The Score: Memorable Movie Soundtracks

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  • 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.
  • Ill Al Skratch, Spike Lee, Outkast
  • Menace II Society soundtrack


Taking his cue from Isaac Hayes's Shaft a year prior, Curtis Mayfield released an iconic album of his own in 1972 with Superfly. Rather than relying on mostly instrumentals like Hayes, however, Mayfield performed a nine-song disc centered around characters from the movie. Standouts include "Freddie's Dead," "Pusherman" and "Little Child Running Wild." The soundtrack's been sampled by artists like Busta Rhymes and Snoop Dogg, among countless others.

(Photo: Rhino Records)

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