Popular Soundtrack List From Movie Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights theatrical release poster
Boogie Nights theatrical release poster ( Source : facebook )

The Boogie Nights soundtrack list is made up of 1. God Only Knows By Beach Boys 2. Sister Christian By Night Ranger 3. The Commodores By Machine Gun and more.

Initially released in 1997, it is an American period comedy-drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

The film explores the adult entertainment industry in the San Fernando Valley, California during the late 70s.

The movie garnered critical acclaim and earned three Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

The 36 tracks that make up the soundtrack are featured throughout Boogie Nights which perfectly complements the nature of the film. The movie features one track sung by lead actor Mark Wahlberg himself.

Popular Soundtrack List From Movie Boogie Nights

Song Name:Spotify Streams:
God Only Knows By Beach Boys224,405,523
Sister Christian By Night Ranger94,823,555
Machine Gun By The Commodores23,561,048
Best of My Love By The Emotions184,764,323
Livin’ Thing By Electric Light Orchestra187,066,734
Jungle Fever By The Chakachas5,671,856
Spill The Wine By Eric Burdon33,773,934
Magnet & Steel By Walter Egan17,545,322
Feel the Heat By John C. Reilly and Mark Wahlberg409,231
Brand New Key By Melanie32,053,269

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10. Brand New Key By Melanie

A Song From Boogie Nights is Brand New Key. It was written and recorded by Melanie for her 1971 studio album Gather Me.

Released via the label Neighbourhood on October 1971, it is also known as "The Rollerskate Song" primarily due to its chorus.

Lyrically, the song describes the perspective of a girl with roller skates trying to grasp the attention of a guy, with whom she has a crush.

In the film, a casual relationship develops between a Rollergirl and the protagonist Eddie Adamns. As they lay in bed together at their boss's apartment, the soundtrack is featured in the background.

The song peaked at number 1 on US Billboard Hot 100, Canada, and Australia Singles chart. While it featured at No. 4 on UK Singles Chart.

As of now, "Brand New Key" has sold 1 million copies in the US and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

9. Feel the Heat By John C. Reilly and Mark Wahlberg

Boogie Nights Mark Wahlberg Song is Feel the Heat which was recorded by Mark alongside John C. Reilly. It is also the intro soundtrack of the film.

Aside from their profession as adult film stars in the movie, Mark Wahlberg's character "Dirk" and his buddy Reed also tied their hands to sing. It features the duo recording the song in a studio.

Although the song was deemed atrocious by some fans, American rapper Eminem sampled the tune in one of his albums later on.

The lyrics to the song go like this:

The heat will rock you
The heat will roll you
Baby don't you know, my heat will move your soul

8. Magnet & Steel By Walter Egan

On of the popular Boogie Nights soundtrack songs is Magnet and Steel By Walter Egan. It was the first and biggest hit on his second solo LP Not Shy.

The song peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it spent 22 weeks. It also peaked at number 9 on Canada RPM Top Singles chart.

During a road trip to Vegas to meet Colonel, Dirk, and Reed pitch a film series to Jack about male characters named Brock Landers and Chest Rockwell. The song is featured in the background as Dirk accepts multiple awards.

The lyrics to the song go as follows:

Now I told you, so you ought to know (ooh)
It takes some time for a feeling to grow (ooh)
But you're so close now, I can't let you go (ooh)
And I can't let go

7. Spill The Wine By Eric Burdon

Spill The Wine by Eric Burdon is featured as a Boogie Nights Soundtrack during a work-and-play meeting between the characters while chilling poolside.

It is a debut single by Eric Burdon and the American funk band War. It was released through MGM Records in May 1970.

The single was War's first hit, and their only hit with Eric Burdon. The song peaked at number 3 on US Billboard Hot 100 and also topped the US Cash Box Top 100 chart. In addition, it featured at #3 and #2 on Canadian and Australia Singles charts.

The song was a huge commercial success back in its era, as it was awarded a Gold certification from the RIAA, four months after its release on September 28, 1970.

6. Jungle Fever By The Chakachas

Jungle Fever is a track performed by the Belgian producer the Chakachas. It was produced by Roland Kluger and released via Swineyard Records in 1971.

The tune is featured in the 19th minute of the film when Rollergirl skates across the dance floor to the kitchen and takes Eddie into a store room. The breathy vocals perfectly synchronize with the nature of the scene.

The song peaked at number 8 on US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 29 on UK Singles Chart. The song was prohibited on BBC due to its overly sensualized sound featuring heavy breathing and moaning.

However, Jungle Fever attained a huge commercial success in the US, recording over a million sales and eventually certified Gold by the RIAA in March 1972.

Since its initial release, the song has been a popular choice in movies, games, and commercials. The track has also been sampled by renowned artists like "2 Live Crew" and "MC 900 Ft. Jesus".

5. Livin’ Thing By Electric Light Orchestra

Livin’ Thing By Electric Light Orchestra is a Boogie Nights Song. It is the lead single from the English rock band's 1976 album A New World Record.

The track is featured as Dirk leaves the dressing room and exposes himself. It is also played during the film's final moments and end credits of the movie.

The song peaked at number 13 on US Billboard Hot 100 and also reached number 4 and number 8 on UK Singles and Canada Top Singles chart.

On April 26, 2021, the track was awarded Gold certification from the RIAA for selling 500,000 copies in the US and was also certified Silver by the BPI.

The first verse of the song goes like this:

Sailin' away
On the crest of a wave
It's like magic
Oh, rollin' and ridin'

4. Best of My Love By The Emotions

Best of My Love is the lead single by the soul band The Emotions from their 1977 album Rejoice. It was released on June 9, 1977, via Columbia Records.

Written by Maurice White and Earth, Wind & Fire member Al McKay, the song received widespread acclaim for its fast-paced track.

The song is featured in the early periods of the film as the tune highlights the adult movie theatre "Hot Traxx" in San Fernando Valley and establishes Jack as a beloved figure.

The song was awarded several accolades including a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards.

The intro of the song goes like this:

Doesn't take much to make me happy
And make me smile with glee
Never never will I feel discouraged
'Cause our love's no mystery

3. Machine Gun By The Commodores

The Commodores By Machine Gun is an instrumental performed by the American funk and soul band as the title track for their debut album Machine Gun.

The upbeat instrumental is played 57th minutes into the film as Jack reads out the reviews of Dirk's appraisal from the critics and also during an extended dance sequence.

The song reached number  7 on the US Billboard R&B Singles chart, while it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Pop Singles.

Aside from its role in the movie, the song saw its use in sports entertainment as it was played during a game after Nigeria's national anthem.

2. Sister Christian By Night Ranger

Sister Christian is Night Ranger is a power ballad. It was recorded as a second single for their 1983 album Midnight Madness.

Penned down and sung by the band's drummer and co-lead vocalist Kelly Keagy, the song was dedicated to his little sister after realizing how quickly she's grown during his visit home.

The song is the band's best-charting single, peaking at number 5 on Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed on it for 24 weeks. It also topped the Canada Singles Chart.

The track is played as Todd, Dirk, and Redd arrive at Rahad's house. They start playing Russian roulette which is accompanied by the 80s classic.

Apart from Boogie Nights, the single has also been featured in renowned films like The 1999 Superstar, Friday the 13th, and Ben Affleck's Air.

1. God Only Knows By Beach Boys

God Only Knows is the single from the American band Beach Boys' 1966 studio album Pet Sounds. It is also the B-side to the single Wouldn't It Be Nice.

The track makes its appearance in the film as Amber films an ad for Buck's store and continues playing as the characters carry on with their life outside the adult entertainment industry.

Written by Brian Wilson alongside Tony Asher, the song was released on July 18, 1996, through the label Capitol Records.

The song achieved huge mainstream attention, peaking at number 39 on US Billboard Hot 100 and featured in the top 10 in numerous countries including the UK, Canada, Norway, and more.

Hailed by many critics for its incredible lyrics, the song was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" in 2021.

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