All 5 Songs from the Cars 2 Soundtrack
The soundtrack to Cars 2 is a little bit like a mid-range compact car. It’s pretty light on features – there are only five songs in the movie – but those features that have been included complement each other well. There are two simple themes of the movie Cars 2 soundtrack: cars and international adventures.
The best song on the Cars 2 album is Weezer’s cover version of the Cars classic You Might Think. Not that the original needed a fresh coat, but Weezer’s does a reasonable job of keeping it true to the original while still making it their own. The same cannot be said for the movie. It was so slow that I saw a couple kids who fell asleep midway through it. You might be better off watching the first one twice rather than the second one once. It’s not horrible, but it’s not nearly as good as the first one either.
There’s also a couple country tunes from Brad Paisley, including a duet with Robbie Williams, who boasts a Blondie styled Route 66 talking rap in the middle of the song. Collision of Worlds is a nod to the international focus of Cars 2, as is Benabar’s “Mon Couer Fait Froom”, which translates as My Heart Goes Vroom. Fitting.
The first Cars movie was a lot of fun; the second one promises to be a good time as well. Lightning McQueen and Mater are back along with Finn McMissile and a cast of international cars. The spy caper motif is fun, giving the franchise plenty of opportunity to extend the Mater as the likable rube story from the first installment.
All of the songs in Cars 2 are available on the Cars 2 soundtrack album. You can download them all individually from Amazon, except for Polyrythm by Perfume, which can only be snagged along with the rest of the album. Two of the five songs are in the end credits of Cars 2, while the rest are used to set the scene in Tokyo and Paris. There are a couple classical songs that are uncredited in the movie, such as the song for the Queen when Mater is knighted.
Here are the five songs that are credited in Cars 2 in the order they appeared in the movie and with notes on the scenes they were in:
- Flying in the airplane to Tokyo – You Might Think – Weezer
- At the party in Tokyo – Polyrhythm – Perfume
- Paris – Mon Coeur Fait Vroom (My Heart Goes Vroom) – Benabar
- First end credits song – Collision of Worlds – Brad Paisley and Robbie Williams
- Second end credits song – Nobody’s Fool – Brad Paisley
Original music for Cars 2 by Michael Giacchino
Here’s the Japanese electropop trio Perfume, singing their song Polyrythm. Judging by the size of the crowd in this live concert video, they are slightly popular in Tokyo than Radiator Springs:
Micheael Giacchino introduces the Cars 2 score at a preview event at Epcot: