Flushed Away is an animated comedy film released in 2006. Its storyline revolves around a pet mouse called Roddy St. James, who lives in a luxurious apartment. His owners go away for vacation, leaving him to stay alone in the apartment. Fate links him to a sewer rat called Sid, who comes out the sink’s drain to stay with Roddy. The rest is history. This movie has 14 songs for its soundtrack album. Some notable artists include Bobby McFerrin, Tom Jones, Harry Gregson Williams, and many more. Below is a ranking of all the songs from this soundtrack album.
14. “Marcel/That’s Not Rice You’re Eating” by Harry Gregson-Williams
“Marcel/That’s Not Rice You’re Eating” is a song by Harry Gregson-Williams, released in 2006 for the Flushed Away soundtrack album. The song has only four lines- “What’s the urge from deep inside? / The need to hurl won’t be denied/ That isn’t rice/That’s maggots you’re eating.” The song plays when Roddy starts eating, and some slugs cheer him on.
13. “What’s a New Pussycat?” by Tom Jones
“What’s a New Pussycat” is a song by Tom Jones, released in 1965. It’s the theme song for this movie, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The original version has a 13-second instrumental introduction, ending with shattering glass. However, the new version omitted it. The song peaked at number three in the US and was the singer’s second entry in the top 40.
12. “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph (1963)
“Yakety Sax” is a pop instrumental song composed by Boots Randolph and James Q. “Spider” Rich. Randolph is a saxophonist, so he knew how to popularize this song and help its peak at 35 on the pop charts. Other selection pieces include assorted fiddle tunes, originally composed by Rich for a performance in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
11. “Mr. Lonely” by the Slugs (2006)
According to Wikipedia, one of the songs featured on this soundtrack album is “Mr. Lonely” by The Slugs.” The song plays when three slugs stand outside Roddy’s apartment, prompting him to shut the windows. It appears he was tired of them serenading outside his house, so the only way to shut them up was to close the windows.
10. “Ice Cold Rita” by Hugh Jackman & The Slugs
“Ice Cold Rita” is a song by Hugh Jackman & The Slugs. It plays when Roddy (Hugh Jackman) meets a girl called Rita. It appears he’s in love with her, but Rita doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. He has no other choice than to convince her to at least visit him.
9. “She’s a Lady” by Tom Jones (1971)
In 1971, Tom Jones performed and released a song called “She’s a Lady.” Flushed Away directors found the song relevant to a scene where Roddy declares that he met a lady of his standards. The song is Jones’s highest-charting single in the US, peaking at number one in Cash Box magazine for one week. It also peaked first in Australia’s Kent Music Report and Canada’s RPM Top Singles.
8. “Bohemian Like You” by The Dandy Warhols (2000)
According to IMDb, Flushed Away was written by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Christopher Lloyd. One of the songs featured on its soundtrack album is “Bohemian Like You” by an American alternative rock band, The Dandy Warhols. The song was inspired by a woman who pulled up her car to view traffic lights outside Courtney Taylor’s apartment.
7. “Beware…Beware” by The Slugs (2006)
“Beware…Beware” is a song by The Slugs released for this movie in 2006 and is the 14th track of its soundtrack album. It was released the same year and mainly warned people to beware as dangerous things can fall their way and compromise their ability to think straight.
6. “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner (1971)
“Proud Mary” is a song originally recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival and written by John Fogerty. It became an instant hit in the US, peaking at two on the Billboard Top 100. There’s a cover version by Ike and Tina Turner, released in 1971, which peaked at one and won a Grammy Award.
5. “Wonderful Night” by Fatboy Slim (2004)
“Wonderful Night” is the thirteenth song on the Flushed Away soundtrack album, released in 2004. The alternative hip-hop song was recorded and performed by Fatboy Slim. Staples Center often plays the song whenever the Los Angeles Clippers home wins. Madison Square Garden also plays it during the second half of New York Knicks games.
4. “Life in The Sewer” by Harry Gregson-Williams (2006)
“Life in The Sewer” is the fourteenth song in this movie’s soundtrack album, performed by Harry Gregson-Williams. The movie features voice actors like Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Ian McKellen, and many others. The song mainly gives a highlight of life in the sewer.
3. “Dancing with Myself” by Billy Idol (1981)
“Dancing with Myself” is the second song for this soundtrack album, performed by the American punk rock band Gen X in 1980. A year later, the band’s frontman remixed and re-released it. The remixed version peaked at 27 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. Its original version, on the other hand, peaked at 62 on the singles chart.
2. “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet (2003)
“Are You Gonna Be My Girl” is the third song for the Flushed Away soundtrack album. It plays when the main character, Roddy, is flushed down the toilet by Sid. The movie producers used it as the main theme song for Live at the Apollo.
1. “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin (1988)
“Don’t Worry Be Happy” is the eleventh track on the movie’s soundtrack album, released in 2006. The Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack was released by Astralwerks. This track tells people that instead of focusing on the wrongs or what they don’t have, they should be happy in the present moment. They should also focus on things that make them happy.