The Most Expensive Song to License for a Movie or TV Show Is
AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" is the most expensive song to license for movies, TV shows, and video games. It cost $500,000 to use it in the movie "Varsity Blues" more than 20 years ago, and it's been in tons of movies since.
It generally costs between $15,000 and $60,000 to license a song for a movie, TV show, or video game. But there's one song that costs WAY more than that. It's actually THE most expensive song to license.
The producers of "Varsity Blues" paid $500,000 to use it, and that was all the way back in 1999. So it's possible that the price has gone way up.
It must be worth it, because it's been used in tons of other movies, including "Deadpool 2", "Thor: Ragnarok", "Battleship", "Iron Man 2", "The Longest Yard", "Daddy's Home" and "Daddy's Home 2", just to name a few.