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By Owen Gleiberman
Updated June 18, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Tom Beringer, Platoon
Credit: Platoon: Orion/Kobal Collection

Good movie songs that stopped being good due to overuse

Are there any good songs that, after being used in too many movies, stopped being good? — Paul
Having plugged into the cinematic jukebox of my mind, I offer my picks for the most overplayed songs (and classical nuggets) in movie history. They are: the death-trip guitar intro to ”Spirit in the Sky”; the war-is-hell opening chorus of Carmina Burana; the romantic slide-guitar refrain from ”Sleep Walk”; those cloying period atmosphere setters ”Fly Me to the Moon” and ”In the Mood”; that instant elegy of profound poignance, the Barber Adagio for Strings; and the all-time champion: the once cool, now icky-corny villain-dude fanfare, ”Bad to the Bone.”

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