The Score: Memorable Movie Soundtracks

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  • Ill Al Skratch, Spike Lee, Outkast
  • Menace II Society soundtrack
  • Isaac Hayes, Gordon Parks
  • Diana Ross, Billie Holiday
  • Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes
  • Chaka Khan, Sheila E, The Gap Band, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Kurtis blow, Blondie
  • Ollie & Jerry, Rufus & Chaka Khan
  • Eddie Murphy, Toni Braxton, A Tribe Called Quest, Babyface, Boyz Ii Men
  • Big Daddy Kane, Aaron Hall, Tupac, Naughty By Bature, Eric B & Rakim,
  • Spike Lee, Branford Marsalis, Denzel Washington, Terence Blanchard, Cynda Williams
  • 2Pac, Warren G, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Lady Of Rage, SWV, H-Town
  • Whitney Houston
  • Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, SWV, Brandy, Mary J. Blige
  • Jay Z, Ja Rule, DMX, Rell
  • Duke Ellington, Lauryn Hill, John Coltrane, Dionne Farris
  • Prince
  • Tony! Toni! Toné!, Ice Cube, Compton's Most Wanted
  • Tupac, Janet Jackson, Nate Dogg, Warren G, TLC, Mista Grimm, The Time, Chaka Demus & Pliers,
  • Outkast, Mystikal, Joe
  • Boyz II Men, Milestone, Usher, Monica, Dru Hill, Outkast, Cee-lo
  • Ice-T, Color Me Badd
  • Beyonce, The Roots, Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, Case, Ginuwine, Tyrese, R.L.


Isaac Hayes set the bar for soundtracks in 1971 during the blaxploitation era. The Shaft soundtrack complemented Gordon Parks's vision perfectly and produced an iconic theme song that later won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition and an Oscar for Best Original Song.

(Photo: Stax Records)

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