Planet Rock: The Album

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Planet Rock
Planet Rock The Album.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1, 1986
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force chronology
Death Mix
Planet Rock
Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauA− [2]

Planet Rock: The Album is an old school hip hop album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, released in 1986 as a collection of previous singles. The song "Planet Rock" was one of the earliest hits of the hip hop music genre and remains one of its pioneering recordings; the single's liner notes include members of Kraftwerk with the songwriting credits. In creating the track, portions of Kraftwerk's "Numbers" and "Trans-Europe Express" were interpolated (re-recorded in the studio, rather than through the use of a digital sampler), along with portions of songs by Captain Sky and Ennio Morricone.


The song "Planet Rock" was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #240 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[3] and went on to become the first gold-certified vinyl 12-inch single. Slant Magazine listed the album at #84 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s";[4] the album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5] "Renegades of Funk", the third track, was covered by Rage Against the Machine on its Renegades album.

Track listing[edit]

1."Planet Rock"7:31
2."Looking for the Perfect Beat"6:51
3."Renegades of Funk"6:45
4."Frantic Situation" (Frantic Mix) (featuring Melle Mel)3:47
5."Who You Funkin' With?"6:23
6."Go-Go Pop" (featuring Trouble Funk)6:00
7."They Made a Mistake"5:30


  • Arthur Baker – producer, mixing
  • Keith LeBlanc – producer
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering
  • Latin Rascals – remixing
  • Afrika Bambaataa – producer, mixing
  • John Aquilino – illustrations, hand lettering
  • Jay Burnett – mixing
  • Albert Cabrera – remixing
  • Skip McDonald – producer
  • Tony Moran – remixing
  • John Robie – producer, mixing
  • LeRoi Evans – producer, mixing
  • Rae Serrano – producer
  • Adrian Sherwood – mixing
  • Andy Wallace – mixing
  • Doug Wimbish – producer
  • Monica Lynch – art direction
  • Steven Miglio – artwork, design
  • Fats Comet – producer, mixing
  • M.C. G.L.O.B.E. – additional vocals


  1. ^ "Planet Rock: The Album - Afrika Bambaataa, Afrika Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Afrika Bambaataa".
  3. ^ 500 greatest songs of all time—rolling stone
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of the 1980s - Feature - Slant Magazine".
  5. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.