Song of the Day #4,472: ‘Ride’ – ZZ Ward feat. Gary Clark Jr.

Continuing my countdown of every Pixar movie…

#16. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
(down four spots from previous ranking)

I don’t have anything bad to say about Monsters, Inc. yet it slipped to a rather low position relative to the rest of Pixar’s lineup.

I love the imagination that went into Monstropolis, and the whole idea of an economy that runs on the bureaucratic collection of children’s screams. And as I wrote in yesterday’s post, Billy Crystal and John Goodman turn in winning performances.

What pushes this movie down a bit in my rankings is the lack of a deeper underlying theme. It’s funny and clever, and the relationship between Sully and Boo is touching, but it doesn’t work for me on another level, unlike most of the movies I ranked higher.

#15. Cars 3 (2017)
(previously unseen)

I missed this one in theaters and I’m very glad this exercise allowed me to catch up with it now.

Cars 3 effectively erases the existence of Cars 2, making no references to that film’s events and purposefully ignoring certain details (no rocket boosters on Mater, for example). Pixar is basically winking at the audience and saying “let’s just pretend one of our worst movies never happened.”

Best of all, this film puts the focus right back on Lightning McQueen’s relationship with the late Doc Hudson, and gives Lightning a chance to fill his mentor’s shoes.

This movie felt very true to the spirit of the original, offering up more exhilarating racetrack action and a healthy dose of sentimentality. It’s about knowing when to move on, and finding value in your second chapter.

[Verse 1 – ZZ Ward]
I feel the wind run through my hair
Top down, the sun’s gonna lead us there
Ray Bans and this ’64’s all we need
Don’t let your head get in the way
Just let your heart beat wild and free
Open the door, jump in, and turn the key

[Pre-Chorus – ZZ Ward]
I live my life out on the edge
Yeah, I don’t stop just ’cause it’s red
Let’s push this thing, see what we get
This black pavement, these yellow lines
Are pulling us into the night
I feel my temperature rise

[Chorus – ZZ Ward & Gary Clark Jr.]
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, yeah we gon’ ride

[Verse 2 – ZZ Ward]
I used to sit inside my room
Dreamin’ of things that I could do
Too scared to put my hands up on the wheel, oh
Now I’m with you, and I can’t look back
It’s such a rush when we’re moving fast
I can’t deny the way you make me feel, whoa

[Pre-Chorus – ZZ Ward]
I live my life out on the edge
Yeah, I don’t stop just ’cause it’s red
Let’s push this thing, see what we get
This black pavement, these yellow lines
Are pulling us into the night
I feel my temperature rise

[Chorus – ZZ Ward & Gary Clark Jr.]
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, yeah we gon’ ride

[Bridge – ZZ Ward]
Ride, ride, ride
Pedal to the floor
Ride, ride, ride
What you waitin’ for?
Ride, ride, ride (Ride, ride, ride)
Pedal to the floor (Pedal to the floor)
Ride, ride, ride (Ride, ride, ride)
What you waitin’ for?

[Chorus – ZZ Ward & Gary Clark Jr.]
Ride, ride
Ride, ride
Ride, ride
Ride, ride, yeah we gon’ ride

[Musical Interlude – Gary Clark Jr.]

[Pre-Chorus – ZZ Ward]
I live my life out on the edge
Yeah, I don’t stop just ’cause it’s red
Let’s push this thing, see what we get

[Chorus – ZZ Ward & Gary Clark Jr.]
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, ooh
Ride, ride, yeah we gon’

[Outro – ZZ Ward]
Ride, ride, ride (Ride, ride)
We gon’ ride (Ride, ride)
Yeah we gon’ ride, ride, ride (Ride, ride)
Yeah we gon’ ride (Ride, ride)
Yeah we gon’ ride

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,472: ‘Ride’ – ZZ Ward feat. Gary Clark Jr.

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    After the disappointment of Cars 2, I had no interest in seeing or supporting yet another sequel. If I did see this one, I have blocked it from my memory, so, either way, I’ll stand by my convictions.

    I am a bit surprised at your lowered ranking of Monsters, Inc. Admittedly, I haven’t seen the movie in years, but I have seen it more than once and recall it being at least mid-tier Pixar.

  2. Amy says:

    Oh, is this the Cars in water?! If so, I have completely blocked Cars 2 out of my mind. The first ranking I strongly disagree with is of Monsters, Inc., which not only has wonderful performances and big laughs but does have meaningful themes about the importance of friendship and loyalty, and the recognition that fully understanding the impact of our actions can often lead us to rethink them. This one would be higher for me. Perhaps much higher.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Clearly you just have a disrespect for monsters and it shows. I mean I was willing to let Monsters University’s low ranking slide, not everyone appreciates it. However, this low a ranking of Monsters Inc. verges on semi egregious! Honestly haven’t seen it in a while and might share your sentiments upon rewatching. Not really one of my favorites.

    As far as Cars 3, it was significantly better than Cars 2 and an enjoyable film. I haven’t thought about it since the day I watched it, but I remember being so glad that they ended the Cars storyline the right way and did justice to the original film.

  4. Maddie says:

    Playing catch up on the comment section! I have Monsters Inc as a top tier Pixar or at least upper middle tier, so I disagree with you there. I find the individual vs. society and questioning power themes to be done powerfully. There’s so much to discuss with Monsters Inc but, unlike Incredibles 2, it doesn’t feel like a hodge podge of topics all being introduced in too short a time span.

    As for Cars 3, I blast this song regularly lol. I also really enjoyed the movie and do think it makes a tidy recovery from that mess of a sequel. This feels like a nice spot for it.

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