Danny Elfman discography

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Appearances by Danny Elfman as a composer, or as a member of Oingo Boingo:

Year Film Role/Directed by Type of recording / Album Studio(s)>Released by Notes / Accolades
1977 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Yri drummer / Directed by Anthony Page Also featured Richard Elfman
Hot Tomorrows Singer / Directed by Martin Brest
1981 Urgh! A Music War Himself / Directed by Derek Burbidge Part of Oingo Boingo
1982 Forbidden Zone Satan / Directed by Richard Elfman Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
1984 Good Morning, Mr. Orwell Himself Part of Oingo Boingo
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tim Burton Original score released in part with selections from Back to School. Varèse Sarabande; score later released as part of the Elfman/Burton box set by Warner Bros. Records
1986 Back to School Himself / Directed by Alan Metter Soundtrack with one Elfman track MCA; score later released with selections from Pee-wee's Big Adventure by Varèse Sarabande Part of Oingo Boingo
Wisdom Emilio Estevez Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
1987 Summer School Carl Reiner Soundtrack with one Elfman track Chrysalis Records Only unreleased Elfman film score to date
1988 Beetlejuice Tim Burton Soundtrack Geffen Records
Midnight Run Martin Brest Soundtrack MCA
Big Top Pee-wee Randal Kleiser Soundtrack Arista (reissued by PEG); expanded album without dialogue released by La-La Land Records
Hot to Trot Michael Dinner Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1
Scrooged Richard Donner Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1; complete score released by La-La Land Records
1989 Batman Tim Burton Soundtrack Warner Bros. Records; re-released with complete score from La-La Land Records Won his only Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
1990 Nightbreed Clive Barker Soundtrack MCA
Dick Tracy Warren Beatty Soundtrack Sire Records; complete score released by Intrada Records Nominated for 33rd Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
Darkman Sam Raimi Soundtrack MCA
Edward Scissorhands Tim Burton Soundtrack MCA; complete score released by Intrada Records Nominated for 34th Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
1992 Article 99 Howard Deutch Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
Batman Returns Tim Burton Soundtrack Warner Bros. Records; re-released with complete score from La-La Land Records
1993 Sommersby Jon Amiel Soundtrack Elektra
Army of Darkness Sam Raimi "March of the Dead" theme by Danny Elfman.
Rest of the score by Joseph LoDuca
Varèse Sarabande
The Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick Soundtrack Walt Disney Records Singing voice of Jack Skellington
1994 Black Beauty Caroline Thompson Soundtrack Giant; expanded edition released by La-La Land Records
1995 Dolores Claiborne Taylor Hackford Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
Dead Presidents Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes Soundtrack (one Elfman track; suite also included on Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2) Capitol Records
To Die For Gus Van Sant Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
1996 Mission: Impossible Brian De Palma Soundtrack with three Elfman tracks Phillips
Score Point Music
The Frighteners Peter Jackson Soundtrack MCA
Freeway Matthew Bright Suite included on Music for a Darkened Theatre Vol. 2
Extreme Measures Michael Apted Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
Mars Attacks! Tim Burton Soundtrack Atlantic;
expanded edition released by La-La Land Records
First Elfman score to get an expanded release
1997 Men in Black Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks SME Nominated for 70th Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score &
for 40th Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television
Score Columbia Records
Flubber Les Mayfield Soundtrack Walt Disney Records
Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks; score released by Music Box Capitol Records & Music Box Records Nominated for 70th Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score
1998 A Simple Plan Sam Raimi Soundtrack Compass III
A Civil Action Steven Zaillian Soundtrack
1999 Instinct Jon Turteltaub Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
Anywhere But Here Wayne Wang Soundtrack with one Elfman track Atlantic
Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Soundtrack Hollywood Records
2000 Proof of Life Taylor Hackford Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
The Gift Tommy Lee Ballard / Directed by Sam Raimi
The Family Man Brett Ratner Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks Sire Records
2001 Planet of the Apes Tim Burton Soundtrack SME; complete score released by La-La Land Records
2002 Spider-Man Sam Raimi Soundtrack Nominated for 45th Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
Score
Men in Black II Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack Columbia Records
Red Dragon Brett Ratner Soundtrack Decca Records
Chicago Rob Marshall Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks
2003 Hulk Ang Lee Soundtrack Decca Records
Big Fish Tim Burton Soundtrack Sony Classical Nominated for 76th Academy Award for Best Original Score,
for 61st Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score &
for 47th Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2004 Spider-Man 2 Sam Raimi Soundtrack Columbia Records
Score Sony Masterworks
2005 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Tim Burton Soundtrack Abbey Road Studios Nominated for 48th Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (Wonka's Welcome Song)
Corpse Bride Bonejangles / Directed by Tim Burton Soundtrack Warner Bros. Records
2006 Deep Sea 3D Howard Hall Adapted from Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana Sony Masterworks Additional music by Elfman and composer Deborah Lurie are unreleased.
Nacho Libre Jared Hess "Ramses Suite"
Rest of the album by Various Artists
Lakeshore Records
Charlotte's Web Gary Winick Soundtrack Sony Classical
2007 Meet the Robinsons Stephen Anderson Soundtrack Walt Disney Records
The Kingdom Peter Berg Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande Two tracks ("Main Titles: Vacation in Iraq" and "A Bad Feeling") adapted from Elfman's Serenada Schizophrana concert work.
Wanted Timur Bekmambetov Soundtrack Lakeshore Records
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Guillermo del Toro Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
Milk Gus Van Sant Soundtrack Decca Records Nominated for 81st Academy Award for Best Original Score &
for 52nd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2009 Notorious George Tillman, Jr. Soundtrack with one Elfman track Universal Music Group
Terminator Salvation McG Soundtrack Warner Bros. Records
9 Shane Acker Soundtrack. Elfman's music themes only, score composed by Deborah Lurie. Reprise Records
Taking Woodstock Ang Lee Soundtrack with four Elfman tracks Rhino Records
Score La-La Land Records
2010 The Wolfman Joe Johnston Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande
Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton Soundtrack Walt Disney Records Nominated for 68th Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score &
for 53rd Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
The Next Three Days Paul Haggis Soundtrack Lionsgate
2011 Restless Gus Van Sant Soundtrack La-La Land Records
Real Steel Shawn Levy Soundtrack with one Elfman track Interscope
Score Varèse Sarabande
2012 Dark Shadows Tim Burton Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks
Score WaterTower Music
Men in Black 3 Barry Sonnenfeld Soundtrack Sony Classical
Frankenweenie Tim Burton Soundtrack Walt Disney Records
Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks Sony Classical
Score SME
Hitchcock Sacha Gervasi Soundtrack Sony Masterworks
Promised Land Gus Van Sant Soundtrack Relativity Music Group
2013 Oz the Great and Powerful Sam Raimi Soundtrack Walt Disney Records
Epic Chris Wedge Soundtrack Columbia Records
American Hustle David O. Russell Song album with one Elfman track Madison Gate Records
2014 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Rob Minkoff Soundtrack Relativity Music Group
The Unknown Known Errol Morris Soundtrack La La Land Records
Big Eyes Tim Burton Soundtrack with six Elfman tracks Interscope
2015 The End of the Tour James Ponsoldt Soundtrack Lakeshore Records
Fifty Shades of Grey Sam Taylor-Johnson Soundtrack with two Elfman tracks Republic Records
Score Republic Records Additional music by David Buckley
Avengers: Age of Ultron Joss Whedon Soundtrack (composed with Brian Tyler) Hollywood Records
Goosebumps Rob Letterman Soundtrack Sony Classical
2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass James Bobin Soundtrack Walt Disney Records
Before I Wake Mike Flanagan Soundtrack (composed with The Newton Brothers) with three Elfman tracks Varèse Sarabande
The Girl on the Train Tate Taylor Soundtrack Sony Classical
2017 Tulip Fever Justin Chadwick Soundtrack Sony Classical
Fifty Shades Darker James Foley Soundtrack Back Lot Music Additional music by David Buckley
When We Rise Dustin Lance Black Soundtrack (composed with Chris Bacon) with 4:56 suite Hollywood Records
The Circle James Ponsoldt Soundtrack Sony Classical
Justice League Zack Snyder Soundtrack WaterTower Music
2018 Fifty Shades Freed James Foley Soundtrack Backlot Music
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Gus Van Sant Soundtrack Sony Classical
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Ari Sandel Soundtrack Sony Classical
The Grinch Peter Candeland,
Yarrow Cheney
Soundtrack Columbia Records
2019 Dumbo Tim Burton Soundtrack Walt Disney Records
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In addition, Elfman has supplied thematic material - except where noted - for films scored by others (names in brackets):

Elfman also composed the music for the Hollywood Pictures logo (an excerpt from his main title for Sommersby was subsequently used as the logo music for Regency, the company that made it).

He has also written the theme music and occasional episodic scores for several television series, including:

His other work includes:

  • 1987: Music for Sally Cruikshank's Face Like A Frog animated short (suite included on the 1990 Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 1 compilation).
  • 1991: Music for Nike’s "Barkley Superhero" animated television commercial (included on the 1996 Music for a Darkened Theatre, Vol. 2 compilation).
  • 1996: Music for a 1996/97 Nissan television advertising campaign.
  • 1998: Elfman and Steve Bartek provided the music for Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Psycho, adapting and recording the original score composed by Bernard Herrmann.
  • 1998: Music for a 1998/99 Lincoln/Mercury television advertising campaign.
  • 2000: Music for Tim Burton's "Stainboy" animated internet series commissioned by Shockwave.com (selections released on Warner Bros. Records' The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box in 2010).
  • 2004: The opening title theme of the 2004 video game Fable.
  • 2005: Commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, Elfman's six-movement orchestral piece Serenada Schizophrana premiered at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 23, 2005. Sony Masterworks released a separate recording including two additional tracks in 2006, with John Mauceri conducting the Hollywood Studio Symphony orchestra.
  • 2006: Elfman's "Overeager Overture" commemorating conductor John Mauceri's tenure with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra premiered September 15, 2006, at the Hollywood Bowl, conducted by Mauceri.
  • 2008: American Ballet Theatre and Orange County Performing Arts Center co-commissioned Elfman to write the score for Twyla Tharp's ballet, Rabbit and Rogue, which premiered June 3, 2008, at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center. The music was subsequently released on CD in 2017 by Sony Classical. That year LA Film Festival presented the Rabbit and Rogue project, which provided free usage of Elfman's score to filmmakers to create short film projects.
  • 2008: Soundtrack to the 2008 video game Lego Batman: The Videogame (various tracks from the soundtrack of the film: Batman).
  • 2008: The opening title theme as well as major themes of the 2008 video game Fable II.
  • 2009: Incidental music for the Tim Burton exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 2009-2010 (selections released on Warner Bros. Records' The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box in 2010).
  • 2009: The opening title theme as well as major themes and soundtrack of the 2009 video game Wanted: Weapons of Fate.
  • 2010: The opening title theme as well as major themes of the 2010 video game Fable III.
  • 2011: Scored Cirque du Soleil’s Iris, which premiered September 25, 2011, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles (released on CD by Cirque Du Soleil Musique).
  • 2012: Soundtrack to the 2012 video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (various tracks from the soundtracks of the films: Batman and Batman Returns).
  • 2013: Music and some vocals for Hong Kong Disneyland attraction Mystic Manor.
  • 2016: Scored the "Making of an Oscar" animation, which opened the 78th annual Academy Awards telecast.
  • 2016: Inspired by the Second US Presidential debate, Elfman composed a short horror piece called "Trump Stalks Clinton" for Funny or Die.
  • 2017: Elfman's first Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, titled "Eleven Eleven", premiered in Prague on June 21, 2017, with violinist Sandy Cameron, conductor John Mauceri and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
  • 2018: The Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet premiered Elfman's first Piano Quartet on February 21, 2018, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln Nebraska.