15 most unappreciated movie songs of the ’90s

A few weeks ago we rostered some of the finest, funkiest and most flippin’ hilarious songs of that household-item staple, the’80s movie soundtrack.

This week, we count down 15 songs from ’90s movies. But, what I thought we’d do is, rather than simply slap a list of say, 60 or 70 songs together – thus, covering all bases but also exhausting my poor typing fingers – we’d simply serve up a list of unappreciated, mostly forgotten songs from the movies.

These are all good ’90s movie songs… that just didn’t get the love of, say, Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” or Wet Wet Wet’s “Love is All Around”.


Almost Unreal – Roxette (“Super Mario Bros”)

It didn’t help that the movie was a dog, but pity a song with such bite had to lose out as a result. Roxette’s ode to fantastical love played during the end credits of the Bob Hoskins/John Leguizamo ‘dud’.

The One and Only – Chesney Hawkes (“Doc Hollywood”)

Director Michael Caton-Jones snagged a fine-ass song to open up Michael J.Fox’s 1992 romantic comedy. The track was later used, and to great effect, in Duncan Jones’ “Moon”.

I Wanna Be With You – Mandy Moore (“Center Stage”)

The popular ballet flick, starring [largely] real-life professional dancers, was padded with a wad of great music, most notably this bit of sweet pop from Mandy Moore. The film itself was released in 2000, but the track two years earlier.

Every You Every Me – Placebo (“Cruel Intentions”)

The late ’90s teen thriller, starring ‘Buffy’ alum Sarah Michelle-Gellar and Ryan Phillippe, opened with a really wicked song from the still-rockin’ Placebo.

The Animal Song – Savage Garden (“The Other Sister”)

Very crafty track from ’90s hit-makers Savage Garden. Song appeared in a sweet but forgettable Garry Marshall rom-com called “The Other Sister”.

Sway – Bic Runga (“American Pie”)

Wow, some good signs were lifted from the soundtrack of the racy 1999 comedy. This track appeared in one of the film’s more sweeter songs.

Til I Hear It From You – Gin Blossoms (“Empire Records”)

One of my personal favourite soundtrack albums, “Empire Records”, included this brilliant ditty from the amazing Gin Blossoms.

How Do You Talk to An Angel – The Heights (“The Heights”)

Not so much from a movie, but a TV series. Still, though it was a big hit at the time, it’s seemingly gone the way of Harold Holt since.

Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead (“Clueless”)

A movie that featured the likes of Coolio, Jill Sobule and World Party, all encompassed one cool-ass acoustic by Radiohead.

All I Want Is You – U2 (“Reality Bites”)

While most likely think of ‘My Sharona’ when they think back to the music in the Winona Ryder hit, U2’s moment of mush deserves mention.

Jane Sibbery – It Can’t Rain All The Time (“The Crow”)

I think considering the way Brandon Lee died, and how emotional the movie is to watch, this song hits the heart-strings that tad bit more.

How Do I Deal – Jennifer Love Hewitt (“I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”)

No Explanation – Peter Cetera (“Pretty Woman”)

1990’s “Pretty Woman” boasted a really impressive soundtrack, and you’ve likely heard all the hits from it… but do you remember this one?

Blue Eyes Blue – Eric Clapton (“Pretty Woman”)

The Julia Roberts-Richard Gere reunion movie is a mostly forgettable affair, so you’re not expected to remember the songs from it.

I’ll Remember – Madonna (“With Honors”)

“With Honors”. A really underrated movie. Remember going to see it when it came out. Had some great music in it… like this!

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