According to Reddit, 10 movie themes are more popular than the actual movie
When Rihanna introduced “Life Me Up” to the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, the song got as much attention as the film itself. Indeed, there have been times when a film’s theme song takes on a life of its own and surpasses the film in popularity.
In some of these cases, the song belongs to a movie that didn’t find as many audiences as Once, but the song managed to emerge from obscurity. Other songs belonged to blockbuster movies like Rocky III, but became more popular over time. Although rare, it is interesting to hear these themes of past films.
Falling Slowly – Once (2006)
It’s a charming indie film that follows two aspiring musicians who once connect and start making music together. For such a small film, it managed to find a decent audience for once, but it was helped a lot by the song “Falling Slowly”.
While the film remains a minor favorite among fans, Redditor Sane333 considers the song to have “taken on a life of its own”. In fact, since the song won an Oscar, it probably caused people to learn about the movie rather than the other way around.
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Blue Hawaii (1961)
With the recent success of the biopic, fans can re-watch some of Elvis Presley’s best movies. But while he was a superstar musician, Presley’s acting career had never been more acclaimed. This includes the film Blue Hawaii, in which he played the role of a musical guide and led to him singing “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the first time.
The Redditor points out that few fans likely understand the popular song, which “started in Elvis’ Hawaiian movie.” This is a perfect example of the difference between his film career and his music career, as Blue Hawaii is largely forgotten, while “Can’t Help Falling In Love” is one of his most famous songs.
Unchained Melody – Unchained (1955)
Few people probably remember the movie Unchained, but it gave the world one of the most covered songs of all time. The sloppy crime film follows a convict who struggles between completing his sentence or trying to escape.
Although the story was given completely unexpectedly, the famous romantic song “Unchained Melody” was played in the film. Redditor great_auks admits that the song didn’t get much attention in a movie that “nobody’s ever seen.” It also shows how important the use of song is in a film. When a cover of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” was used on Ghost, the song found new life.
Susan – City of Angels (1998)
City of Angels is the story of an angel who descends to bring the recently deceased to heaven, but ends up falling in love with a human woman. Despite the high concept and stars such as Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, the film is best known for the song “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls.
The movie Redditor admits he’s “never heard of it and I think Iris is a classic.” Interestingly, the film failed to get people very involved with its love story, but the song managed to become a staple love song of the 1990s.
All the Time in the World – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
While some James Bond songs are more popular than others, there is one song on His Majesty’s Secret Service that is not the official theme song of the film, but is still the highlight of the film itself, “We Have All the World in the World” by Louis. Armstrong.
Redditor MrTidels claims that it wasn’t until “watching all the Bond movies two years ago” that they realized this was the origin of the song. Accordingly, after Tracy was used to mark Bond’s death. the song was changed to No Time to Die for another sad death in the James Bond franchise.
Lux Aeterna – Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream is a heart-wrenching look at the lives of many people who see their dreams and futures destroyed by drug addiction. All of this leads to the saddest movie endings that fans refuse to see again, accompanied by the music of Lux Aeterna.
Redditor FlerblesMerbles points out that people probably don’t know where “that epic trailer song” came from, since it’s been used in countless trailers since then. Even with the film’s definition, fans can relate it to other films given its frequent inclusion in trailers.
Theme from Love Story – Love Story (1970)
Love Story is a puzzling example of a film that was so successful at first that it faded away over time. It tells the story of a young couple from different backgrounds pursuing romance only for tragedy to strike.
Despite being a massive box office hit and nominated for Best Picture, Redditor faust06 insists that Love Story is “largely forgotten at this point.” However, his only Oscar win to this day was for his recognizable theme music. It’s hard to say why this is the only aspect of the film that manages to stay forgotten.
Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973)
Bob Dylan appeared in only a few films throughout his career and never made a splash as an actor. However, the fact that he sometimes brought his own musical talents to the film, such as Elvis Presley, helped him gain some recognition. Dylan performed “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” on Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid in the West.
Although Redditor EersteDivisie admits they’re “not sure how many people have heard this movie today,” the song remains one of Dylan’s most popular songs. Given that the film is a pulpy western while the song is a brooding, powerful tune, it’s no surprise which one gets more attention.
Eye of the Tiger – Rocky III (1982)
While the original Rocky’s performance lived up to the film’s iconic status, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” for the third film was perhaps too catchy. While the first film was an outlaw story, Rocky III finds the boxer defeated by fame and facing a hungry new challenger.
Redditor poptophazard insists that “most people can hum or sing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ more than they can describe the plot of ‘Rocky III.’ Admittedly, while Eye of the Tiger stuck in people’s minds almost immediately, this sequel isn’t as memorable as the other installments.
Main Theme – Chariots of Fire (1981)
As Redditor JohnTequilaWoo points out, “Even though it won Best Picture,” not many people can say they’ve seen Chiots of Fire. The film tells the story of two athletes from different backgrounds trying to win the 1924 Olympics.
There is probably a scene from the movie that fans will recognize with the characters on the beach in slow motion. But that’s likely due to the use of iconic music, which has been used endlessly to parody such moments and seeped into pop culture in a way the film never did.