16 songs repopularized by movies and TV shows


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Last month, Netflix gave us Season 4: Volume 1 of stranger things. He introduced us to Vecna, Steve’s Chest Hair, The Hellfire Club and, of course, Eddie.

Most importantly, he introduced Kate Bush to a whole new generation. In the fourth episode, “Dear Billy,” Bush’s 1985 song “Running Up That Hill” played a crucial role in rescuing Max from Vecna, and it was… moving, to say the least. we can say.

The show’s use of “Running Up That Hill” resonated with audiences. And after peaking at No. 30 in the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1985, this year the song peaked at No. 4.

This isn’t the first time a movie or TV show has given an older song a second life. So let’s take a look back at these 16 songs that have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to their appearance in a popular movie or TV show:


In February 2019, Netflix released the first season of The Umbrella Academy. In the very first episode, the Hargreeves children dance, albeit in separate rooms, to Tiffany’s 1987 cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now”. The song made a big comeback and even made the rounds on TikTok.


Quentin Tarantino has reintroduced many songs to audiences over the years: Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” in Kill Bill“Misirlou” by Dick Dale in pulp Fictionand “Hold Tight” by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich in Proof of death. But in 1992, he performed Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” on a torture scene at reservoir dogs. Because of this, the song, originally released in 1972, enjoyed a big resurgence in the 90s.


by James Gunn guardians of the galaxy (2014) opens with Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill dancing to Redbone’s 1974 hit “Come and Get Your Love”. The film, known for its ’70s soundtrack, introduced this song, along with other classic ’70s hits, to a new generation. The 2017 sequel did not disappoint and rediscovered Looking Glass’ “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)”. I’m sure the third installment, which will be released next year, will give us even more iconic songs to add to our playlists.

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The group Pixies released “Where Is My Mind?” in 1988. The song was featured on their debut studio album, Surfer Rosa. More than ten years later, in 1999, the song was featured on the end of David Fincher’s fight club. The film introduced the song and the band not just to a new generation of people, but to a wider audience in general. Since, “Where Is My Mind?” has appeared in countless other movies and TV shows, and is essentially a sign that the on-screen character is struggling with mental illness.

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A year after its 1975 release, Queen’s beloved classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” peaked at No. 9 in the US. Billboard Hot 100. In 1992, Mike Myers chose to use the song for a scene in Wayne’s World. The scene, in which Myers and his co-stars headbang the song in a car, quickly became an iconic moment in movie history. The same year Wayne’s World was released, “Bohemian Rhapsody” charted again, this time at No. 2.


“Head like a hole” (black mirror“Rachel, Jack and Ashley too”)


In a 2019 episode of black mirror, Miley Cyrus played fictional popstar Ashley O. Her hit song, “On a Roll” was a pop version of Nine Inch Nails’ 1989 hit “Head Like a Hole.” After the episode began, “On a Roll” was released as a single, and Billboard ranked it #28 on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2019. At the end of the episode, Miley’s character Cyrus performs the real version of “Head Like a Hole”, opening her eyes to a whole new audience on the song (and NIN).

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The Proclaimers released “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” in 1988. In 1993, the film Benny & Joon, which features the song in its opening credits, enlightened American audiences on the song. It peaked at No. 3 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the same year.

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Ben E. King released his song “Stand by Me” in 1961, where it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After the release of the 1986 film of the same name, which featured King’s version and an instrumental score based on the song, it charted again, this time peaking at No. 9. They even made a new music video for the song, which features River Phoenix and Wil Wheaton, the film’s young stars, joining King on stage, and it’s literally the cutest thing ever.

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Supernatural began in 2005 and ended just two years ago in 2020. Over its 15 years, it has introduced its millennial audience to countless classic rock songs from the 70s and 80s. 1976’s “Carry on My Wayward Son” plays at the start of each final episode on a montage that recaps the season. Fans quickly latched onto the song, and it sort of became the show’s unofficial theme song.

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The Righteous Brothers’ 1965 cover of “Unchained Melody” peaked the same year at No. 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. After its use in the 1990 film Phantomit again gained popularity and peaked at No. 13. Its further success was quite substantial, and in 1992 the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced it as the most performed song this year.


Enya released “Orinoco Flow” in 1988, then in 2018 Bo Burnham featured the song in his movie Eigth year. Although the song did not reappear on the charts, it definitely enjoyed a second round of popularity. After the film’s release, the song was embraced by millennials and Gen Z, and was quite popular on TikTok.

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Yes, Journey’s 1981 mega hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” was recorded in 2007 and 2009 thanks to The Sopranos and Joy respectively, but years before the song had actually gained popularity thanks to the MTV reality show, Laguna Beach. In its Season 2 opener, Lauren Conrad and Stephen Colletti barely lip-synch in a car on their way to a date. The scene doesn’t even last a minute, yet the song entered the iTunes Top 10 right after it aired.

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After hitting the top spot just a month after its 1964 release, The Temptations’ “My Girl” has enjoyed renewed success nearly thirty years later. The 1991 coming of age movie My daughter, set in 1972, featured the song introducing it to its very young audience. In the weeks following the film’s success, the song returned to the charts.


For years after its 1996 release, Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash into Me” was considered a joke; it’s too sappy, a little trashy, and definitely a little creepy and perverted. But when he appeared in 2017 lady bird, the meaning had completely changed. The way director Greta Gerwig used it in the film as a turning point for the title character, Lady Bird – her moment of realizing who she is as a person – resonated with audiences.

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In 1977 Iggy Pop released his song “Lust for Life” which was co-written by David Bowie. Almost twenty years later, in 1996, the British film directed by Ewan McGregor Trainspotting used the song and featured it in the trailer as well. The song regained popularity and even peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart the same year.


“Pink Moon” (Volkswagen “Milky Way” commercial)


And finally, in 1972, two years before his death, the English musician Nick Drake released his last album pink moon. In 1999, Volkswagen launched an advertisement for their Volkswagen Cabriolet with a song from the album, also titled “Pink Moon”. In the weeks following the announcement, pink moon album sales were up five hundred percent.

What song or artist did you discover in a movie or TV show? Let us know in the comments.


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