Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer in the Dark

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Soundtrack album by Björk
Released 18 September 2000 (UK)
19 September 2000 (US)
Genre Electronica, classical, alternative, trip hop
Length 32:14
Label One Little Indian
Producer Björk
Mark Bell
Björk chronology
Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer in the Dark
Singles from Selmasongs
  1. "I've Seen It All"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars [3]
NME (Favourable) [4]
The A.V. Club (Favorable) [5]
Entertainment Weekly (C−) [6]
Pitchfork Media (7.4/10) [7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [8]
Select 4/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars [10]
Spin (8/10) [11]

Selmasongs was released in September 2000 by Icelandic singer, musician and actress Björk as a soundtrack to the film Dancer in the Dark, in which she also starred as the main character, Selma.

The album features classical arrangements, as well as melodies and beats composed of sounds from mundane objects, such as factory machines and trains.

Notably, some of the song lyrics on the album are substantially different from the songs in the film, the most pronounced example being "Scatterheart". The album omits the vocals of actors David Morse, Cara Seymour and Vladica Kostic. Some lyrics were rewritten, perhaps to prevent spoiling crucial plot details, since the soundtrack was released in stores before the movie opened in theaters, or to make the record flow better as a stand-alone album. In particular, on the song "I've Seen It All", Thom Yorke performs the words sung by Peter Stormare in the film. In addition, the track "My Favourite Things" does not appear on the album at all. The track "I've Seen It All" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. For the track, Björk made a "webeo" with director Floria Sigismondi that premiered on September 1, 2000 on It used a shorter version of the song that the singer recorded specifically for the webeo.[12]

The album was re-released in 2006 as a DualDisc including new DTS 24/96 5.1-channel surround sound mixes. The DualDisc also formed part of the (____surrounded): box set.


Recipient Award Category Result
Selmasongs BRIT Awards Best Soundtrack/Cast Recording Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Original Score Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Score Nominated
Robert Awards Music of the Year Won
"Overture" Grammy Awards Best Pop Instrumental Performance Nominated
"I've Seen It All" Best Pop Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying A Vocalist(s) Nominated
Academy Awards Best Original Song in a Motion Picture Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Original Song Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Original Song Won

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Overture" (Instrumental) – 3:38
  2. "Cvalda" (with Catherine Deneuve) – 4:48
  3. "I've Seen It All" (with Thom Yorke) – 5:30
  4. "Scatterheart" – 6:40
  5. "In the Musicals" – 4:40
  6. "107 Steps" (with Siobhan Fallon) – 2:37
  7. "New World" – 4:25

In the film, the songs appear in the following order:

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Cvalda" (with Catherine Deneuve)
  3. "I've Seen It All (with Peter Stormare)
  4. "Smith & Wesson" (with David Morse, Cara Seymour and Vladica Kostic) (a.k.a. "Scatterheart")
  5. "In the Musicals (Pt. 1)"
  6. "In the Musicals (Pt. 2)"
  7. "My Favorite Things"
  8. "107 Steps" (with Siobhan Fallon)
  9. "Dear Gene - The Next to Last Song"
  10. "New World"


Country Peak position Certification Sales
Austria 21
France 4 Platinum 242,000+
Finland 10
Norway 2
Japan 17 Platinum[13] 91,530[14]
Poland[15] 19
Sweden 12
Switzerland 20
U.K. 34
United States 41 201,000


  1. ^ SelmaSongs: Music from the Motion Picture Dancer in the Dark at Metacritic Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  2. ^ Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer in the Dark at AllMusic
  3. ^ Alternative Press. December 2000, p.91.
  4. ^ "SelmaSongs". NME. 13 September 200. Retrieved 27 November 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Joshua Klein (29 March 2002). "Bjork - SelmaSongs Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Browne, David (18 September 2000). "Selmasongs Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Ryan Schreiber (31 August 2000). "Bjork: Selmasongs Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Walters, Barry (28 December 2000). "Recordings: Bjork, Selmasongs". Rolling Stone. p. 56. Archived from the original on 27 March 2002. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Ridley, Jill (October 2000). "Album reviews". Select (EMAP Metro): 102. ISSN 0959-8367. 
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (20 January 2001). "Bjork: Selmasongs Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Spin Magazine. December 2000, p.197
  12. ^ Mirapaul, Matthew (August 21, 2000). "Music Videos Enter the Digital Age". The New York Times. Retrieved 2000-08-21. 
  13. ^ "Issue" (in jp). Retrieved 2013-07-26. 
  14. ^ "¡¾°ñµ¥¡¿21ÊÀ¼Í00Äê´úר¼­°ñTOP2500_oricon°É_°Ù¶ÈÌù°É". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  15. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLIS. 2000-10-30. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 

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