Ranking The 10 Best Songs from The War Dogs Soundtrack

War Dogs

War Dogs is a black comedy-crime film released in 2016. The movie was based on a 2016 article by Guy Lawson for Rolling Stone. The actors in this movie are Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, and Ana de Armas. According to Republic World, War Dogs revolves around two arms dealers called David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli. The US Army approaches the duo to supply arms for them. The deal was to use the ammunition to fight the Afghan National Army. This movie performed exceptionally well at the box office, thanks to the actors’ prowess and storyline. It also has ten awesome soundtracks, which we’ll list here.

10. “Waters of Nazareth” by Justice (2005)


“Water of Nazareth” is a 2005 song written by Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. A French electronic music duo performed and released it as their debut single for their album. Two years later, the duo did a demo version of this song titled “Let There Be Light.” The song performed well on the charts, peaking at 15 in Denmark (Tracklisten) and 88 in France’s SNEP. It’s been used to promote two films; War Dogs and That’s It, That’s All.

9. “Funk #49” by The James Gang (1970)


Another soundtrack on War Dogs is “Funk #49”, written by Joe Walsh, Jim Fox, and Dale Peters. Released in 1970, the track became the James Gang’s first single on their James Gang Rides Again album. The track performed moderately on the charts, peaking at 59 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s 3:54 in length, though it only has two verses. The rest of the song is primarily instrumental, with Joe Walsh as the guitarist. Dale Peters is the bassist, while Jim Fox is the drummer.

8. “They Broke His Pelvis” by Cliff Martinez (2011)


“They Broke His Pelvis” is a song performed and released by Cliff Martinez in 2011, according to IMDB. The celebrated singer was born on February 5, 1954, and is also a composer. Since the 1990s, he’s worked as a film score composer, writing music for multiple films, the latest being War Dogs. It’s unclear what the song means, but it was an excellent piece that the movie capitalized on.

7. “Say What’Cha Want” by Beastie Boys (1992)


In 1992, an American rap rock group called the Beastie Boys released “Say What’Cha Want” as the second single from their Check Your Head album. Its music video shows the Beastie Boys rapping the song in woodland while looking down at the camera. Another thing to note is that it was one of the first music videos to feature slow-motion action while the artists lip-synched with the soundtrack. It’s also one of the soundtracks featured on War Dogs.

6. “What Up Gangsta” by 50 Cent (2003)


On 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Trying album is a song titled “What Up Gangsta,” one of the soundtracks on War Dogs. According to Collider, this movie is based on a true story. Unsurprisingly, they would choose this song as the soundtrack to portray the actor’s gangster lifestyles. The real David Packouz even has a brief cameo in the film, qualifying it as a real story. You can hear this soundtrack when Ephraim and David try buying weed.

5. “Fireworks Went Off” by Cliff Martinez (2014)


“Fireworks Went Off” by Cliff Martinez is a soundtrack on War Dogs. Martinez released it in 2014, and you can hear it when Diverolli joins Packouz in the car after getting rejected while trying to sell bedsheets on the phone. During the scene, you can also hear fake fireworks in the background. Overall, it’s one of the best film compositions Cliff Martinez crafted.

4. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith (1975)


Do you remember the scene where David tries telling Iz about his plan to do business with Ephraim to sell bedsheets to the military? If yes, it’s not hard noticing “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith playing in the background. The American rock band, particularly Steven Tyler, wrote this song to portray his frustrations with the band. Surprisingly, they were into drugs, so the tensions often accelerated. This song is a statement about doing your thing even if others are trying to bring you down.

3. “Bojangles” by Pitbull feat. Ying Yang Twins & Lil Jon (2006)


“Bojangles” is a soundtrack on War Dogs, released in 2006 by Pit Bull. It also features remixes by Lil Jon and Ying Yang Twins. If you’ve watched this film, you will notice this song when Ephraim and David were at a club discussing Henry Girard. Ephraim pays a random girl money to pretend it’s their third date. “Bojangles” is a Latino term for a girl with full breasts, legs, and wings. It also represents a fast-food chain Bojangles Famous Chicken’ n Biscuits.

2. “Red Red Wine” UB40 (1983)


“Red Red Wine” is a 1983 song by UB40, written by American singer Neil Diamond. This song features on Diamond’s 1967 album, Just for You. The lyrics have a statement about taking wine whenever you want to forget your problems. Regarding chart positions, UB40’s version took the first position in the UK and US Billboard Hot 100. This fantastic soundtrack appears when Efraim and David are at a dinner party.

1. “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin (1960)


“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” is a pop song by Dean Martin, released in 1960. It also has a different version, covered in 2004 by the Irish boyband Westlife in their sixth studio album, Allow Us to Be Frank. The song was written by Van Heusen and Cahn for the 1960 Ocean’s 11 film. According to TuneFind, the song plays on War Dogs when David plays blackjack in Las Vegas before interrupting Efraim to meet with Henry Girard.

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