Tucked away in the soundtrack to a weird and not-so-hot film, Gates of Hell, is The Pogues doing the theme from “The Good Bad And The Ugly.” Pick up the X-Files T.V. show album and you’ll find the first release of the Foo Fighters’ cover of Gary Numan’s “Down in the Park.” Val Kilmer might not have been the best thing about the Batman franchise, but U2’s “Hold Me Thrill Me” very well might be.

Soundtracks often suck. They’re often lame excuses to re-release crap or let go of stuff that’s been sitting around a studio for a long time, like outtakes, demos, and material that just wasn’t good enough for the album. But sometimes, there’s a single song, maybe two, that pop.

So, we’re going to make a list of the top 10. With your help!

Drop a comment or send an e-mail with your list of up to 10 of your favorite tunes found in soundtracks. We’ll run this for about two weeks or until I get over 100 entries.

I’ve received a few comments/suggestions about this, so here’s the rules:

1. The song should have first appeared on a soundtrack.
2. The song should be a song, not theme music.
3. The soundtrack should have been released post-1980. Just to make it modern. Plus, that means we can include Footloose and Flashdance!
4. The movie cannot have been a musical.

P.S.-If you want some free stuff, include your e-mail with your list. I’ve got quite a few CDs to give away. Details on that will come–watch this blog. Some of the folks who contribute to this list will receive valuable prizes!

Let’s go!

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