Here's some more Common Background Songs! These are more well-known than some of the others I've posted so far. (See part 1 and part 2)
1. "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss
It's the theme from "2001: a Space Odyssey". It's been used over and over again in so many parodies.
2. "The Good the Bad and the Ugly Theme" by Ennio Morricone
Also parodied to death.
3. "The Girl from Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos Jobim with lyrics in Portuguese by Vinicius de Moraes and in English by Norman Gimbel
Another song used in many, many backgrounds of many, many things. Often as elevator music... Muzak...
4. "Theme from Mission Impossible" - by Lalo Schifrin
Used whenever someone is sneaking around.
5. "Romeo and Juliet Overture: Love Theme" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Used in every funny romantic running-towards-each-other-on-the-beach scene ever.
6. "Agua De Beber" by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Used whenever a Bossa Nova song is called for, but they decide not to use the others I've already listed.
That's it for now! What songs are missing from the list? Please leave any suggestions in comments.
Here is a link to the playlist I've created of every Common Background Song listed so far!