As well as smashing box office records, Suicide Squad can now boast the honor of having the only soundtrack to go gold this year after selling a whopping 500,000 copies. Kevin Weaver, the president of Film and Television at Atlantic Records, celebrated this achievement with an emphatic Instagram post:
Much like how the film reached $700 million worldwide in only six weeks, the soundtrack has followed suit, making it one of the best selling albums of the year - period. Nevertheless it has an astronomical way to go if it wants to beat The Bodyguard OST, which is still number 1 with over 17 million units sold. But what is the best song on the soundtrack? Let's rank them in reverse order.
14. 'Wreak Havoc" - Skylar Grey
This unnecessarily noisy, guns-popping, over-produced rip-off of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" with a painful EDM-style chorus ranks as the worst song on the soundtrack. Why couldn't they just pick "Black Skinhead" itself, seeming as that also features in the film when Deadshot shows off his shooting skills?
13. "Heathens" - Twenty One Pilots
The first half of "Heathens" is catchy and clever, with a simple beat and a catchy intro. Additionally, the half-speaking, half-rapping delivery works well to convey a sense of playfulness appropriate to the film's credit sequence. Nevertheless, after around two minutes, the song descends into chaos, making it a truly unlistenable experience, replete with a barrage of distracting video game noises.
12. "Medieval Warfare" - Grimes
Featuring a bizarre combination between shredding guitars and trap beats, "Medieval Warfare" is an extremely misconceived concoction of incongruous elements that shows no interest in resolving into anything coherent. Sometimes a kitchen-sink approach only works to create more mess. Grimes has come a long way since the pure pop joy of "Oblivion".
11. "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Panic At The Disco!
Sure, this is in effect "Bohemian Rhapsody", one of the greatest songs ever written, yet this cover is a prime example of how you can learn all the notes, and match the production almost exactly, but completely lose the feeling of the song. I have heard better karaoke versions that this.
10. Purple Lamborghini - Rick Ross, Skrillex
The song gets off to a great start, with Rick Ross more energised than ever spitting ridiculously stupid lyrics over a ridiculously huge beat. But then the dubstep kicks in. It's 2016. How is dubstep still a thing? Will not appeal to anyone over 14. Suits the Joker's personality though, who also drives a Purple Lamborghini in the film.
9. "Sucker For Pain" - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors
Featuring a decent hook sung by Imagine Dragons, and a laid-back beat, "Sucker for Pain" assembles a super team worthy of matching the Suicide Squad themselves. Hearing Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Logic all squaring up to compete for the best verse is highly pleasurable. Nevertheless, the song doesn't really go anywhere, making the fade-out quite appropriate.
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8. "Know Better" - Kevin Gates
The chorus is pretty forgettable, but Gates snarls machine-gun lyrics here like a true trap rapper. Yet around halfway through the song, when he tells the listener of his struggles to make it as a hustler, the emotional heart of the song is found, making it an affecting listen.
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7. "Gangsta" - Kehlani
Playing when the Joker throws Harley Quinn into a vat of acid, "Gangsta" shows the allure of falling for the bad boy. Kehlani shows off her great musical range here in order to portray the emotional highs and lows of being in love with someone who might end up being a negative influence on you you.
6. "I Started A Joke" - ConfidentialMX, Becky Hanson
This evocative, string-laden, achingly beautiful song was a perfect choice for the trailer, suggesting a sense of impending doom started by what was essentially a huge mistake. Cleverly, this literally explains the plot of Suicide Squad, seeming as the entire team is treated like a joke, and their being assembled leads to the Enchantress coming into being and threatening to destroy the world.
5. "Standing In The Rain" - Action Bronson, Mark Ronson, Dan Auerbach
This Mark Ronson-produced track features a suitably funky drum beat to go along with its orchestral instrumentation. With a instantly catchy hook, it is abetted by an excellent Action Bronson verse. Feels cinematic, and works very well to soundtrack Deadshot's introduction as an expert killer.
4. "You Don't Own Me' - Grace, G-Eazy
Harley Quinn's anthem, this song plays as she is introduced to the viewer. A song as free-spirited and energetic as the "Maid of Mischief" herself, it boasts a truly sing-a-long chorus and a verse by G-Eazy which flaunts the woman's many talents:
"she got her own doughBoss bossed if you don't knowShe could never ever be a broke hoe"
3. "Without Me' - Eminem
The lead single from Eminem's fourth album, The Eminem Show, "Without Me" is considered one of his best songs - a brutal piece of disco showmanship that sees the rapper reflect on his fame and those who try to criticise him. Featuring when the Suicide Squad are seen suiting up for battle, it works well to show the crew's flashy bravado.
2. "Slipping Into Darkness" - War
This unbelievably funky joint from War makes being bad cool. With one of the grooviest drum and bass combinations you'll ever hear, this song is a brilliant choice for any house party. Playing as El Diablo hands himself into the police, its an expert choice to illustrate the allure of being a bad guy.
1. "Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Easily the stand-out track on the OST, "Fortunate Son" is a staple of late 60s countercultural rock that has been featured everywhere from Levi Jeans adverts to the Forrest Gump soundtrack. Playing as the Killer Croc is introduced, "Fortunate Son" works perfectly to illustrate his enigmatic character. Few songs sound as quintessentially American or Rock and Roll as this.
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