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10 Most Overused Songs in Trailers

Ten Songs that really need to be retired immediately.

10 Most Overused Songs in Trailers


By Jeremy Azevedo
Have you ever heard a song on the radio or whatever and thought to yourself, “Wow this song would be great in like a movie trailer or something”? For some people, this is a career. One that pays pretty well and has some significant perks that go along with it, in fact.

So one has to wonder how it is possible that after thousands of man hours and millions of dollars have been spent producing a film, these professional “music experts” somehow manage to use the same ten songs for nearly every movie trailer ever made? We here at CraveOnline are calling bullshit on these slackers and have outlined a list of the ten worst offenders in recent history:

Here it Goes Again – OK GO

So the video for this song was kinda clever, we get it. But the song has subsequently been in so goddamn many commercials, TV shows, video games and movie trailers that I wouldn’t be too upset if I never hear from these guys again.

Heard in: Shrek the Third, Mr. Woodcock, The Heartbreak Kid.


Annoying preview for the latest Ben Stiller waste of time to use "Here it Goes Again".

All The Small Things – Blink 182

You can’t fault Blink 182 for making millions of dollars off of 12-year old girls, which has sort of been the business model for “punk rock” since the early 90’s. But of all the unbearable songs they’ve inflicted upon us over the years, this one is by far the worst. Every time some lazy idiot wants to convey in a film trailer that some “thing” is “small”, this is the go-to song.

Heard in: Clockstoppers, Charlie’s Angels, Alvin and the Chipmunks


Proof that there isn’t anything Jason Lee won’t do.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Apparently, the best way to find out if someone wants to be your girl is to scream “DO YOU WANNA BE MY GIRL?! AAAUUUGGGHHH-YAAAY-YUUUUUHHH!!” as loud as humanly possible.

Heard in: Euro Trip, The Longest Yard, Flushed Away.


Some kind of claymation rat love story of some sort.

Click Click Boom – Saliva

This song couldn’t be more intense if it was skydiving out of a flying can of Mountain Dew naked, shredding a guitar made out of poisonous snakes. That’s why it’s the perfect companion to any stupid action movie preview or any scene in a movie that requires “pump-up” music to make it appear as if something “badass” is happening.

Heard in: The Fast and the Furious, How High, Talladega Nights: The ballad of Ricky Bobby, The New Guy.


A music video for the dumbest movie ever set to the dumbest song ever.

Do You Want To – Franz Ferdinand

Essentially a song poking fun at liquored up bourgeoise guests at an art gallery, “Do You Want To” has inexplicably been commandeered for every shitty movie about people falling down and getting hit in the nuts to come out in the last year. Future printings of the album upon which this song appears will have the it listed as “Do You Want To (Watch Another Movie About Unfunny Comedians Doing Slapstick Bits Recycled From the 1940s?)”.

Heard in: Fun With Dick and Jane, Daddy Day Camp, Good Luck Chuck.


Absolutely unbearable preview for  "Good Luck Chuck"./

All Star – Smashmouth

“All Star” is probably one of the top five most annoying songs ever recorded. It also happens to be very catchy, if you happen to be five years old, because five year olds are stupid and don’t know anything yet. So it’s a great song to include in every animated movie and TV show that ever comes out. Smashmouth is basically “The Wiggles” with tattoos.

Heard in: Every Shrek movie, Rat Race, Digimon: The Movie, Inspector Gadget.


Yet another embarrassing Shrek-Smashmouth collaboration.

Down With the Sickness – Disturbed

The song with the monkey scream at the beginning. You know which one I’m talking about. Nothing screams “intensity” like a grown man screeching “Ooh Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah!” like an angry chimpanzee with downs syndrome. I guess.

Heard in: Green Street, The One, Queen of the Damned, XXX, Dawn of the Dead (remake)


This fan made trailer is the perfect example of how bad this song is.

Dirty Little Secret – All American Rejects

If any character in your movie has a secret of some sort that they wish to keep for whatever reason, you are, like, contractually obligated to use this song in the preview or something.

Heard in: She’s the Man, John Tucker Must Die, Bring it on: All or nothing, Duece Bigalow: European Gigolo.


Couldn’t find an example, so here’s runner-up "Woo-Hoo (Song 2)" from Blur instead.

Bodies (Let the Bodies Hit the Floor) – Drowning Pool

Informal studies have shown that early hype over the excellently marketed and ultra-violent new Rambo movie took a sharp 30% downturn after previews started running with “Bodies” playing in the trailer. Even WWE fans have had it with that song, and they’re already like, eight years behind the curve. Why take an already twenty five-year old character and hobble him with a tired, played out action movie soundtrack song from 2001? Really? No one has written a loud song with a 15 second hook in all that time since?

Heard in: Jason X, The One, XXX, Rambo (2008), Stop-Loss.


The sound of Rambo’s stock falling.

Lux Aeterna (Requiem For a Dream) – composed by Clint Mansell and performed by the Kronos Quartet

This song has been in so many different movies, TV shows, documentaries and commercials that it must have made composer Clint Mansell (friend of “Requiem” director Darren Aronofsky and former singer/guitarist of the band “Pop Will Eat Itself”) more money than Oprah. Enough is enough! Will somebody please, for the love of god, put a rest to this goddamn song already? It’s a real toe-tapper and everything, but there has got to be something else that can convey the word “epic” equally as well in a sixty second movie preview, right?

Heard in: Requiem For a Dream (original), Hitman, 300, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Da Vinci Code, Sunshine, Zathura, F**king Everything Ever.


Even "The Da Vinci Code" (which couldn’t be farther in style and tone from "Requiem" as a film), used this song in it’s preview.