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2010 Iron Man 2 and Alice In Wonderland

The upcoming Iron Man 2 soundtrack releasing on April 19 will exclusively feature hit songs by classic hard rock band AC/DC. Check out the new AC/DC video for "Shoot to Thrill" from Iron Man 2 in theaters May 7 and take a look back at the best music videos for songs from movie soundtracks on this special edition of Then & Now. See the AC/DC-backed Iron Man 2 trailer at Yahoo! Movies

Avril Lavigne's "Alice" was released earlier this year for the new live-action Alice In Wonderland movie on the movie soundtrack titled Almost Alice. The song is currently climbing the Billboard Hot 100.

2009 Crazy Heart

"The Weary Kind" by Ryan Bingham was the theme for the 2009 film Crazy Heart and won the Oscar for Best Original Song that year. The soundtrack, produced by T. Bone Burnett, features songs by actors Jeff Bridges, Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall, as well as singers Buck Owens, The Louvin Brothers, Lightnin' Hopkins, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, and Sam Phillips.

2008 Slumdog Millionaire and Twilight

The A.R. Rahman song "Jai Ho" was written for the 2008 Best Picture award-winner Slumdog Millionaire. Rahman earned two Grammys and two Academy Awards for his work on the song and album even though it took less than three months to plan and execute the soundtrack.

The 2008 hit vampire flick Twilight also had a hit soundtrack. Alternative rockers Paramore lent their song "Decode" to its soundtrack as well as songs by Muse, Linkin Park, Collective Soul, Iron & Wine and an original song by the movie's lead, Robert Pattinson.

2007 Into the Wild and Once

The soundtrack for Sean Penn's 2007 film Into The Wild featured nine original songs and two covers by Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder.

Glen Hansard's song "Falling Slowly" appeared on both the album The Cost by his band The Frames and The Swell Season, a Czech movie soundtrack, before appearing on the Once soundtrack, yet still won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin'

The semi-autobiographical 2005 film by Curtis Jackson (a.k.a. 50 Cent) Get Rich or Die Tryin' naturally featured songs by 50 Cent and artists on his G-Unit record label. The single "Window Shopper" helped push the album to platinum status before the end of that year.

2003 Love Actually

The 2003 British romantic comedy Love Actually featured the song "The Trouble with Love Is" by the first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson. The soundtrack also features songs by Dido, Maroon 5, Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell, The Beach Boys and Otis Redding.


2002 8 Mile

The soundtrack for the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile by Eminem featured the Academy Award winning track "Lose Yourself" as well as other songs by the rapper and various artists. 

2001 Moulin Rouge and Shrek

Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya and Pink recorded a cover of Labelle's 1974 song "Lady Marmalade" for the Baz Luhrmann musical film Moulin Rouge!. The soundtrack includes many covers of popular songs ranging from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to the theme from The Sound of Music.

The hit 2001 animated film Shrek featured a song by "Who Let The Dogs Out" band Baha Men, titled "Best Years Of Our Lives."

1998 Armageddon

1998's summer blockbuster Armageddon featured an original power ballad by Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing." The album includes other tracks from the band, as well as other rockers Journey, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jon Bon Jovi, Patty Smyth and Our Lady Peace.

1997 Titanic

Celine Dion's love theme from James Cameron's film Titanic, "My Heart Will Go On," became one of the best selling singles of all time.

1995 Waiting To Exhale

The 1995 romance film starring Whitney Houston features songs by many female artists as well as Houston's "Exhale."

1994 Lion King

The Disney animated film, Lion King, featured a soundtrack of original songs and included Elton John's "Can You Feel The Love Tonight?"

1992 Bodyguard

The 1992 film starring Whitney Houston The Bodyguard included many tracks from the singer including "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing" and "I'm Every Woman."

1989 Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee's 1989 film Do The Right Thing featured the Public Enemy hit "Fight The Power" throughout the film as well as leading off the soundtrack.

The 1989 Romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally… featured a Harry Connick, Jr. rendition of the standard, "It Had To Be You."

1987 Dirty Dancing

The 1987 romance film Dirty Dancing has become synonymous with the lead single from the soundtrack "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life."

1986 Top Gun

The 1986 action movie starring Tom Cruise features the Kenny Loggins track "Danger Zone," the love ballad by Berlin "Take My Breath Away," and "Heaven In Your Eyes" by Loverboy.

1985 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The 1985 teen dance movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker Girls Just Wanna Have Fun borrows its name from the Cindy Lauper song and features it on the soundtrack.

1984 Footloose and Ghostbusters

The 1984 dance film Footloose also stars Sarah Jessica Parker alongside Kevin Bacon. Footloose obviously features the Kenny Loggins song of the same name, but also includes Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear It For The Boy" and Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out For A Hero" on the soundtrack.

The catchy Ghostbusters theme by Ray Parker Jr. appeared on its soundtrack in 1984 and the music video was a number one on MTV the same year.

1983 Flashdance

The Irene Cara song "What A Feeling" was featured on the Flashdance soundtrack along with Michael Sembello's hit "Maniac." Cara's song was also featured on the Fame soundtrack from 1980. Flashdance was one of the first films to cut scenes from the movie into music videos.


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