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The 10 Best Uses Of Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs In Movies

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the most popular bands to come out of the '80s. Their distinct funk-punk rock hybrid music style has no competition. From Flea's bass to Anthony Kiedis's iconic vocals, each band member plays an integral role in the one-of-a-kind sound the band is renowned for.

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The rare band to enjoy mass popularity but still have a cool rock edge, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a vast number of fantastic hits. Unsurprisingly, numerous filmmakers have chosen songs from the unique band to complement their movies.

10 Flight (2012) - "Under the Bridge"

This Red Hot Chili Peppers song, in particular, was an ideal fit for this movie. Flight's protagonist has severe substance abuse issues that are at risk to be exposed when he is investigated following a disastrous plane crash he was the pilot of. Likewise, this song details singer Anthony Kiedis's history with addiction.

The former guitarist of the group, Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose while Kiedis had his own serious heroin addiction. The track lines up with most of the film since it delves deep into the topic of drug and alcohol abuse and dependency.

9 Enron: The Smartest Guys In the Room (2005) - "Californication"

In this documentary about the Enron scandal, Red Hot Chili Peppers hit "Californication" from their 1999 album of the same name is featured. "Californication" was a fitting song to play as Enron attempted to take advantage of loopholes in the deregulation of Califonia's energy industry.

This exploitation of California and its energy system showed the extent of the greed of the company. Much like how the song looks at the seedy aspects of California, the film looks at Enron's most controversial attributes in its take over of the California energy industry.

8 Less Than Zero (1987) - "Fight Like A Brave"

This film follows a college student who tries to help his childhood friend get sober from his cocaine addiction. "Fight Like A Brave" is an apt musical choice for this film.

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The song's heavy and guitar abundant sound add to the tense atmosphere of the film. As the characters of the film are stuck between a rock and a hard place, they are enmeshed in a dangerous situation. The Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Fight Like A Brave" underlines the danger the protagonists face.

7 Say Anything (1989) - "Taste the Pain"

The director of Say Anything, Cameron Crowe started his career as a journalist for Rolling Stone magazine. As a result, his films feature bands and songs that are cutting edge. This was found in one of Crowe's early films, Say Anything. By the '90s, The Red Hot Chili Peppers would be stratospheric.

But, in the '80s the seminal funk-punk group were still forging their place. While Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is the most remembered song from the film due to the boombox scene, "Taste the Pain" was a great addition to the film's tone as well as its soundtrack.

6 Coneheads (1993) - "Soul to squeeze"

In the love scene between teen conehead Connie and her boneheaded but sweet boyfriend Ronnie, "Soul to Squeeze" plays in the background. The song's slow and sensual tone matches the mood of the scene where the two are about to consummate their relationship.

The catch is that since Connie is an alien, Ronnie is met with quite the surprise rather than the typical love scene. The scene shows off the instrumentals of the song, exemplifying the band's exceptional talents with their instruments.

5 Wayne's World (1992) - "Sikamikanico"

The band's 1992 song "Sikamikanico" was originally supposed to be on the Blood Sugar Sex Magik album. Instead, the song was released on the great movie soundtrack of Wayne's World. Played in the scene where Wayne is driving Cassandra and showing off his new CD player, "Sikamikanico" is a great song for the moment.

A fantastic driving tune, Cassandra and Wayne vibe to "Sikamikanico" until the scene ends. The mutual enjoyment that the two enjoy shows that they're kindred spirits.

4 Twister (1996) - "Melancholy Mechanics"

The action thriller Twister follows a group of storm chasers as they track down tornadoes to test their advanced weather reporting system. The movie is high octane with suspenseful storm scenes.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers' energetic and dynamic sound proved to be more than suitable to contribute to the film's soundtrack. Yet, it is interesting to note that "Melancholy Mechanics" is one of their slower songs. This ballad sets the mood for one of the more contemplative moments of the film.

3 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) - "Higher Ground"

Starting off this movie with a bang, "Higher Ground" plays while the Power Rangers skydive during the opening scene. The scene is high voltage and bursting with excitement. It was many Millenials' introduction to the funk-punk rockers, garnering the band a new generation of fans.

For Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fanatics, this song is a fondly remembered addition to the unexpectedly good movie soundtrack for the film. Despite the film's age, the scene has held up remarkably well with the song still in popular demand and the stunts impressive to this day.

2 Pretty Woman (1990) - "Show Me Your Soul"

In the seedy Sunset Strip club where Vivian is trying to track down her friend Kit, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' funky song "Show Me Your Soul" pounds in the background. The song was right on the mark aesthetically.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers got their start in the underground clubs of Los Angeles, making this song appropriate for this scene of the quotable Pretty Woman. The heavy bass and guitars of the song boost the scene's serious tone.

1 The Fighter (2010) - "Strip My Mind"

A great song to reflect the determination and mindset of aspiring boxer Micky, "Strip My Mind" is a highlight of the film's soundtrack. Off their 2006 album Stadium Arcadium, "Strip My Mind" is a smooth, pared-back song on par with Micky's laid-back role of responsible brother.

The moment serves as a meditative scene in the film where the audience sees Micky's quiet dignity and perseverance. This film was a great example of Mark Wahlberg's acting talent, aided by a tremendous song to boost his performance.

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