What’s a good movie trailer without a killer song to drive home all the explosions and aggressive make-out scenes? Molly Simms and Isabella Biedenharn tracked down the music in the new crop of previews—so you don’t have to.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Fancy businessman Jamie Dornan wants schoolgirl Dakota Johnson to taste the naughty rainbow. But there’s another lady in his dungeon: Beyoncé and her woozy, atmospheric “Haunted.”
Find the song: On 2013’s BEYONCÉ.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Though their world is “fire and blood” (and clearly low on SPF), Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy still manage to look grimly sexy in a sand-blasted apocalyptic wasteland; Verdi’s operatic thunderdome “Requiem: Dies Irae” makes it all feel extra epic.
Find the song: On iTunes.
Will Smith is a con man and Margot Robbie his willing accomplice on a job gone (surprise!) awry. Dean Martin’s “Sway” and psych-rock staple “White Bird” ease us in, but Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion” warns that crime and courtship don’t mix.
Find the songs: On 1954’s Hey, Brother, Pour the Wine, 1969’s It’s a Beautiful Day, and 2012’s Channel Orange, respectively.
The faster-and-furiouser franchise returns with the full gang, including the late Paul Walker. While they blatantly disregard both speed limits and the laws of gravity, Dillon Francis and DJ Snake’s “Get Low” acts as an aural energy drink.
Find the song: On Francis’ 2014 LP, Money Sucks, Friends Rule.
In the Lost Boy’s origin story, Captain Hook has two hands and Tiger Lily’s crew is decked out in Miley Cyrus’ art projects. With Christina Perri’s soaring ballad “I Believe” playing, there’s little to fear—aside from Hugh Jackman’s facial hair.
Find the song: On 2014’s Head or Heart.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
DMX gets too turnt on “Party Up (Up in Here),” Public Enemy start a riot on “Louder Than a Bomb,” and Placebo’s cover of “20th Century Boy” is like a platform boot to the face. What, you were expecting subtlety in this magic Jacuzzi?
Find the songs: On 1999’s …And Then There Was X, 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions, and 1998’s Velvet Goldmine soundtrack, respectively.
While We’re Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts buddy up with Brooklyn hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and embark on an ill-advised fedora phase. Their midlife crises are set to two appropriately mature Wings tracks: “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” and “Let ‘Em In.”
Find the songs: On 1973’s Band on the Run and 1976’s Wings at the Speed of Sound.
Addiction, suicide, and chronic pain: Jennifer Aniston goes there in this somber character study. Luckily, Haerts’ driving, lovely “Hemiplegia” brings some beauty to the proceedings.
Find the song: On their same-named 2013 EP.
Like When Harry Met Sally… for the Snapchat set, this rom-com sees Lily Collins and Sam Claflin as besties falling in and out of love (and into swimming pools) to the 1975’s “Chocolate” and Olly Murs’ “Right Place Right Time.”
Find the songs: On 2013’s eponymous LP and 2012’s Right Place Right Time, respectively.