Natural Born Killers (soundtrack)

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Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedAugust 23, 1994
ProducerTrent Reznor
Trent Reznor chronology
Natural Born Killers
Lost Highway
Singles from Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film
  1. "Burn"
    Released: 1994

Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film is the soundtrack to the film Natural Born Killers, produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. It was released on August 23, 1994. It charted at number 19 on US Billboard 200 album charts.


Reznor reportedly produced the soundtrack using a portable Pro Tools in his hotel room while on his band's Self Destruct Tour.[1][2] On his approach to compiling the soundtrack, Reznor told MTV:

I suggested to Oliver [Stone] to try to turn the soundtrack into a collage-of-sound, kind of the way the movie used music: make edits, add dialog, and make it something interesting, rather than a bunch of previously released music.[3]

Some songs were written especially for the film or soundtrack, such as "Burn" by Nine Inch Nails and "What Would You Do?" by Tha Dogg Pound.

"I took a finished movie," Reznor recalled, "and tried to make something that would be a cool souvenir from it."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Leonard Cohen – "Waiting for the Miracle" (Edit)
  2. L7 – "Shitlist"
  3. Dan Zanes – "Moon over Greene County" (Edit)
  4. Patti Smith – "Rock N Roll Nigger" (Flood Remix)
  5. Cowboy Junkies – "Sweet Jane" (Edit)
  6. Bob Dylan – "You Belong to Me"
  7. Duane Eddy – "The Trembler" (Edit)
  8. Nine Inch Nails – "Burn"
  9. "Route 666"
    featuring Robert Downey Jr., and Brian Berdan – "BB Tone"
  10. "Totally Hot"
    contains an edit of Remmy Ongala And Orchestre Super Matimila – "Kipenda Roho"
  11. Patsy Cline – "Back in Baby's Arms"
  12. Peter Gabriel And Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – "Taboo" (Edit)
  13. "Sex Is Violent"
    contains excerpts of Jane's Addiction – "Ted, Just Admit It..." and Diamanda Galás – "I Put a Spell on You"
  14. A.O.S. – "History (Repeats Itself)" (Edit)
  15. Nine Inch Nails – "Something I Can Never Have" (Edited And Extended)
  16. Russel Means – "I Will Take You Home"
  17. The Hollywood Persuaders – "Drums a Go-Go" (Edit)
  18. "Hungry Ants"
    contains excerpts of Barry Adamson – "Checkpoint Charlie" and "Violation of Expectation"
  19. Dr. Dre – "The Day the Niggaz Took Over"
  20. Juliette Lewis – "Born Bad"
    song and lyrics written by Cissie Cobb.
  21. Sergio Cervetti – "Fall of the Rebel Angels" (Edit)
  22. Lard – "Forkboy"
  23. "Batonga In Batongaville"
    contains excerpts of The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra – "A Night on Bare Mountain"
  24. Nine Inch Nails – "A Warm Place" (Edit)
  25. "Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar"
    contains excerpts of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party – "Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar" and Diamanda Galás – "Judgement Day"
  26. Leonard Cohen – "The Future" (Edit)
  27. Tha Dogg Pound – "What Would U Do?"


The film also contains "Bombtrack" and "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine, "Cyclops" by Marilyn Manson, "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen, "The Heat" and "In Doubt" by Peter Gabriel, "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man" by Cowboy Junkies, "The Way I Walk" cover by Robert Gordon, and "Ghost Town" by The Specials. These tracks are not included on the soundtrack album. Also includes samples of "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las, and Steven "Jesse" Bernstein's "No No Man-Part 1".

Tracks 9, 10, 13, 18, 21, 23 and 25 are assembled from various recordings and dialogue from the film.

The bathroom scene of this film contains a non-credited selection from the Melvins' Houdini; specifically, the surreal percussion track "Spread Eagle Beagle". Rumours surround the genesis of this track, including one that it was done by Kurt Cobain.

In the scene that depicts Mickey and Mallory's first meeting – as a sitcom parody entitled "I Love Mallory" – the following pieces are heard: "Happy-Go-Lively" by Laurie Johnson, "Happy Families" by Sam Fonteyn, "Pizzicato Playtime" by Sam Fonteyn, and "Domestic Fun" by Ernest Tomlinson.

Reportedly, Stone and Reznor wanted to include a track by Snoop Dogg on the soundtrack but Warner Bros. wouldn't allow it as he was, at the time of production, on trial for murder.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Los Angeles Times[7]
Chicago Tribunelink

"Bernard Herrmann's phenomenally eerie Vertigo score, Vangelis's groundbreaking synth-based ambience for Blade Runner, Nino Rota's timeless Godfather suite – any self-appointed buff of the soundtrack genre might blanch at the notion of making shelf-room alongside these classics for a furious miscellaneous music compilation…" wrote Andrew Collins in Q, "but, hey, as Mickey says, 'This is the 1990s,' and, if you were a soundtrack album, you'd be Natural Born Killers."[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[9] 14
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[10] 14
US Billboard 200[11] 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Hilburn, Robert (October 2, 1994). "Natural Born Thriller". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "An Interview with Charlie Clouser". Scene Magazine. September 1995. Archived from the original (transcription) on May 14, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2018 – via The NIN Hotline archive.
  3. ^ "Box Set: NIN On "Doing The Soundtrack For Natural Born Killers"". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  4. ^ Elliott, Paul (25 September 1999). "Going Down…". Kerrang!. p. 14.
  5. ^ "10 Secrets Behind The Making Of Natural Born Killers". ScreenRant. 2019-10-09. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: Natural Born Killers. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  7. ^ Hillburn, Robert (1995-08-28). "Hurtling Down 'Killers' Road With Trent Reznor at the Wheel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  8. ^ a b Q, December 1994
  9. ^ "Soundtrack – Natural Born Killer". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Soundtrack – Natural Born Killer". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Natural Born Killers [Original Soundtrack]: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Natural Born Killers". Music Canada. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Soundtrack – Natural Born Killers". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – Natural Born Killers". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 11, 2021.

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