When it comes to soundtracks, Quentin Tarantino is one of the best. He has a knack for picking the perfect songs to fit the mood of his films. Death Proof is no exception. The soundtrack is packed with catchy tunes that will have you toe-tapping along before you know it. The movie itself is about a group of women targeted by a psychopath in a car. So, it’s only fitting that the soundtrack is full of fast and furious tracks. Below is a ranking of All The Songs from The Death Proof Soundtrack:
12. Chick Habit by April March (1995)
This sultry track kicks off the Death Proof soundtrack. It’s the perfect introduction to the femme fatale character that Stuntman Mike is after. It is about a woman who is confident and knows what she wants. This song sets the tone for the entire movie. It’s sexy, dangerous, and thrilling. The lyrics are fitting for the film and match the dark mood.
11. Riot in Thunder Alley by Eddie Beram (1967)
Riot in Thunder Alley is a rock song written by Eddie Beram. The song was recorded by American garage rock band the Standells and released as a single in 1967. The song became a regional hit, reaching number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Standells’ version of “Riot in Thunder Alley” is a two-and-a-half-minute-long rock song with a fast tempo.
10. It’s So Easy by Mink DeVille (1980)
The song “It’s So Easy” was written by Mink DeVille and originally appeared on his debut album, Cabretta, in 1977. The re-recorded version that appears on the Death Proof soundtrack was released as a single in 1980 and reached number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The lyrics of “It’s So Easy” are about the dangers of life on the road as a musician. DeVille sings about the temptations of drugs, sex, and violence that can be encountered while touring. He also warns about the dangers of getting caught up in the lifestyle and losing oneself in the hedonism of life on the road.
9. Sally and Jack by Pino Donaggio (1981)
Sally and Jack is another great song performed by Pino Donaggio. The song was written for the 1981 slasher film, Dressed to Kill, which Donaggio also scored. The music plays over the end credits of Death Proof and features a guitar solo by Mike Patton. The lyrics describe a couple’s deteriorating relationship, with the woman eventually leaving the man. Some artists have covered the song, including cellist David Darling.
8. Hold Tight! by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
The song was written by band members Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and produced by Tony Hatch. It reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1966. The upbeat and fast-paced song is about a man warning his lover about an impending heart attack. The lyrics are humorous and tongue-in-cheek. The song was covered by the American rock band Blue Öyster Cult on their album Imaginos in 1988. It talks about how the band members were looking for a fast and furious song to include on their album and chose this one.
7. Down in Mexico by The Coasters (1957)
The seventh spot on the Death Proof soundtrack goes to “Down in Mexico” by The Coasters. Released in 1957, the song was written by Leiber and Stoller and is a pop and R&B classic. The lyrics tell the story of a man who cheated on his woman and took his revenge by shooting her lover. The Coasters performed the song, and a band was made up of four African American vocalists. The group was formed in the 1950s and is often credited with laying the groundwork for the soul and R&B genres. “Down in Mexico” was their first hit and has been covered by many artists over the years, including The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
6. Good Love, Bad Love by Eddie Floyd (1967)
“Good Love, Bad Love” is a song by Eddie Floyd released in 1967 and featured on the same name album. Many artists have covered the song over the years, but Floyd’s original recording is a classic. The song’s lyrics are about a man conflicted about his love for two women. He loves one woman for her good qualities, and he loves the other woman for her bad qualities. He can’t seem to decide which woman he wants to be with, and he is torn between the two.
5. The Love You Save by Joe Tex (1966)
Released in 1966, The Love You Save was written by Tex and produced by Huey P. Meaux. Some artists have covered the song, including The Jackson 5, who took it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970. The Love You Save lyrics are about a man pleading with his loved one not to leave him. He promises her that he will change and do whatever it takes to make her stay. The song has a slow, soulful groove that is perfect for listening to on a quiet night.
4. Staggolee by Pacific Gas & Electric (1970)
Another great song on the Death Proof soundtrack is “Staggolee” by Pacific Gas & Electric. The song was released in 1970 and appeared on Bay Area Blues album. The song is about a man who has been badly injured in a fight and is now on his deathbed. He reflects on his life and everything he wishes he could have done. The song is slow and soulful, with a bluesy guitar riff. The version on the Death Proof soundtrack is a live recording, and it’s a great example of the raw, bluesy sound that the band is known for. It’s a powerful song, and it fits nicely into the movie’s gritty, down-and-dirty vibe.
3. Paranoia Prima by Ennio Morricone (1971)
The third spot on our countdown goes to the track “Paranoia Prima” by Ennio Morricone. This spine-chilling composition was featured in the 1971 horror film Bay of Blood. The track has a very eerie and suspenseful sound that perfectly reflects the movie’s tone. The lyrics talk about a woman haunted by her past and the fear that it will consume her.
2. Baby, It’s You by Smith (1969)
Baby, It’s You by Smith was initially released in 1969 and was written by Mack David, Jerry Wexler, and Burt Bacharach. Multiple artists have covered the song over the years, but the version by Smith is the one that appears in the film. The song is about a young man trying to figure out his life and what he wants to do with it. He is in a relationship with a girl he loves, but he isn’t sure if he is ready to settle down and commit to her. He is also trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life and where he wants to go.
1. The Last Race by Jack Nitzsche (2007)
The film’s opening theme, “The Last Race,” was composed and performed by Jack Nitzsche. An accomplished session musician, arranger, and producer, Nitzsche had previously worked with Tarantino on the soundtrack to Pulp Fiction (1994). The song was used in the opening scene where the cars are racing on the road.