all-star cast including Beyonce Knowles and rapper Mos Def. The film was a depiction of the true origins of rock and roll. Below is a list of the top five songs from the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack tracklist.
"I’m a Man"
A classic from Bo Diddley, this song was performed by Jeffrey Wright and was inspired by the song Muddy Waters released earlier called “Hoochie Coochie Man.” George Thorgood’s “Bad to the Bone" borrowed the guitar rift from the song. Numerous bands over the years, in fact, have used and remade “I’m a Man,” including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and The Who on various albums and in live performances. This song found a perfect home in the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack.
“Forty Days and Forty Nights”
This song was performed by Jeffrey Wright but was originally performed by Muddy Waters himself back in 1956. When the song was released, it spent six weeks at No. 7 on the Billboard R&B charts. This is another classic blues song that has been remade by many other artists including Steppenwolf and Eric Burdon. The song was one of Muddy Waters last hits and was featured on many of his greatest hits albums. It lent itself greatly to the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack.
“I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”
Yet another classic re-performed by Jeffrey Wright originally written by Willie Dixon and performed by Muddy Waters in 1954. This song became so popular that it was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame back in 1984. The song was based on a “sexually provocative” dance that became popular at the end of the 19th century after the World’s Fair in Chicago. The dance was meant to be performed by women while men watched because the actual meaning of a "hoochie coochie" man was a man who really liked sex. This song actually fit really well with the story and in the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack.
“All I Could Do was Cry”
This song was a Doo Wop R&B song that was recorded by Etta James back in 1960. This version, however, was sung by Beyonce Knowles with backup vocals from Meegan Voss and Steve Jordan. Apparently the song was about James’s former boyfriend getting married to her best friend. They were married in the same year as the song was recorded and this is the reason why her voice seems so stressed and tense because she was actually feeling the emotion behind the words. This song made a poignant hallmark in the movie and is one of the most popular songs on the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack.
This song was originally written by Chuck Berry, but in the case of the movie, it was performed by rapper Mos Def. The song was originally performed in 1964 for Chuck berry’s album "St. Louis to Liverpool." The song was the first single released after Berry was released from prison and seems to have a slightly harder edge than later songs he’d go on to write and perform. Berry wrote the song in person and had to use an atlas he found in the prison library to figure out the itinerary for the tour. Mos Def performs the song as faithfully as someone can reproduce Chuck Berry’s style, but the song ends up being one of the better songs on the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack.