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Music in anime is used to add a silver-line to a scene, a flair if you must. The role and power of an OST is often over-looked due to the other songs that might get played in an anime, being prominetly the OP but also the ED. It is also overlooked from a technical stand-point from us viewers due to it being something we hear rather than something we can see (the sense of sight is more prioritised than the sense of hearing). Yet, without the OSTs playing in the background, there's no anime that would have made it as far or as good as it is right now.
But many anime have experimented with using different songs and styles, not to mention that even using the english language is quite common now. Most songs and OSTs sound like them can stand on their own which is not only fantastic but it shows how much effort and quality was put in to create an OST worthy of listening everyday regularly to.
Well, most main-stream music that plays out of your radio is apparently also good enough be blasted every single hour or so (thanks radio...setting songs on repeat...).
Can it work for anime?

Let's take a few concrete examples from *movies*

From Furious 7, at the ending, Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again ft. Charlie Puth" was made as a tribute song for the passing of Paul Walker and became an instant hit-song that has 1,3 Billion views on YouTube at the time of the making of this Card. The song was used with wonderful effect to thank and say goodbye to Walker which combined the voice-over from Vin Diesel and the scenery. (It's a damn beautiful song and that scene made me cry. Rest in Peace, Paul Walker. Rest in Peace...)
From Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" was so good and popular, the radio's never goddamn shut up about it. Given that the scene that it was used in, it was absolutely fantastic and a wonderful watch.
Heck, from Wayne's World, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was used and it was executed hilariously as they incorporated the song into the intro with hilarious effect and it was funny to see them sing (and most likely everybody else) the famed lyrics of a true masterpiece.

Clearly, it works! XD

And if you're sceptical with using main-stream songs that uses *english*, let me turn your attention to Mr. Hiroyuki Sawano (May God bless your soul).
If you've ever watched either Kill la Kill, Aldnoah.Zero, Attack on Titan or Guilty Crown...yeah, he did the music. What's far more important is that he pro-dominately uses the english langauge rather than the japanese in his songs and OSTs. Just listen to "Release My Soul" from Guilty Crown and you'll know just how good the music really is.

For a full info-article about OSTs written by yours truly:

So, here's my question to you:

Would you want music that's being played in anime to be songs originally made for radio to make an apperance?

And maybe even shock you in *english*? XD
And which song? XD
(Note: I'm kinda scarred now, listening to "See You Again" while making this Card...only that song on repeat, non-stop...and cry, I did...)
Comment, answer, discuss and conclude in the comments below!
Now, this card is a part of my spin-off series to the original "Why anime?" collection, where smaller and "quicker" posts around anime and what comes with it is brought up. So make sure you check out and follow the "Quick Why anime?" collection for more posts! :D
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'til next time!
I could see this working! MTV is really pushing that right now- they have a well-curated soundtrack and they put the name of the song on the bottom of the screen so it's not obtrusive but people who like the song can find it. I've seen some bands on there who became pretty popular after (Amber Run is the only one I can think of right now). And I feel like MTV could do really well adding anime to their programming. Plus it would be nice to see another network with anime
I can see EDM stuff working, like @DaiGakuSei said. non-vocal music would probably work. but I would honestly feel like it was out of place to have popular current songs in there. then again, country road was a big part of whisper of the heart.
I honestly could see it working. One thing that made me sure about that recently was the movie "The Martian." I feel like often, if a song becomes REALLY memorable from a movie, its either becuase it's used to make a joke (like in waynes world when they're actively listening to it), or one of the characters sings it or something, and I don' tknow that that would work all the time in anime (well, humor yes, but not sure about that)....anyways, in The Martian, the soundtrack adds a layer of humor rather than being like....a direct joke. It's hard to explain if you didn' see it, but the soundtrack was awesome. If something was used like that, and it was classic songs known world wide, I think it could work in anime!
@VoidX it definitely has potential :D
@shannonl5 AMV? Hahahaha...MTV...ATV...? That could turn out into something cool...
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