Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #7 – “PBNJ,” from Patti Cake$

 

7. “PBNJ,” from Patti Cake$

This is the big song from the film, and it’s the one that perfectly encapsulates the joy of watching the film. It’s this film’s version of ‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp’. You watch these misfits come together to work on music, and this is the song they put together. And you see them slowly put it together, element by element, even using Patti’s grandmother to do the hook. How can you not groove along to this song when it comes on? And Danielle Macdonald’s vocals are really smooth, and then there’s that ’99 Problems’ rock beat behind it that. It’s an incredible song. Definitely one of the catchiest of the decade, and one of those you can listen to as just a song and forget it’s part of a movie.

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