Men in Black: The Album

Men in Black: The Album is the soundtrack to the film Men in Black. It was released on July 1, 1997, distributed by Columbia Records and featured production from some of music's top producers, such as Poke & Tone, Jermaine Dupri and The Ummah.

Men in Black: The Album
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedJuly 1, 1997
Singles from Men in Black: The Album
  1. "Men in Black"
    Released: June 16, 1997
  2. "Escobar '97"
    Released: 1997
  3. "We Just Wanna Party with You"
    Released: September 3, 1997 (UK only)
  4. "Just Cruisin'"
    Released: December 1, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars link

The album was a huge success, spending two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as peaking at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 3 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The RIAA certified the album 3× Platinum for salesshipments of over 3,000,000 copies in the United States.

Four singles were released from the album, Will Smith's "Men in Black" and "Just Cruisin'", Nas's "Escobar '97" and Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg's "We Just Wanna Party with You". Except for the title song and the two Danny Elfman cues, none of the tracks on the album are in the film.

This soundtrack also marked the debuts of then-unknowns Alicia Keys and Destiny's Child.

Track listingEdit

1."Men in Black" (Will Smith)Smith, Nasir Jones, Patrice Rushen, Terry McFadden & Fred WashingtonPoke and Tone3:46
2."We Just Wanna Party with You" (Snoop Dogg featuring Jermaine Dupri)Jermaine Dupri, Robert Bell, Claydes Smith, Calvin Broadus, James Taylor, George Brown, Ronald Bell, Robert Mickens, Eumir Deodato, Richard Westfield, Otha Nash, Larry Gittens, Dennis ThomasDupri4:32
3."I'm Feeling' You" (Ginuwine)Elgin "Ginuwine" Lumpkin & -Jonathan "Mookie" MorantMookie4:40
4."Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)" (Alicia Keys)Alicia Keys, Taneisha Smith & Reese JohnsonJohnson4:12
5."Just Cruisin'" (Will Smith)Smith, Nasir "Nas" Jones & Kenneth StoverPoke and Tone3:59
6."The 'Notic" (The Roots featuring D'Angelo)Tariq Collins, Amtir "Questlove" Thompson, James Poyser, Larry Dunn, Maurice White & Philip BaileyScott Storch (The Roots), Poyser & Kelo5:20
7."Make You Happy" (Trey Lorenz)Mariah Carey, Lorenz, Cory RooneyCarey & Rooney4:06
8."Escobar '97" (Nas)Jones, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier, Jerry Ragovoy & Aaron SchroederPoke and Tone3:32
9."Erotik City" (Emoja)T. Footman, E. Taylor & T. WimbleyDeconzo Smith & Jerome Malcolm4:34
10."Same Ol' Thing" (A Tribe Called Quest)Kamaal "Q-Tip" Fareed, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Malik "Phife Dawg" TaylorThe Ummah4:27
11."Killing Time" (Destiny's Child)Dwayne Wiggins & Taura StinsonWiggins5:08
12."Waiting For Love" (3T)John Howcott, Emanuel Officer & Donald ParksCraig Burbidge3:47
13."Chanel No. Fever" (De La Soul)Kelvin "Posdnuos" Mercer, David "Dave" Jolicoeur & Vincent "Maseo" MasonDe La Soul3:24
14."Some Cow Fonque (More Tea, Vicar?)" (Buckshot LeFonque)Branford MarsalisMarsalis5:10
15."M.I.B. Main Theme" (Danny Elfman)Elfman 2:58
16."M.I.B. Closing Theme" (Danny Elfman)Elfman 2:38
Total length:1:06:05

Sample CreditsEdit

  • "Men in Black" features a sample from "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushen written by Patrice Rushen, Terry McFadden and Fred Washington
  • "We Just Wanna Party with You" contains portions of "Get Down On It" by Kool & the Gang written by Robert Bell, James Taylor, George Brown, Ronald Bell, Claydes Smith, Robert Mickens and E. Deodato
  • "Just Cruisin'" contains a sample of "I'm Back For More" by Al Johnson written by Kenneth Stover
  • "The 'Notic" contains replayed elements of "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire written by Larry Dunn, Maurice White and Philip Bailey
  • "Escobar '97" contains a sample of "I'll Move You No Mountain" by The Love Unlimited Orchestra written by Jerry Ragovoy and Aaron Schroeder
  • "Same Ol' Thing" contains a sample of "Miles Beyond" by The Mahavishnu Orchestra written by J. McLaughlin

Men In Black: The ScoreEdit

Columbia Records released a Danny Elfman score album, including the two tracks included on Men In Black: The Album, on December 1, 1997.

  1. M.I.B. Main Theme (2:58)
  2. D's Memories/Chase (3:57)
  3. Edgar's Truck/A New Man (2:58)
  4. Imports/Quiet Moment (2:22)
  5. J Contemplates (1:18)
  6. Headquarters (1:13)
  7. The Suit (1:28)
  8. Morgue Time (:49)
  9. Petit Mort (1:42)
  10. K Reminisces (:48)
  11. Orion's Belt/Cat Stinger (2:18)
  12. Noisy Cricket/Impending Trouble (2:08)
  13. Sexy Morgue Babe/Icon (5:41)
  14. Take Off/Crash (7:20)
  15. Finale (3:02)
  16. M.I.B. Closing Theme (2:36)

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[1] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[2] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[3] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] 3× Platinum 3,060,000[5]
Worldwide 5,000,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Men In Black - Original Motion picture Soundtrack". Music Canada. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Soundtrack; 'Men In Black')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – Men In Black - Ost". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Men In Black - Ost in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  5. ^ Basham, David (7 February 2002). "Got Charts?". Mtv. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Men In Black". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  7. ^ "Right On Track". Billboard. 28 March 1998. p. 73. Retrieved 27 March 2019.