Music of Twin Peaks

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The music of the American television series Twin Peaks, its 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and its 2017 revival series was composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Twin Peaks' co-creator David Lynch wrote lyrics for five songs used throughout the series—including "Falling", "The Nightingale", "Into the Night", "Just You", and "Sycamore Trees"—and three songs featured in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, including "A Real Indication", "Questions in a World of Blue" and "The Black Dog Runs at Night". Julee Cruise, who made cameo appearances in both the series and film, provided vocals for four of Lynch's and Badalamenti's collaborations, and jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott performed on "Sycamore Trees". Three of the series' actors—James Marshall, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Sheryl Lee—provided vocals for "Just You".

Badalamenti's compositions have been released on four soundtrack albums: Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More (2007) and Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack (2017). Starting in March 2011, David Lynch began distributing The Twin Peaks Archive, a collection of previously unreleased and unused songs on his official website for digital download. In total, 215 songs were made available for download.

For the revival series, two soundtracks were released on September 8, 2017, by Rhino Records: Twin Peaks: Music from the Limited Event Series and Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack.[1] The first contained a majority of the performances at the Roadhouse and preexisting songs used throughout the third season,[2] and the second is the score to the series' third season, including previously unreleased Angelo Badalamenti compositions.[3]

Twin Peaks' music has received widespread critical acclaim. The Guardian has said that the original soundtrack "still marks the summit of TV soundtracks"[4] and AllMusic reviewer Stephen Eddins has referred to it as "a model of film music ideally matched to the images and actions it underscores."[5] The main theme song to Twin Peaks, composed by Badalamenti, also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards.


Title Artist Notes
Soundtrack from Twin Peaks (also known as Music from Twin Peaks) Angelo Badalamenti Composed of music from the first season of Twin Peaks.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Release date: August 7, 1992
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
Angelo Badalamenti Soundtrack to the film.
Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More
  • Release date: October 7, 2007
  • Label: Absurda, David Lynch
  • Format: CD
Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch Composed of music from the second season of Twin Peaks.
The Twin Peaks Archive
  • Release date: March 10, 2011July 13, 2012
  • Label: David Lynch
  • Format: Digital download
Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch An ongoing digital series of rare music from both the original series and the film. Songs were available for download in bundles, released weekly over the course of a year.
Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△
  • Release date: August 7, 2017
  • Label: Sacred Bones
  • Format: Digital download
Dean Hurley These tracks consist of ambient instrumental underscore and diegetic soundscapes showcased throughout the third season.
Twin Peaks: Music from the Limited Event Series
  • Release date: September 8, 2017
  • Label: Rhino
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
Various Artists A compilation of various artists who performed on Twin Peaks: The Return.
Twin Peaks: Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack
  • Release date: September 8, 2017
  • Label: Rhino
  • Format: CD, 2xLP
Angelo Badalamenti Composed of music performed and featured diegetically on the revival series.

The Twin Peaks Archive[edit]

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Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 2011–July 13, 2012
LabelDavid Lynch
  • Angelo Badalamenti
  • David Lynch
Twin Peaks chronology
Twin Peaks Music: Season Two Music and More
Music of Twin Peaks
Anthology Resource Vol. 1: △△

The Twin Peaks Archive is a digital soundtrack album by American director David Lynch and by American composer Angelo Badalamenti. The album featured rare and unreleased tracks from both Twin Peaks series as well as the prequel film.[6]

On March 10, 2011, relaunched as a site dedicated to the music of David Lynch and his collaborators. One of the features of the site was The Twin Peaks Archive, described as an "open album" with previously unreleased tracks from Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me being released on a regular basis. Many of the tracks streamed for free on the site, set to photo slide shows featuring images from the series and movie.[7] They were also available for purchase as MP3s or Apple Lossless files. Related tracks were often sold together as bundles. The Archive concluded on July 13, 2012.[8] There are currently no plans for a physical release.

  1. "Deer Meadow Shuffle"
  2. "Deer Meadow Shuffle (Film Version)"
  3. "Just You (Instrumental Baritone Guitar)" (*)
  4. "Twin Peaks (Alternate Version)"
  5. "Annie and Cooper"
  6. "Nightsea Wind"
  7. "Freshly Squeezed (Bass Clarinet)"
  8. "Twin Peaks (Harp & Guitar)"
  9. "Twin Peaks (Nostalgia Version)"
  10. "Twin Peaks (Solo Rhodes)"
  11. "Mysterioso #1"
  12. "Mysterioso #1 (Film Version)"
  13. "Mysterioso #2" (*)
  14. "Mysterioso #2 (Film Version)"
  15. "Love Theme (Alternate Version)"
  16. "Love Theme (Solo Rhodes)"
  17. "Americana"
  18. "James Hurley (Americana)" (*)
  19. "Mister Snooty"
  20. "Dance of the Dream Man (Vibraphone)" (*)
  21. "Picking on Country"
  22. "I'm Hurt Bad (Industrial Symphony No. 1 Version)"
  23. "Western Ballad"
  24. "Preparing for M.T. Wentz"
  25. "Secret Country"
  26. "Dark Mood Woods"
  27. "RR Swing"
  28. "Great Northern Piano Tune 1"
  29. "Great Northern Piano Tune 2 (Josie And Truman)"
  30. "Great Northern Piano Tune 3"
  31. "Twin Peaks (Solo Piano)"
  32. "Girl Talk"
  33. "Birds in Hell"
  34. "Audrey's Prayer (Clarinet & Synth)"
  35. "Audrey's Prayer (Synth)"
  36. "The Norwegians"
  37. "Sneaky Audrey"
  38. "Freshly Squeezed (Mid-Tempo Solo Vibraphone)"
  39. "Miss Twin Peaks Theme"
  40. "Lucy's Dance"
  41. "Lana's Dance"
  42. "Miss Twin Peaks (Piano Rehearsal)" (*)
  43. "Miss Twin Peaks (Finale)"
  44. "Sycamore Trees (Instrumental)"
  45. "South Sea Dreams"
  46. "Hula Hoppin'"
  47. "Love Theme (Piano & Rhodes)"
  48. "Owl Cave"
  49. "Slow Speed Orchestra 1 (24 Hours)"
  50. "Slow Speed Orchestra 2 (Unease Motif/The Woods)"
  51. "Slow Speed Orchestra 3 (Black Lodge Rumble)"
  52. "Half Speed Orchestra 1 (Stair Music/Danger Theme)"
  53. "Half Speed Orchestra 2 (Dark Forces)"
  54. "Half Speed Orchestra 3 (Windom Earle's Motif)"
  55. "James Visits Laura"
  56. "Harold's Theme (The Living Novel)"
  57. "Harold's Theme (Josie's Past)"
  58. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Ghost Version)"
  59. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Ethereal Pad Version)"
  60. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Guardian Angel Version)"
  61. "Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Sax)"
  62. "Audrey's Dance (Percussion & Clarinets)"
  63. "Solo Percussion 1"
  64. "Solo Percussion 2 (Grady's Waltz)"
  65. "Solo Percussion 3"
  66. "Northwest Gulch"
  67. "Dance of the Dream Man (Drums & Bass)"
  68. "Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Clarinet)"
  69. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Clarinet)"
  70. "Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Flute)"
  71. "Dance of the Dream Man (Solo Bass)"
  72. "Just You (Instrumental)"
  73. "The Bookhouse Boys"
  74. "The Bookhouse Boys (Solo Guitar)"
  75. "Earle's Theme"
  76. "Half Speed Orchestra 5 (Leo's Theme)"
  77. "Hank's Theme"
  78. "Hank's Theme (Version 2)"
  79. "Horne's Theme"
  80. "Invitation to Love Theme"
  81. "Invitation to Love (Bumper)"
  82. "Invitation to Love (Lover's Dilemma)"
  83. "Lana's Theme"
  84. "Wheeler's Theme"
  85. "Freshly Squeezed (Complete Version)"
  86. "Freshly Squeezed (Clarinet)"
  87. "Freshly Squeezed (Flute)"
  88. "Freshly Squeezed (Mid-Tempo Version)"
  89. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Version)"
  90. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Solo Bass)"
  91. "Freshly Squeezed (Solo Bass Clarinet)"
  92. "Freshly Squeezed (Solo Clarinet)"
  93. "Freshly Squeezed (Solo Flute)"
  94. "The Mill Deal"
  95. "Josie And Jonathan (The Mill Deal)"
  96. "The Mill Fire"
  97. "Teresa's Autopsy"
  98. "Phillip Jeffries"
  99. "Back To Fat Trout (Unease Motif/The Woods)"
  100. "Laura Visits Harold"
  101. "Behind The Mask"
  102. "Wash Your Hands"
  103. "It's Your Father"
  104. "Jacques' Cabin/The Train Car"
  105. "Circumference Of A Circle"
  106. "Fire Walk With Me (Sax)"
  107. "Dark Mood Woods (Studio Version)"
  108. "One-Eyed Jack's Parlor Music (Piano)" (*)
  109. "Twin Peaks (Christmas Greeting)" (+)
  110. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Clarinet)"
  111. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Baritone Guitar Punctuation)"
  112. "Leo Returns"
  113. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Caroline Version)"
  114. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Letter From Harold)"
  115. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Vibraphone)"
  116. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Dark Synth)"
  117. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Clarinet & Strings Bridge)"
  118. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Clarinet Bridge)"
  119. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK1"
  120. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK2"
  121. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK3"
  122. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano A) TK4"
  123. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano B) TK1" (*)
  124. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano B) TK2" (*)
  125. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Piano Bridge)"
  126. "Laura Palmer's Theme (Solo Piano)"
  127. "Night Bells (Original)"
  128. "Night Bells (Slow Version)"
  129. "Slow Speed Orchestra 4 (White Lodge Rumble)"
  130. "Harold's Theme (Harpsichord)"
  131. "Audrey's Prayer (Earle's Flute)"
  132. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Clean)"
  133. "Audrey's Dance (Clean)"
  134. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Dance Of The Dream Man Clarinet)" (*)
  135. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Dance Of The Dream Man Flute)" (*)
  136. "Audrey's Dance (Fast) (Dance Of The Dream Man Sax)" (*)
  137. "Audrey's Dance (Solo Rhodes)"
  138. "Audrey's Dance (Synth & Vibraphone)"
  139. "Audrey's Dance (Drums & Bass)"
  140. "Sneaky Audrey (Alternate Version)"
  141. "Sneaky Audrey (Audrey's Investigation)"
  142. "Sneaky Audrey (Solo)"
  143. "One-Armed Man's Theme (Solo Clarinet Improv)"
  144. "Great Northern Big Band"
  145. "Attack of the Pine Weasel"
  146. "Great Northern Piano Tune 4"
  147. "Wedding Hymn"
  148. "Wedding Song 1 (Accordion)"
  149. "Wedding Song 2"
  150. "Wedding Song 3 (Stranger Nights)"
  151. "Twin Peaks (Solo Harp)"
  152. "Ben's Lament"
  153. "Ben's Battle"
  154. "Ben's Battle (Solo Percussion)"
  155. "Ben's Battle (Solo Flute)" (*)
  156. "Ben's Battle (Solo Trumpet)"
  157. "The Culmination"
  158. "Half Speed Orchestra 4 (Dugpas)"
  159. "Half Speed Orchestra 6 (Bob's Dance/Back To Missoula)"
  160. "Half Speed Orchestra 7 (Through The Darkness)" (*)
  161. "Distant Train"
  162. "Laura's Dark Boogie (Clean)"
  163. "The Red Room"
  164. "Love Theme (Dark)"
  165. "James and Evelyn"
  166. "James and Evelyn (Trail Mix)" (*)
  167. "Eveyln's Mourning"
  168. "Eveyln's Mourning (Extended)" (*)
  169. "La Speranza"
  170. "Dark Intro 1" (*)
  171. "Dark Intro 2" (*)
  172. "Dark Intro 3" (*)
  173. "Dark Intro 4" (*)
  174. "Dark Intro 5" (*)
  175. "Dark Intro 6" (*)
  176. "Packards' Vibration (Original)"
  177. "The Mill Dirge"
  178. "Llama Country"
  179. "Jumpin' Fiddlesticks (One-Eyed Jack's Country)"
  180. "Dick Tremayne's Swing"
  181. "Audrey's Walk (Earle's Flute)"
  182. "Jean Renault's Theme (Solo Bass Clarinet)"
  183. "Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of"
  184. "Leo Attacks Bobby"
  185. "The Pink Room (Extended Version)"
  186. "Log Lady Presence"
  187. "The Voice Of Love (Slow Version)"
  188. "Half Heart (Solo)"
  189. "Dance of the Dream Man (Original)"
  190. "Audrey (Original)"
  191. "One Armed Man's Theme & Jean Renault's Theme (TV Mix)"
  192. "Great Northern Piano Tune 2 (Josie And Truman) (Full)"
  193. "Solo Percussion 4"
  194. "Solo Percussion (Arbitrary Cymbals)"
  195. "Wheeler's Theme (Alternate Version)"
  196. "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Clean) *partial"
  197. "You Killed Mike/Night Bells (Film Mix)"
  198. "Half Heart (Take 4)" (*)
  199. "Half Heart (Slow Jazz Version)" (*)
  200. "Half Heart (Clarinet & Strings)" (*)
  201. "Chinese Theme (Demo)" (*)
  202. "Falling into Love Theme (Demo)" (*)
  203. "Love Theme Light (Demo)" (*)
  204. "Love Theme Slower And Darker (Demo)" (*)
  205. "Love Theme to Falling (Demo)" (*)
  206. "Low Wide and Beautiful (Demo)" (*)
  207. "Night Walk (Demo)" (*)
  208. "Slow Cool Jazz (Audrey's Dance) (Demo)" (*)
  209. "Wide Vibrato Augmented Chords (Demo)" (*)
  210. "Wide Vibrato Mood to Falling (Demo)" (*)
  211. "Questions in a World of Blue (Demo)" (*)
  • (*) unused in series or film
  • (+) used as promotional bumper
  • Removed from Archive:
  • "Evelyn's Mourning (Mix)",
  • "Dick Tremayne's Swing (Screen Edit)" [was a fan mix],
  • "Freshly Squeezed (Fast Cool Jazz Clarinet)" [was a repeat track],
  • "Love Theme (Light)" [was an edit]

Cover versions[edit]

American experimental band Xiu Xiu covered tracks off the soundtrack on its 2016 cover album, Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks.[9]


  1. ^ Roffman, Michael (May 22, 2017). "Twin Peaks getting two new soundtracks to obsess over". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Dom, Pieter (May 22, 2017). "New Twin Peaks Soundtracks Coming Out On CD, MP3 & Double Vinyl In September". Welcome to Twin Peaks. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Various Artists – Twin Peaks (Limited Event Series Original Soundtrack)". Rhino Entertainment. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  4. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (March 25, 2010). "Twin Peaks stills marks the summit of TV soundtracks". The Guardian. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Eddins, Stephen. "Twin Peaks [Original TV Soundtrack] – Angelo Badalamenti". AllMusic. Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti: The Twin Peaks Archive". July 15, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "New Twin Peaks Songs & Photos At". April 6, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "David Lynch Music Company". Archived from the original on March 4, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ Pearis, Bill (March 9, 2016). "Xiu Xiu reinterpreting the 'Twin Peaks' soundtrack for Record Store Day LP (listen to his cover of the theme song)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved March 12, 2016.

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