8 Amazing Songs from Blockbuster Films

It’s always been so fascinating to me when a song written solely for a movie ends up hitting mainstream popularity outside of the production it’s a part of. That’s when you see the impact music holds. Music can transcend its original place and flow in all aspects of entertainment. Appearing or being written for a movie may be the catalyst but it’s the song’s quality that elevates it beyond the film. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite songs that came from Blockbuster Films, becoming hits beyond the screen.

For this list, I decided not to include songs written for musicals or animated films where singing is a major aspect of the plot. While songs from those productions are often beautiful and catchy, that’s kind of the point of the movie. Music is a major aspect of those stories. So “Let It Go” and “Fame” may not be on this list, but it does not mean that those songs aren’t worthy of another list sometime. 😊 I did make one exception on this list which you’ll see, but I’ll explain why when we reach it. Without further preamble, let’s dive in!

1. Batman (1989) – “Batdance”

Source: IMBD

First up on this list is more specifically not just a song, but an entire album. An artist already signed to Warner Bros. Records, the beloved music icon, Prince was approached to create not just a song for the 1989 Batman soundtrack, but the entire soundtrack. Prince's involvement in the soundtrack stemmed partly from the label’s desire to make use of one of their biggest signed talents and Prince’s need for a commercial revival. Prince was thrilled to get involved with creating the music for Batman. The singer/songwriter had even told interviewers that “Batman’s Theme” was the melody he used to teach himself how to play the piano.

What’s interesting is that the movie’s director Tim Burton actually didn’t want Prince involved in the soundtrack, not because he wasn’t a fan but because he was a fan and didn’t want his involvement tainting his view of the artists. The producers insisted on it, however, and so naturally Burton’s view of Prince was “tainted” according to him. Honestly, he didn’t want any of Prince’s songs in the film, but he was overruled.

The Batman soundtrack also served as Prince’s 11th studio album, and much like Purple Rain, it was a multi-platinum successful cross-media enterprise, sitting at number one on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks. "Batdance", became his first number one song since “Kiss” and went double platinum. Honestly, listening to it in 2022, it was a song really ahead of its time, incorporating all kinds of genres and samplings that you’d find in modern music.

There are few artists out there who have been approached to craft an entire soundtrack, and this is one of those great ones that is worthy of this list.

Watch the music video featuring Prince made up as half-Joker and half-Batman.

2. Spiderman (2002) - “Hero”

Source: IMDB

This song is incredibly nostalgic for me and will be forever associated with Spiderman (which means they did their job right). “Hero” was sung by Chad Kroeger, singer of Nickelback, and Josey Scott, the then singer for Saliva. That sentence itself is so weird to type. The 2000s were such a wild time. It was written by Kroeger and recorded specifically for the 2002 Spiderman movie. “Hero" was released through Roadrunner Records as the soundtrack's lead single, and it was also Kroeger's debut solo release. worldwide commercial success, peaking in the top 10 of record charts in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The song also topped the US Billboard Rock charts. It was also nominated for a Grammy in the categories Best Rock Song and Best Song Written for a Movie. So, it’s safe to say that this song blew up beyond the movie. And many Spiderman 90s kids love this song, solely because it was in the credits for Spiderman.

Check out the music video featuring footage from the movie.

3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) - “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”