By Giovonni Pratt
MY Top Ten Movie Sound Tracks of all times.
#10 Beat Street The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
In 1984, Beat Street Vol. 1 & 2 showcased some of early Hip-Hop’s elite artists. The Treacherous Three, Melle Mel, Doug E. Fresh, DJ Jazzy Jay, and others were among the superstars that appeared in the film. The soundtrack showcased some of the purest elements of Hip-Hop. The beats were rhythm heavy, lyrics were witty, and content displayed the innocents and fun times of the of Hip-Hop genre. Songs like, “Santa’s Rap,” “Us Girls,” and “Frantic Situation” will have you reminiscing on this classic movie. So, dust off your B-Boy pants, boom-box, and card board so you can relive the nostalgia that is Beat Street.
#9 Saturday Night Fever
You know, I think at some point between the late 70’s and mid 90’s every “cool” male wanted “Staying Alive” to be their walking theme music. This should give you, the reader, a clue of how special Saturday Night Fever’s soundtrack was to the world. This soundtrack displayed the golden era of Disco Music. The raw, funky, and mellow sounds presented in this catalog produced some unforgettable classics! Songs from The Bee Gees, like ” More Than a Woman,” ” How Deep is Your Love,” and “Night Fever.” Other artist make their presents felt on the album too! Artists like, Kool and The Gang and my favorite song from Yvonne Elliman, “If I Can’t Have You.” This sound track really outlined the best of the disco era, and defined a time in the 70’s
#8 Super Fly- Curtis Mayfield
”Who the fuck you think you is, mother fucking Ron O’Neal, Nigga?” That famous line was quoted from the Movie “Menace to Society.” For those who don’t know who Ron O’Neal is, let me tell you. He played the character Priest in the Movie “Super Fly.” That classic movie, also had a wonderful soundtrack to go along with it. The funk of the 70’s blue print is all over this Curtis Mayfield creation. Wonderful tracks like “Little Child Running Wild,” “Pusherman,” and the classic “Freddie’s Dead.” The spirit of the soundtrack even lives on in the genre of Hip-Hop through various samples, and is currently heard in recent movies. This soundtrack was ahead of its time.
#7 Do The Right Thing
Here is “A Spike Lee Joint” I thought was very special. The movie, “Do the Right Thing,” which was released in 1989 was special. Spike Lee had the beautiful creative nerve to show case, tackle, and present to the viewer, the outcome of racial tensions during the Summer of 1989, inside a Brooklyn neighborhood. Just like the movie, the soundtrack produced revolutionary songs that shaped the times of the late 80’s. The first track you will recognize is Public Enemy’s, “Fight The Power.” Other features presented were, “Fantasy” by Guy, “Don’t Shoot Me” by Take Six, and “TU Y YO” by Rubin Blades. The album presented a mixture of revolutionary, multi-cultural, party style, and gospel influences on one project. Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” soundtrack is just as epic as it’s film counterpart, and should be heard by generations to come.
#6 House Party (Kid-N-Play)
House Party, the movie, is an urban classic! For those who didn’t notice, the movie contained all the elements of Hip-Hop. The writers took those elements, and turned it into a plot of High School students planning to have a house party. Peter (Play) plans on having a house party on a “school night,” while his parents were down south…. WAY DOWN SOUTH! I won’t give up the rest of the plot. The soundtrack was just as classic as the movie’s plot. The album contained soulful tracks like Today’s “Why You Getting Funky On Me.’ The group Full Force also added a rhythm, brass, and percussion heavy classic, “Ain’t My Type of Hype.” Other popular artists add to this classic soundtrack like, L.L. Cool J (To The Break of Dawn), Luther Vandross (Bad Boy), and more! This soundtrack personifies everything a house party should be, and is a finger print of the early 90’s blend of Hip-Hop and rhythm and blues.
#5 Juice Soundtrack
The movie “Juice” was a hardcore movie with a soundtrack of nothing but classic music. Each song fit the gripping plot of four neighborhood friends seeking respect, or “juice.” To gain respect, they agreed to rob a neighborhood store. While robing the store, the owner is fatally shot, and things spiral out of control. Although Juice’s soundtrack wasn’t the first to feature hardcore Hip-Hop, it did house some of the best classic Hip-Hop singles for a soundtrack. For example, Rakim’s ” Juice (Know The Ledge),” set the tone of the movie. Naughty By Nature’s “Uptown Anthem” produced a key, percussion, and base heavy classic, which like Rakim’s “ Juice” topped charts. Also, Teddy Riley lent his New Jack Swing styled track, ” Is It Good To You,” featuring Tammy Lucas. Other artists like, Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Salt-N-Peppa, and others make their presents felt. If you haven’t heard this soundtrack, you should try to find it and give it a good listen.
#4 Above The Rim
How many people remember the movie, “Above The Rim?” Yeah, didn’t think so. However, this doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten the classic collection of tracks for the soundtrack. I mean, good God! “Above The Rim,” in my opinion, has the best collection of Hip-Hop and R&B tracks for an album I’ve heard thus far! Tracks like, SWV’s, “Anything’, featuring Wu Tang Clan was a classic. H- Town’s “Part Time Lover, and” Warren G’s “Regulate,” capture some of the great essence of this classic soundtrack. Death Row records really put their stamp on this great album. Too bad the movie isn’t as praised as much as the soundtrack.
#3 Woman in Red (Stevie Wonder)
I guess you guys are shocked to see This as number three, huh? Well, Stevie Wonder’s “Woman in Red” soundtrack is one of the greatest movie soundtracks I ever heard. The crazy part about it is that every last track on this creation was done by and featured Stevie Wonder. On this project, Stevie Wonder produced true to life, feel good music that also had a mellow romantic feel. Songs like the upbeat, “Loves Light in Flight’s” rhythm made my head nod to the point of exhaustion. The Grammy award winning song “I Just Called” was also on this soundtrack. Dionne Warrick lent her talents on tracks like “It’s You” and my favorite song ” Weakness.” Stevie Wonder created such a jewel of a soundtrack, and properly inserted his finger print on this collection of music. This album is so good, that when I listen to it today, it’s still like it’s my first time hearing it. I mean, can you believe this soundtrack is 27 years old?! Talk about standing the test of time!
#2 Prince Purple Rain
Let me first start off by saying, Prince is a musical genius. He was able to craft a soundtrack that had nothing to do with the motion picture, Purple Rain.” Yet, every track on the soundtrack could have been a single. I would also like to note, Prince preformed the entire album in the movie. Songs like, “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” ” Baby I’m A Star,” “I Will Die For You,” and “Purple Rain” shaped this album to be one of Prince’s finest works. The movie was by far, Prince’s best film, and showed off his musical talents… Yes even his wardrobe was stylish.. What am I saying?!
#1 Moon Walker
Wow, Michael Jackson is a beautiful soul who’s music will never be forgotten. Even though the soundtrack consisted of past and present tracks, the score still shined as my number one movie soundtrack. The movie even had “The Smooth Criminal” video! Do you know, I tried to do that exaggerated lean from the video? I fell, but broke my fall on my mother’s coffee table. The outcome was a broken coffee table, and a sore behind, which wasn’t from me falling (sad face). This was the kind of influence “Moonwalker” had on me. I would talk about the rest of the tracks on here, but like I said before, all of the songs were from Jackson’s past albums. The influence alone is enough for me to call this my number one soundtrack of all times. Songs like, “Dance Machine,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Leave Me Alone,” and “Human Nature,” have stood the test of time, and will be accepted by all generations to come.
Giovonni Pratt’s notes: I want you all the understand that this list is subjective. Some of you may, or may not agree with this list… to bad! It’s my blog so I do whatever I want, when I want. If I choose these to be my top ten, so be it! Naw, just playing, lol! However, this list is subjective, and I would love to hear what you guys thought and come up with your own top ten so we can compare.