Pink has a new song out on the radio these days called “Just Like Fire” and it is from the movie “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” which is shaping up to be one of the big summer blockbuster movies this year. It’s a good song, but it really doesn’t have anything to do with the film, except perhaps loosely thematically. I got to thinking, after hearing it, that big movies used to always have big songs on the radio. I’m not saying whether they were good or bad, but they were there. Music and film were connected, and we would hear “A Whole New World” or “Beauty and the Beast” getting some heavy pop airplay. Obviously “Ghostbusters” was a hit movie and a hit song, and every Will Smith movie came with a theme song. Men in Black. Wild, Wild West. Men in Black II. And yet I have yet to hear about Will’s big rap number for the upcoming “Suicide Squad” movie. What happened? Sure, on rare occasions now we have a crossover hit, like Adele’s “Skyfall,” but for the most part the movies stay in the theaters and off of the radio.
I started thinking about the songs that are currently on the radio, and I wondered what it might be like to live in a world where our biggest pop stars were also writing the hit theme songs for our biggest summer blockbuster movies. And so, if you will travel with me to that alternate universe for a moment, here are a few short samples of what I think we might have gotten in a better world than our own. You know, where I was charge of everything.
1) Captain America Beatdown (Theme from “Captain America: Civil War” opening today) – by Elle King
2) Find Yourself (Theme from “Finding Dory” opening June 17) – by Justin Bieber
3) Theme from The B.F.G. (opening July 1) – by Fall Out Boy
4) Swingin’ on a Vine (Theme from “The Legend of Tarzan” opening July 1) – by Ellie Goulding
5) Bustin’ a Ghost (Theme from “Ghostbusters” opening July 15) – by Lukas Graham
6) Theme from “Ben Hur” (opening August 12) – by DNCE