I was watching a preview for season 5 of Dexter and they played the “Lux Aeterna” as the background music for the 1 min preview. If you don’t recognize the name, you will probably at least recognize the song as the “Requiem for a Dream” music. If you still have no idea what i’m talking about then check this out:
You totally have heard that music before cause it’s in almost every movie trailer ever. I believe the composer is receiving royalties for the song’s use, but there’s another piece of music that is a thousand times more popular, and the creators never get any credit or royalties despite it being used in hundreds of commercial songs. It’s call the Amen Break, and below is a quick youtube video that explains it’s importance and use even in songs from NWA.
It’s kind of fascinating to read up on that 40 year old piece of music, Classical music is still the leader in popular yet unknown. O Fortuna is another piece of classical music you hear in a ton of movies.
Or if you need something less classical but not too modern than just toss in some Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. I think there was an airline that used parts of this song in their ads.
I was just listening to this and the word’s “Friendly Skies” popped into my head, and after a quick google search, it was indeed United that used this music in their TV spots. It’s actually kind of a testament how well placed music can have such a lasting affect on a commercials’ message.
Back to Classical mussic, there’s plenty more you could site as music that everyone recognizes but aren’t familiar with the composer or his original work. You have Theme for the Common man, Ride of the Valkyrie, Bolero, and even Beethoven’s 9th, but if you ever watched Saturday morning cartoons from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, or even 90’s then you’ll have to recognize the following as a piece of music played anytime a peaceful countryside is shown.