Twilight (soundtrack)

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Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Twilight soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 4, 2008 (U.S.)
RecordedVarious times
The Twilight Saga soundtracks chronology
Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Singles from Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Decode"
    Released: October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)
  2. "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)"
    Released: October 23, 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly(A−) [3]

Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the official music for the 2008 film Twilight, released on November 4, 2008.

The soundtrack was chosen by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas;[4] while the score, Twilight: The Score, was composed by Carter Burwell.[5] The soundtrack album was released by Patsavas' Chop Shop label in conjunction with Atlantic Records.[6] It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, having sold about 165,000 copies in its first week of release, 29% of which were digital downloads.[7] Twilight: The Score was made available for digital download on November 25, 2008, and the album was released to stores on December 9, 2008.[8]

Twilight is the best-selling theatrical movie soundtrack in the United States since Chicago.[9] Both the soundtrack and the lead single, "Decode" by Paramore, were nominated for the 2010 Grammy Awards.[10]

Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[edit]

Director Catherine Hardwicke revealed in an interview with MTV that a song by alternative rock band Muse, later revealed to be "Supermassive Black Hole", would be included on the film's soundtrack.[11] The soundtrack includes two songs by Paramore,[6] a new song by Mutemath, and an original song for the film by Perry Farrell.[12] "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine was chosen for inclusion in the movie by actress Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan.[13] The soundtrack won a 2009 American Music Award for Favorite Soundtrack.[14]


The CD booklet on the physical CD folds out into one of four Twilight posters.[15] Hot Topic locations across the United States hosted exclusive Twilight soundtrack listening parties on October 24.[16] Albums bought at Borders bookstores feature an acoustic version of Paramore's "Decode".[17] Summit Entertainment provided a free remix of "Bella's Lullaby" through iTunes, with the purchase of a Twilight theatre ticket through online ticket services Fandango or[18]

Track listing[edit]

Twilight – Standard edition
1."Supermassive Black Hole"Matthew BellamyMuse3:31
3."Full Moon"The Black Ghosts3:50
4."Leave Out All the Rest"Linkin ParkLinkin Park3:19
5."Spotlight" (Twilight Mix)Mutemath3:20
6."Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)"Perry Farrell3:27
7."Tremble for My Beloved"Ed RolandCollective Soul3:53
8."I Caught Myself"Paramore3:55
9."Eyes on Fire"
Blue Foundation5:01
10."Never Think"
Robert Pattinson4:29
11."Flightless Bird, American Mouth"Samuel BeamIron & Wine4:02
12."Bella's Lullaby"Carter BurwellCarter Burwell2:20
Total length:45:30
  • The first song of the ending credits, Radiohead's "15 Step" (3:59), was not included on the soundtrack.


  • "Decode", by Paramore, was the first single released from the soundtrack. It premiered on Paramore's fan club site and Stephenie Meyer's official website on October 1, 2008.[19][20] The music video for "Decode" premiered on November 3.[21] The song was certified Platinum in the U.S on February 16, 2010, selling over 1,000,000 copies. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Song Written for a Movie.
  • "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" by Perry Farrell was the second single released from the soundtrack. It premiered on Meyer's website on October 23, 2008.[22][23]

Chart performance[edit]

The Twilight soundtrack debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[7] Twilight is the first soundtrack to hit #1 in advance of its film's release since the 8 Mile soundtrack in 2002.[24] The album was certified double platinum on April 16, 2009.[25] After a re-release of the album in a "Deluxe Edition" in March, 2009, it climbed from #14 to #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 74,000 copies.[26][27][28] It remained on the Billboard 200 for 48 consecutive weeks. As of April 2014, the album has sold 2,807,000 copies in the US.[29]

The soundtrack peaked at number one in New Zealand on February 9, 2009 and has been certified platinum, selling over 15,000 copies.[30][31] The album has been certified gold in Mexico, selling over 50,000 copies.[32][33] The soundtrack has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1
Argentine Albums Chart[34] 5
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 4
Mexican AMPROFON Albums Chart[35] 5
Mexican Top 20 International Albums Chart[36] 2
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[37] 2
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[37] 1
French Top 200 Albums Chart[38] 4
German Top 100 Albums Chart 6
Greek Top 50 Albums Chart[39] 1
Italian FIMI Compilations Chart[40] 3
Swiss Top 100 Albums Chart[37] 12
Austrian Top 75 Albums Chart[37] 4
Finnish Top 40 Albums Chart[37] 14
Spanish PROMUSICAE Albums Chart[37] 28
UK Compilation Album Chart[41] 9


Country Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Austria Platinum[42]
Germany Platinum[43]
Mexico Gold[44]
Poland Gold[45]
US 2× Platinum[46]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Rank
German Albums Chart[47] 15
Swiss Albums Chart[48] 35
US Billboard 200[49] 4

Twilight: The Score[edit]

Twilight: The Score
Twilight score.jpg
Film score by
Carter Burwell
ReleasedDecember 9, 2008
RecordedSeptember 2008 at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London, England
The Twilight Saga scores chronology
Twilight: The Score
The Twilight Saga: New Moon: The Score
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [50]
Filmtracks2/5 stars[51]
Movie Music UK2.5/5 stars[52]

Carter Burwell composed and orchestrated the score for Twilight over a 9- to 10-week period, and it was recorded and mixed in about 2 weeks in late September 2008.[53] He began the score with a "Love Theme" for Bella and Edward's relationship, a variation of which became "Bella's Lullaby" that Robert Pattinson plays in the film and that is included on the Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.[53] The original theme is featured throughout the film, and serves to "play the romance that drives the story".[53] Another theme Burwell composed was a "Predator Theme", which opens the film, and is intended to play Edward's vampire nature.[53] Other themes include a bass-line, drum beat and distorted guitar sound for the nomadic vampires, and a melody for the Cullen family.[53] Twilight: The Score was released digitally on November 25, 2008 and in stores on December 9.[8] The score album had sold 218,000 copies in the United States as of June 2010.[54]

Track listing[edit]

1."How I Would Die"1:53
2."Who Are They?"3:26
4."Phascination Phase"2:04
5."Humans Are Predators Too"2:04
6."I Dreamt of Edward"1:06
7."I Know What You Are"2:40
8."The Most Dangerous Predator"2:19
9."The Skin of a Killer"2:58
10."The Lion Fell in Love with the Lamb"3:10
12."Dinner with His Family"0:38
13."I Would Be the Meal"1:24
14."Bella's Lullaby"2:18
16."Stuck Here Like Mom"1:40
17."Bella Is Part of the Family"1:24
19."In Place of Someone You Love"1:46
20."Showdown in the Ballet Studio"4:59
21."Edward at Her Bed"0:56
Total length:46:05

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 65
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 52[55]


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