It’s been 15 years (and 6 whole hours and 5 long days…just kidding) since the iconic ‘Josie & The Pussycats’ movie hit theaters and fought capitalism with halter tops, kitty ears, and Top Ramen slinging chopsticks. The year was 2001 and GIRL POWER was at an all time consuming high. Debuting the same weekend as Charlie’s Angels, the film became a sleeper success which has grown a cult following over the years (it only got a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes which is grossly offensive). To my friends and I we digested it as an instant classic, I mean, Parker Posey gives one of her BEST roles here as “Lisping Lisa.” On this glorious day, we rank every song from the catchy JATP indie-rock-bubblegum-pop soundtrack.
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The album was also released in 2001 by Sony Classics and sadly, no, that’s not Rachel Leigh Cook singing main vocals. It happens to be Kay Haley (yep, Letters To Cleo singer).
With no further adou, here’s my ranking of the album:
13) Josie and the Pussycats Theme
It’s super cute but meh, it’s a theme song.
12) Real Wild Child
It’s not that I don’t like it…but if I were asked which song sounds like a car salesmen commercial, this would be at the top of the list (and that makes me feel gross).
I just love the Flying Lizards version WAY better!
10) Come On
Now, I adore this track, but we’re start to get into Top 10 territory (and I have a pretty sick obsession with DuJour and they take precedence for me.)
9) You Don’t See Me
Maybe now that I’m older I appreciate this more, but I remember when I was 14 with braces, this wasn’t my jam. (It’s beautiful and I’m definitely the queen of SGM now).
8) You’re A Star
I use to pretend I was a skater to this song and I think every 15 year old should feel like that when growing up in the suburban Midwest.
7) Backdoor Lover
It’s so perfect. I can’t.
This could’ve been an Avril song and I would’ve been crazy happy.
5) Around the World
A million times yes.
4) I Wish You Well
There’s just something so rad and catchy about the riff of the bass and the feminity in her voice that just makes this song so great.
3) Spin Around
Pure rock-pop fun. It’s the closing song of the film and it just accumulates how much fun an actual ‘Josie’ show would be!
2) 3 Small Words
Forever and ever adore this jam.
1) Pretend To Be Nice
I gave this song the gold medal because it’s the most relatable: just treat me with respect. Josie catapults to major fame and fortune very quickly and this song sonically sort of rides that roller coaster and switches hooks, genres, and themes all in a packaged three minute jam. It’s pretty killer.
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