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‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ soundtrack is Album of the Summer

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words by: Alee Kwong
Jul 7, 2022

Say whatever you want about the Minions, but this summer is their season. Not only does Minions: The Rise of Gru look absolutely hilarious, but the soundtrack that comes along with it gives off the funkiest vibes to dance to during the sweltering NYC summer. Again, you can have whatever opinions you want about the Despicable Me franchise, but the soundtrack always hits. While Pharrell Williams produced their prior albums, this year, the reigns are passed down to Bleachers frontman, Jack Antonoff.


In early May, Antonoff shared details about the film’s soundtrack on Instagram. He gushed about having the opportunity to work with his favorite artists and remix classic ’70s hits. He went on to admit that the entire process was “special and bizarre.” The caption to this post read, “my favorite 70s songs performed by my favorite artists + an original i wrote with sam dew, patrik berger and kevin parker performed by diana ross and tame impala called ‘turn up the sunshine’.”



The album includes an original song titled “Turn Up The Sunshine” by the legendary Diana Ross and Tame Impala. Other artists such as H.E.R., Kali Uchis, BROCKHAMPTON, St. Vincent, RZA (who also voices a character in the upcoming film), Jackson Wang (of K-pop group GOT7), and Antonoff’s own band, Bleachers, are also on the album covering ’70s classics.


Other covers include Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia” recorded by the Minions, who are voiced by Pierre Coffin, and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shinine Star” covered by Brittany Howard and Verdine White.


If you were curious about the entire soundtrack list, we got you.


1. “Turn Up the Sunshine” Diana Ross ft. Tame Impala

2. “Shining Star” Brittany Howard ft. Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire, 1975)

3. “Funkytown” St. Vincent (Lipps Inc., 1979)

4. “Hollywood Swinging” Brockhampton (Kool & The Gang, 1974)

5. “Desafinado” Kali Uchis (Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, 1959)

6. “Bang Bang” Caroline Polachek (Nancy Sinatra, 1966)

7. “Fly Like an Eagle” Thundercat (Steve Miller Band, 1976)

8. “Goodbye to Love” Phoebe Bridgers (The Carpenters, 1972)

9. “Instant Karma!” Bleachers (John Lennon, 1970)

10. “You’re No Good” Weyes Blood (Linda Ronstadt, 1975)

11. “Vehicle” Gary Clark Jr. (The Ides of March, 1970)

12. “Dance to the Music” H.E.R. (Sly and The Family Stone, 1967)

13. “Black Magic Woman” Tierra Whack (Santana, 1970)

14. “Cool” Verdine White

15. “Born to Be Alive” Jackson Wang (Patrick Hernandez, 1979)

16. “Cecilia” The Minions (Simon & Garfunkel, 1970)

17. “Bang Bang” G.E.M. (Nancy Sinatra, 1966)

18. “Kung Fu Suite” RZA

19. “Minions: The Rise of Gru Score Suite” Heitor Pereira


Minions: The Rise of Gru is currently in theaters.


Here’s a list of additional movies releasing in July to keep an eye on.


Photo via Universal