Soundtrack: American Beauty

American Beauty movie picture
(c) Universal Pictures

Note: Below is a complete playlist of all 18 songs that can be heard in the drama film “American Beauty”. Some of these commercial songs are not included on the official soundtrack album, but are used in the movie.


All 18 songs featured in “American Beauty”:

Song:Listen on:
Dead Already - Thomas Newman
Timestamp: 0:01 | Scene: Song can be heard right at the beginning of the movie. Lester speaks.
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Bali Ha'i - Peggy Lee
Timestamp: 0:06 | Scene: Family's having dinner.
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On Broadway - Paul Lavendar
Timestamp: 0:15 | Scene: The schoolgirls dance to this song in the gym.
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Use Me - Bill Withers
Timestamp: 0:20 | Scene: Jane and Angela are in the car.
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Open the Door - Betty Carter
Timestamp: 0:22 | Scene: Lester searches Jane's things and then calls Angela.
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We Havn't Turned Around - Gomez
Timestamp: 0:37 | Scene: Song can be heard in Jane's room. Angela talks about Lester and that she really likes him.
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All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan
Timestamp: 0:50 | Scene: Lester is training in the garage.
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American Woman - The Guess Who
Timestamp: 0:56 | Scene: Lester is driving. He smokes a joint.
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American Beauty - Thomas Newman
Timestamp: 1:01 | Scene: Jane and Ricky are watching a movie.
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Call Me Irresponsible (Where Love Has Gone) - Bobby Darin
Timestamp: 1:05 | Scene: Lester argues with his wife at dinner. He tells her he quit his job.
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Don't Rain On My Parade - Bobby Darin
Timestamp: 1:13 | Scene: Carol is on the range. She sings this song as she takes the car home.
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The Seeker - The Who
Timestamp: 1:22 | Scene: Lester joggt.
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All Right Now - Free
Timestamp: 1:25 | Scene: Carol finds out that Lester works for Mr. Smileys.
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Don't Let It Bring You Down - Annie Lennox
Timestamp: 1:42 | Scene: Angela plays this song. Lester tells her she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen.
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Because - Elliott Smith
Timestamp: 1:56 | Scene: Song can be heard in the credits.
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Tenderfoot - Zen Dadio
Timestamp: 2:03 | Scene: Second song to be heard in the credits.
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Cancer for the Cure - Eelsyoutube logo
As Long As I'm Singing - Bobby Darinyoutube logo

The original score of “American Beauty” includes 19 songs by the film composer “Thomas Newman”.


Song:Length:
Dead Already3:18
Arose1:05
Power of Denial1:43
Lunch With the King2:25
Mental Boy1:43
Mr. Smarty Man1:10
Root Beer1:05
American Beauty3:06
Bloodless Freak1:36
Choking the Bishop1:51
Weirdest Home Videos2:02
Structure and Discipline3:06
Spartanette 0:59
Angela Undress1:43
Marine1:34
Walk Home1:19
Blood Red0:37
Any Other Name4:06
Still Dead2:46
Total Album Time: 37:14

What’s the movie about?
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is in the midst of a midlife crisis. His wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) works as a successful real estate agent and his daughter Jane (Thora Birch) can’t do much with her father. One day Lester meets his daughter’s girlfriend. He immediately falls in love with the beautiful Angela (Mena Suvari). Lester decides to change his life. He quits his job, makes friends with the neighbour boy Ricky (Wes Bentley) who sells drugs and starts a liaison with Angela. It’s only a matter of time before his new lifestyle comes to light…

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