Whatever Happened To The Movie Theme Song?
November 14, 2007 at 5:42 AM (PT)
There was a time around 1997 when no matter where you were -- in the car, on the StairMaster, at the dentist's office -- you couldn't help but hear "My Heart Will Go On," the soaring CELINE DION ballad from "Titanic," reports CNN. Resistance was futile. It did go on, and on, and on -- an example not just of great marketing, but of the kind of movie theme song that no longer exists.
For decades, theme songs like "Evergreen" or "Arthur's Theme" or "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" were huge radio hits, often hitting #1 on the pop chart and going on to win the ACADEMY AWARD for best original song.
It seems there's just no room on the pop charts any more for an "Up Where We Belong" (from "An Officer and a Gentleman") or a "Take My Breath Away" (from "Top Gun"). EMINEM's "Lose Yourself" rap from the 2002 film "8 Mile" is the rare recent OSCAR winner that's also had radio success -- as catchy as "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" was from 2005's "Hustle & Flow," it wasn't exactly radio-friendly.
So where did those original tunes go? Check out the full article here.