Much like the classic mixtape, Tracklisted presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, which you can check out below. Click on the provided Spotify playlist and listen to this week’s arrangement while you read a few words about the selections.
So judging by early reviews…Suicide Squad might be a dud. But despite how low their Rotten Tomatoes score sinks (it’s currently at a nice 31%), they’ll always have quite the soundtrack to look back on, one anchored by chart toppers such as Twenty One Pilots, Skrillex and Panic! At The Disco, but made cool through its wild collaborations — pairing people like Action Bronson and Dan Auerbach together — and informed inclusions (see: Grimes). And for the first time since Guardians of The Galaxy dropped its Awesome Mix: Volume 1, I feel like there’s a shot this soundtrack could CGI explode its way through movie screens and onto the Billboard charts.
That got me thinking. You won’t often find a genre so willing to go general populace in their selections, barring releases like a Fight Club (its grunginess just happened to line up with rock’s elite at the time) or a Pitch Perfect (considering they sing these popular songs). It’s comic book movies and teen movies which both lack the “song-must-meet-plot” filter of more dramatic fare.
Our playlist doesn’t start at crazy, though, it starts with “Star Spangled Man,” quite possibly my favorite musical moment from any superhero film. We have Steve Rogers forced, quite literally, into a song and dance, his beginning contribution to war time morale. But then we move right into “Vindicated,” every scene kid’s super-tune, and one firmly in the “inspired by the film” category. For Spider-Man 2, it would be Dashboard Confessional’s biggest Billboard hit, landing at #2 for alternative tracks, but beyond a music video with clips of Peter Parker and comic book formatting, it only hit on the outskirts of the film’s message.
Our contribution from Suicide Squad is a collaboration between Skrillex and Rick Ross, where they’re certain to drop that film title, and which certainly seems to play up the bombast with which “Jared Leto as The Joker” would imply. A few more notes on my selections: