Descendants (soundtrack)

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(Original TV Movie Soundtrack)
Descendants (Original TV Movie Soundtrack).jpg
Soundtrack album by Descendants cast
ReleasedJuly 31, 2015
LabelWalt Disney Records
Descendants soundtracks chronology
(Original TV Movie Soundtrack)

Descendants 2
Singles from Descendants
  1. "If Only"
    Released: July 31, 2015
  2. "Rotten to the Core"
    Released: December 18, 2015

Descendants (Original TV Movie Soundtrack) is a soundtrack album by cast of the film of the same name, released on July 31, 2015 by Walt Disney Records.[1] The soundtrack peaked at number 1 in United States at Billboard 200, number one on the US Top Digital Albums and topped the US Top Soundtracks.[2]

Album history[edit]

Initially, the film was not envisioned as a musical. It was not until director/choreographer Kenny Ortega came on board that songs were added.[3] The film itself contains seven musical numbers, plus a song by Shawn Mendes during the end credits, which was released as a single. In addition, the soundtrack album includes four bonus tracks as well as a suite of the David Lawrence's orchestral score. Not included on the soundtrack is the Vancouver Children's Choir Choral Society's interpretation of "Laudamus te" from Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, which was heard at Prince Ben's coronation ceremony and the Overture of the orchestral suite Music for the Royal Fireworks composed by George Handel, which is heard at the entrance of the temple.

Commercial performance[edit]

The soundtrack debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 42,000 album-equivalent units earned during its first week of release. It is the smallest weekly total for a No. 1 album since the chart began ranking albums by equivalent units in December 2014. It also dethroned R&B singer Jill Scott's Woman from its debut at No. 1, with only 30,000 units sold after.[4] It is the first Disney Channel Original Movie since High School Musical 2 to have a soundtrack hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. "Good is the New Bad" appeared in the Descendants: Wicked World short of the same name.


"If Only", performed by Dove Cameron, was released as single on July 31, 2015.[5] The song was written by Adam Anders, Nikki Hassman and Peer Astrom. It debuted at number 99 in the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 94.[6] The second version of "Rotten to the Core", (written by Shelly Peiken, Joacim Persson and Johann Alkenas,) and performed by Sofia Carson was released as second single on December 18.[7] The decision to release the song was made to promote the computer-animated short-form series Descendants: Wicked World, which Carson's version is the opening theme.[8] The song did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[9]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Believe", performed by Shawn Mendes, was released as promotional single on June 26, 2015.[10] The song received a nomination for Choice Music: Song from a Movie 2015 Teen Choice Awards.[11]

Other charted songs[edit]

The original version of "Rotten to the Core", performed by Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson, debuted at number 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[6] "Did I Mention", performed by Mitchell Hope and Jeff Lewis, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[12] "Evil Like Me", performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron, debuted at number 14 and peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[12] "Set It Off", performed by Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope, Sarah Jeffery and Jeff Lewis, debuted at number 17 and peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[12]


Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref.
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie TV Song "Believe" by Shawn Mendes Nominated [13]

Track listing[edit]

1."Rotten to the Core"
2."Evil Like Me"Andrew Lippa
3."Did I Mention"Adam SchlesingerMitchell Hope * Jeff Lewis2:33
4."If Only"
Dove Cameron3:49
5."Be Our Guest"
6."If Only (Reprise)"
  • Anders
  • Hassman
  • Astrom
Dove Cameron0:41
7."Set it Off"
  • Sam Hollander
  • Josh Edmondson
  • Grant Michaels
  • Craig Lashley
  • Charity Daw
  • Dove Cameron
  • Sofia Carson
  • Cameron Boyce
  • Booboo Stewart
  • Mitchell Hope
  • Sarah Jeffery
  • Lewis
Shawn Mendes3:28
9."Rotten to the Core" (Single version)
  • Persson
  • Peiken
  • Alkenas
Sofia Carson2:54
10."Night Is Young" (from Descendants: Wicked World)
China Anne McClain3:02
11."Good Is the New Bad" (from Descendants: Wicked World)
  • Aris Archontis
  • Chen Neeman
  • Jeannie Lurie
  • Dove Cameron
  • Sofia Carson
  • China Anne McClain
12."I'm Your Girl" (from Descendants: Wicked World)
  • Dustin Burnett
  • Stephanie Lewis
  • Paula Winger
Felicia Barton2:38
13."Descendants Score Suite"David LawrenceDavid Lawrence6:49
Total length:39:43


Chart (2015) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 57
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 179
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 177
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 50
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 102
Italian Compilation Albums (FIMI)[19] 19
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[20]
(Los descendientes)
US Billboard 200[21] 1
US Kid Albums (Billboard)[2] 1
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[22] 2
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[23] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ a b "Various Artists - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
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  5. ^ "Dove Cameron - If Only". Discogs. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ a b List of Cameron's albums and singles on Billboard: "Rotten to the Core" and "If Only": "Billboard Hot 100 - August 22, 2015". Billboard. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rotten to the Core (Spanish / English Version)". iTunes. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Disney Launches 'Descendants' Short-Form Series". AWN. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sofia Carson debut on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles - September 1, 2015". Headline Planet. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Shawn Mendes' "Believe": Listen To The 'Descendants' Soundtrack Cut". Idolator. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "2015 Teen Choice Award Winners – Full List". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. August 16, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c "Hot 100: Descendants' "Rotten to the Core" Stays in Top 50; "If Only" Rises - August 19, 2015". headlineplanet.
  13. ^ "Teen Choice Awards 2015 Winners: Full List". Variety. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  14. ^ Ryan, Gavin (August 8, 2015). "ARIA Albums: Meghan Trainor 'Title' Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  15. ^ " – Soundtrack – Descendants" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  16. ^ " – Soundtrack – Descendants" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
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  18. ^ " – Soundtrack – Descendants". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  19. ^ "FIMI Compilation Albums - WK 40". Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  20. ^ " – Soundtrack – Los descendientes". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  21. ^ "Various Artists Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  22. ^ "Digital Albums - August 22, 2015". Billboard. August 22, 2015.
  23. ^ "Various Artists Chart History (Soundtrack Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  24. ^ "American album certifications – Various Artists – Descendants". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.