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Old 02-13-03, 12:12 AM
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Trailer music - what are the most played tunes?

Saw the recent trailer for the upcoming Colin Firth film "What A Girl Wants" and I swear The La's - There She Goes seems to be a popular song for trailers.

Music wise: the theme from Rudy is used alot in trailers.

What other music/songs seem to be a staple for trailers?
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The Crimson Tide theme I've heard a few times.
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Dude - the Conan theme gets dragged out every time even something remotly involving swords is shown. And with good reason - that theme ROCKS!
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Originally posted by El-Kabong
Dude - the Conan theme gets dragged out every time even something remotly involving swords is shown. And with good reason - that theme ROCKS!
that, or "Carmina Burona" (sic)
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I'm thinking O Fortuna.
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The music from Stargate turns up in a lot of trailers.
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The Commitments, "Treat her right" and Booker T & The MG's "Green Onions" seemed to be perfect trailer music for every romantic/comedy/drama that came out during the past 8 years.
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whatever's trendy and "in" at the moment.
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Old 02-13-03, 07:25 AM
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Last of the Mohicans is used often, but I think the winner would be James Horner's Aliens theme from the end of the movie.

For reference, check out www.soundtrack.net/trailers

Also, a question, can anyone tell me what music was used in the trailer for The Rocketeer?

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Old 02-13-03, 08:29 AM
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One that is used all of the time is what I believe is called "The Other Side of Paradise"

It was used in the trailers for A Few Good Men, Roby Roy, and Rising Sun. Typically used for suspense/thrillers and always picks up when the good guy discovers what the bad guy is up to and ends with the line: " I'm going to stop you!" or "Not this time!" type dialogue.
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Originally posted by Kal Jedi
I'm thinking O Fortuna.
(rushes out to find 12' vinyl in personal record collection)
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Originally posted by Stoolie
Last of the Mohicans is used often, but I think the winner would be James Horner's Aliens theme from the end of the movie.

For reference, check out www.soundtrack.net/trailers

Also, a question, can anyone tell me what music was used in the trailer for The Rocketeer?

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Great link, found lots that I was looking for.

Also I've heard the Bruce Lee Dragon soundtrack played on a few trailers, ie Forest Gump, The Truman Show.
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Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves. You'd think it was the only song that's ever been written judging by the way they use in every comedy/chick romance film trailer.
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I think that the trifecta of "Bad to the Bone," "I Feel Good," and "Born to Be Wild" should never be allowed in a movie or trailer again.
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Music from the Rock
Any currently trendy techno song (I love techno, just not the blatant bastardisation of it used to pimp off a movie where the target audience probably has never heard of the song and/or artist and just thinks it has a cool beat and goes well with explosions/slapstick/dancing/kissing/wedding planning/driving)

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I think the end of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" has been used several times.
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Old 02-13-03, 03:28 PM
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I think this song was first played for Unbreakable but now I hear it everywhere such as in K-19 Widowmaker and/or Blood Work. It made me mad the first time I heard it because at first I thought it was a trailer for Unbreakable 2 and I got excited for nothing, I didn't wanna see that trailer afterwards.
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Originally posted by Dr. DVD
One that is used all of the time is what I believe is called "The Other Side of Paradise"
I may be wrong, but I think you might be thinking on "Come See the Paradise", music by Randy Edelman (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Dragonheart, both of which are used often as well).

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Old 02-13-03, 06:38 PM
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Several Who songs seem to turn up time and again ("Who Are You?", "Baba O'Riley", and the afore-mentioned "Won't Get Fooled Again").

I've noticed the score to A Few Good Men has been used in several trailers, and of course the ubiquitious Rudy music. And the "Waterworld" score. And Danny Elfman's awesome "Midnight Run" score has been used a lot, most recently in all the Monsters, Inc. trailers.
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Charging Fort Wagner by James Horner.
First in Glory
Then in Leon
Then in some other trailer I cant remember now
Then in the Medal of Honor: Spearhead commercial
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O Fortuna is definitely near the top.

Also, music from The Natural and Bram Stoker's Dracula are quite common.
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Old 02-13-03, 07:14 PM
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I've heard the main theme from Miller's Crossing used at least a few times, including in the trailers for Shining Through and for The Shawshank Redemption but I can't remember the others.

I've since learned that the theme is based on a very old Irish folk song, writer unknown, that is sometimes called Lament for Limerick.

Absolutely beautiful.

There's a very nice rendition on:

The Celtic Harp by The Chieftains
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Aliens...

Matrix...
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Old 02-13-03, 07:36 PM
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Nara from ES Posthumus is used on many trailers, most recently Unfaithful and Antwon Fisher. There are also 2 other ES Posthumus songs used on the trailers for Planet of the Apes (Tim Burton) and Spider-Man.

The original teaser trailer from Pearl Harbor uses a song from The Thin Red Line soundtrack--I've heard it in other places as well.

One of the songs from Plunkett and MacLane is used in several trailers as well, sometimes with a faint drumbeat, sometimes without (which is the original). The latest one that I can recall off the top of my head is from The Musketeer.

Speaking of Shawshank, the theme from that movie is used a lot as well.
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That theme used for "Romeo Must Die" and "The Patriot" are heard quite often.
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