You do know what I want!
I listened to the DKC2 soundtrack too much in college, to the point where my roommate from that year would probably go insane if he ever had to listen to Stickerbrush Symphony again. But I'm with you in that it's a really great song, along with everything else on the DKC2 soundtrack. It's probably my all-time favorite video game soundtrack. Shout-outs to Jib Jig, Lockjaw's Saga, and Flight of the Zinger, three more awesome songs in addition to those you listed :)
I don't think I had as many issues with Tropical Freeze as you did, but I will also not argue for one second that DKC2 isn't the best DKC game. In addition to the stellar soundtrack, the game had so much variety in its levels, both mechanically and thematically. I feel like that's where it stepped it up most significantly from the original DKC, and when combined with the tight controls as you mentioned, and the soundtrack, it's pretty clearly the best DKC game in my mind.