Space Jam, the 1996 team-up between Michael Jordan and the Loony Tunes came out when I was eleven years old, so of course I loved it, as I loved the movie’s soundtrack, one of the first CDs I remember owning, possibly the first. Apropos of nothing, here are those ranked based on the opinions I formed of them when I was eleven.
14. “The Winner” by Coolio
13. “I Found My Smile Again” by D’angelo
12. “Givin’ U All That I’ve Got” by Robin S.
11. “All of My Days” by R. Kelly feat. Changing Faces and Jay-Z
Despite listening to this album countless times, I cannot for the life of me remember what these songs sound like. They get ranked by the order they appear on the album, because presumably I would have heard the earlier songs more, so forgetting them is even worse. “The Winner” is the second track and I could not tell you a thing about it.
10. “I Turn To You” by All-4-One
9. “For You I Will” by Monica
I do remember these songs. But I was also eleven years old and they were slow jams, so… eh. One of the advantages of CD players over records and cassettes was the skip track button, and I made use of them here.
8. “Upside Down (Round-N-Round)” by Salt-N-Pepa
I vaguely remember this being funky. Probably not a skip.
7. “That’s the Way (I Like It)” by Spin Doctors feat. Biz Markie (KC and the Sunshine Band cover/remix)
6. “Fly Like An Eagle” by Seal (Steve Miller Band cover)
5. “Basketball Jones” by Barry White and Chris Rock (Cheech and Chong cover)
I didn’t know at the time any of these were covers. They were just cool new songs I’d never heard before. I distinctly remember buying a Steve Miller Band compilation from a gas station on a road trip, and being blown away that “Fly Like An Eagle” was on there.
4. “I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly
A simpler time when I knew nothing of R. Kelly except he believed he could fly.
3. “Buggin'” by Bugs Bunny
I’m super curious about this one, because I loved it, but then I also loved a movie about the Loony Tunes kidnapping Michael Jordan to play in a game of basketball against aliens. So was it good? Or was my taste just that bad?
2. “Hit ‘Em High (The Monstars’ Anthem) by B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Method Man
OK, I’ve heard this song since and it still holds up, so I am entirely confident with its high ranking here.
1. “Space Jam” by Quad City DJ’s
Today, I’d probably put this in the number two or even lower slot but as a kid this was my jaaaaaaam. This was track three, but track one in my heart. It acted as a self-commentary on the album itself: “Y’all ready for this? You know it! And you wanna know why? Cause this is the Space Jam!“
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