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Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album for the 2007 New Line Cinema musical film Hairspray. The film is an adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, itself adapted from John Waters's original 1988 film. It features performances from the film's cast, which includes John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, and Nikki Blonsky as the lead character of Tracy Turnblad.

Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various artists/John Travolta
ReleasedJuly 10, 2007
RecordedSeptember 2006–January 2007
GenreTraditional pop, rock and roll, swing, soul, broadway, jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel
LabelNew Line
ProducerMarc Shaiman, Lucian Piane, Paul Broucek, Jason Lynn
Hairspray soundtracks chronology
Hairspray: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Hairspray: Soundtrack to the Motion Picture
Hairspray Live!: Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event

The album has sold upwards of 1,200,000 copies in the USA, and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[1]


Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]
The News & Observer     [3]

The soundtrack received positive reviews from critics.

Album informationEdit

The soundtrack contains nineteen songs from the film written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, three of which were not included in the stage musical version. Shaiman, who produced the original cast album for the Broadway musical, produced the songs for the film musical as well. Hairspray's music is written and performed to conform to the story's 1962 setting, with influences spanning the genres of rock and roll, soul, and pop.

"Ladies' Choice", a new song performed by Zac Efron, was the Hairspray soundtrack's first single. iTunes released the single on May 15, 2007. The iTunes version of the album includes bonus features such as the bonus track "I Can Wait" (a song written for the film but cut), the "Ladies' Choice" music video, an instructional dance video for "Ladies' Choice", and a digital version of the album booklet. The soundtrack debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 20 and peaked at number two.

"The New Girl in Town", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise)", and "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" are the three songs new to this version of Hairspray, although "The New Girl in Town" was originally written for but dropped from the Broadway production. "Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" is played over the film's end credits, as are renditions of two songs from the stage musical which were not included in the film proper: "Cooties" and "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now". "Cooties" is performed on the soundtrack in a contemporary pop style by singer Aimee Allen. It was also played (without vocals) while the contestants, for Miss Teenage Hairspray, danced to show off their "moves". "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now", is performed by each of the three women most famous portraying Hairspray's main character, Tracy Turnblad: the 1988 film's Ricki Lake, the Broadway production's Marissa Jaret Winokur, and this film's Nikki Blonsky. Harvey Fierstein, who played Edna in the original Broadway production, also has a vocal cameo at the end of this track.

Several of the songs from the Broadway musical had their lyrics altered and/or verses removed for use in the film version. These songs include "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs", "Welcome to the 60s", "Big, Blonde and Beautiful", "Without Love", "(It's) Hairspray", "You Can't Stop the Beat", et cetera.

In 2016, a vinyl edition of the album was released and sold at numerous retailers to coincide with the release of Hairspray Live!.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

1."Good Morning Baltimore"Nikki Blonsky3:54
2."The Nicest Kids in Town"James Marsden with the Council Members2:42
3."It Takes Two"Zac Efron3:04
4."(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs"Michelle Pfeiffer with the Council Members4:08
5."I Can Hear the Bells"Nikki Blonsky (All Vocals)4:14
6."Ladies' Choice"Zac Efron2:28
7."The New Girl in Town"Brittany Snow, Sarah Jayne Jensen, Hayley Podschun and The Dynamites2:16
8."Welcome to the 60's"Blonsky, John Travolta, The Dynamites with Jerry Stiller5:13
9."Run and Tell That"Elijah Kelley, Taylor Parks3:51
10."Big, Blonde and Beautiful"Queen Latifah with The Negro Day Kids2:35
11."Big, Blonde and Beautiful (Reprise)"John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer1:06
12."(You're) Timeless to Me"John Travolta, Christopher Walken4:47
13."I Know Where I've Been"Latifah with Negros, Blonsky and Kelley4:13
14."Without Love"Efron, Blonsky, Kelley, Amanda Bynes with Negro Day Kids3:40
15."(It's) Hairspray"Marsden with Council Members2:20
16."You Can't Stop the Beat"Blonsky, Efron, Bynes, Kelley, Travolta and Latifah with Walken, Marsden, Snow, Pfeiffer5:25
17."Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)"Latifah, Blonsky, Efron, Kelley4:17
18."Cooties"Aimee Allen2:42
19."Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now"Ricki Lake, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Nikki Blonsky with Harvey Fierstein3:19

2-disc Collector's editionEdit

A limited edition two-disc version of the Hairspray soundtrack was released on November 20, 2007, the same day as the film's DVD/Blu-Ray release. The 2-disc Collector's edition soundtrack includes the one-disc soundtrack, as well as a second disc featuring additional songs from the film, deleted songs (among them "I Can Wait"), demo recordings, and karaoke versions of certain songs. The album debuted at number 90 on the Billboard 200 with sales of at least 20,000 copies sold.

Collector's edition: Disc 2
1."I Can Wait" (Deleted number that was shot, but was cut from the film)Blonsky3:44
2."Breakout" (Used in film as a record)Chester Gregory3:03
3."Boink-Boink" (Used in film as a record)Arthur Adams2:04
4."Trouble on the Line" (Used in film as a record)Corey Reynolds2:02
5."Mr. Pinky’s Theme" (Instrumental score)Instrumental0:33
6."Mrs. Von Tussle Says" (Demo for a potential replacement for "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs")Pattie Darcy, Marc Shaiman2:24
7."Save Your Applause 'Til the End" (Demo for a potential replacement for "(The Legend of) Miss Baltimore Crabs")Christine Ebersole2:55
8."Turn Back the Hands of Time" (Demo for an end-credits song)Jenifer Lewis3:02
9."Timeless to Me" (Original demo recorded during development of the Broadway show)Nathan Lane4:03
10."It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Lady Sings" (Original demo for an unused song)Keala Settle3:19
11."It Doesn't Get Better Than This" (Original demo for an unused song)Marc Shaiman3:05
12."Ladies' Choice" (Karaoke instrumental version)Karaoke instrumental2:29
13."Welcome to the 60's" (Karaoke instrumental version)Karaoke instrumental5:01
14."Run and Tell That" (Karaoke instrumental version)Karaoke instrumental3:41
15."You Can't Stop the Beat" (Karaoke instrumental version)Karaoke instrumental5:25
16."Come So Far (Got So Far to Go)" (Karaoke instrumental version)Karaoke instrumental4:20

Additional songsEdit

Although included in the movie, "The Nicest Kids in Town (Reprise)" (performed by James Marsden and the Council Members) and "Tied Up in the Knots of Sin" (performed by composer Marc Shaiman and director Adam Shankman) were not included on the motion picture soundtrack.


Main vocalistsEdit

Cameo vocalistsEdit

The DynamitesEdit

  • Shayna Steele
  • Kamilah Marshall
  • Terita R. Redd

Background vocalsEdit

  • Bobbi Page - vocal ensemble, also vocal contractor
  • John West - vocal ensemble, also vocal contractor
  • Don Taylor - choir director
  • New Dimensions - gospel choir vocals
  • L.A. Mass Choir - gospel choir vocals

Vocal ensemble members: Marc Shaiman, Shoshana Bean, Terron Brooks, Jenn Gambatese, Chester Gregory, Leslie Kritzer, Arnold McCuller, Louis Price, Sabrina Sloan, Donna Vivino, Willis White, Lucien Piane, Chyla Anderson, Jonathan Byram, Keith Cotton, Michael Cunio, Carmel Echols, Cliff Frazier, Christopher Johnson, Katharine Leonard, Laura Lively, Michael Mayo, Sophia Pizzulo, Jamison Scott Robinson, Jessica Rotter, Candice Rumph Burrows, Peter Mathew Smith, Leonard Sullivan, Matt Sullivan, Clarke Thorell, Davia Walker, Ayana Williams, Frank Wolf


Featured Rhythm MusiciansEdit

Featured Horn SectionEdit

Hollywood Studio SymphonyEdit

  • Violins: Ralph Morrison, Julie Ann Gigante & 26 others
  • Viola: Pamela Goldsmith & 11 others
  • Cello: Antony Cooke & 10 others
  • Double Bass: Nico Abondolo & 8 others
  • Bassoon (1st): Rose Corrigan
  • Additional Bassoon: Allen M. Savedoff
  • Clarinets: James Kanter & 4 others
  • Flute (1st): Louise Dillon
  • Additional Flutes: Geraldine Rotella & Greg Huckins
  • Oboe (1st): Thomas Boyd
  • Additional Oboe: Phillip Ayling
  • Percussion: Alan Estes & 9 others
  • Additional Trumpets: Daniel Fornero & Jon Lewis
  • Additional Trombones: Andrew Martin & Craig Gosnell
  • Additional Horns: James Thatcher

Chart performance and awardsEdit

Chart (2007) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[4] 5 -
U.S. Billboard 200[5] 2 1,300,000+
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums[6] 1
France Albums Top 150[5] 34 -
Norway Norway Albums Top 40 2 10,000+

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gold & Platinum - Hairspray Soundtrack Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine RIAA. 12/10/2007
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Hairspray review". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  3. ^ "Hairspray review". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26.
  4. ^ Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Recording Industry Association, Retrieved on September 23, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Soundtrack - Hairspray - Music Charts, Retrieved on September 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Top Independent Albums, Retrieved on September 12, 2007.
  7. ^ a b "New Line Records Scores High on Billboard" (Press release). New Line Cinema. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-08-11.

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