The 20 Most Overused Songs in Movies and TV

Last week, the good folks over at Vulture made a bold statement: that Mazzy Star’s languid, moody “Fade Into You” is, in fact, the most overused song in film and television. There’s certainly a case to be made there (and they make it convincingly in their supercut, which you’ll find after the jump), but it’s also one hell of a competitive race — film directors and music supervisors can be might lazy, letting an obvious music cue with its own built-in subtext do their narrative heavy lifting for them. We’ve perused the Academy of the Ubiquitous and come up with several pop songs that we’d be just fine never hearing again as cinematic and television scene-and-mood setters.

“Fade Into You”

Artist: Mazzy Star

Heard in: Chasing Mavericks, End of Watch, Fringe, Burlesque, CSI: NY, Lord of War, Cold Case, Swept Away, Roswell, Starship Troopers, Daria, Angus, Gilmore Girls, Alias, Desperate Housewives.

Indicates: As you can see above, any number of things. But mostly adolescent longing or facing Important Truths about oneself.