Best Movie Soundtracks

Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack

A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as this awards season winds down, Jim and Greg pick some of their favorite film soundtracks. Plus, they'll review the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther.

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Kendrick Lamar & Anderson Paak & the Weeknd & SZA & Vince Staples Black Panther

The film Black Panther has broken all sorts of box office records, but its the soundtrack that has caught Jim and Greg's attention. Helmed by Kendrick Lamar, the album features a stars like SZA, the Weeknd and Anderson Paak; but Greg notes that lesser known artists like singer Jorja Smith and South African rapper Yugen Blakrock are“the real revelation”here. Greg says Blakrock goes toe to toe and holds her own against Vince Staples on Opps. He adds that producer Sounwave contributes a“haunted”Carribean sound. Jim loves the "musical variety: R&B, rap, afro soul, and South African pop. He notes that though the album isn't as closely connected to the film as Curtis Mayfield's 1972 classic Super Fly, it is "a wonderful companion to the film". Jim and Greg give the album a double Buy It.


Best Soundtracks, Part 2

From Do the Right Thing to Lost In Translation, Jim and Greg share another batch of their favorite movie soundtracks. We also hear some listeners make the case for their favorites. Here are their picks:


Hooked On Sonics: Helado Negro

Helado Negro

Helado Negro's work (like his latest album, Island Universe Story Four) blends the tropical sounds of his South Florida upbringing with psychedelic and electronic explorations. In this installment of Hooked On Sonics, we hear about how his older cousin first opened his eyes to other worlds of music, from John Coltrane to Aphex Twin.

Featured Songs

  1. Isaac Hayes, Do Your Thing, Shaft, Enterprise, 1971
  2. Helado Negro, Enfocando, Island Universe Story One, Asthmatic Kitty, 2012
  3. Kendrick Lamar, All The Stars feat. SZA, Black Panther: The Album, Top Dawg, 2018
  4. Ab-Soul, Anderson Paak and James Blake, Bloody Waters, Black Panther: The Album, Top Dawg, 2018
  5. Kendrick Lamar, Big Shot feat Travis Scott, Black Panther: The Album, Top Dawg, 2018
  6. Jorja Smith, I Am, Black Panther: The Album, Top Dawg, 2018
  7. Vince Staples and Yugen Blakrok, Opps, Black Panther: The Album, Top Dawg, 2018
  8. Rose Royce, Car Wash, Car Wash Soundtrack, MCA, 1976
  9. Curtis Mayfield, Superfly, Super Fly, Curtom, 1972
  10. Isaac Hayes, Theme from Shaft, Shaft, Enterprise, 1971
  11. Pink Floyd, The Nile Song, More, EMI Columbia, 1969
  12. Shriekback, This Big Hush, Oil & Gold, Island, 1985
  13. Beck, Ramona (Acoustic Version), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, ABKCO, 2010
  14. Suzi Quatro, Rock Hard, Rock Hard, Dreamland, 1980
  15. Urge Overkill, Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon, Music from the Motion Picture Pulp Fiction, MCA, 1994
  16. Kool & The Gang, Jungle Boogie, Wild & Peaceful, De-Lite, 1973
  17. Blue Swede, Hooked On a Feeling, Hooked on a Feeling, EMI, 1974
  18. Redbone, Come and Get Your Love, Wovoka, Epic, 1973
  19. Simon & Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., Columbia, 1964
  20. Joy Division, Transmission, 24 Hour Party People Soundtrack, FFRR, 2002
  21. Aimee Mann, Save Me, Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture, Warner Music, 1999
  22. Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come, The Harder They Come, Island, 1972
  23. Scotty, Draw Your Brakes, The Harder They Come, Island, 1972
  24. Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers To Cross, The Harder They Come, Island, 1972
  25. Wendy Carlos, Theme from Tron, Tron: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, CBS, 1982
  26. The Jesus and Mary Chain, Just Like Honey, Lost in Translation, Emperor Norton, 2003
  27. Public Enemy, Fight The Power, Do The Right Thing, Motown, 1989
  28. Come Be Me, Helado Negro, Island Universe Story Four, RVNG International, 2018
  29. John Coltrane, Part 1: Acknowledgement, A Love Supreme, Impulse, 1965
  30. Aphex Twin, IZ-US, Come to Daddy, Warp, 1997
  31. Aphex Twin, Bucephalus Bouncing Ball, Come to Daddy, Warp, 1997
  32. The Beatles, Any Time At All, A Hard Day's Night, Parlophone, 1964
  33. The Flamingos, I Only Have Eyes For You, I Only Have Eyes For You (Single), End, 1959
  34. Art Garfunkel, I Only Have Eyes For You, Breakaway, Columbia, 1975
  35. Lorraine Ellison, Stay with Me, Stay with Me (Single), Warner Bros., 1966
  36. Bette Midler, Stay With Me, The Rose, Atlantic, 1979
  37. The Beatles, Help!, Help!, Parlophone, 1965
  38. Sir the Baptist, Wake Up (feat. ChuchPpl), Wake Up (Single), Tympa Chapel, 2015
  39. Was (Not Was), I Feel Better Than James Brown, Are You Okay?, Chrysalis, 1990