Ranking All The Songs from The Step Brothers Soundtrack


‘Step Brothers’ is a 28 comedy film that was directed by Adam McKay, who also co-wrote the film with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. It is about two grown men who still live with their single parents and are forced to live together when their parents marry. The movie stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Kathryn Hahn, and Adam Scott. It was made on a budget of $65 million and grossed $128.1 million at the worldwide box office. ‘Step Brothers’ received mixed reviews from critics. One aspect of the move that received praise is the soundtrack, as it contains a diverse mix of music genres and well-known tracks alongside new material. Here is a ranking of all the songs from ‘Step Brothers.’

25. Hairy Balls, John C. Reilly, 2008


John C. Reilly’s character, Dale, sings ‘Hairy Balls’ at the dinner table when he is trying to provoke Brennan and prove he can also sing. The song causes Dale and Brennan to argue, and they are chastised by Robert.

24. Deck the Halls, The Roches, 1990


‘Deck the Halls’ is a traditional Christmas Carol, and it has been recorded by multiple artists. The version used in the soundtrack for ‘Step Brothers’ was sung by The Roches, a vocal group of three songwriting sisters. It was on the tracklist for the group’s 1990 album ‘We Three Kings.’

23. Por Ti Volare, Will Ferrell, 2008


In one of the movie’s funniest scenes, Will Ferrell’s character performs a rendition of ‘Por Ti Volare. The Italian song was written by Francesco Sartori and Lucio Quarantotto, and it was first performed in 1995 by Italian operatic tenor Andrea Bocelli. Other names for this song are ‘Con te partio’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye.’

22. North American Scum, LCD Soundsystem, 2007


‘North American Scum’ was written by James Murphy and sung by the rock band LCD Soundsystem. In addition to featuring in the soundtrack for ‘Step Brothers,’ the song is used in the video games ‘Saints Row 2’ and Top Spin 4.’ It is also regularly used to open The Ron and Fez Show on XM Satellite Radio.

21. Father Christmas, The Kinks, 1977


‘Father Christmas’ is a song about a gang of poor kids beating up Father Christmas in a department store. It was written and produced by Ray Davies and released by the English group the Kinks in 1977. The accompanying music video featured Ray Davies dressed as Father Christmas.

20. Slow Burn, David Bowie, 2002


‘Slow Burn’ is a song written and recorded by English musician David Bowie. He released it as the lead single from his 22nd studio album ‘Heathen.’ It was most successful in Italy, where it reached number 16 on the singles chart. The single did not chart in the United States or the UK.

19. A Marshmallow World, Brenda Lee, 1964


‘A Marshmallow World’ was written by Carl Sigman and Peter DeRose in 1949. It was first recorded in 1950 by Bing Crosby. The version used in the soundtrack for ‘Step Brothers’ is Brenda Lee’s 1964 cover of the song. It featured on her album ‘Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee.’ The song about winter is often regarded as a Christmas song, although Christmas is not mentioned in the lyrics.

18. Family Bible, Rick Logan, 2008


The original version of ‘Family Bible’ was written by country singer Willie Nelson in 1960. It was first recorded by Claude Gray the following year before Nelson recorded his version in 1980. However, the version heard in ‘Step Brothers’ was performed by Rick Logan.

17. Something to Talk About, Will Ferrell, 2008


Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard wrote ‘Something to Talk About,’ and it was first recorded by American singer Bonnie Raitt. However, the version in ‘Step Brothers’ is performed by Will Ferrell when his character is trying to prove he can sing.

16. Keeping the Faith, The Dan Band, 2008


‘Keeping the Faith’ is a song that was written and recorded by Billy Joel in 1983 that featured on his album ‘An Innocent Man.’ However, the version in ‘Step Brothers’ is performed by the fictional Billy Joel cover band Dan Finnerty. In real life, the band is called The Dan Band, says Delish.

15. The Longest Time, Billy Joel, 1984


‘The Longest Time’ is a doo-wop song that was written and recorded by Billy Joel. It topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the fourth single released from Joel’s album ‘An Innocent Man.’

14. Derby Day, Cheeseburger, 2007


‘Derby Day’ is a song recorded by the American hard rock band Cheeseburger, which consists of Luke Crotty, Christy Karacas, Eric Dufresne, Christian Gordy, and Jayson Green. The song featured on their self-titled 2007 LP.

13. The Impression That I Get, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, 1997


‘The Impression That I Get’ is a song recorded in 1997 by the ska-punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It was written by Dicky Barrett and Joe Gittleman, and it topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song featured on the band’s fifth studio album ‘Let’s Face It.’

12. Live on Stage, Dilated Peoples, 2001


Dilated Peoples is a hip-hop group formed in Los Angeles in 1992. They recorded ‘Live on Stage’ in 2001, and it is one of the songs featured on the ‘Step Brothers’ soundtrack. The song featured on their second studio album ‘Expansion Team.’

11. Boats ‘n Hoes, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, 2008


According to Tune Finder, ‘Boats ‘n Hoes’ is the song performed by Dale and Brennan for their first music video. They film the video on Robert’s boat, which they inadvertently destroyed during the process.

10. You Make My Dreams (Come True), Hall & Oates, 1981


The song plays in the scene where Brennan and Dale do karate in the garage. The song was recorded by Hall & Oates for their ninth studio album ‘Voices,’ then released as a single in 1981. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.

9. Breathe and Stop, Q-Tip, 1999


Rapper Q-Tip recorded ‘Breathe and Stop’ in 1999. It was the second single released from his debut studio album ‘Amplified.’ Q-Tip co-wrote the song with Robert Bell, Roy Handy, Kamaal Fareed, James Yancey, Robert Mickens, Claydes Smith, Richard Westfield, Dennis Thomas, George ‘Funky’ Brown, and Gene Redd, Jr.

8. You’re on My Mind, KO & The Knockouts, 2002


Indie rock band KO & The Knockouts recorded ‘You’re on My Mind’ in 2002. KO & The Knockouts consists of Ko Melina and Eddie Baranek. The song was featured on their self-titled debut album.

7. Learn, Dizzee Rascal, 2004


‘Learn’ is a song recorded by British grime artist Dizzee Rascal in 2004. It was included on his second studio album, ‘Showtime,’ which reached number eight on the UK Albums chart but did not chart in the United States. Dizzee Rascal did not release this song as a single.

6. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan, 1995


‘This Is How We Do It’ was the debut single of singer Montell Jordan. He released it as the lead single from his debut album of the same name. The song is played in ‘Step Brothers’ in the scene where Dale and Brennan are falling out over their bunk bed sleeping arrangements.

5. Under Pressure, Queen & David Bowie, 1981


‘Under Pressure’ is a song recorded by Queen and David Bowie in 1981. It was written by David Mercury, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and Brian May. The song topped the UK charts, making it Queen’s second number-one hit and Bowie’s third. It also charted in the top ten in more than 10 other countries.

4. Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice, 1990


While ‘Ice Ice Baby’ is playing, Derrick intimidates Dale and Brennan at the house, and there is a flashback to Derrick at the talent show. ‘Ice Ice Baby’ is a song recorded by rapper Vanilla Ice in 1990. It featured on his debut album ‘To the Extreme.’ It was the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard Hot 100.

3. Sweet Child o’ Mine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Lurie Poston & Elizabeth Yozamp, 2008


One of the best songs on the Step Brothers’ soundtrack is probably ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ It is sung a-cappella by Derrick, Alice, and their two children when they are in the car on their way to meet Robert and Dale for the first time. As they sing, Derrick chastises Alice for her poor singing. The song was originally recorded by Guns N’ Roses in 1988.

2. A-Punk, Vampire Weekend, 2008


The song playing in the opening titles is ‘A-Punk’ by the indie rock band Vampire Weekend. As the film starts, Brennan is shown eating his breakfast while Dale is playing Guitar Hero and their parents are making out. Vampire Weekend released the song as a single and included it on their self-titled debut album.

1. Back and Forth, Jon Brion, 2008


The main theme song for ‘Step Brothers’ is ‘Back and Forth,’ which is performed by Jon Brion. It was written especially for the film by Brion, who is an accomplished film composer. He also did live composition for the musical commentary section of the ‘Step Brothers’ DVD. Other films for which Brion has scored original music include ‘Christopher Robin,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ ‘I Heart Huckabees,’ ‘The Future,’ and ‘ParaNorman.’

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