18 Popular Songs You Forgot Were Originally Written for Movies

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“Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls, City of Angels

City of Angels

Warner Bros

“Iris” is one of the many movie songs that ultimately transcended the movie it was from. It was originally written for City of Angels, a Nicholas Cage movie that not many people remember. “Iris” has endured, though, thanks to it’s soaring, dramatic chorus.

The song’s quiet, moody verses work in sharp contrast to the choruses, which are heightened and filled with emotion. The melodies and instrumentation throughout are melodramatic without feeling cheesy, and the vocals are piercing and perfectly raw. It’s the kind of song that was meant for a sweeping, romantic epic.

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