18 Popular Songs You Forgot Were Originally Written for Movies

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“Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel, The Graduate

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Simon and Garfunkel famously wrote all of the music for The Graduate, including “Mrs. Robinson.” The song actually has a specific tie-in to the movie, which is about a young man who has an affair with a much older woman named Mrs. Robinson.

It helps, of course, that the song works completely on its own. It’s got an infectious rhythm and stands out from most of Simon and Garfunkel’s songs because it’s so upbeat. It hides a layer of sadness within it, though, one that’s perfectly in line with the film. “Mrs. Robinson” is a song about aging and loss, and it’s also filled with infectious hooks.

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