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Bad to the Bone

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You're watching a movie and abruptly you hear a familiar song. From the cue you know that shit is going to go down and it is going to go down hard. This trope is humbly dedicated to any song that has been used in so many movies that playing it in a new movie tells the audience exactly what's going to happen in the scene (and often draws groans of "Not that one again!").

Similar in spirit to Ominous Latin Chanting, but using modern songs. Can overlap with Standard Snippet. Compare Suspiciously Apropos Music. May also sometimes involve Orchestral Bombing.

Not to be confused with Bad with the Bone.


Alternative Title(s): Standard Movie Song