American Beauty (soundtrack)

American Beauty
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released October 5, 1999
Genre Rock, pop, instrumental
Length 46:20
Label DreamWorks
50210 (U.S., CD)
Producer Bill Bernstein
Professional ratings
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American Beauty: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album to the 1999 film starring Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.


The soundtrack album was produced by Chris Douridas, Sam Mendes, and Michael Ostin, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media in the year 2000, the first year to offer this award.

The soundtrack features two excerpts from the film's score, composed by Thomas Newman, which won several awards. Elliott Smith's cover of the Beatles song "Because" was the end credit for the film. The track "Dead Already" was later featured in the 2005 film Madagascar (which was also a film from DreamWorks Pictures).

Newman's "Any Other Name" and "Dead Already" were sampled by Jakatta for his house track "American Dream" in 2000.

Track listing

  1. "Dead Already" – Thomas Newman
  2. "Because" – Elliott Smith
  3. "Free to Go" – The Folk Implosion
  4. "All Right Now" – Free
  5. "Use Me" – Bill Withers
  6. "Cancer for the Cure" – Eels
  7. "The Seeker" – The Who
  8. "Don't Rain on my Parade" – Bobby Darin
  9. "Open the Door" – Betty Carter
  10. "We Haven't Turned Around" – Gomez
  11. "Bali Ha'i" – Peggy Lee
  12. "Any Other Name" – Thomas Newman


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