‘Superbad is a 2007 coming-of-age teen comedy film that was directed by Greg Mottola and was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It stars Jonah Hill and Seth and Michael Cera as Evan. Others who star in the film are Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seth Rogen, and Bill Hader. The film is about two teenagers who want to lose their virginity before they leave high school, but it is not as easy to fulfill their plan as they had hoped. Rogen and Goldberg began developing the script in their teens, and the storyline is loosely based on their personal experiences. The soundtrack for the film contains original music by Lyle Workman, much of which was written in collaboration with Bootsy Collins. Interestingly, the song used for the movie’s trailer was ‘Feels Like the First Time’ by Foreigner, but this song does not feature on the film’s soundtrack album. Although there are 18 tracks on the album, ten of these are short instrumentals by Workman, and these have been given titles that reflect the scenes in which they appear. The other eight songs on the soundtrack, including another original song by Workman, cover various genres and eras. Here are all the songs from the ‘Superbad’ soundtrack ranked.
8. Funk McLovin, Lyle Workman ft. Bootsy Collins, 2007
Lyle Workman, who composed all the original music for the ‘Superbad’ soundtrack, wrote and performed ‘Funk McLovin for the movie. The track also features Bootsy Collins. It is the second song during the film’s end credits. ‘Funk McLovin’ was not released as a single. Workman has also composed music for films including ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,’ ‘Bad Santa 2,’ ‘Yes Man,’ ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ ’21 & Over,’ ‘The Interview,’ ‘The Goods,’ ‘Good Boys,’ ‘Knocked Up,’ ‘Win, Win,’ ‘Chef,’ ‘Made,’ and ‘Knocked Up.’ However, it was his work on the ‘Superbad’ soundtrack that earned him critical acclaim.
7. P.S. I Love You, Curtis Mayfield, 1976
Late singer Curtis Mayfield recorded ‘P.S. I Love You’ in 1976, although he did not release this song as a single. However, Mayfield did include the track in his twelfth studio album ‘Give, Get, Take and Have.’ Mayfield wrote all the tracks on the album, including ‘P.S. I Love You.’ In ‘Superbad,’ the song plays in the scene at the end of the movie where Evan and Seth separate at the mall, and it continues to play at the beginning of the movie’s end credits.
6. Here I Come, The Roots ft. Malik B. & Dice Raw, 2006
‘Here I Come’ is a song recorded in 2006 by the hip hop band The Roots. The track features vocals from Malik B and Dice Raw. It featured on The Roots’ seventh studio album ‘Game Theory.’ The song was written by Tariq Trotter, Ahmir Thompson, Karl B. Jenkins, James Gray, Kirk Douglass, Leonard Hubbard, Malik Abdul-Basi, Richard Nichols, and Frank Walker. In the film, this song plays when Seth and Evan arrive at the party with the alcohol they have bought.
5. Roda, Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, 1967
‘Roda’ is a song recorded in 1967 by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66. Sergio Mendes is a Brazilian singer who struggled to gain popularity in the early years of his career. It was suggested that it would help his popularity if the songs were performed in English instead of Portuguese. The idea led to an audition taking place for backing singers who could perform in both languages, and Brasil ’66 was formed. ‘Roda’ was one of the songs on the third studio album released by Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66, which was titled ‘Look Around.’
4. Bustin’ Out (On Funk), Rick James, 1979
‘Bustin’ Out (On Funk) is a song recorded in 1979 by singer Rick James. It featured as the first track on his second studio album, ‘Bustin’ Out of L Seven.’ The single peaked at number eight on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but only reached number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song features in the scene where Seth and Evan get off the bus and go into the liquor store in slow motion, and Seth is wearing Evan’s dad’s clothes.
3. Soul Finger, The Bar-Kays, 1967
‘Soul Finger’ was the debut single of the R&B group The Bar-Kays, and it was recorded in 1967. It peaked at number three on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is featured on the band’s debut studio album of the same name. ‘Soul Finger’ plays in the scene where Evan tells Seth he cannot park in the parking lot after he had been talking about Evan’s mum.
2. Do Me, Jean Knight, 1971
‘Do Me’ is an R&B/ soul song recorded by Jean Knight in 1971. Knight included the song on her album ‘Mr. Big Stuff.’ In ‘Superbad,’ the song features in the scene where the boys are in their home economics class and Seth is working with Jules, says Tune Find. Seth makes various lewd actions behind Jules, and Evan draws a cat face on his partner.
1. Too Hot to Stop, The Bar-Kays, 1976
‘Too Hot to Stop’ by The Bar-Kays is used in the opening credits of ‘Superbad’. As the music plays, there are silhouettes of Seth and Evan dancing. When the film begins and the music is still playing, Seth is driving his car while calling Evan about websites. ‘Too Hot to Stop’ was on The Bar-Kays’ 1976 album of the same name.