Music Hits So Overused In Movies, Hollywood Needs to Let It Go

Music Hits So Overused In Movies, Hollywood Needs to Let It Go
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We will always love them, but it’s time to let them go…

In setting the tone and heightening the emotional impact of a movie, music has always played an important role. A well-chosen song can become synonymous with a movie, forever making us remember the two.

Sometimes, however, certain music hits can be used so much in a movie that they begin to lose their impact and become a cliché. Here are some of the music hits that Hollywood needs to let go of.

Hallelujah — Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen's haunting ballad has been a staple of countless films since its first release in 1984, often during poignant or emotional moments. The dark and introspective nature of the song makes it a popular choice for scenes of heartache, loss, or redemption.

However, its constant use as a soundtrack has led to it becoming predictable and diminishing the surprise when it starts to play. But we still hope to hear it in the new Shrek movie though.

What a Wonderful World— Louis Armstrong

Often used to elicit tears or convey moments of beauty, Louis Armstrong's masterpiece has unfortunately become an overused song in movies. Since the song has been used in so many films, including Meet Joe Black, 12 Monkeys, and Madagascar, its frequent inclusion has made it feel emotionally manipulative and unoriginal.

Sweet Home Alabama — Lynyrd Skynyrd

Hollywood's favorite Southern anthem, Sweet Home Alabama, has come to symbolize stereotypical depictions of the South and those who live there. The song is often used to establish the Southern background of a character or to reinforce the stereotype of the hillbilly. Despite Lynyrd Skynyrd's tragic past, the song remains a source of Southern pride that is carried through many movies to this day.

Stayin’ Alive — Bee Gees

The Bee Gees' disco hit has transcended its initial association with the dance drama Saturday Night Fever. It has become a go-to track for portraying cool and confident characters on screen, despite potential distractions from its catchy nature, cementing itself in cinematography for many years.

Kiss Me — Sixpence None The Richer

A popular 90's romantic comedy song, Kiss Me gained fame as the theme song for the film She's All That and the iconic staircase scene and has since become a popular choice for weddings and romantic films. While the sensual hit is a classic choice for romcoms, it would be great to get another song that evokes as much nostalgia as its predecessor.