Amélie (soundtrack)

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Soundtrack album by Yann Tiersen
Released April 23, 2001 (2001-04-23)
Genre Avant-garde, bal-musette, contemporary classical
Length 53:03
Label Virgin Records
Producer Yann Tiersen
Yann Tiersen chronology
Black Session: Yann Tiersen

Amélie is the soundtrack to the 2001 French film Amélie, a motion picture set in Montmartre in Paris, France, about a young woman endeavouring to help and improve the lives of those around her. Having been home-schooled since childhood, Amélie finally leaves her lifelong home and begins to discover her true vocation in life: awarding her neighbours and colleagues love and happiness. But when Amélie chances upon her own romance, her adventure truly begins—ever captured by the music of Yann Tiersen.

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet chanced upon the accordion- and piano-driven music of Yann Tiersen while driving with his production assistant who put on a CD he had not heard before. Greatly impressed, he immediately bought Tiersen's entire catalogue and eventually commissioned him to compose pieces for the film.[1] The soundtrack features both compositions from Tiersen's first three albums, but also new items, variants of which can be found on his fourth album, L'Absente, which he was writing at the same time.[2]

Beside the accordion and piano the music features parts played with harpsichord, banjo, bass guitar, vibraphone and even a bicycle wheel at the end of "La Dispute" (which plays over the opening titles in the motion picture).

Prior to discovering Tiersen, Jeunet was primarily considering composer Michael Nyman to score the film.[citation needed]

"Les Jours tristes" was co-written with Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. The track later received English lyrics, and was released by The Divine Comedy as a b-side to the Regeneration single "Perfect Lovesong." The English-language version also appeared on Tiersen's L'Absente.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Yann Tiersen,[3] except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "J'y suis jamais allé" 1:34
2. "Les Jours tristes" (Instrumental) (written by Tiersen and Neil Hannon) 3:03
3. "La Valse d'Amélie" 2:15
4. "Comptine d'un autre été : L'après-midi" 2:20
5. "La Noyée" 2:03
6. "L'Autre valse d'Amélie" 1:33
7. "Guilty" (performed by Al Bowlly; written by Gus Kahn; composed by Richard A. Whiting and Harry Akst) 3:13
8. "À quai" 3:32
9. "Le Moulin" 4:27
10. "Pas si simple" 1:52
11. "La Valse d'Amélie" (Orchestral Version) 2:00
12. "La Valse des vieux os" 2:20
13. "La Dispute" 4:15
14. "Si tu n'étais pas là" (performed by Fréhel; written by Gaston Claret and Pierre Bayle) 3:29
15. "Soir de fête" 2:55
16. "La Redécouverte" 1:13
17. "Sur le fil" 4:23
18. "Le Banquet" 1:31
19. "La Valse d'Amélie" (Piano Version) 2:38
20. "La Valse des monstres" 3:39


Awards and nominations[edit]

The list is made with the information from IMDb.[4]




According to Billboard magazine (published in 2002) up to that date in the US the soundtrack had sold 50,000 copies, went double platinum in France and sold 1,1 million copies worldwide. [10] As of 2003 it has sold over 1,5 million copies worldwide. [11]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[12] Platinum 1,082,400[12]
Canada[13] Platinum 100,000
Germany[14] Gold 100,000
Poland[15] Gold 50,000


The band New Found Glory covered "J'y suis jamais allé" on their second covers album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II. The song was also used by Expression crew in their dance act, Marionette.

Pianist, composer Dmytro Morykit arranged and plays a cover version where he has added a third part for right hand.


  1. ^ "JEUNET, JEAN-PIERRE: FABULOUS DESTINY OF AMÉLIE". Urban Cinefile. December 13, 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ Michael Hubbard (24 February 2002). "Composer Tiersen serenades Amelie". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ Amélie at Discogs (list of releases)
  4. ^ "Awards for Yann Tiersen". IMDb. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Soundtrack / Yann Tiersen - Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain". Retrieved 2011-09-02. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Amélie - Yann Tiersen". Charts & Awards. AllMusic. 
  7. ^ " – Yann Tiersen – Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Yann Tiersen Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ " – Yann Tiersen – Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi)". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  12. ^ a b "Les Albums Platine" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2005". Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2011-09-02. 
  14. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold-/Platin-Datenbank" (in German). IFPI. Archived from the original on 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2013-07-25.  Parameter "Interpret" must be set as "Amelie"
  15. ^ "Złote CD (2002)". ZPAV. Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
Preceded by
World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Soundtrack
Succeeded by
The Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Ring