Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture

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Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released May 15, 2001
Genre Alternative rock, pop, pop rock, soul
Label DreamWorks
Producer Ron Aniello, Joe Barresi, Jon Brion, Jimmy Harry, Oliver Leiber, Patrick Leonard, Mike Mangini, Eric Valentine, Pete Wingfield, Gavin Greenaway, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Steve Greenberg, Marylata E. Jacob[1]
Shrek chronology
Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture
Shrek: Original Motion Picture Score
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture is the soundtrack of the 2001 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated animated feature Shrek.


Shrek introduced a new element to give the film a unique feel; The film used pop music and other Oldies to make the story more forward. Covers of songs like On the Road Again and Try a Little Tenderness were integrated in the film's score.[3] As the film was about to be completed, Katzenberg suggested to the filmmakers to redo the film's ending in order to "go out with a big laugh"; Instead of ending film with just a storybook closing over Shrek and Fiona as they ride off into the sunset, they decided to add a song "I'm a Believer" by Smash Mouth and show all the fairytale creatures in the film.[4]

Although Rufus Wainwright's version of the song "Hallelujah" appeared in the soundtrack album, it was John Cale's version that appeared in the film; in a radio interview, Rufus Wainwright suggested that his version of "Hallelujah" did not appear in the film due to the "glass ceiling" he was hitting because of his sexuality. An alternate explanation posits that because Wainwright was an artist for DreamWorks and John Cale was not, thus licensing issues prohibited Cale's version from appearing in the soundtrack album, despite having the filmmakers wanting to have Cale's version appear in the film.[5]


The album was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music (lost to the score of Moulin Rouge!) and the Grammy Award for "Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media" (lost to the score of O Brother, Where Art Thou?).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Stay Home" (Performed by Self) Matt Mahaffey Eric Valentine 3:27
2. "I'm a Believer" (Performed by Smash Mouth) Neil Diamond Eric Valentine 3:13
3. "Like Wow!" (Performed by Leslie Carter) Jimmy Harry, Sandra St. Victor Oliver Leiber, David Gamson 3:34
4. "It Is You (I Have Loved)" (Performed by Dana Glover) Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Gavin Greenaway Gavin Greenaway, Harry Gregson-Williams 3:58
5. "Best Years of Our Lives" (Performed by Baha Men) David Jaymes, Geoffrey Deane Michael Mangini, Steven Greenberg 2:59
6. "Bad Reputation" (Performed by Halfcocked (Original version by Joan Jett used in the film[2]) Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell, Marty Kupersmith Joe Barresi 2:21
7. "My Beloved Monster" (Performed by Eels) E Jon Brion, E 2:11
8. "You Belong to Me" (Performed by Jason Wade) Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart, Chilton Price Ron Aniello 2:41
9. "All Star" (Performed by Smash Mouth) Greg Camp Eric Valentine 3:20
10. "Hallelujah" (Performed by Rufus Wainwright whose cover of the Leonard Cohen song is on the soundtrack album, but the film version is by John Cale[2]) Leonard Cohen Patrick Leonard 4:09
11. "I'm on My Way" (Performed by The Proclaimers) Charlie Reid, Craig Reid Pete Wingfield 3:39
12. "I'm a Believer (Reprise)" (Performed by Eddie Murphy) Neil Diamond N/A 1:13
13. "True Love's First Kiss" (Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell) Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell 3:10

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard 200[1] 28
U.S. Soundtracks[1] 2
French Album Charts[6] 42
Danish Album Charts[7] 19
Austrian Album Charts[8] 9
Australian Album Charts[9] 2
Swiss Album Charts[10] 48
German Album Charts[11] 21

Songs that appear in the film but not the soundtrack album[edit]

Songs at the dance party[edit]

These songs feature in the party at the end of the movie.


Shrek: Original Motion Picture Score
Film score by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell
Released December 4, 2001
Recorded Abbey Road Studios
Genre Score
Length 44:16
Label Varèse Sarabande
Shrek chronology
Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture
Shrek: Original Motion Picture Score
Shrek 2: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

Shrek: Original Motion Picture Score is the film score to the 2001 Academy Award winning animated feature, Shrek. It is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell and was the second soundtrack released from the film. Though the score album was originally planned to be released in mid-July 2001,[12] the release was moved to December 4 due to plan changes.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell

No. Title Length
1. "Fairytale"   1:26
2. "Ogre Hunters/Fairytale Deathcamp"   1:35
3. "Donkey Meets Shrek"   2:37
4. "Eating Alone"   1:17
5. "Uninvited Guests"   2:09
6. "March of Farquaad"   0:38
7. "The Perfect King"   1:17
8. "Welcome to Duloc"   0:34
9. "Tournament Speech"   0:51
10. "What Kind of Quest"   2:22
11. "Dragon!/Fiona Awakens"   2:06
12. "One of a Kind Knight"   1:19
13. "Saving Donkey's Ass"   0:43
14. "Escape from the Dragon"   1:58
15. "Helmet Hair"   2:08
16. "Delivery Boy Shrek/Making Camp"   0:47
17. "Friends Journey to Duloc"   2:42
18. "Starry Night"   0:58
19. "Singing Princess"   1:35
20. "Better Out Than In/Sunflower/I'll Tell Him"   2:10
21. "Merry Men"   0:43
22. "Fiona Kicks Ass"   0:28
23. "Fiona's Secret"   3:02
24. "Why Wait to Be Wed/You Thought Wrong"   1:58
25. "Ride the Dragon"   1:36
26. "I Object"   1:51
27. "Transformation/The End"   3:26
Total length:


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