Everyone who grew up in the ’90s remembers its diverse and provocative soundtrack, from gritty hip-hop to the rebellious spirit of the punk and alternative scenes. Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill’s fondest music memories involve the skate videos that introduced him to a new world of sounds from his hometown of Los Angeles and beyond. In the new film Mid90s, his directorial and screenwriting debut, music evokes that similar sense of sonic nostalgia—which is why we’ve teamed up with A24 and Jonah for the Mid90s Official Motion Picture Playlist. The first of its kind, the playlist launches October 16, in advance of the October 19 LA and NY movie releases, and the October 26 nationwide release of the film.
The Mid90s Official Motion Picture Playlist creates a unique soundtrack listening experience that shines a light on the incredible songs and artists featured in the film. The playlist features music from the film and beyond, along with exclusive new content from Jonah and the film’s cast. Over the course of the next month, fans can tune back in for additions from Jonah and the Mid90s team.
I was always a diehard fan of classic movie soundtracks, so when we started talking about the best way to release our soundtrack in the streaming era, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to collaborate with Spotify on such a new and exciting concept that I think reinvents what movie soundtracks can be going forward.
— Jonah Hill
“The music in Mid90s is incredibly personal to me,” says Jonah. “The film was written and shot to these specific tracks, many of which were so important to my own life growing up. I was always a diehard fan of classic movie soundtracks, so when we started talking about the best way to release our soundtrack in the streaming era, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to collaborate with Spotify on such a new and exciting concept that I think reinvents what movie soundtracks can be going forward.”
First, tune into our socials on October 16 for Jonah’s One Track Mind interview, which will give fans insight into his personal music preferences and how they contributed to the making of the film. Hear Jonah discuss everything from his favorite ’90s music and what songs he listened to on set to his choice tracks.
It all culminates in the Mid90s Official Motion Picture Playlist, shaped by the songs he listened to as a ’90s kid—including the deep cuts and hip-hop B-sides Spotify helped him rediscover, from Nirvana’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” to The Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By.” Follow the playlist for new content from Jonah.
Recently, the collaboration kicked off with a special screening with Jonah and the cast in New York, as well as the first-ever live recording of Spotify’s Showstopper podcast. In the episode, also launching October 16, Jonah talked about the making of the film and the playlist.
Listen to Jonah’s Mid90s Official Motion Picture Playlist on Spotify.