Many movies rely on songs to set the mood, and there are some that are relied upon a lot – what we like to call ‘Soundtrack Staples’. This time out, we look at Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby.

Hey, Vanilla Ice, isn’t that a sample from Queen and David Bowie? “Nope!”

Yes, Robert Van Winkle actually tried to claim that the main musical hook of Ice Ice Baby wasn’t just a sample of Under Pressure with an extra note added. For a while. He may have gotten away with it too, if not for those pesky piano notes. Rightfully, the originators threatened to sue him, and a settlement was reached out of court. David Bowie and the members of Queen have since been credited as co-writers, although it’s likely not a collaboration that they’re particularly proud of (seeing as they had absolutely no say in it).

Despite now being considered more of a novelty than a hip hop classic, Ice’s rap song actually broke down barriers for hip hop’s chart acceptance – and put up some more of its own involving the legalities of sampling the music of others.

Ice Ice Baby was the first hip hop song to go to number one on the US charts… It also repeated the feat in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK, the US, Zimbabwe and, yes, Australia. It went top ten in at least ten other countries, too.

To think, it started life as the B-side to a cover of Wild Cherry’s Play That Funky Music, until DJ David Morales flipped the single and the track started getting interest. We hope Mr Ice bought him a beer – and an ice cold one, at that!

Ice Ice Baby has appeared in several movies – including two Filipino ones that we couldn’t find much more info on other than titles and years of release, 1991’s Manong Gang, and 1992’s Alyas Boy Kano. It took several more years before it would show up in soundtrack land again, but it’s since appeared in enough movies for us to bestow upon it Soundtrack Staples status.

Here’s the official video for Ice Ice Baby:

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Disturbing Behaviour (1998)
While featuring in the movie, there’s no Ice Ice action in this trailer for this weird and wild Katie Holmes and James Marsden teen horror flick, but we’ll happily listen to Harvey Danger’s Flagpole Sitta instead. Well, at least until they come to make us all blue ribbony…

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
What’s Dumb and Dumber without Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels? Dumb! TV series Anger Management‘s Derek Richardson and NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Eric Christian Olden play Harry and Lloyd in this slice of, well, dumberness. Call The Police…!

13 Going on 30 (2004)
Erm, what better song to do a sleazy striptease to than Ice Ice Baby? Eww! This Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Judy Greer kid-in-an-adult-body flick is the Soundtrack Staple resource that just keeps on giving!

Step Brothers (2008)
“It’s a great song”.”It is”. Immortal words from Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenburgen in this wonderfully silly Will Ferrell and John C Reilly comedy.

Cyprien (2009)
The description of this French comedy is simply: “Ugly geek becomes a hunk thanks to a deodorant.” We have no more words.

Mr Popper’s Penguins (2011)
As well as doing trailer duty as per below, Ice Ice Baby – appropriate considering the movie’s subject matter – also featured as the initial end credits song in this Jim Carrey family flick based on the classic children’s book.

That’s My Boy (2012)
Wouldn’t you just love to fall down a sand dune to the beats of Ice Ice Baby? Just ask the man who made it, who appears in this sleazy Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg dark comedy turkey playing a “heightened” version of himself. Oh yeah, bit of a LANGUAGE WARNING on this clip:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)
Go ninja, go ninja, go! Not only do we hear that familiar Vanilla Ice cry, we also get a slice of Ice Ice Baby. Whoa, dudes! Like, that’s turtley awesome!

Boar (2017)
What better way to wind up than with a big, fat slice of good old Aussie outback horror that has a bit of comedy chucked in? Like when beefcake former WWE wrestler Nathan Jones gives Ice Ice Baby the singalong treatment (which sadly we couldn’t find online).


The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)
While it didn’t end up in the movie, the teaser trailer just wouldn’t have been the same without that Ice magic…

Check out our other Soundtrack Staples here.