Planet Rock: The Album

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Planet Rock
Planet Rock The Album.jpg
Studio album by Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force
Released December 1, 1986
Recorded 1981–1986
Length 46:09
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force chronology
Death Mix
(1983)Death Mix1983
Planet Rock: The Album
Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)
(1986)Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere)1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [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]

No. Title Length
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) 5:07
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, Composer
  • 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