The long-awaited prequel to The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark set in 1960s and 1970s New Jersey, and the film uses an expansive soundtrack to create a period vibe. Songs in The Many Saints of Newark range from radical oral poetry to old-fashioned crooning. Like the original TV series, music is key to the movie, like the jazz records Dickie brings to Salvatore in prison, so it’s worth paying attention to. The Many Saints of Newarkeclectic soundtrack.
Fixed decades before The Sopranos begin, The Many Saints of Newark sees a young Tony Soprano being framed by the tumultuous Dickie Moltisanti, Christopher’s father from the original series. The Many Saints of Newark has a busy cast including Michael Gandolfini, Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr. and Ray Liotta. The soundtrack is equally full of talent and memorable music.
With a mix of 60s and 70s rock, Motown hits and classic Italian songs, The Many Saints of NewarkThe soundtrack is quite diverse and massive. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the full track list, including where you hear the songs from the movie:
Graham Central Station “The Jam” – The rhythms of this song play as Harold chases Leon.
“The ballad of the green berets” by Barry Sadler – Dickie listens to this song as he first meets Harold in the movie, two characters who weren’t in the The Sopranos.
“Danger Heartbreak Ahead” by the Marvelettes – This pop song is playing while Hiccup is working on his car.
“Nel Blu Dipinto Del Blu” by Francesco Migliacci and Domenici Modungo, “Ferry Boat Serenade” by Harold Adamson, Eldo DiLazaro and Mario Panzeri, and “Core ‘Ngrato” by Domenico Caroli and Alessandro Sisca – These three songs are played at Janice’s Confirmation Dinner, the last two being performed by the band live.
“Somethin ‘Stupid” by Frank and Nancy Sinatra – This song airs on the radio by Satriale, prompting Hollywood Dick and the other members of the Mafia to compare their ties to Sinatra.
Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips, Part 2” – The Stevie Wonder tune plays briefly as Hiccup watches Leon walk into an Army recruiter.
“So you can say goodbye to me” by the casinos – Dickie listens to that 1960s doo-wop song in his car as he stumbles upon the Newark riots, a true historic incident.
“Ain’t that a kick in the head” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn – This song plays briefly while Dickie is featured in a bar.
“Your Soul and Mine” by Gil Scott-Heron – The first use of Scott-Heron’s work in The Many Saints of Newark happens as Hiccup watches the looting during the Newark Riots.
“San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie – This song, a symbol of the hippie generation, plays as Dickie breaks into an electronics store.
“Forty Five Colt Beer” by Dolores Claman and Jerry Toth – This song can be heard on the radio at Hollywood Dick’s funeral, as some of the gang are watching TV in a friends room, infuriating Dickie.
“Sway” by the Rolling Stones – “Sway” plays like The Many Saints of Newark transition from the 60s to the 70s. It turns out later that a young Tony Soprano is a big fan of the Stones, much to the chagrin of his mother Livia Soprano. He even sings “Mother’s Little Helper” while encouraging her to take antidepressants.
“I am … I said” from Neil Diamond – The Neil Diamond tune hits the radio at the start of the film’s 1970s segment, as Johnny Soprano is released from prison.
“Wake Up N **** s” by CJ Fly, Dessy Hinds and Ayodele Olatunji – Harold attends a live performance of this song.
“There was a time” by James Brown & The Famous Flames – “There Was A Time” plays while Harold works on his car, shortly before Dickie finds out he’s back in town.
“Whoever Had a Heart” and “Don’t Make Me Over” by Dionne Warwick – These songs are played in the beauty salon that Giuseppina and Dickie visit, where she comments on how much she loves Warwick, and later while they are having dinner.
“Living in the USA” by the Steve Miller Band – This 60s hit accompanies the scene where Tony and other young versions of Soprano characters like Jackie Aprile and Tony Blundetto steal an ice cream truck and deliver free cones to neighborhood kids. Mister Softee’s classic jingle is also heard.
“The Revolution will not be televised” by Gil Scott-Heron – Cyril listens to this influential spoken word before implementing Harold’s plans to take control of the Mafia’s number racket.
Jackson 5’s “ABC” – This pop hit is playing in a store as Harold begins to grab hold of the Italian Mafia’s protective racket.
“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Wayne Newton and “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by The Delphonics – These two songs are played as Dickie visits Vulcan Vending, with The Delphonics presented as part of a television music program.
Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” – “Astral Weeks” plays as Dickie and Giuseppina celebrate the purchase of the beauty salon she has long coveted. The song sets up an atmosphere that is shattered by one of the The Many Saints of Newarkscenes of violence.
“Never in my life” by Mountain – This is the song Tony is listening to on the stolen speakers, triggering a crisis of consciousness.
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Worcester Cathedral Choir and “A Marshmallow World” by Darlene Love – These two songs create a Christmas atmosphere as Dickie meets Sal in prison for the last time and Carmine meets Harold while he is looking for a Christmas tree.
“When Will I Be Loved” by the Everly Brothers and “You” by the Aquatones – These two pop songs play as the Mafia meet at Vulcan Vending to receive a delivery and discuss what to do about Harold, catching the attention of teenage Tony, played by James’ son Gandolfini, Michael.
“What happened at Christmas? by Frank Sinatra – Sinatra’s final song from The Many Saints of Newark plays on Dickie’s funeral.
“I woke up this morning” by Alabama 3 – “Woke Up This Morning”, the song that plays on the iconic opening credits of The Sopranos television series, accompanies the end credits of The Many Saints of Newark, suggesting how the events of the film set the stage for the Tony Soprano story.
Jane Siberry’s “Calling All Angels” with KD Lang – This song is played during the end credits, after A3’s “Woke Up This Morning”.
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