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Soundtracks of Cinema: ’21 Jump Street’

21 Jump Street Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2012 Movie

The 21 Jump Street soundtrack includes music by Eminem, N.W.A. and The Clash. This info article contains spoilers for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 2012 movie. Visit the Vague Visages Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

21 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt and Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko, respectively. The misfit cops go undercover at Sagan High school and hope to prevent the distribution of a deadly synthetic drug. Brie Larson co-stars as Molly Tracey, an 18-year-old student who appreciates her quirky new classmates. The film’s soundtrack was supervised by Karen Glauber, who previously handled the featured tunes for Jackass: The Movie. Here’s every song in 21 Jump Street.

21 Jump Street Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2012 Movie

21 Jump Street Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2012 Movie

  • “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem (00:00:00): The 21 Jump Street music scores the opening sequence. In 2005, Schmidt arrives at school with bleached hair. The music cuts when the character speaks with his neighbor, Melodie (Chanel Celaya).
  • “Police and Thieves” by The Clash (00:04:00): Schmidt and Jenko participate in Police Academy drills. The music plays during a bonding-themed montage sequence. Jenko feels proud after earning a C- grade on a test.
  • “Boombox” by Dirty Nasty (00:22:00): Schmidt revs up a Z28 Camaro. He pulls off a stunt with Jenko. The music drops when Schmidt gets pegged by the vehicle and poos himself.
  • “I’ve Gotta Crow” by Carolyn Leigh and Mark Charnap (00:37:00): Schmidt performs for his drama coach after consuming a synthetic drug. Molly giggles at his peppy demeanor. The 21 Jump Street soundtrack tune drops as Mr. Gordon (Chris Parnell) expresses his approval.
  • “Caesar” by Ty Segall (00:43:00): Molly listens to music in her bedroom. She receives a phone call from Schmidt. Molly cracks a joke about text messaging.
  • “Helena Beat” by Foster the People (00:48:00): Jenko and Schmidt throw a party. The 21 Jump Street music can be heard as the protagonists wonder if their playlist is “too dance-y.” Molly arrives with Eric (Dave Franco).
  • “So Into You” by Atlanta Rhythm Section (00:52:00): Schmidt’s parents smoke a doobie in their vehicle. Annie (Caroline Aaron) jokes about her son being a narc, and David (Joe Chrest) describes his boy as an “angel.”
  • “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock (00:53:00): Schmidt drinks shots after pulling a knife from his back. The track scores an extended party sequence.
  • “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. (00:56:00): Schmidt gets in the drug game with Eric. He delivers his loot to Captain Dickson, who is portrayed by Ice Cube; an original member of the group performing the 21 Jump Street soundtrack song. The music fades as Jenko prepares to tap Eric’s phone.
  • “Get Me Golden” by Terraplane Sun (00:59:00): Schmidt visits Eric’s home. He receives a big hug from Molly.
  • “Swell Window” by Zee Avi (01:01:00): Molly surprises Schmidt and offers advice. The song plays lightly as Jenko and company listen on their wire tap.
  • “Lookin’ Fly” by Murs (01:23:00): The 21 Jump Street soundtrack song plays during a slo-mo sequence. The protagonists arrive at a party with their tech friends. The music continues during a “One Night in Tijuana” graduation event.
  • “Rescue Song (Naked & Famous Remix)” by Mr. Little Jeans (01:24:00): Molly dances alone. Schmidt discovers that she’s on H.F.S. “Rescue Song (Naked & Famous Remix)” fades when Jenko arrives.
  • “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C (01:34:00): A slideshow plays at the graduation event. Schmidt and Jenko briefly watch while chasing after Domingo (DeRay Davis) and Mr. Walters (Rob Riggle).
  • “Call the Police” by Ini Kamoze (01:42:00): Schmidt and Jenko receive a new mission. The music plays as the protagonists learn that they’re going to college.
  • “21 Jump Street (Theme from the Motion Picture)” by Rye Rye and Esthero (01:43:00): The 21 Jump Street soundtrack music scores the end credits sequence.

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The 21 Jump Street soundtrack also includes:

  •  “You Can’t Lose” by The Knux
  • “You Are the Best” by Tim Myers and Joy Williams
  • “Fifteen Miles on the Eerie Canal” by Thomas S. Allen
  • “Every Time I See Your Face” by Elon
  • “21 Jump Street” by Wallpaper

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

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