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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘The Suicide Squad’

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 DCEU Movie

Which songs are featured in The Suicide Squad soundtrack? This info article contains spoilers and music information for the Warner Bros. film, now streaming on HBO Max. Check out more streaming guides in the Soundtracks of Cinema section.

Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, The Suicide Squad  chronicles the latest big screen adventure of Task Force X. The revised unit travels to South America to destroy a military laboratory, and hopes to prevent a global catastrophe involving “Project Starfish.” Musically, The Suicide Squad soundtrack begins strong with an iconic country tune, and then primarily utilizes well-known indie gems throughout the rest of the 132-minute runtime. Here’s a Soundtracks of Cinema list for every song in James Gunn’s 2021 DCEU film.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash (00:00:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack and Songs

The Suicide Squad soundtrack kicks off with the outlaw country classic “Folsom Prison Blues.” Thematically, it’s used to complement the location of Brian Durlin/Savant (Michael Rooker), a hacker serving time at Belle Reve Federal Penitentiary in Louisiana. The song plays over the opening Warner Bros. visuals and then continues for about one minute.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “People Who Died” by The Jim Carroll Band (00:13:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "People Who Died" by The Jim Carroll Band

“People Who Died” scores the title sequence in The Suicide Squad, with Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) admiring her work after assembling a revised Task Force X team. The song’s title correlates with the opening bloodbath, and the creative concept aligns with Waller’s frame of mind. The track was originally recorded by Jim Carroll, the subject of the 1995 movie The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Sucker’s Prayer” by The Decemberists (00:15:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Sucker's Prayer" by The Decemberists

The Suicide Squad soundtrack features “Sucker’s Prayer,” a song that plays as Robert DuBois/Bloodsport (Idris Elba) cleans a toilet in prison. The moment itself takes place three days before the opening battle, with the lyrics suggesting that Bloodsport is destined to be locked up, at least unless a prayer is answered.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Samba Na Sola” by Céu (00:36:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Samba Na Sola" by Céu

“Samba Na Sola” can be heard when Bloodsport’s team tracks down Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), who is shacked up with the guerrilla Sol Soria (Alice Braga). It’s a chill song that parallels the Colonel’s vibe before his life once again becomes especially chaotic. The lyrics tell a story about a soldier who leaves loved ones, which makes it a fitting selection for the scene.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Whistle for the Choir” by The Fratellis (00:43:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Whistle for the Choir" by The Fratellis

When Harley Quinn gets courted by the Corto Maltese dictator, Silvio Luna (Juan Diego Botto), “Whistle for the Choir” plays during a dream-like montage sequence. The song is used to thematically underline the loneliness of Robbie’s character, along with her influence over admiring men. When the song fades out, Silvio proposes to Harley.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Point of Know Return” by Kansas (00:52:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Point of Know Return" by Kansas

After a moving monologue by Abner Krill/Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), Task Force X takes out various soldiers at a military compound. A driver, Milton (Julio Cesar Ruiz), panics in the moment and then teams up with Amanda Waller’s crew. The song title thematically links to his perspective in The Suicide Squad.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Sola” by Jessie Reyez (00:55:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Sola" by Jessie Reyez

A song about a lonely woman, “Sola” plays lightly during a vehicle sequence in The Suicide Squad. Waller warns Task Force X about the military’s signal jammers being down, and suggests that Bloodsport’s daughter could be harmed. Davis’ character then tells John Economos (Steve Agee ) that he has no idea what she’s capable of doing, which links her loner personality to that of the narrator in Reyez’s song.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Can’t Sleep” by K.Flay (00:59:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Can't Sleep" by K.Flay

The Suicide Squad soundtrack includes “Can’t Sleep,” a hip-hop joint that scores a club sequence. The lyrics about an always-busy individual parallel the chaotic lives of the main characters in the DCEU movie. By the end of the song, Polka-Dot Man enjoys a moment of emotional release (see above).

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Quem Tem Joga” by Drib Barbosa featuring Gloria Groove and Karol Conka (01:01:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Quem Tem Joga" by Drib Barbosa featuring Gloria Groove and Karol Conka

“Quem Tem Joga” is used briefly during a club sequence in The Suicide Squad.The track first plays over a visual of Nanaue/King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), and then continues during an interior scene featuring Bloodsport. Overall, the song’s lyrics about an ambitious individual matches the mentalities of the aforementioned characters. They’re ready to rock.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Just a Gigolo (I Ain’t Got Nobody)” by Louis Prima (01:11:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Just a Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody)" by Louis Prima

Recorded by the iconic Italian-American singer Louis Prima, “Just a Gigolo (I Ain’t Got Nobody)” kicks in as Harley Quinn escapes from her captors. She first hums the tune, and it then plays as she cracks her neck and eliminates various soldiers. The lighted-hearted nature of the song fits the personality of Robbie’s character.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “Hey” by Pixies (01:18:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "Just a Gigolo (I Ain't Got Nobody)" by Louis Prima

“I love the rain,” Harley Quinn says, “it’s like angels are splooging all over us.” Moments later, the volume of “Hey” ramps up to highlight that Robbie’s character and her team are figuratively chained together as one, a concept that is reinforced by a slo-mo wide shot. The song is also featured in the Fear Street Part One: 1994 soundtrack. In both films, the lyrics pinpoint the psychology of the collective characters.

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack: “So Busted” By Culture Abuse (02:02:00)

The Suicide Squad Soundtrack Song - "So Busted" By Culture Abuse

The Suicide Squad soundtrack concludes with “So Busted,” a Culture Abuse song about unconditional love. After Task Force X members survive their mission, Bloodsport breathes a sigh of relief and glances over at Harley Quinn, who delivers an expressive grin. However, the shared moment ends with Robbie’s character closing her eyes and Bobby DuBois petting Sebastian on his lap. And like that, The Suicide Squad ends with the song highlighting the perspective of… a rat. This could foreshadow a significant betrayal in the next movie, or it could just mean that all of the main players in James Gunn’s 2021 DCEU film are simply looking for genuine connections.

The Suicide Squad soundtrack also includes “Adagio (Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra)” by Joaquín Rodrigo, “Rain” by grandson & Jessie Reyez, “I Ain’t Got Nobody” by Roger Graham and Spencer Williams, and “Oh No!!!” by grandson.

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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