As we have shown several times before: (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI and XII), not every song the director/writer/song crew wants can make it to the end. Songs can be hard to choose, or place right. Especially in movies like...
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy had an amazing soundtrack, and in Vol. 2 it took it to the next level. It had everything from Cheap Trick's “Surrender”:
to Jay and the Americans “Come a Little Bit Closer”:
to Fleetwood Mac with "The Chain":
And just like the original, Vol. 2 had many-a-song it couldn't use. Director James Gunn wanted to use “Suffragette City” as a tribute to David Bowie, but the scene in question was deleted.
“She's Gone” by Hall and Oates also nearly got in, but thanks to more scenes moving around, it also had to be cut.
Even Bob Seger's “Turn the Page” was replaced by another song for a scene:
While the soundtrack is amazing as is, a bigger soundtrack would have undoubtedly been awesome too – as well as possibly improving on scenes.
2. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Coming in the middle-end of Disney's 90's boom, The Hunchback of Notre Dame introduced kids to everything from non-terrifying talking gargoyles to somewhat acceptance of the disfigured in 1482 France. It also did what Disney does best – music. For Hunchback they had songs like “God Help the Outcasts”:
It fit the tone of the moment – unlike the song that was originally supposed to be there, “Someday”:
“Someday” was seen as more of a pop song, and after some tooling around, it was made to be the ending song instead, replacing one tender song for another, and making the rejected song all modernized for 90's-ized ending.
3. Die Another Day
The last of the Brosnan-era Bond films, Die Another Day had hovercars, scorpions, diamonds, Iceland, Facial reconstruction and Halle Berry for some reason. It also had Madonna singing the opening, "Die Another Day", with many of those things appearing in the credits with it:
Madonna wasn't the first choice. Back when it had a working title of 'Beyond the Ice', the band Red Flag put in their own version of an opening song that was strongly considered.
The more moody, mid 90's-ish version didn't cut it, despite all the Bond motifs and working title in the song, and Madonna was chosen instead.
4. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
You wouldn't think that a video game that uses mostly instrumentals would have a deleted or replaced song in it, but alas, it did. And by 'it' we mean the fourth Elder Scrolls game, Oblivion. Oblivion was already full of epic music composed by Jeremy Soule:
However, for a key part of the game, a remix of a track called “Nerevar Rising” from the previous game, Morrowind, was supposed to come up:
While it never made it in, a reprise of an old score has often proved to be emotional, or thrilling, like hearing the old Star Wars cues in the newer movies. With an older theme appearing in Oblivion, it may have signaled something big, or carryover from the previous game. But, since it wasn't in, that effect is lost.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone. The movie that brought Harry Potter to life. The sets were amazing. The acting....well, kids are kids, but about as good as you can expect. Even the emotional impact was very much present. Rounding it all out is the now iconic score by John Williams:
What more could you ask for? Well, if the movie was a little bit looser about music, it would have said “Bruce Springsteen”. Because that was a real possibility in 2001. Really.
Harry Potter could have ended on a Disney-pop-song-at-the-end note. But “I'll Stand By You Always” was rejected. While Springsteen doesn't know the reason, it doesn't exactly go with the rest of the movie, and has a major shift in tone. Plus it's not John Williams hopeful ending tune.
It doesn't matter if you're a no name singer or The Boss – picking music for movies is an often difficult process. And getting it right can mean that some songs fall by the wayside. Many times for the best, but sometimes it's a little unclear on what could have been.