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20 Underrated Movie Songs You Forgot

From Beyoncé's breezy 'The Fighting Temptations' cut to a wallowing Faith Hill 'Pearl Harbor' ballad, here's our roundup of soundtrack songs that deserved more shine

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Mandy Moore, “Only Hope” from 'A Walk to Remember'

Mandy Moore’s cover of Switchfoot’s 1999 deep cut “Only Hope” is the biggest highlights on A Walk to Remember soundtrack and anchors the most pivotal moment in the film. It is also one of Moore’s best recordings, but it’s too bad not many were able to hear her pure vocals. “Only Hope” was placed on 2004’s The Best of Mandy Moore (which barely got promotion) and never made it to radio. —Bianca Gracie

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B2K & Fabolous, “Badaboom” from 'You Got Served'

When You Got Served dropped the movie's title was an instant catchphrase and this soundtrack collaboration between boy-band wonders B2K and Fabolous was also an instant hit. —Jeff Benjamin

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Beyoncé & Diddy, “Summertime” from 'The Fighting Temptations'

Does it really matter that The Fighting Temptations was kind of a box office fail? Nope, because the soundtrack will make you forget just how bad the movie was. “Summertime” (the last song on the album) wasn’t featured in the film but it along with being an underrated soundtrack cut, it is also one of Beyoncé's many underrated gems. Her airy, golden voice shine as bright as summer day, and Diddy's guest verse tops it all off. —Bianca Gracie

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Hoku, "Another Dumb Blonde" from 'Snow Day’

While "Perfect Day" from Legally Blonde will be her signature song, many forget Hoku initially broke out on the soundtrack to Nickelodeon flick Snow Day. Even though her main selling point was that she was a fun pop singer from the tropical state of Hawaii, she made her debut via a movie about loads and loads of snow. Curious business decision, but "Another Dumb Blonde" is a jam none the less. —Jeff Benjamin

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Aaliyah, “I Don’t Wanna” from 'Next Friday' & 'Romeo Must Die'

Aaliyah's "I Don't Wanna" song was so undeniable that it appeared on not one, but two soundtracks: 1999's Next Friday and 2000's Romeo Must Die. It features all the signature qualities of the late singer, from her breathy vocals to the slinky, cooing production. —Bianca Gracie

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Mya, "Do You Only Wanna Dance" From 'Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights’

Mya doesn't exactly seem like the ideal choice to craft a spicy, salsa-pop romp for your movie soundtrack, but "Do You Only Wanna Dance" was a perfect fit for the R&B siren that got to show off her kittenish coos, deep low notes and big belts on the cut. —Jeff Benjamin

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Ja Rule feat. Lil Mo & Vita, “Put It On Me” Remix from 'The Fast & Furious'

Fun fact: Ja Rule was inspired to write "Put It On Me" after he had an argument with his wife. Thus, the song was born in an effort to prove to her how much he cares. Found on both 2001's The Fast & Furious soundtrack and the rapper's sophomore album Rule 3:36, the bouncy track became Ja Rule's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. —Bianca Gracie

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Lady Gaga, "Fashion" From 'Confessions of a Shopaholic’

Before Lady Gaga was the superstar she is today, she was a singer trying to get her voice out there in any way possible. "Fashion" was recorded with "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" collaborator RedOne for the 2008 Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack and was one of Gaga's earliest big breaks.

Also fun fact: The Hills and reality show star Heidi Montag originally recorded the song. —Jeff Benjamin

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Ludacris & Nate Dogg, “Area Codes” From 'Rush Hour 2'

"Area Codes" is one of Ludacris' more silly songs before he decided to become a more serious artist/actor. His wacky flow is the perfect foil for the late Nate Dogg's smooth-as-a-pimp vocals on the hook. —Bianca Gracie

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Myra, "Miracles Happen" From 'The Princess Diaries”

Myra may not have stood the test of time, but every kid who watched Disney Channel in the early '00s knew this song by heart. We're positive Anne Hathaway does too. —Jeff Benjamin

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JC Chasez, “Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)” from 'Drumline'

It's a shame that JC Chasez's solo career was overshadowed by his former *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake, because he had some really great jams! JC's debut single "Blowin Me Up (With Her Love)" was just as heavy hitting as the percussion in Drumline and showed off his sexier side. —Bianca Gracie

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Nick Cannon, 3LW & Lil Romeo, "Parents Just Don't Understand" From 'Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius’

Could your tweenage self imagine a more exciting collaboration than Lil' Romeo, 3LW and Nick Cannon recreating a Fresh Prince song?! Nope. Not possible. —Jeff Benjamin

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Hilary Duff, “Why Not” from 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'

When you think of Hilary Duff, your mind immediately goes to Lizzie McGuire and the bubblegum-pop wonder that's "Why Not." The two go hand in hand! And you can't get a lyric more inspirational than "If you lose the moment / You may lose a lot / So why not?" —Bianca Gracie

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Steven Strait & Ashlee Simpson, "Smart in a Stupid Way" From ‘Undiscovered'

Undiscovered marked Ashlee Simpson's movie debut and while the flick didn't break box office records, we did get this true gem of a song that highlighted the singer's knack for gorgeous harmonies. —Jeff Benjamin

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Nelly, Diddy & Murphy Lee, “Shake Ya Tailfeather” from 'Bad Boys II'

This sophisticated and demure ode to ladies' big booties is the biggest highlight from 2003's Bad Boys II. "Shake Ya Tailfeather" topped the Billboard Hot 100, won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and became the soundtrack for summer parties everywhere. Plus Nelly gave us this classic line: "Is that your ass, or ya momma half-reindeer?" —Bianca Gracie

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Faith Hill, "There You'll Be" From 'Pearl Harbor’

Faith Hill's honeyed vocals were made for sweeping, cinematic ballads and "There You'll Be" from Pearl Harbor truly made us all proud to be Americans just so we could hear the country-pop star's voice whenever this played on the radio. —Jeff Benjamin

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Lindsay Lohan, “Ultimate” from 'Freaky Friday'

Remember when Lindsay Lohan was a dominating force in Hollywood as an actress and pop star? While her singing career was short-lived, Lilo gave us many gems that shouldn't be forgotten. "Ultimate," from the 2003 Freaky Friday remake, is a fun pop/rock tune that's perfect for belting to your crush (or in the comfort of your bedroom mirror). —Bianca Gracie

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Amy Winehouse, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" From 'Bridget Jones Diary: The Edge of Reason’

The Carole King–penned track that was first recorded by The Shirelles, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" was a tender contribution to the Bridget Jones sequel that showcased Amy Winehouse in an acoustic, new light. The track went unheard by many fans until it was included in her posthumous Lioness: Hidden Treasures album. —Jeff Benjamin

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Blaque, “I’m Good” from 'Honey'

There's a ton of great R&B and hip-hop gems from 2003's Honey soundtrack, but Blaque's "I'm Good" is its biggest standout. The girl group's flawless harmonies are smooth as, well, honey and it's topped off by Rodney Jerkins' signature bouncy production. —Bianca Gracie

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Play & Lil' Fizz of B2K, "M.A.S.T.E.R. Pt. 2" From 'The Master of Disguise'

Play was the greatest Swedish girl group you never knew, but they looked poised to break big time with a slot on The Master of Disguise soundtrack that was played hourly on Nickelodeon. —Jeff Benjamin

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