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SOUL-POLL: What ’90s Soundtrack Was The Best?

boomerang_bodyguard_waiting_jones.JPGOur first Soul-Poll generated a huge response and a surprising result, and this new one may just stir up another lively debate. This time around we're asking you all to dig in the crates with us and take a hip trip way back to the '90s to let us know what was the best movie soundtrack from the decade.

We had a lot to choose from, but we narrowed the selection down to four of the tightest overall soundtracks: Boomerang, The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale and Love Jones. These four discs were in heavy rotation during the decade alongside
episodes of Martin, Tommy Hilfiger gear, baby doll dresses and Bill Clinton. Good luck on trying to find a hot soundtrack with original music nowadays, but if you're feeling nostalgic like we are then go ahead and dust off your Doc Martens and have your say about these classics after the bounce.

The Contenders:

Boomerang (1992)
Sample hits: "I'd Die Without You" by P.M. Dawn, "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men, "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" by Toni Braxton, "Hot Sex" by A Tribe Called Quest

The Bodyguard (1992)
Sample hits: "I Will Always Love You," "I Have Nothing," "I'm Every Woman," and "Run To You" by Whitney Houston

Waiting to Exhale
(1995)
Sample hits: "Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)" by
Whitney Houston, "Sittin' Up In My Room" by Brandy, "Not Gon' Cry" by
Mary J. Blige, "Kissing You" Faith Evans

Love Jones (1997)
Sample hits: "Hopeless" by Dionne Farris, "The Sweetest Thing" by Lauryn Hill, "Sumthin' Sumthin': Mellosmoothe" by Maxwell, "You Move Me" by Cassandra Wilson

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13 Responses

  1. my head hurts ... you make the decision so hard.

  2. This is a very hard decision, because they all came at such different points in R&B music back then. The styles are pretty different. It's a style war. 🙂
    1. Love Jones
    2. Waiting To Exhale
    3. Boomerang
    4. The Bodyguard

  3. I still bump the Love Jones Soundtrack. Lauryn Hill's sweetest thing still hurts my heart. The Bodyguard Soundtrack is mostly good because it is pre-crack and arguably the best work she has done to date. Waiting to exhale was a little sad and I never got into the Boomerang soundtrack.

  4. This is a hard one. Bodyguard was Whitney at her finest. Boomerang and Waiting to Exhale had hit after hit after hit thanks to Babyface's great production, and Love Jones is a Neo-Soul tour de force. They are all different in their own way, and that what makes them so great. However, in "bumpability", Boomerang wins with me. So many of those songs bring up so many memories for me.

  5. I actually had a hard time making a decision on this one. All of these soundtracks were tight, and I still listen to a few songs from each soundtrack on my Zune.

  6. I wanna slap you for this B. This was hard as Chinese 'rithmetic! I had to go with Waiting to Exhale because that soundtrack...every single song...man! Forever a classic for all ages. And such a wide range of artists! And yes, Whitney at her best. Although I feel like I'm blaspheming since Love Jones had my favorite jazz song ever "In A Sentimenal Mood" (!), that sexy azz Sumthin Sumthin (!), Sweetest Thing...man, maybe I need to change my vote. *sob*

  7. To me it was a tie between Waiting To Exhale and Boomerang. I went for Boomerang in the end. It as more songs I can't live without.

  8. I can just feel the love, Vivrant Thang. LOL
    Even though this poll was my doing, I had a damn hard time deciding myself. However, I listened to all of the soundtracks yesterday, and I had to go with Waiting to Exhale. It came down to the wire for me between that and Love Jones, but song for song Waiting had the edge.
    Man I miss good soundtracks. They totally enhance the movie experience.

  9. Waiting to Exhale must come first because I feel like it paved the way for really celebrated soundtracks...though Bodyguard did too, it didn't have the variation of different artists.
    Love Jones, though is a freakin' classic. That album and that movie are like a cultural experience. Gotta love it!
    Boomerang was good....love shoulda brought your ass home last night, lol. But it can't compare to the others.

  10. damn this is a HARD one..im literally over here scratchin my head...i own all of these soundtracks and boomerang JUST went off..im still sittin here singin Toni...BUUUT if i HAD to make a decision...im rollin with Love Jones..'You move me' By Cassandra?...'Rush Over' by Me'shell?.. 'Hopeless' by Dionne? STOP IT!

  11. Uggh..my head is killing me 2. I have to go with Waiting to Exhale..that album got me through some tough times but love jones was my sh*t!

  12. Hands down, Love Jones is the greatest soundtrack of all time. Well, of the 90s.

  13. Love Jones, all day.



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