What Are Some Songs Commonly Used in Films?


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Some songs that are commonly used in films are "Bad to the Bone," "Walkin' on Sunshine," "What a Wonderful World" and "Carmina Burana." Some others are "Gimme Shelter," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Born to Be Wild" and "Stayin' Alive."

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"Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers has been featured in such films as "Joe Dirt," "3000 Miles to Graceland" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day." "Walkin' on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves is often used in movies set in the 1980s, such as "High Fidelity" and "American Psycho." "What a Wonderful World," first performed by Louis Armstrong and later by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, appears in "Meet Joe Black," "12 Monkeys" and "Good Morning Vietnam," among others. Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" appears in "Detroit Rock City," "The Doors" and "The General's Daughter."

Movies such as "Goodfellas," "Air America" and "Casino" feature the Rolling Stones hit "Gimme Shelter." Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" appears on the soundtrack for films such as "Despicable Me," "Con Air" and "Forrest Gump." Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" appears in many films, including "Coming Home" and "Easy Rider." The Bee Gees' disco-era hit "Stayin' Alive" has been featured in films such as "Saturday Night Fever," "Airplane" and "Madagascar."

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