ABC’s remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’ is premiering May 24 — but you can hear all the songs, new and old, right here. We really wanted to love these songs, but unfortunately that just didn’t happen. Here’s a break down of each of the 17 songs.
Every member of the cast of the three-hour Dirty Dancing remake is featured on the soundtrack; the only problem? It doesn’t sound like Dirty Dancing. Here’s the list of the whole cast, and my thoughts on each track: Abigail Breslin as Baby, Debra Messing as Marjorie Houseman, Bruce Greenwood as Dr. Jake Houseman, Nicole Scherzinger as Penny, Colt Prattes as Johnny, Sarah Hyland as Lisa Houseman, Tony Roberts as Max Kellerman, Trevor Einhorn as Neil, Shane Harper as Robbie Gould, J. Quinton Johnson as Marco, Beau “Casper” Smart as Billy, Katey Sagal as Vivian Pressman and Billy Dee Williams as Tito.
You can download the full album on iTunes now.
1. “Be My Baby” – Bea Miller
The Ronettes originally did the song and while I’m all about the original, Bea makes a much needed update to go along with the remake.
2. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Karmin
Karmin is fine… but no one — and I mean no one should redo a Frankie Valli and The Four Season song
3. “Love Man” – J. Quinton Johnson
This is actually one of my favorite updates. Otis Redding killed it, but J.’s voice will blow you away.
4. “Do You Love Me”- Colt Prattes, Nicole Scherzinger, J. Quinton Johnson
I’m being honest — this is not good. The “watermelon scene” takes place during this and there’s no reason Colt should be singing.
5. “Fever” – Katey Sagal, Colt Prattes
Obviously this wasn’t in the original, so besides the face that no one asked for new music to be added, Katey sounds delightful and makes the song even sexier than Michael Buble did. I just ignore Colt’s versus.
6. “When I’m Alone” – J. Quinton Johnson
Again, not in the original — and a little pointless in the remake.
7. “Wipe Out” – American Authors Feat. Lindsey Stirling
The original scene with “Wipe Out” where Johnny is teaching Baby is so iconic and the updated song goes right along with the updated moves.
8. “Hungry Eyes” – Greyson Chance
Taking one of the most romantic songs and making it into an R&B version was just unnecessary.
9. “Hey Baby” – Lady Antebellum
This plays during the epic log scene — and it works. I was so not into it at first, but it adds a fun little country taste to the scene.
10. “Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On” – Nicole Scherzinger, Abigail Breslin
My main question is why Abigail is singing at all? Nicole is fine, the song is fine, but it just comes off . . . as I’ve already said, unnecessary.
11. “Cry To Me” – Seal
If anyone was going to remake this, it should be Seal. What better voice to have a love scene to?
12. “They Can’t Take That Away” – Debra Messing
Why is Debra Messing singing in this? Well, her storyline as Marjorie is much bigger than in the original… but this is a bit snooze-worthy.
13. “Love Is Strange” – Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes
This is one of the most adorable scenes of the original movie, but unforutnaltey it’s cute when there’s lip-syncing – not actually singing.
14. “They Can’t Take That Away (Reprise)” – Bruce Greenwood
What can’t Bruce Greenwood do?
15. “She’s Like The Wind – Calum Scott
This is my all-time favorite part of the original movie, and this remake just makes me mad. This isn’t an EDM scene. Why do I feel like a DJ just spun this?
16. “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright” – Sarah Hyland, J. Quinton Johnson
A ukulele and Sarah Hyland singing? I’m in.
17. “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” – The Cast Of Dirty Dancing (Colt Prattes, Abigail Breslin, J. Quinton Johnson, Nicole Scherzinger, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood)
This would be much better, again, if it was being lip-synced — not actually sung.
What do you think of the soundtrack, HollywoodLifers?