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Donnie Darko soundtrack

Donnie Darko (2001)
Product detail
Format: CD
UPC: 75193718022
Label: Enjoy Records
Label number: ENJOY003
Running time: 37m20s
Shipping date: April 2nd, 2002
Original score by Michael Andrews
Product availability
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Album Tracklist
1. Carpathian Ridge [1:35]
2. The Tangent Universe [1:50]
3. The Artifact and Living [2:30]
4. Middlesex Times [1:41]
5. Manipulated Living [2:08]
...see complete tracklist
Music from the movie not on this soundtrack CD
Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
Notorious - Duran Duran
Proud To Be Loud - The Dead Green Mummies
Stay - Oingo Boingo (heard in the Director's Cut) 
The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
Under the Milky Way - The Church
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys

Add more missing songs to this list, or tell us in what scenes these songs are heard or where they can be found.
Additional soundtrack info
"Proud to be Loud" is actually performed by Pantera from their 1988 power metal album. They use "The Dead Green Mummies" name on their four independent hair metal albums made before signing with Atlantic and releasing "Cowboys From Hell."

The director's cut changes the order of music. As Donnie rides into town the music has changed from Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" to INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart." "Killing Moon" still plays later in the director's cut. "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is also moved.

Richard Kelly's original choice for the music to be played over the final sequence was U2's "MLK." After difficulties obtaining the rights to the song, it was decided to use Gary Jules' cover of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World" instead.

Soundtrack Q & A
Q: What song from the beginning of this movie has the line: "the killing time..."??? (from ale in london, uk)
A: That's "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen. (thanks to ShawnBlack, N. Irelandadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song playing at the end of this movie? (from lembo in michigan)
A: "Mad World" by Gary Jules. (thanks to Anthony, N. Chicago, ILadd more info

Q: What's the song that plays when Donnie and Gretchen are at the movies? (from Lizzie in Iowa)
A: The name of the song is called "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Steve Baker and Carmen Daye. (thanks to Gina, Phoenix, Arizona USadd more info
A: Found it. Search for the album "All Time Great Film and TV Themes." The song is "For Whom the Bell Tolls," song #12. You're welcome. (thanks to Mark, DCadd more info
A: Yes, that answer is correct. and they are watching Evil Dead, which is an awesome movie! You should watch it. (thanks to nina balls, dont stalk me, caadd more info

Q: What song is playing at the start of the end credits in the director's cut? (from Fred in USA)
A: I think it's Smyphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki. Enjoy. (thanks to Huggo, London! woo!add more info

Q: What song is played during the scene where Drew Barrymore is walking through the school? (from Jake in Milwaukee, WI)
A: "Head Over Heels" by Tears for Fears. (thanks to bret, gainesville floridaadd more info

Q: What is the name of the song from the beginning of the movie (the directors cut), heard when Donnie is riding his bike home down the hill after he wakes up? (from Brad in Glendale Heights,illinois, United States.)
A: That's "The Killing Moon" by Echo and the Bunnymen. (thanks to Sarah, MAadd more info
A: This song was changed for the director's cut. In the director's cut it's "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS. (thanks to Patrick, Niagara Falls NYadd more info

Q: What is the title and artist of the piece of music begining end credits, the chorus of singers? Not "Mad World." (from dge in ontario canada)
A: "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Steve Baker & Carmen Dave (thanks to DRT, belgiumadd more info

Q: What song is playing at the party when Gretchen enters? (from orchrist in norway)
A: "Under the Milky Way Tonight" by The Church. (thanks to cara, texasadd more info
A: When she enters, Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is playing. When they come downstairs, "Under the Milky Way Tonight" by The Church is playing. (thanks to JoePhus, Newcastle United Kingdomadd more info

Q: What song is playing when Cherita is dancing? (from Logan in Colorado)
A: This is an excerpt from Gorecki's Symphony Number 3, movement 2, around about 4:30 onwards (thanks to Thomas Smith, London, UKadd more info

Q: I have been looking for the CLASSICAL OPERA piece heard in the end credits for quite some time. I also noticed on this website the same question was asked by someone else. Their question was answered with the reply of "Whom the Bell Tolls." That is more of a energetic/ could be low key piece, but I am positive the person is looking for the same piece that I am looking for. It sounds very deep and emotional, and it has a low to high pitched female voice. It is actually quite powerful. It starts playing right after "Mad World" during the end credits. It is not on the soundtrack. I have looked everywhere and it is impossible to find. Can someone help me out here? Thanks :) (from Naomi in Hawaii)
A: I believe it's Symphony No.3 by Hendryk Gorecki! (thanks to Huggo, London! woo!add more info
A: I had to search all over to figure this one out... Steve Baker & Carmen Daye: "For Whom the Bell Tolls." (thanks to Survbigc, Portland, ORadd more info
A: Nope not either of them (thanks to ddbunny, chicago, iladd more info

Q: What's the song playing when Donnie and Gretchen leave during the party on their bikes? (from Sami in Black Hawk, USA)
A: Liquid Spear Waltz (thanks to ninaballs, winterhaven ca.add more info
A: Actually, the song is called "Waltz in the 4th Dimension." (thanks to kailey, nebraskaadd more info

Q: What is the song heard in the background at the beginning of the movie when Donnie lies on his bed reading a book and his mother enters the room? (from swoop in Berlin, Germany)
A: It's "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday, from their 1985 album, Voices Carry. I, myself, had also been looking for that song for a long time. (thanks to novemberain27, Kanpur,Indiaadd more info

Q: In the beginning of the movie when Rose enters Donnie's room in the evening (when he is reading and asks her to get out of his room), what's the song playing? (from novemberain27 in Kanpur,India)
A: I found the answer myself! :D It's "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday, from the album Voices Carry (1985). Cheers! (thanks to novemberain27, Kanpur,Indiaadd more info

Q: Is there any compilation available for purchase that has all the songs from the soundtrack (...and performed by the original artists)? (from Alan in Alachua, FL, USA)
A: No (thanks to DOOOOOMadd more info
A: I found four copies of a 2-disc set on Amazon. It included the movie soundtrack and the musical score. I haven't seen them anywhere since. (thanks to Frank, Indianaadd more info

Q: What is the song playing when Donnie and his friends get off the bus in the beginning and it's like the first look of the school? (from doradarko in new york)
A: "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears (thanks to minty, Scotlandadd more info

Q: What song is playing before the credits when Gretchen dies and Donnie goes back to that hill where he appeared in the start of the movie to see end ?
...from Frank in California  (answer Frank's question)

Q: Why isn't there a sdtk of all the rad 80s songs in this movie?!? (from scarlet75fire in iowa)
A: Probably difficult/expensive to get the rights to use them. It would probably cost as much to put all those tracks on one CD as it did to make the whole movie. (thanks to Anthony, Chicago, ILadd more info

Q: What song is playing when Donnie comes down the stairs at the party with the girl in the director's cut film???? Thank you. (from Dion Darko in Scotland)
A: "Under the Milky Way" by The Church. (thanks to papper, coahuila mexicoadd more info
A: In the Director's Cut, "The Killing Moon" replaces "Under the Milkyway" during the party sequence (thanks to rostiku, Ukraineadd more info

Q: Who sings the US national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" at the end titles? (from Dusty in Venezuela)
A: Director stated they acquired a very old sound sample from the 50's that was meant to imply the Tangent Universe's disturbance had been initiated; as read by himself in the Director's cut commentary during the film. (thanks to Marshall, Jamestown, NC USAadd more info
A: This is not an answer to my question :( Thanks anyway to Marshall. So the question is still in the air: "Who sings the US national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner" at the end titles?" (thanks to Dusty, Venezuelaadd more info

Q: Which songs are unique to the original version (theatrical) and which are unique to the director's cut? (Including credited, uncredited in both versions) Thanks a lot!
...from Dusty in Venezuela (answer Dusty's question)

Q: What is the song playing in the background when the Donnie's teacher is leaving the school and scream's the curse word ####? (from Mike in New York)
A: Found it! "Cellar Door"... number 12 off the soundtrack. (thanks to Mike Again!, New Yorkadd more info

Q: There is a song playing at the party scene. It isn't "Proud to be Loud," "Brilliant Min," "Stay," "Under the Milky Way" or "Liquid Waltz." I also know it isn't the Joy Division song. I doubt i have a special version of the film but I can't figure this out. what is the song? (from Joe in the U.S)
A: It's "The Killing Moon" by Echo & the Bunnymen. But in the "director's cut" the music is enhanced and there are no lyrics. The song is better in the movie than the actual real song. (thanks to Stephen, Georgiaadd more info

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