Quick Take: Ghostbusters Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2016)

By Patrick Tedder

I probably have no business writing a review of music as I don’t have a music education background. Hell, I can’t even read music, though I’ve tried. I can play the Ukulele, but the guitar has sadly eluded me. Still, I know what I like, and given all the hate the new Ghostbusters film has had to endure, I figured any positive mention of the brand would be a plus. So, like my WOW articles, expect more Ghostbuster content ahead at St Jane Media.

Here goes:

1.       “Ghostbusters” by Walk the Moon.

Yep! It’s the original song sung by a modern group with a slightly modern update that has a bit more pop and kick than the original song. Sounds good and is fun. It’s a fitting intro to the album.

2.       “Saw It Coming” by G-Eazy feat. Jeremih

Huge fan of this song. It’s fresh, catchy, and smooth. This is one I could put on repeat and then some! Feels like it could easily be a hit summer song.

3.       “Good Girls” by Elle King

Another solid track. It makes me happy that Elle King continues to get love. It’s sharp and continues her whiskey-roots sound.

4.       “Girls Talk Boys” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Fine. Nothing that I love. Feels like a decent comedown from the past two songs. It’s poppy with a disco-esque dance beat, and it would appear that it has cowbells at one point, and don’t we all need a little more of that?

5.       “wHo” by ZAYN

Not my thing. The album has slowed down at this point. I know folks love ZAYN, but he doesn’t do much for me. This song is forgettable.

6.       “Ghostbusters” by Pentatonix

Really cool a cappella version of the song. It’s impressive, BUT it’s also the second time I’ve heard the theme song and that gets repetitive.

7.       “Ghoster” by Wolf Alice

Good to get some female sounds on the album. The song is cool, and it might grow on me, but right now it sounds pretty average.

8.       “Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)” by Fall Out Boy feat. Missy Elliott

Love it! Awesome song with a fantastic hard guitar riff for a hook. The sound is classic Fall Out Boy. The song is great without sounding like the group sold out. Missy brings a nice hip-hop / rap sound for a maximum cool effect. However, this is the third version of the theme song, and while it sounds vastly different than anything else on the album, I’d like to hear something else.

9.       “Get Ghost” by Mark Ronson, Passion Pit & A$AP Ferg

Sampling from the Ghostbusters theme, the result is a fun, dance-disco sound that could easily be played with the windows down in the summer. It’s catchy, and I like it more each time I hear it.

10.   “Party Up (Up In Here)” by DMX

This elevates the album by itself. Love it. DMX is a national treasure.

11.   “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge

Fun. See the movie to figure out why this is on the album

12.   “American Woman” by Muddy Magnolias

A strong female song. Has some grit to it that fits the tone of movie and soundtrack. Near the end of the song, it kicks some ass. Overall though, it’s not a song I would remember if I weren’t listening to the album all the way through.

13.   “Want Some More” by Beasts Of Mayhem

Not my kind of music. I think this is featured in the movie as the band that plays? I’m not really sure. Otherwise, I don’t know why this is included on the soundtrack.

14.   “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.

I guess you kind of have to close it out with the iconic original, but this makes the fourth version of the song on the album. I’d almost appreciate a joke album that just has 14 tracks of the Ghostbusters theme song.

Overall, one of the better non-score soundtracks to come out. On CD it costs $9.99, which is a pretty good price, though I wish there was a deluxe version with some bonus merch, like a lithograph or something. Still, this is a pretty hot album for a fun film that should be getting more love than it is.