Way Back 2022

May 24, 2022 - A This Is Us Season of Magical Music, Everlys, Creedence and Cash Take Up Additional Slack

NBC's beloved series This Is Us has come to an end - "It's all over but the crying," some are saying. A variety of song types have been sprinkled over the sixth and final season, some of them matching the story lines. Among the earlier essentials: "April Come She Will" by Simon and Garfunkel, "Ooo Baby Baby" by The Miracles, "Colours" by Donovan and "The Circle Game" by Joni Mitchell. Bonus: Brenda Lee's evergreen "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" ...in a May episode...not the month you were expecting!

The Everly Brothers have been off the pop culture radar for a little while, so hearing the 1958 chart-topper "All I Have to Do is Dream" in Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with Doc Benedict Cumberbatch is welcome ear candy. Nick Cage's action comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent features "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival; finally, despite a persistent UPS commercial, don't check yourself into the looney bin if you catch yourself incessantly humming Johnny Cash's version of Australian songwriter Geoff Mack's "I've Been Everywhere," a hit in 1962 for Hank Snow.

April 12, 2022 - "Dreamin'" with Mamas, Papas and Bobby Womack plus Doors, Dino, Sonny, Cher, Sly, Family Stone in the Public Mix

Unlikely box office action tunes: "California Dreamin'" comes up twice - by The Mamas and the Papas and again by Bobby Womack, whose version was popular three years after M&P's '66 original - in the heist thriller Ambulance starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The Doors' 1969 Soft Parade single "Tell All the People" has a moment in Morbius, the Marvel movie with Jared Leto as the title villain-turned-hero. Meanwhile, "Volare" by Dean Martin has become an all-ages Batman jam (oops, left out the The in Batman). On the home screen, Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" plays on a Freshpet.com commercial, while a promo for ABC's The Wonder Years is powered by Sly and the Family Stone's first great hit, "Dance to the Music."

I Got You Babe Dance to the Music