Six of the Best Recent Trailer/Song Combos

I’m a big trailer fan, which sounds weird to say, but to me there’s nothing like a superbly edited and scored trailer to get me excited for a film their eithier A) I was pumped about already or B) wasn’t going to see but the trailer was so good it changed my mind.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, music is what makes a good trailer great, and almost all of my favorites have had a memorable song to go along with the action on screen.

This list is a compilation of my favorite song/trailer combos from the last few years. There have been great instrumental tracks as well (Sin City and 300 come to mind) but I’m sticking with songs that have actual words to them

Check out my selections below:

1. Song: Sleigh Bells – “Kids”


Movie: Abduction


Yes, I realize this is a Taylor Lautner film, but I think outside of Twilight the kid could have potential. I wasn’t really digging this trailer, but when that song comes on? Everything becomes instantly awesome.

2. Song: Johann Johannsson – “Sun’s Gone Dim”


Movie: Battle: Los Angeles


This haunting robo-melody actually has lyrics that pertain to the end of the world (“the sun’s gone dim and the sky’s turned black”) making it appropriate for this film in more ways than one.

3. Song: Placebo – “Running Up That Hill”


Movie: Daybreakers


I thought I couldn’t take one more vampire movie, but this trailer lured me in and led me to a surprisingly great movie. Also, this song was from The OC. Ah the memories.

4. Song: MIA – “Paper Planes”


Movie: Pineapple Express


One of the best options here, Paper Planes scoring this trailer was better than anything that actually happened in this movie. Damn you raised expectations!

5. Song: Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”


Movie: Where the Wild Things Are


Arcade Fire scored this whole movie, and Wake Up is the best track from it. I thought the film itself was a failed art project, but at least it sounded cool!

6. Song: Smashing Pumpkins – “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning”


Movie: Watchmen


Watchmen had a few great trailers, and it was hard to choose between this one and the second one with Muse’s “Take a Bow.” But Billy Corgan’s voice just fits in this world, and I can’t imagine it working for any other film.

  • MLX

    That Sin City trailer was awesome, the song they used was an instrumental version of a song called “Cells” by The Servant off their self titled album. Great album.

  • Ugo Strange

    “Sin City”, “Cells” by. The Servants.

  • nerd

    “Welcome Home” used in the 9 trailer

  • vala One of the best trailers I’ve seen that was actually followed by a good movie…and also probably the best cover of a radiohead song, ever.

  • wang chung

    “The Day the Whole World Went Away” – NIN for Terminator Salvation …. crappy movie, but EXCELLENT trailer IMO

  • matt

    instead of the trailer for battle LA its a trailer for where the wild things are

  • Sean

    Wrong. Arcade Fire only had their song play in the trailer. Karen O from Yeah Yeah Yeahs did some of the music while Carter Burwell was behind the score.

  • Good music/movie combos for sure.

  • Mike

    Agree with wang chung on the Terminator trailer. That had me so hyped to see the movie. Although I still thought the movie was decent.

  • Jeb

    How can Gears of War/Gary Jules – Mad World not get a mention? Granted it’s a game, but it’s still a trailer.

  • Mr Cinema

    Garden State. As everybody already knows one of the coolest movie soundtracks out there. But the trailer, utterly gorgeous Everytime I watch it, “Let Go” just gives me chills.

  • Cheryl

    I can’t remember the name of the song but it was used in The Social Network’s was a remake sung by children…damn my Monday brain and memory loss!

  • Attack of the Unicorns

    @Cheryl I think you’re referring to the the Scala and Kolacny cover of “Creep” by Radiohead. It’s a Belgian all-women’s choir.