These are the 20 most often-used songs in movies

When I saw the headline for this FarOutMagainze post, I held back for a second before clicking, trying to get what songs might be on this list. When I thought I had it together, I gave a click. Boy, did I get it wrong!

The list gives you an idea of revenue streams for artists that you may not have suspected.

The 20 most-frequently used songs in movies are:

  1. MC Hammer – ‘U Can’t Touch This’ (15 times)
  2. Queen and David Bowie – ‘Under Pressure’ (14)
  3. Salt-N-Pepa – ‘Push It’ (13)
  4. Norman Greenbaum – ‘Spirit in the Sky’ (13)
  5. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – ‘It Takes Two’ (13)
  6. Young MC – ‘Bust a Move’ (12)
  7. Earth, Wind & Fire – ‘September’ (12)
  8. The Turtles – ‘Happy Together’ (12)
  9. Spandau Ballet – ‘True’ (12)
  10. AC/DC – ‘Back In Black’ (11)
  11. Wang Chung – ‘Dance Hall Days’ (11)
  12. Tears for Fears – ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ (11)
  13. Survivor – ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (11)
  14. Booker T. & The M.G.’s – ‘Green Onions’ (11)
  15. House Of Pain – ‘Jump Around’ (11)
  16. Marvin Gaye – ‘Let’s Get It On’ (11)
  17. The Temptations – ‘My Girl’ (11)
  18. Billy Squier – ‘The Stroke’ (11)
  19. The Isley Brothers – ‘It’s Your Thing’ (11)
  20. C+C Music Factory – ‘Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)’ (11)

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One thought on “These are the 20 most often-used songs in movies

  • Im shocked that “Fortunate Son” by CCR is not on this list. It’s played every time a movie or TV show, shows someone going off to / fighting in war. I expected it to be #1 before I opened the link.


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