Brave was historically the first Disney film to feature in the music the use of the Gaelic language of Scotland. The lullaby duet between characters Princess Mérida and Queen Helena entitled "A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal (Noble Maiden Fair)” (music by Patrick Doyle, lyrics by Patrick Neil Doyle) appears on three occasions in different variations within the fabric of the score, and uniquely includes Gaelic vocals by Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker.
Doyle also composed for the film, “Song of Mor’du” (lyrics by Patrick Doyle and Steve Purcell) sung by Billy Connolly, Scott Davies, Patrick Doyle, Gordon Neville, Alex Norton and Carey Wilson. In this drinking song, Doyle and Purcell utilise a rich variety of words, sung authentically, from the Scottish language, which is distinct from Scottish Gaelic.
Patrick Doyle's original music for Brave was used in the official trailers for the film, which subsequently featured prominently in the film's score. The trailers also included a Scottish Gaelic song called "Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird A' Chuain" sung by Julie Fowlis, taken from her album Mar a tha mo chridhe.
For the Spanish soundtrack, Indie-folk singer Russian Red performed the Spanish version of "Touch the Sky" (Volaré) and "Into the Open Air" (A la luz del sol). The Italian versions of "Touch the Sky" (Il Cielo Toccherò) and "Into the Open Air" (Tra Vento e Aria) are performed by the soul-blues singer Noemi.
All music composed by Patrick Doyle, except "Touch the Sky" (music by Alex Mandel, lyrics by Mandel and Mark Andrews), "Into the Open Air" (music and lyrics by Mandel), and "Learn Me Right" (music and lyrics by Mumford & Sons).
"Touch the Sky" (Julie Fowlis)
"Into the Open Air" (Julie Fowlis)
"Learn Me Right" (Birdy, Mumford and Sons)
"Fate and Destiny" (Patrick Doyle)
"The Games" (Patrick Doyle)
"I Am Merida" (Patrick Doyle)
"Remember to Smile" (Patrick Doyle)
"Merida Rides Away"
"The Witch's Cottage" (Patrick Doyle)
"Song of Mor'du" (Billy Connolly and Cast)
"Through the Castle" (Patrick Doyle)
"Legends Are Lessons"
"Show Us the Way" (Patrick Doyle)
"Mum Goes Wild" (Patrick Doyle)
"In Her Heart" (Patrick Doyle)
"Noble Maiden Fair (A Mhaighdean Bhan Uasal)" (Emma Thompson and Peigi Barker)
Brave debuted as the highest-charting Pixar soundtrack at US Billboard since Cars in 2006.Ratatouille never placed, WALL-E debuted at No. 127 and Cars 2 at No. 153. The soundtracks to Up and Toy Story 3 were only released digitally, instead of being given a traditional CD release, until 2011.