ByKristin Lai, writer at
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Fans of DC comic books were in for a serious treat when the insane trailer for the upcoming Suicide Squad was dropped a couple of days ago. If you weren't already excited, this fresh footage was sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

In addition to a bit of comic relief, new looks at Deadshot, Enchantress, Harley Quinn, and the rest of the gang, and the promise of a rollicking good time, all were perfectly set to the musical stylings of Queen.

Personally, I think using the band's classic rock ballad 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was one of the better uses of music in a trailer we've seen in a while. This got me thinking about some of the other trailers that used popular music to catch our attention over the years. Of course, a great trailer is not always indicative of a great movie, but it certainly helps put audiences in seats.

Now the following trailers are just some of my personal favorites and this list is in no way exhaustive, but here are 12 other awesome trailers from recent years that couldn't have made better use of the musical rights they paid for.

1. 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Artist: Norman Greenbaum
Song: 'Spirit in the Sky'

2. 'The Social Network'

Artist: Scala and Kolacny Brothers Radiohead cover

Song: 'Creep'

3. 'Birdman'

Artist: CeeLo Green
Song: 'Crazy'

4. 'San Andreas'

Artist: Sia's cover of The Mamas & The Papas
Song: 'California Dreamin''

5. 'Maleficent'

Artist: Lana Del Rey's cover from Disney's Sleeping Beauty
Song: 'Once Upon a Dream'

6. 'Joy'

Artist: Rolling Stones
Song: 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want'

7. 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Artist: Cover of Disney's Pinocchio
Song: 'I’ve Got No Strings'

8. 'Gone Girl'

Artist: Richard Butler's cover of a Charles Aznavour song
Song: 'She'

9. 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Artist: Beyoncé
Song: 'Crazy in Love'

10. 'Boyhood'

Artist: Family of the Year
Song: 'Hero'

11. 'Where The Wild Things Are'

Artist: Arcade Fire
Song: 'Wake Up'

12. 'The Martian'

Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Song: 'All Along the Watchtower'

These are just a few of my picks of trailers that made great use of the musical rights they purchased. Now let me know some of your favorites in the comments section!


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