This probably won't come as a surprise: Movie trailers are designed to convince audiences to buy tickets. (Crazy, right?) It's why someone was able to cut together a 25-minute version of "The Amazing Spider-Man," and why so many "Prometheus" secrets were spoiled before the film came out: Studio marketing executives will do everything in their power to drive you to the theater.
Sometimes that Don Draper-like sleight of hand includes using a popular song to evoke a mood -- even if said song doesn't appear in the film it's being used to sell. Such is the case of "Magic Mike," Steven Soderbergh's stripper drama with Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer and Joe Manganiello. The "Magic Mike" trailer promised copious amounts of male nudity and Rihanna's "We Found Love." HuffPost Entertainment is sad to report that the finished film only includes one of those decadent delights.
In (dis)honor of "Magic Mike" -- a good film that could have been a great one if it only used some RiRi -- here are 13 of the best songs featured in trailers, but not the actual movies.
<strong>SONG</strong>: "We Found Love," Rihanna<br> The worst part of "Magic Mike"? That Rihanna's "We Found Love," which basically made the "Magic Mike" trailer <em>the "Magic Mike" trailer</em>, was nowhere to be found in the finished film.
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Paper Planes," M.I.A.<br> An egregious bait and switch if there ever was one: Thanks to "Paper Planes," the trailer for "Pineapple Express" was one of the best of 2008. The movie, which didn't feature the song, was decidedly not.
"The Social Network"
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Creep," Scala & Kolnacy Brothers<br> Unlike "Magic Mike" and "Pineapple Express," not including a killer trailer song didn't negatively affect "The Social Network." (That has a lot to do with Trent Reznor's Oscar-winning score.) In fact, using the Scala & Kolnacy Brothers chorale cover of Radiohead's "Creep" was a stroke of marketing genius: Before the first trailer debuted, no one knew just how seriously director David Fincher would take the story of Facebook.
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Moth's Wings," Passion Pit<br> Funny thing about "Big Miracle": Its use of Passion Pit's "Moth's Wings" was an anachronism. The film takes place in the late '80s (which explains the Russian jokes in the trailer); the song was released on the 2009 album <em>Manners</em>. Nice try on getting the hipster audience, though!
"Rachel Getting Married"
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Everyday," Rogue Wave<br> Jonathan Demme's noisy family drama features a <em>ton</em> of music. (Tunde Adebimpe, of TV on the Radio fame, even has supporting role.) Unfortunately, it doesn't include the one song that actually made this messy slog look worthwhile.
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Heart of the City," Jay-Z<br> <a href="http://news.moviefone.com/2012/02/08/jay-z-kanye-west-movie-trailer-music_n_1264171.html" target="_hplink">Jay-Z songs</a> have a long history of appearing in movie trailers. Like "Big Miracle," however, including "Heart of the City" in the promo for "American Gangster" was false advertising of the anachronistic order. The film begins in 1968, one year before Jay-Z was even born. (Still, you can understand the decision: nothing makes Denzel Washington look cooler than having <a href="http://news.moviefone.com/2012/02/08/jay-z-kanye-west-movie-trailer-music_n_1264171.html" target="_hplink">Jay-Z blasting behind him</a>.
"It's Kind of a Funny Story"
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Oh My God," Ida Maria<br> This slight indie dramedy needed all the help it could muster in the fall of 2010. That was provided in trailer form by Ida Maria's rousing "Oh My God." You're still waiting to hear that one in the finished product.
<strong>SONG</strong>: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOJqicM6x84" target="_hplink">"Mind Heist," Zack Hemsey</a><br> The trailers for "Inception" basically gave birth to modern movie marketing; the famed "Inception" Horn (BRAMMMM) has been used in almost every blockbuster trailer over the last two years. Many credit composer Hans Zimmer with the trend, but the "Inception" <em>trailer</em> actually used a piece of horn-heavy music written by Zack Hemsey. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zack_Hemsey" target="_hplink">BRAMMMM</a>. (That was the sound of your mind blowing up.)
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Beggin'," Madcon<br> "Bad Teacher" was a bad movie (ding), but the Madcon cover of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song "Beggin'" played in the trailer masks its stink. "Look how much fun Justin Timberlake is having dancing to that song! One ticket please!" said a person who made a terrible mistake in the summer of 2011. The cover of "Beggin'" does not feature in "Bad Teacher," not even when JT is <strike>bringing sexy back</strike> dancing.
"Where The Wild Things Are"
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Wake Up," Arcade Fire<br> Arcade Fire recorded a new version of "Wake Up" for the trailer to Spike Jonze's "Where The Wild Things Are." The track didn't appear in the film, making it one of the many instances where a Jonze film used the perfect song to get people to the theater. (There are more coming; you're crafty, Mr. Jonze.)
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Under Pressure," Queen & David Bowie<br> Jonze strikes again. To his credit, "Adaptation." does include the best use of "Happy Together" by the Turtles ever put to film. So, let's call this bit of trickery a wash.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Mr. Blue Sky," ELO<br> JONZE!
<strong>SONG</strong>: "Reaching," Audiomachine<br> "The Fighter" used a wonderful score by Michael Brook and some great pop songs ("How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy, for instance) to create the mood onscreen, but its trailer went for something different: A stock music cue from the company Audiomachine. Spoiler: IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY YOUR EYES OUT. Maybe it was good the finished film didn't include this track? (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDk3ZjRnWLE" target="_hplink">Listen here</a> with tissues.)