What is a movie without a soundtrack? Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK did a pretty good job at answering this question with soundtracks that have stuck with us for a lifetime, such as Baloo’s Bare Necessities and Mowgli’s “I Wanna Be Like You”, making the songs just as memorable as the movie itself! It’s time to take a walk down memory lane as we explore the most unforgettable soundtracks from our favorite black films, which may make you want to go out and buy the CDs again … or simply listen to them on YouTube.
In 1984, Prince proved to America that he was more than a sensational voice – he was a movie star as well! PURPLE RAIN proved that music was the true object of Prince’s insatiable lust, and the soundtrack offered a wide arrange of music genres that cover psychotropic funk with ”When Doves Cry” to classic rock such as ”Let’s Go Crazy”!
In 1990, the funky romance comedy, HOUSE PARTY, made its way on the scene with its popular soundtrack adding to the flavor. With hit songs such as “Kid vs. Play” by Kid N’ Play, this film was one of the most memorable black films for its soundtrack for all of us 90’s kids.
When Tina Turner’s movie, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT hit the big screens in 1993, her songs from the soundtrack blew up even more (as if that were even possible!) as they reached almost every single radio station in the country. Songs such as “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and various hits both Ike and Tina recorded made it hard to not have Tina’s voice in your head throughout the early 90’s.
Then in 1997, LOVE JONES made its way to the hearts of millions throughout the country with its chain of romantic complications between the sultry poet Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) and the talented photographer, Nina Moseley (Nia Long). With the beautiful melodic “The Sweetest Thing” by Lauryn Hill & the Refugee Camp All-Stars, and that extra treat of Darius’ poem, “Brother to the Night (A Blues for Nina),” and Nina’s poem, “I Am Looking at Music.” the soundtrack for ‘LOVE JONES’ added to everyone’s longing for true love and dilapidated poetry clubs.
And most recently in 2012, THINK LIKE A MAN had every woman wanting John Legend to be the best they ever had, as the sultry song, “Tonight” played almost every time the dreamy Dominic (Michael Ealy) was about to make his move.
The Jungle Book is in theaters on April 15, 2016!