''Film/{{Legend|1985}}'' (the original British cut featured a score by Jerry Goldsmith).
* ''Film/TheProposition'', ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord'' and ''Film/TheRoad'' all had soundtracks by Music/NickCave and his bandmate Warren Ellis. (Not that Creator/WarrenEllis.)
* Prog Metal band Music/{{Mastodon}} composed the score for the 2010 film ''Film/JonahHex''.
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' had songs by Music/{{Prince}} (although they aren't nearly as prominent in the film as Music/DannyElfman's score - some of the songs on the Prince album aren't even ''in'' the film). The sequels weren't as beholden to a single pop star; ''Film/BatmanReturns'' had Siouxsie and The Banshees provide one number, and the Joel Schumacher-helmed entries had a jumble of artists provide songs (Nick Cave, Seal, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.).
* Trent Reznor of Music/NineInchNails and his collaborator Atticus Ross did the soundtrack for ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' and won an Academy Award for their efforts. They worked together again on the score to the 2011 adaptation of ''Film/TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo'', and also had [[Music/YeahYeahYeahs Karen O]] contribute guest vocals for the CoverVersion of [[Music/LedZeppelin "Immigrant Song"]] featured in the opening credits. Reznor and Ross once again collaborated on the soundtrack to ''Film/GoneGirl''. Interestingly, all three are were directed by Creator/DavidFincher, meaning that Reznor and Ross are now effectively part of Fincher's ProductionPosse.
* Music/{{BT}} scored the films ''Film/{{Stealth}}'', ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'', ''Film/CatchAndRelease'', ''{{Look}}'' and ''Film/{{Monster}}'', along with the WesternAnimation/PixarShorts ''Tokyo Mater'' and ''Partysaurus Rex''.
* Music/TheZombies composed the soundtrack for ''Bunny Lake is Missing''.
* Idiosyncratic acoustic guitar wizard Leo Kottke somehow did the soundtrack for a bottom-of-the-barrel Creator/{{Troma}} film, ''Film/FatGuyGoesNutzoid''.
* ''Film/AttackTheBlock'' was scored by Basement Jaxx, known for their house music.
* Music/ToddRundgren did the score for ''Film/DumbAndDumber''. The directors of that film later got Pete Yorn to do the music for ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene''.
* Music/MarilynManson did the score for the first ''Film/ResidentEvil'' film.
* Music/{{U2}} wrote and recorded several songs for the film ''Film/TheMillionDollarHotel''.
* Randy Edelman began his career as a musician who occasionally did film scores, recording a few albums in the process. Since the 1980's, he's recorded film scores full time.
* David Byrne, former lead singer of Music/TalkingHeads co-wrote the soundtrack for ''Film/TheLastEmperor'' with Ryuichi Sakamoto, who was the composer for ''Anime/RoyalSpaceForceTheWingsOfHonneamise''. Sakamoto was also once the keyboardist for Music/YellowMagicOrchestra, which means the Last Emperor has ''two'' pop star composers.
* Music/ThePolyphonicSpree performed the score to ''Thumbsucker''. Before AuthorExistenceFailure set in, Music/ElliottSmith was going to score it instead. The songs Smith did complete for the film (one original song and {{Cover Version}}s of Music/BigStar's "Thirteen" and Cat Stevens' "Trouble") were still included in the final product.
* Speaking of [[SingerSongwriter Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam]], he supplied the music for ''Film/HaroldAndMaude''. The film included two new songs "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" and "Don't Be Shy" and alternate versions of "Trouble", "On the Road to Find Out", "I Wish, I Wish", "Miles from Nowhere", "Tea for the Tillerman", "I Think I See the Light", and "Where Do the Children Play?". None of the new material made it onto the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_and_Maude#1972_soundtrack 1972 soundtrack]], which only used previously released recordings.
** Music/EltonJohn was originally asked, but turned it down and suggested Cat instead.
* Jeremy Barnes' first album as Music/AHawkAndAHacksaw provided the soundtrack for the documentary ''Zizek!'' AHAAH has also written an unofficial score that they perform live at showings of ''Film/ShadowsOfForgottenAncestors''.
* Alex Turner of the Music/ArcticMonkeys provided five acoustic songs for the 2010 film Film/{{Submarine}}, each used in memorable montages between the two main characters. One of them was even rerecorded for the Monkeys' fourth album.
* Two former members of Music/LedZeppelin did film scores. Jimmy page did the scores for ''Film/DeathWishII'' and ''Film/DeathWish3'', and John Paul Jones did the score for an obscure film called ''Scream For Help.''
* While he didn't score the whole film, Music/DinosaurJr's J Mascis composed and performed several short instrumental pieces for the independent film ''Gas Food Lodging''.
* Jonathan Davis of Music/{{Korn}} wrote the music and the words for Lestat's songs in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' (the novel had blatantly vampire songs; the film had more ambigous ones). For contractual reasons, he couldn't sing the songs himself, so they were performed by other well-known singers (Wayne Static of Static-X, David Draiman of Music/{{Disturbed}}, Chester Bennington of Music/LinkinPark, Music/MarilynManson, and Jay Gordon of ''Orgy'').
* Damon Albarn of Music/{{Blur}} and Music/{{Gorillaz}} has co-scored ''Film/Ravenous1999'' with Music/MichaelNyman and 101 Reykavik with Einar Örn Benediktsson
* The soundtrack for ''{{Film/Magnolia}}'' was written mostly by ''Aimee Mann''.
* Music/ArcadeFire composed the score for ''Film/{{Her}}'' and have earned an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for it. They also composed "The Horn of Plenty" (Panem's NationalAnthem) for ''Film/TheHungerGames''.
* Music/NeilDiamond wrote the soundtrack for TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/JonathanLivingstonSeagull''.
* Music/PinkFloyd did the soundtracks for two obscure French films, ''La Vallee'' (soundtrack album ''Music/ObscuredByClouds'') and ''More'' (soundtrak album ''Music/{{More}}''). Interestingly enough, due to the soundtrack albums being regarded as de-facto studio albums by Floyd's fanbase, both films are now basically regarded as "those films Pink Floyd wrote soundtracks for" and not much else.
* Music/TheBeeGees contributed songs to ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and its followup, ''StayingAlive''.
* Music/{{Genesis}} keyboardist Music/TonyBanks composed both the scores and contributed songs for Film/{{Quicksilver}}, ''TheWickedLady'' and ''LorcaAndTheOutlaws''.
* Music/{{Air}} did the soundtrack for ''Film/TheVirginSuicides''.
* Music/{{Can}} did the soundtracks for several obscure films, of which ''Film/DeepEnd'' is the most well known and collected these songs on their album "Soundtracks".
* Music/PopolVuh composed several soundtracks for films by Creator/WernerHerzog.
* Music/FrankZappa did the soundtrack for ''Film/TheWorldsGreatestSinner''. He was also approached to do ''Film/StarWars'', but refused the project.
* Music/CaptainBeefheart's "Hard Workin' Man" was written for the film "Blue Collar".
* The band Goblin wrote the soundtrack for ''Film/{{Suspiria}}''.
* Music/CurtisMayfield wrote the soundtrack for ''Film/{{Superfly}}'' resulting in the hits "Superfly" and "Pusherman".
* How could ever forget Music/IsaacHayes' music for ''Film/{{Shaft}}''?
* Music/EarthWindAndFire scored ''Film/SweetSweetbacksBaadasssssSong''.
** EWF also did the music for the forgettable film, ''Film/ThatsTheWayOfTheWorld'', starring Harvey Kietel as a record producer and featured the band as the new group he was producing. Their soundtrack is pretty much the only thing people remember of it.
* Music/WuTangClan did the soundtrack for ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai''.
* Music/BrianEno wrote ''Music/ApolloAtmospheresAndSoundtracks'' for the documentary film ''Film/ForAllMankind'', but due to lukewarm audience reactions the project was delayed. The album came out in 1983, while the film only got an official release in 1989. Nevertheless: probably more people have listened to the album than who ever saw the film.
* The film adaptation of ''Literature/TheCircle2011'' has Benny Andersson of ABBA. He also produced the film and was the driving force behind getting the film made.
* Music/{{DEVO}}'s Creator/MarkMothersbaugh has been scoring films since 1987 with credits ranging from Creator/WesAnderson flicks to ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''.
* [[Music/{{Thenewno2}} thenewno2]], Dhanni Harrison's (son of Music/GeorgeHarrison) band composed the score to ''Film/BeautifulCreatures'', which [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome got acclaim]] even from people who didn't like the movie.
* ''Murphy's Romance'' (1985) got Music/CaroleKing as its composer -- and then the studio failed to even release an official soundtrack, despite it containing some of King's best work in "Running Lonely" and "Love For the Last Time". To say that fans are still displeased about this would be an understatement.
* ''Film/KungFury'' was scored by synthwave master Mitch Murder, with additional contributions from Lost Years, Betamaxx, and Highway Superstar, and the main theme, "True Survivor", is sung by the one and only Creator/DavidHasselhoff!
* The score for Film/{{Kiler}} is by Music/KubaSienkiewicz and his band Elektryczne Gitary.
* The score of ''Film/LostInTranslation'' contains several songs composed by Kevin Shields of Music/MyBloodyValentine fame, including one actual My Bloody Valentine song and four songs released under his own name that are unique to the film soundtrack. The four new songs he contributed were amongst only a handful of recordings he released (either as a solo artist or with MBV) between 1991's ''Music/{{Loveless}}'' and 2013's ''m b v''.
* Miles Davis put together a band to record the soundtrack for the 1958 Louis Malle film ''Film/AscenseurPourLEchafaud'' (''Elevator To The Gallows'').

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/RainerWernerFassbinder's adaptation of ''Literature/BerlinAlexanderplatz'' used this for dramatic effect to emphasize the WhamEpisode nature of the Epilogue. Until then the show had been a naturalistic HistoricalFiction set in the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic. The epilogue however undergoes TrippyFinaleSyndrome filled with AnachronismStew and features [[spoiler: features a lot of anachronistic songs, including "Candy Says" by Music/TheVelvetUnderground, "Me and Bobby [=McGee=]" by Music/JanisJoplin, tracks by Music/{{Kraftwerk}} and "Chelsea Hotel" by Music/LeonardCohen]].
* The scores for ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' were written by [[Music/PrincesAssociates Wendy and Lisa]], who scored Tim Kring's previous show, ''Series/CrossingJordan'' (and later ''Series/{{Touch}}''). They also did ''Series/NurseJackie'' (winning an Emmy for the series theme).
* Nelson Riddle, responsible for the jazzy ''Music/{{Route 66}}'' theme, moved into television and film scores but rose to fame as a popular band leader and arrangement artist for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Creator/JudyGarland, and Nat King Cole.
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants scored the pilot and some early episodes of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', as well as the ThemeSong.
* Music/ToddRundgren did the music for the show, ''Series/CrimeStory''.
* Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice was the composer for the pilot of ''Series/BabylonFive''; however, his techno score was not carried over to the series itself, where most of the music was done by Christopher Franke, formerly of Music/TangerineDream.
** Speaking of Stewart, he also did most of ''Series/TheEqualizer''.
** And most of the original music for ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.
* Music/DavidBowie (again) wrote the score for the [=BBC=] miniseries ''The Buddha of Suburbia''. The pieces he composed were reworked into a separate album, also called ''The Buddha of Suburbia'' - only the title track from the album is used completely unaltered in the series. From there, he re-recorded one of the other songs, "Strangers When We Meet", for his solo album ''1. Outside''.
* The short-lived ''Series/CopRock'' had its music composed by Music/RandyNewman.
* Series/LesRevenants music was scored by Mogwai.
* Mark Mothersbaugh (again) did the first theme for ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' and work on other TV shows, most recently ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth''.

* Music/EltonJohn wrote two extra songs for the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and went on from there to write songs for Disney's ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'' and the ScreenToStageAdaptation of ''Theatre/BillyElliot''. Less successful was ''Lestat'', a musical adaptation of ''The Vampire Chronicles''.
* Rupert Holmes, best known for "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)", wrote the songs for ''Theatre/{{Drood}}'', and later helped finish ''Theatre/{{Curtains}}''.
* ''Big River'' had songs by country singer Roger Miller.
* Jim Steinman composed the score for the musical adaptation of ''Theatre/TanzDerVampire''.
* The French-language opera ''Prima Donna'', composed by Music/RufusWainwright.
* Duncan Sheik, a pop star in TheNineties, is probably better known as a Broadway composer nowadays, having won Tony Awards for ''Theatre/SpringAwakening''.
* [[Music/{{U2}} Bono & The Edge]] composed the songs for ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark''.
* ''The Capeman'' by Music/PaulSimon.
* ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'', by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Music/{{ABBA}}.
* ''CaIra'', by Roger Waters. Yes, really.
* David Eugene Edwards of Music/WovenHand was commissioned by the Ultima Vez Dance Company to create soundtracks for their ''Blush'' and ''Puur'' shows. The soundtracks were partly original songs, and partly rearranged versions of prior Woven Hand songs.
* ''Theatre/{{Amaluna}}'', in addition to being scored by the famed duo Bob & Bill (also contributing to ''VideoGame/SplinterCellPandoraTomorrow'', ''Theatre/{{KOOZA}}'', and ''Totem''), featured Montreal singer-songwriter Jenifer Aubry as lead vocalist.
* Musician Music/SaraBareilles wrote the songs for the musical version of ''Film/{{Waitress}}'', even starred in the show for six weeks.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* The music for the current version of ''Ride/TheIncredibleHulkCoaster'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]] was composed by Patrick Stump, the lead singer of Music/FallOutBoy.
* From 1996-2003, [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s ''Ride/SpaceMountain'' featured music that was composed by surf rock guitarist Music/DickDale.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The score for ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'' was composed by noise/noise-rock band Music/{{HEALTH}}. The techno soundtrack in Club Moderno consists of various artists from the Trouble and Bass record label.
* Masato Nakamura from the J-pop band Dreams Come True wrote the soundtracks for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2''. Unfortunately, he held the rights to his music for the games, which left with him. The only music he didn't write was the drowning music and the chaos emerald jingle, which could and would be used for later titles.
** Music/MichaelJackson was reportedly hired to compose for ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]].'' Some members of Sonic Team claim Jackson's involvement was unofficial and happened without Sega's knowledge, if it happened at all; others claim to have possession of a complete soundtrack's worth of demos from Jackson. How much of his work actually made it into the finished game is unknown. (The fact that several of the credited musicians, like Brad Buxer, actually worked for Jackson makes it even harder to guess.) [[UrbanLegendOfZelda Rumors abound, though]], about [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar songs]], stolen beats, and whole ''messes'' of trouble relating to the situation.
** ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' had Alex Makhlouf of Cash Cash do the main theme. Later on, they and Circuit Freq did remixes for ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
** The final boss theme of Sonic and the Black Knight, "With Me", is performed by Emma Gelotte and Tinna Karlsdotter from All Ends, the lead guitar work is done by Marty Friedman from Megadeth.
* Trent Reznor (from Music/NineInchNails) composed the score for ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}.'' His contributes are noted by the "NIN" logos on the nail packs, which are used as ammo for the nail gun.
** Reznor's drummer buddy, Chris Vrenna also supplied the score for ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice''.
* The first three ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' games had their soundtrack composed by Stewart Copeland of the famous 80s band Music/ThePolice.
* Music/UtadaHikaru, a Japanese-American singer, writes the theme music for the ''KingdomHearts'' series.
* Legendary Thrash Metal band Music/{{Megadeth}} composed the soundtrack for the game ''VideoGame/NeverDead'', and judging from the comments on the Youtube pages [[JustHereForGodzilla the fans are just there for Megadeth]].
* The overarching {{Leitmotif}} in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is derived from the theme music, composed by BUMP OF CHICKEN, called "Karma".
* The VideoGame/GodOfWar ''Blood & Metal'' EP by ''Roadrunner Records'' was made with this in mind: Includes appearances by Music/{{Trivium}}, Music/KillswitchEngage, Music/{{Opeth}} and Music/DreamTheater, all writing original material.
* Music/DavidBowie co-wrote and performed the songs of ''VideoGame/OmikronTheNomadSoul'', and appears as two different characters in-game. Several of the songs made it onto his album ''hours...'' Because of this, the game was made free-to-play shortly after his death.
* Music/{{BT}} produced the soundtrack of ''[[Franchise/DieHard Die Hard Trilogy 2: Viva Las Vegas]]'' and ''TigerWoods PGA Tour 2005''. One of the songs in ''DHT 2''(the intro and the second Hoover Dam level) was a remix of his own "Mad Skillz (Mic Chekka)".
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} II'' had three of its songs produced by Ogre of Music/SkinnyPuppy, and an instrumental remix of "Haunted" by Music/TypeONegative.
* ''VideoGame/IronHelix'''s soundtrack was produced by Peter Stone of Xorcist.
* IDM / trip-hop artist Amon Tobin composed/produced the soundtrack for ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Chaos Theory''.
* Techno DJ Sasha produced several exclusive songs for ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}} 3'', as well as including his single "Xpander".
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' has "Blow Me Away" by Breaking Benjamin, "The Odyssey" by Incubus, and "Connected" by Hoobastank, although the last isn't used in the game.
** Music/MassiveAttack producer Neil Davidge co-soundtracked ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' alongside Kazuma Jinnouchi of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' fame.
* The title theme to ''WRC'', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQYwUm-P2MM Speed]]", was produced by Rollo & Sister Bliss, the producers of Faithless.
* Sonic Mayhem (aka Sascha Dikiciyan aka Toksin) produced the music to ''VideoGame/QuakeII'', ''VideoGame/TomorrowNeverDies'', and ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', as well as half the music to ''Quake III Arena'', the rest of which was done by Music/FrontLineAssembly.
** Speaking of Front Line Assembly, they soundtracked the freeware RTS game ''VideoGame/AirMech''.
* Indie pop musician Music/OwenPallett (session violinist / string arranger on albums by Music/ArcadeFire and others, and has some solo albums) composed part of the music to ''VideoGame/TrafficDepartment2192'' (specifically, the songs "Menu", "Vulture", "Intro 2", and "Death"), [[http://www.zoilus.com/documents/2005/000631.php about 8 years before]] his earliest recorded music.
* Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, from the bands System 7 and Music/{{Gong}}, composed the music for a few games: the Xbox 360 port of ''VideoGame/{{Centipede}} & VideoGame/{{Millipede}}'' (2007), and the FullMotionVideo game based on ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan'' (1993)[[note]]this one is only by Hillage, according to the credits[[/note]] and its sequel ''Cyberwar'' (1994).
* ''VideoGame/UruAgesBeyondMyst'' and ''VideoGame/MystIVRevelation'' both featured songs by Music/PeterGabriel.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rez}}'' includes original and pre-existing songs by musicians such as Ken Ishii, Jojouka, Adam Freeland, Coldcut, and Oval.
* The soundtracks to ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' and ''Capsized'' were produced by Solar Fields, [[IAmTheBand aka Magnus Birgersson]].
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'' has a soundtrack largely made by various J-rock bands such as Neutrino, Missile Chewbacca and HONDALADY.
* ''VideoGame/TestDrive 4'' featured the Younger Younger 28's and Music/{{Orbital}}. The track "Runnin' Out of Time" is actually the same as "Out There Somewhere Part 2" from Orbital's ''In Sides'' album. ''TD 6'' had three exclusive songs by Empirion.
* ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'' had boss music composed by Jimmy Urine of Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence.
* Scivelation, a sci-fi shooter has four songs written by John Moyer from Music/{{Disturbed}}
* The title theme for ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheRobots'' was done by Music/{{Queen}}'s Brian May. He had composed a full soundtrack to the game, but his label asked for delays, which prompted the developers to make their own soundtrack to get the game out on time. May also did the theme for its sequel.
* The highly offbeat UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast game ''L.O.L.: Lack of Love'' was the product of an unusual collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and obscure developer Love-de-Lic.
** Sakamoto also composed the soundtrack of ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou: Ziria'' for [[UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 PC Engine CD]] who was the very first multimedia EasternRPG.
* Azam Ali of VAS and Niyaz performed vocals on and composed the soundtrack to ''VideoGame/SyphonFilterLogansShadow'', as well as contributing to ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' and the track "Pakistan Run" from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''.
* The Australian electronica duo Music/PowerGlove soundtracked ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon''.
* Music/PoetsOfTheFall, a Finnish AlternativeRock band, has a nice sideline composing videogame soundtracks.
** ''Videogame/MaxPayne2'''s ending theme, "[[https://youtu.be/AzsiE44Lz_w?list=PLjACqN5i5sDVBPJGHevomO4YZd9wwVLkS Late Goodbye]]" was their first release, which suddenly became the BreakawayPopHit that properly launched their careers as perennial chart-toppers, and eclipsed the game itself.
** In the ''VideoGame/AlanWake'' games, they're the real talent behind the HeavyMithril FakeBand known as Old Gods of Asgard, and play all of the original [[https://youtu.be/8-l_kbZbXRQ?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- songs]] that the band play in-game.
** Poets' Markus "Captain" Kaarlonen did the soundtrack to indie FPS ''VideoGame/ShatteredHorizon.''
** Likewise, Kaarlonen soundtracked ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}},'' while the whole band performed its ThemeSong, "[[https://youtu.be/Ocqtd4SYo7M?list=PLIXpL9mz02mJS0ox-8Ll9lxlOzM8D6I7- Grinder's Blues]]."
* ''VideoGame/GhostRecon: Future Soldier'''s soundtrack was co-produced by the symphonic electronica group Hybrid, alongside franchise regular Tom Salta.
* The ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' reboot, ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry'' had a soundtrack by Combichrist and an original score by Music/{{Noisia}}.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}}'''s soundtrack is partially instrumental versions of 3 tracks from Music/FearFactory's album, Demanufacture. The included songs are Demanufacture, Zero Signal (Also used for the game's intro sequence), and Body Hammer.
* The title theme to ''VideoGame/JohnnyBazookatone'' was written by Richie Sambora and Tico Torres, both of Music/BonJovi.
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst'''s theme song, "Warning Call", is by Music/{{CHVRCHES}}, while Solar Fields once again produced the game's underscore.
* ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'': [[Music/ThePolice Stewart Copeland]] wrote the credits song for The New Nightmare.
* French-Canadian artist Coeur de pirate (Beatrice Martin) composed the soundtrack for ''VideoGame/ChildOfLight''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants have a history of back-and-forth collaboration with WebAnimation/HomestarRunner and the Brothers Chaps. While the Brothers generally do their own music (usually toy keyboard ditties or [[FakeBand hair metal]]), TMBG have provided several songs for Homestar cartoons. Notably, their tribute to Strong Bad's 200th email had John Linnell voicing the first violation of The Poopsmith's [[TheVoiceless vow of silence]]. In turn, the Brothers have animated two music videos for TMBG ("Experimental Film" and "Figure Eight") and performed with them as puppet versions of Homestar characters.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'' features music by singer-songwriter Tommy Walter, performed by his alternative rock band Abandoned Pools, including several songs that would later appear on the band's first album.
* Several Creator/CartoonNetwork series, including ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'', ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', and ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' featured music by Andy Sturmer, former frontman of early-90s power-pop band Jellyfish. Notably, the latter featured an actual cover of Jellyfish's "Joining A Fan Club". Sturmer's an unusual example though - nowadays he's almost as well known as one of Music/PuffyAmiYumi's songwriter/producers as he is for his former band.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' had several songs by Lisa Lougheed (the voice of the character Lisa), which also appeared on her ''Evergreen Nights'' album.
* The second season recording of the ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' theme was performed by Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider of The B-52s.
* The aforementioned Stewart Copeland of Music/ThePolice also wrote the theme to ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''.
* The instrumental theme of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' was written and performed by Music/{{U2}} guitarist The Edge.
* CountryMusic singer Billy Dean wrote (along with Verlon Thompson) and sang the theme to ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa''.
* Mark Mothersbaugh (yes, ''again'') has a fair bit of animation on his resume, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' to ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
* Besides the theme song, the TV special ''WesternAnimation/ReallyRosie'' features segments based on Creator/MauriceSendak's "Nutshell Library" books set to music by Music/CaroleKing.
** She also did the main theme song of the first [[WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie Care Bears Movie]].
* Music/JGThirlwell of Foetus fame has provided scores for ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', amongst others.