Jim Henson made it a point to include music in the Muppets almost from the start (Rowlf was the first Muppet that became famous as co-host of THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW). Therefore, it's no surprise that the soundtracks and songs from the various Muppet films over the years have been just as memorable as the movies themselves, such as "The Rainbow Connection", "Movin' Right Along", "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday", "Happiness Hotel", "I'm Going to Always Love You," "She'll Make Me Happy", "One More Sleep To Christmas", and "Cabin Fever". THE MUPPETS SOUNDTRACK follows in that tradition.
This soundtrack features 30 tracks that are a mixture of the songs from the movies as well as snippets of dialog from THE MUPPETS. In addition to the original songs that are featured in the movie, the album includes the two songs not performed by anyone in the cast: "Me and Julia Down by the Schoolyard" by Paul Simon and "We Built This City" by Starship.
My Favorite original tunes on the album are:
"The Muppet Show Theme" – the theme from the classic show, but with a slightly newer variation.
"Life's a Happy Song" – though not classified as such, this song is the theme song for the movie. It portrays much of what the Muppets are all about.
"Pictures in My Head" – when I saw the movie for the first time, I cried while Kermit was singing this song. The song is a moving piece of remembrance and tribute to Kermit's friends.
"Man or Muppet" – sung by Jason Segel and Walter, this tune is most similar to many of the tunes that were sung on THE MUPPET SHOW.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" – on THE MUPPET SHOW the Muppets constantly took familiar songs and made them new by performing them in a way completely different from what the original creators intended. In THE MUPPETS they've done that with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by turning it into a barber shop quartet. You'd think that such a mishmash wouldn't work, but it does and it works really well.
"Forget You" – another mishmash, this time performed entirely by chickens.
"Rainbow Connection" – the signature song from THE MUPPET MOVIE, but this time performed first as a duet by Kermit and Piggy and then joined at the end by the entire Muppet cast.
I loved THE MUPPETS soundtrack. It's not quite as strong as THE MUPPET MOVIE soundtrack, but it's full of tunes both old and new and in a variety of mixes. It's not the best Muppet soundtrack, but it is a great one.