We’re stepping out from the usual superhero theme this week, because we’ve got a dino-sized hunger for some prehistoric tunes. Yep, that’s right, 10 tunes you can rock out to before you go see Jurassic World in theaters this weekend! Take a look at what we picked out for this week’s playlist!
Image Credit: Johnny Cash
Dinosaur Song, Johnny Cash, 1975
Start it off with a little lesson from Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash’s Children’s Album, to be specific! He’s the teacher and you’re the student when Johnny uses his deep, country voice to teach you old-school paleontology. Sit back and let this fun song fill you in on some basic dino facts.
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Dig, Incubus, 2006
While this song might not actually be about dinosaurs or digging up fossils, you can use your imagination to believe that Incubus is paying tribute to Jurassic Park and its rampant-running inhabitants. Or maybe it’s from the perspective of the dead dinos themselves! “Dig me up from under what is covering the better part of me.”
Image Credit: The Doors
Celebration of the Lizard, The Doors, 1970
Listen to the live version of this song (where Jim Morrison and The Doors take the audience on a poetic trip about a giant, psychedelic lizard, and a whole lot more). Careful not to let the lyrics take over, because they get pretty dark, but just listen to the lyrics and Jim Morrison as he lets his brain free to wander.
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Jurassic Park, Weird Al, 1993
Pay tribute to Jurassic Park with the greatest satirical parody artist of all time: Weird Al Yankovic! He takes you on a hilarious journey through the film, all to the tune of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park.” In fact, if you need a refresher on the events that went down during that first fateful trip to Isla Nublar, give this song a listen. It gets the basic points across.
Image Credit: Pete Townshend
Outlive the Dinosaur, Pete Townshend, 1993
“I must outrun the dinosaur.” Any song with these lyrics is bound to make it on our Jurassic World playlist. This track from Pete Townshend’s solo days takes a subtle approach to the dinosaurs, but the lyrics fit.
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I am a Paleontologist, They Might Be Giants, 2009
OK so this is the second song from a children’s album on our list, but it works! Dr. Alan Grant would be happy to listen to this song that perfectly describes the life of a paleontologist. Digging up fossils and researching prehistoric beasts, it puts a modern spin on the informative kid song genre. Listen to this song and maybe learn something, too!
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Maneater, Hall & Oates, 1982
Take it back to the 80s with this classic Hall & Oates hit, and think of all the deadly man-eating dinosaurs that are waiting to prowl in Jurassic World. It’s a safe bet we’ll see more than a few men get eaten when we head to the theater. Sure, they might be talking about a woman, but every time they say “her,” just picture a T-Rex instead. They ARE all females, after all. Clever girl…
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Digging Up the Dirt, FM, 2015
You might not know FM, but they’re a successful European band with a classic 80s rock flair. Their most recent album has a song titled “Digging Up the Dirt,” so you know where we’re headed. Digging up the dirt to get to all of those amber fossils must get pretty tiring, so maybe those paleontologists and excavators could relax to this song after a hard day’s work.
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Godzilla, Blue Oyster Cult, 1977
OK so we’re getting a little outside the realm of Jurassic World, but this is a classic that had to be mentioned! Godzilla is the king of the lizards, and dinosaur means “king lizard.” Just let Blue Oyster Cult make your ears happy with this classic rock hit.
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Jurassic Park Theme, John Williams, 1993
We’re taking it back to where it all started. John Williams is the king of awesome soundtracks, so it came as no surprise that his score for Jurassic Park would become so iconic for the franchise. The subtle intro and the crushing crescendos are such a perfect mix for the beautiful, yet mix of scenes in the Jurassic Park franchise.
There you have it! That’s our Jurassic World Playlist! We tried to fill it with a little funny, a little awesome, and a few hits. While our playlist can help you pass the time before you go see Jurassic World, take our word, you’re definitely going to want to see this one in theaters. Did we miss any songs you had in mind?
Have any suggestions for future playlists? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to check out our other playlists too!