We Bought a Zoo Soundtrack: Listen to all 21 songs with scene descriptions

Each song is provided with a scene description and timestamp, as well as a full-length audio playback.

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Note: Below is a complete playlist of all 21 songs that can be heard in the movie “We Bought a Zoo”. Some of these commercial songs are not included on the official soundtrack album but are used in the movie.


All 21 songs featured in “We Bought a Zoo”:


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Don’t Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Timestamp: 0:10 | Scene: Dylan is expelled from school.
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Do It Clean - Echo & The Bunnymen
Timestamp: 0:14 | Scene: Music comes from the neighbor's house. Benjamin and Rosie look out of the window.
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Airline to Heaven - Wilco
Timestamp: 0:16 | Scene: Benjamin is driving around looking for a new house.
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Don’t Be Shy - Cat Stevens
Timestamp: 0:25 | Scene: They arrive at their new home (zoo). Lily welcomes the family.
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Go Do - Jónsi
Timestamp: 0:28 | Scene: Benjamin meets his new employees and they start walking around the zoo.
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Living With the Law - Chris Whitley
Timestamp: 0:34 | Scene: Can be heard in the bar. Benjamin drinks with the new employees.
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Last Medicine Dance - Mike McCready
Timestamp: 0:35 | Scene: Benjamin is repairing the fence.
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Buckets of Rain - Bob Dylan
Timestamp: 0:39 | Scene: Benjamin needs to write some checks for any repairs that need to be done at the zoo.
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No Soy del Valle - Flowering Inferno
Timestamp: 0:44 | Scene: The snakes flee from the box.
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For a Few Dollars More - The Upsetters
Timestamp: 0:57 | Scene: The bear is running around in the street when Ben was dropping Dylan off at school.
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Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog
Timestamp: 1:00 | Scene: Song plays in the bar as they return the bear to the zoo. Dylan and Lily are under the stars.
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Boy Lilikoi - Jónsi
Timestamp: 1:09 | Scene: Benjamin says he's staying and wants to put the rest of the money into the zoo.
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Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young
Timestamp: 1:10 | Scene: Benjamin says he will stay. Assembly of employees counting the days until inspection.
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Sinking Friendships - Jónsi
Timestamp: 1:15 | Scene: Benjamin looks at photos of his wife.
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Holocene - Bon Iver
Timestamp: 1:20 | Scene: Kelly comes to the Mees' family for dinner. She talks to Dylan about girls.
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Sinking Friendships - Jónsi
Timestamp: 1:32 | Scene: Benjamin looks again at the pictures of his wife.
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Work to Do - The Isley Brothers
Timestamp: 1:38 | Scene: Inspector McCready takes a look at the zoo.
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All Your Love (I Miss Loving) - Otis Rush
Timestamp: 1:42 | Scene: Plays in the bar. A day before the zoo opens.
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I Think It’s Going to Rain Today - Randy Newman
Timestamp: 1:47 | Scene: It is still raining. One day before the zoo opens.
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Hoppípolla - Sigur Rós
Timestamp: 1:50 | Scene: The zoo opens. You will find on the street a tree that stops all visitors who want to enter the zoo.
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Gathering Stories - Jónsi
Timestamp: 1:59 | Scene: First song during the credits.
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What’s the movie about?
After the tragic death of his wife, journalist Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is looking for a new start for himself and his two children. The search for a new home turns out to be more difficult than expected, but then the three find the perfect domicile: a run-down zoo with exotic animals that is on the verge of bankruptcy. Before the zoo reopens, the Mees not only have to deal with all kinds of “animal” problems, but also overcome a number of obstacles – and their own doubts – together. They are supported by the courageous animal keeper Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson)… and experience perhaps the greatest adventure of their lives!

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