10 Kickass Songs That Make a Movie Trailer

Sharon Kehoe

With the recent trailer releases of Suicide Squad and 10 Cloverfield Lane practically breaking the internet, it’s time to add them to the list of great movie trailers with unforgettable song choices. Turn up your headphones, let’s go!

Suicide Squad – “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Yea, SOLD. Explosions and superheroes timed perfectly with Queen’s infamous song. If DC wanted to make everyone more excited for Suicide Squad than Batman v Superman, job well done. Someone deserves a bazillion dollar raise.

Guardians of the Galaxy – “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede

How can you NOT think of Guardians of the Galaxy when you hear “Ooga-chaka-ooga-ooga” now? This trailer redefined the way comic book movies (and other fantasy or action movies, for that matter) can make a first impression. Why so serious, you feel?

The Wolf of Wall Street – “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West

Those drums. That rap. That building, crazy feeling. The combo of Kanye’s “Black Skinhead” and stock trader, money raining antics made this trailer feel like the ultimate high. MORE MORE MORE is never enough. Totally agree, Marty Scorsese.

Star Trek Beyond – “Sabotage” by Beastie Boys

Even if this Star Trek trailer had mixed reactions from fans for feeling like a Guardians rip-off, it’s still awesome and you know you loved it anyway. Beastie Boys lyrics pounding around the stratosphere? Don’t worry about what Spock would say, just let it overwhelm your body.

Avengers: Age of Ultron – “I’ve Got No Strings” from Disney’s Pinocchio

The Age of Ultron trailer took the idea of cute, little wooden doll Pinocchio who just wanted to be a real boy already, and turned it into a heartless, creepy robot villain. “There are no strings on me,” and there is now pee everywhere.

The Social Network – “Creep” by Radiohead

You can’t help but feel a little creepy yourself watching this trailer and thinking of your own shameless Facebook habits, no? But a bunch of kids ominously singing Radiohead with no instrumental immediately garnered this 500 million likes and shares.

Insidious: Chapter 3 – “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim

This is supposed to be a really sweet song by Tiny Tim, who is disappointingly tall, despite his name. But the good folks at Insidious decided to destroy its happiness and scare the bajesus out of humanity by using it in both Insidious 2 and 3 trailers.

Mad Max: Fury Road – “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni

The coolest movie of 2015, and already arguably one of the best action films of all time, threw everyone a curveball when this trailer first dropped. Classical music matched with car chases, explosions of color, and deformed, maniacal desert gangs? YES. GIVE. NOW.

Watchmen – “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning” by Smashing Pumpkins

Watchmen got mixed reactions, but this trailer? Standing ovation. The perfect marriage between visuals and tone, this made comic and action geeks rise from the depths of their couches and pre-order tickets to opening night.

10 Cloverfield Lane – “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tommy James & The Shondells

The surprise trailer for Cloverfield 2 turns a song about two shy teenagers who might want to make out a little bit into a song about OMG WE’RE GOING TO DIE ALONE IN THIS HATCH. Well played, Bad Robot. Well played.

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