Three M.I.A. Songs Make the Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack a Can’t Miss

You can’t go wrong when three of the first songs in a movie are by M.I.A. Such is the case with Slumdog Millionaire. “O… Saya”, Paper Planes and the DFA Remix of Paper Planes kick-off the movie. M.I.A. may be Sri Lankan but her music is perfectly suited for the hustler-bustle of Mumbai. The kids are bonified hustlers, selling anything that will bring coin in the streets and on the trains of India.

A.R. Rahman delivers one of the best scores of the year in easily one of the best movies of the year too. Throw in a half dozen other bangra tunes and you have an energetic, engaging soundtrack that takes you for a ride, from the slums to the mansions of a city that evolves along with the discarded children who struggle to find happiness and each other as their lives take them on different tracks.

You can find the videos and downloads for the songs from Slumdog Millionaire at Reelsoundtrack. Here’s a list of the songs from Slumdog Millionaire in the order they appeared in the movie.

  • Theme for the TV show – Who Wants to be a Millionaire Theme by Keith Strachan and Matthew Strachan

  • Running from the airport – “O… Saya” by M.I.A. and A.R. Rahman
  • On the train – Paper Planes by M.I.A.
  • Selling shoes at the Taj Mahal – Paper Planes (DFA Remix) by M.I.A.
  • Musical in Agra – Gluck: No. 43 (Air) by Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux with Leopold Simoneau and Hans Rosbaud
  • Ranga-Ranga by A.R. Rahman with Ila Arun and Alka Yagnik
  • Gangsta Blues by A.R. Rahman with Blaaze and Tanvi
  • Liquid Dance by Sriram
  • Search for Latika by A.R. Rahman
  • Dancing at the gangster’s house – Aaj Ki Raat by Sonu Nigam, Mahalaxmi Iyer and Alisha Chinoy
  • End credits song – Jai Ho by Tanvi, Sukvinder Singh and Vijay Prakash
  • Original music for Slumdog Millionaire by A.R. Rahman

  • .

    Here’s the video to Paper Planes. I cannot hear it often enough:

    And here’s O Saya by M.I.A. and A.R. Rahman:


    ~ by montelutz on December 24, 2008.

    8 Responses to “Three M.I.A. Songs Make the Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack a Can’t Miss”

    1. Paper Planes is a DIRECT RIP OFF of The Clash song “Go Stright To Hell” It’s so evident, its sickening

    2. Moondance: you are definitely right. MIA samples the beginning of Straight to Hell by The Clash. The rest of the song is quite different but the killer lick that makes Paper Planes such an addictive song is Clash all the way.

      Here’s Straight to Hell:

    3. thanks for the info.really good post.totally addicted to
      “paper planes” … lol…

    4. and yea… the addictive part is straight from “straight from hell”

    5. Here’s a real video for the DFA mix, but with a twist:

    6. It’s not a rip-off of a song when the artist credits the original composer. This is a case of one artist sampling a piece of another artists work and giving all due credit. Vanilla Ice claiming that ‘Ice Ice Baby’ is 100% original this is not.

    7. i am finding Who Wants to be a Millionaire Theme by Keith Strachan and Matthew Strachan soundtrack
      so please tell me where i ge this
      if anyone know then contact me in “”



    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

    You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


    Connecting to %s

    %d bloggers like this: