Austin Powers: Goldmember turned 15 this year. Mike Meyer’s Austin Powers trilogy is known for its upbeat and funky soundtrack. Enjoy the 10 best songs from the Austin Powers ‘International Man of Mystery’, ‘The Spy Who Shagged Me’ and ‘Goldmember’!
#10. Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Are Made For Walking
BRING IN THE FEMBOTS! ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ was one of the biggest hits from Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy. We love this awkward video where the dancers definitely steal the show.
#9. The Turtles – Happy Together
It’s very likely that you’ve heard this song before in another movie or TV show. Shrek, That 70’s Show, The Simpsons, Scrubs and ER have all used this catchy pop song for their soundtrack.
#8. Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star
‘Shining Star’ is the Grammy winning single from the funk/disco group Earth, Wind & Fire. Band member Maurice White was taking a walk at night and was inspired by the starry sky and then wrote this song.
#7. Britney Spears – Boys (ft. Pharrell)
The song was originally written for Janet Jackson, but she turned it down. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (both members of rock/hip hop group N*E*R*D and founders of record label The Neptunes) then offered the song to Britney Spears. ‘Boys’ became the second single that was released from the Goldmember soundtrack. The pop princess even has a cameo in the last installment of the Austin Powers trilogy.
#6. KC & The Sunshine Band – That’s The Way (I Like It)
You can’t write an article about the Austin Powers movies without KC & The Sunshine Band groovy disco classic ‘That’s The Way (I Like It)’.
#5. Dr. Evil (Mike Meyers) – Just The Two Of Us (Dr. Evil Mix)
‘Just The Two Of Us’ was written by R&B singer Bill Withers. The Dr. Evil Mix is a remix of Will Smith’s cover of the song.
#4. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Mas Que Nada
Sérgio Mendes and his band Brasil ’66 covered this song from Jorge Ben Jor’s. ‘Mas que nada’ means ‘yeah right’ in Portugese. The song was released again in 2006 in collabration with The Black Eyed Peas.
#3. Dr. Evil (Mike Meyers) – Hard Knock Life
The song is originally from the musical Annie and is about the hard life in an orphanage. Jay-Z used samples to make his own “ghetto” version of the musical song. Mike Meyers wrote his own version for Goldmember.
#2. Burt Bacharach and The Posies – What The World Needs Now
Although Burt Bacharach did compose the music for the ‘What The World Needs Now’, the song was released first by Jackie DeShannon. After that the song has been covered by more than 100 artists, including Coldplay, The Supremes, Dionne Warwick and Rick Astley.
#1. Quincy Jones & His Orchestra – Soul Bossa Nova
Mike Meyers was a huge fan of the Canadian TV game show Definition, where ‘Soul Bossa Nova’ was used for the theme song. As an homage to his childhood, Meyers decided to use the catchy song as the theme for the entire Austin Powers trilogy.
Still can’t get enough?
Here’s the complete soundtrack of all the Austin Powers movies!