This Playlist of Star Wars-Inspired Songs Will Awaken the Fan in You
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, sequel to Return of the Jedi and the seventh film in the franchise, makes its debut this week. Decades of worship from an audience that grew up with the original trilogy ensures box office success either way, but it's already getting strong reviews — so feel free to stop managing your expectations if you haven't already! Prepare to lose yourself in the bombast of the J.J. Abrams-helmed spectacle. Revel in your onscreen reunion with Han Solo, Luke and Leia as you daydream about winning a lightsaber battle for the 1000th time. It's gonna be great.
Whether you've yet to catch Force Awakens fever or you're already at home playing with your Kylo Ren and Rey action figures, our playlist will win any pop-loving Star Wars fan over. In addition to instantly-recognizable John Williams compositions from the previous installments' soundtracks, there's an eclectic collection of tracks packed with references. "Weird" Al Yankovic's classic "Yoda" reimagines The Kinks' "Lola" from Luke Skywalker's point of view. Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., House of Pain and Missy Elliott's songs all namecheck characters in their verses — as Big Boi raps on "All N My Grill," "Like Darth Vader takes a Skywalker / I told you I was the street talker!" And if you're wondering what Jamiroquai's "Use the Force" is doing on this list, you've probably never seen a Star Wars movie.
Listen to the mix on Apple Music below, and let us know if we left out any of your favorite Star Wars jams. Try to listen to all of our Apple Music mixes here — actually, do or do not. There is no try.
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