What Is That Song They Always Use…?

What is that song they always use in the movies and television…? You know the one. I can’t think of its name. It’s the one they always use…

… When the vikings are killing everyone in slow motion:
O Fortuna From Carmina Burana

… When characters are riding in the elevator:
The Girl from Ipanema

… When the protagonists of the retro romance movie finally get together and there’s a montage of slow dancing, looking at the moon, walking on the beach:
Santo & Johnny’s Sleepwalk.
…For underwater/slow reveal scenes:
The Aquarium
… When somebody spooky is creeping up on you from behind – seen only by the audience:
Mysterioso Pizzicato

… When everybody runs around on the Benny Hill Show:
Yakety Sax

… When the other vikings are killing everyone in slow motion:
The Ride of the Valkyries

… When you’re making a 1950s-style infomercial and/or predicting suburban life in the future from the atomic age:
Happy Go Lively

… When a beautiful woman enters the scene and it’s the 1980’s:
Oh Yeah

… When it’s a beautiful sunrise on the farm:
Peer Gynt – Morning Mood

… When you need a different beautiful sunrise on the farm song:
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

… When the underdog wins the championship in slow motion:
Theme from Chariots of Fire

… When the gears of industry are turning:

… When there’s crazy shit going on (e.g. cleaning the house from the party before the parents get home, mouse chasing a cat through a tabasco factory):
Sabre Dance or Flight of the Bumblebee

… When people are in love:
Overture from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet

… When things are gloomy/morbid:
Dies Irae

… When you are at the circus:
Entry of the Gladiators.

… When you are about to enter a possibly haunted old house or hotel:
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
… When your awesome team enters the arena:
… When you make a movie trailer and you need a really epic song, but the soundtrack hasn’t been finished yet:
… When someone has a revelation:
… When you need to express Spring:
… When there’s a Duel / Shootout / Western Movie or a guy in a cowboy hat:
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Theme… When you need a bagpipe song that isn’t Amazing Grace:
Scotland the Brave

… When you need to find “classy yet intimate” music for your commercials:
The first movement of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1.

… When the guy in the apartment plays cheesy smooth jazz:
Kenny G – Song Bird

… When you don’t know what’s playing in those “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” ads”
Aaron Copland, Rodeo

… When you need music for a montage of America:
Fanfare for the Common Man
When you are the Harlem Globetrotters or You’re Playing Basketball Badly, So It’s Ironic:
Sweet Georgia Brown, usually whistled

… When there’s a slow motion battlefield with everyone dying:
Barber’s Adagio for Strings op. 11.

… When someone’s going to Italy (or Little Italy) or eating Italian food (or advertising Italian food):
Mambo Italiano

… When you’re doing a Vietnam war montage:
Buffalo Springfield’s For What It’s Worth
When there’s a montage of the bright lights of Vegas:
Viva Las Vegas

… When you need wedding music that isn’t the wedding march:
Canon in D

… When you are waiting for something or playing The Dating Game:
Spanish Flea.

… When one or more people sit contemplatively and reflect on recent social interactions of great personal importance:
Gymnopédie No. 1

… When someone is frantically creating or plotting something:
The overture from the Barber of Seville (skip ahead to 2:10)

… When you have zany fat people or actual elephants:
Baby Elephant Walk

… When you’re having a swingin’ good time:
Sing Sing Sing

… When there’s French seduction:
Un homme et une femme

… When you need to show typists – or the drudgery of office work:
The Typewriter

… When character exhibits change:
Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill”

… When you need to create a background to a Popeye cartoon:
Sailor’s Hornpipe

… When you need to express, “This is America! We have green rolling hills where people farm and stuff!:”
Appalachian Spring

… When you need to express, “This is America where we had a war of brother against brother and it made us emo:”
Ashokan Farewell

… When you need to propose marriage when things are all shadowy and stuff:
Palladio Allegretto

… When we see a belly dancer/snake charmer or in a desert/Egypt/Arabia:
The Hoochy Coochy Dance, but it’s really called The Streets of Cairo or The Poor Little Country Maid.

… When a main character’s girlfriend/boyfriend/best friend gets shot, the sound fades and we hear:
Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek

Shamelessly ripped off from here.