Bands are great. Movies are great. Bands doing songs for movies? Super great.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS - 'HEATHENS'
Featured on the soundtrack for DC's Suicide Squad film, we're starting strong. This stand-alone song never appeared on a Twenty One Pilots album, but still somewhat plays into the 'Trench' narrative (cop Tyler's yellow suit...).
PANIC! AT THE DISCO - 'NEW PERSPECTIVE'
Panic! recorded this for the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack back in 2009. It’s a great song, and leaves very little to the imagination with classic lyrics LIKE “I feel the salty waves come in, I feel them crash against my skin”, and the more on the nose “can we fast-forward ’til you go down on me”. Oh, Brendon. If you can put aside the sexual connotations (or even if you can’t) this song is brilliant.
LINKIN PARK - 'NEW DIVIDE'
Let's start this off by mentioning that this song turns 10 years old this year. 'New Divide' was so central to Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen that they even filmed their music video on the set of the film.
Linkin Park actually had three songs feature in the Transformers franchise over the years, but this one was custom built for the purpose.
TONIGHT ALIVE - 'THE EDGE'
Cast your mind back to 2014- Obama was the president of the United States, we were one year into having Fall Out Boy back from hiatus, and Tonight Alive wrote 'The Edge' for The Amazing Spider-Man film. What a year. What a time to be alive.
FALL OUT BOY - 'IMMORTALS'
Before 'American Beauty // American Psycho' was even mentioned, Fall Out Boy went and released 'Immortals', which appeared on the Disney Pixar film Big Hero 6. Of course it did later appear on 'American Beauty // American Psycho'.
On a vaguely related side-note, Big Hero 6 is a masterpiece and was absolutely paid dust because Frozen was released a few months later.
NICKELBACK - 'HERO'
Remember the time that Nickelback wrote a song for the Spider-Man soundtrack? Rock Sound remembers. It was such a banger that it was nominated for three (!!!!) GRAMMY Awards in 2003. Truth.
GREEN DAY - 'ORDINARY WORLD'
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong made his acting debut in the film Ordinary World. Now, bare in mind that the film was initially called 'Geezer', but was renamed after the Green Day title track. 'Ordinary World' also appeared on their album 'Revolution Radio' the year after it was originally released on the film soundtrack.
PANIC! AT THE DISCO - 'BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY'
Yes, Panic! were playing 'Bo Rhap' live far before the movie came out, but it's all thanks to Suicide Squad that we have a studio version of this. Thank you, Suicide Squad.
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL - 'VINDICATED'
Two whole years before it was released on their 2006 album 'Dusk And Summer' Dashboard Confessional released 'Vindicated' as part of the soundtrack on the Spider-Man 2 film. And 15 years later, it's still one of the best movie moments. Quote us.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - 'DESOLATION ROW'
Another extreme crossover of Gerard Way's two worlds of comic books and music. My Chem covered this Bob Dylan classic for the 2009 film Watchmen, and this was peak My Chem. It just was.
ALL TIME LOW - 'PAINTING FLOWERS'
Cast your mind back to 2010. Disney put out a live-action remake of Alice In Wonderland, and All Time Low wrote 'Painting Flowers' for the soundtrack. It never appeared on any All Time Low album, and it's never been performed live which is a TRAVESTY.
FALL OUT BOY - 'GHOSTBUSTERS (I'M NOT AFRAID)'
What could possibly improve an all-female remake of Ghostbusters? Fall Out Boy recording the theme song. That's what.