1. “The Oasis”
2. “Welcome to the Rebellion”
3. “An Orb Meeting”
4. “Rebuilding Parzival”
5. “A New Discovery”
6. “Sorrento’s Surprise”
7. “High 5”
8. “The Copper Key”
9. “The Race Begins”
10. “The Shining”
11. “Halliday’s Challenge”
12. “Crazy, Crazy, Crazy”
13. “No Quarter”
14. “The Third Gate”
15. “The Last Gate”
16. “End Credits”
17. “We’re Not Programmed” (Bonus Track)

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2018 soundtrack albums

Ready Player One (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Film score by

Released March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30)
Recorded 2017–2018
Studio Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
Genre Film score
Length 1:24:22
Label WaterTower Music
Alan Silvestri chronology
Ready Player One
Avengers: Infinity War
Ready Player One (Songs from the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by

various artists
Released March 30, 2018 (2018-03-30)
Length 56:31
Label WaterTower Music

Ready Player One is a 2018 American science fiction action film based on Ernest Cline‘s novel of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance.

The original score is composed by Alan Silvestri, who replaced Spielberg’s norm collaborator John Williams. Ready Player One is also Spielberg’s third film, not to be scored by Williams, after The Color Purple (1985) and Bridge of Spies (2015). The score album titled Ready Player One (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) was released by WaterTower Music on March 30, 2018. The same day, a compilation album titled Ready Player One (Songs from the Motion Picture) was also released, featuring incorporated songs performed by various artists.

Background and production

On June 9, 2016, John Williams who received the AFI Life Achievement Award by Steven Spielberg, had stated that he will be scoring for Spielberg’s Ready Player One. However, a year later, Williams exited from the project, in favor of scoring The Post (2017), another Spielberg film, which had similar post-production schedules as Ready Player One. Alan Silvestri took over the project as a composer. Silvestri had felt working with Spielberg as “intimidating” on regards of his regular collaboration with Williams. Irrespective of the film’s futuristic setting in 2045, Silvestri did not want a futuristic sound, as it might feel “dated” or “emotionally hollow”, but he felt that the score was all about “playing on the emotion of the characters and playing up the action, which has a very timeless feeling”.

“His music is not subliminal accompaniment, but it’s a central character and is intended to be noticed in a big way. Like John Williams, Alan understands the purpose of tailoring the themes you walk out of the movies humming in order to identify characters, and the epic movements in movies that are designed to be somewhat operatic.”

— Spielberg on Silvestri’s work in the film.

Silvestri could not provide demo score on the piano as Williams did, hence Spielberg sent an early-cut of the film and had scheduled a full-day orchestra session, after The Post’s shooting completed and let him to write the score with total freedom. The recording of the score, began in mid-2017 at the Sony Scoring Stage in Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California. Spielberg’s supervised the first day recording of the film’s music, and impressed with Silvestri’s composition. The brass fanfare conducted for an early scene, became the film’s main theme, which Spielberg had approved. The same day, Spielberg had recorded thirty minutes of music for the film, and much of the recording included in the final score.

Silvestri also simultaneously recorded the score for Avengers: Infinity War (2018), while working on Ready Player One. He felt that “it is incredible that there is this chance to write melodic, orchestral, thematic material, and there are folks that still want that”. John Williams also visited Sony Scoring Stage to supervise Silvestri’s recording and also complimented his work.

Thematic references

At Spielberg’s request, Silvestri references his own music from Back to the Future within the film’s score, as well as quoting music written by other composers including Max Steiner‘s theme from King Kong, Akira Ifukube’s main theme from Godzilla, and the score composed by Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind from The Shining. Silvestri commented, “There were several instances where Steven said, ‘I don’t want something similar to the Back to the Future score, I want the exact score and I want this particular section of it. I want it the way it was in the film.’ Steven had a lot of fun with the score”.

One sequence recreated the Overlook Hotel (which had veen the setting of The Shining). The location consisted both physical sets and computer-generated imagery to recreate the location from that film, but Spielberg wanted the sequence to be authentic and asked Silvestri to create the score, which was more faithful to that film. Silvestri recalled it “very fun to re-create that and see how he mirrored the shots in the film”.

Silvestri commented on the closing scenes: “After talking with Steven, it appeared to me that after Halliday got his bad diagnosis, he was really handing over his child to someone else. The OASIS was his creation and it was a culmination of his life’s work. He designed a great way to find a new parent for this child that he could no longer care for.… And he found someone pure of heart, who loved the good things about the OASIS just as he did.”

Track listing

Ready Player One (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

All music is composed by Alan Silvestri.

No. Title Length
1. “The Oasis” 1:49
2. “Hello, I’m James Halliday” 2:01
3. “Why Can’t We Go Backwards?” 4:18
4. “An Orb Meeting” 4:11
5. “Real World Consequences” 3:30
6. “Sorrento Makes an Offer” 3:34
7. “Welcome to the Rebellion” 3:14
8. “High 5 Assembles” 4:24
9. “Orb of Osuvox” 3:45
10. “Sorrento Punked” 3:57
11. “Wade’s Broadcast” 5:51
12. “Arty on the Inside” 2:33
13. “Looking for a Truck” 5:36
14. “She Never Left” 2:41
15. “Last Chance” 3:20
16. “Get Me Out of This” 1:35
17. “Hold on to Something” 5:14
18. “This Is Wrong” 3:49
19. “What Are You?” 3:29
20. “There’s Something I Need to Do” 5:01
21. “Main Title” 2:26
22. “End Credits” 8:04
Total length: 1:24:22

Ready Player One (Songs from the Motion Picture)

No. Title Performed by Length
1. Jump Van Halen 4:03
2. Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears 4:12
3. I Hate Myself For Loving You Joan Jett & The Blackhearts 4:06
4. I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince 5:47
5. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) The Temptations 3:48
6. Faith George Michael 3:12
7. Stand on It Bruce Springsteen 3:05
8. One Way or Another Blondie 3:27
9. Can’t Hide Love Earth, Wind & Fire 4:09
10. Blue Monday New Order 7:24
11. Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees 4:45
12. “Main Title (The Shining)” Wendy Carlos & Rachel Elkind 3:24
13. Midnight, the Stars and You Al Bowlly 3:28
14. We’re Not Gonna Take It Twisted Sister 3:38
15. You Make My Dreams Hall & Oates 3:11
Total length: 56:31

Critical reception

James Southall of Movie Wave wrote “the score just throws together a load of pre-existing material, but that couldn’t be further from the truth – the way the composer pieces it all together, so seamlessly (and lovingly) incorporates all his own easter eggs, is truly remarkable. Throw in the fact that there’s a killer thematic base and you get a spectacularly satisfying experience which will bring a smile to the face of anyone who grew up with scores like this.” Zanobard Reviews gave 9/10 to the score and wrote “The score to Ready Player One is epic, memorable and contains some of the best action cues of recent years. The music is soft and emotional at times yet soaring and heroic when it needs to be. The lack of a great villain theme is a tad disappointing, and there could have been a couple more memorable themes in there other than the main and Rebellion ones.  Still, even without them it stands out as one of the best scores in recent years. A welcome breath of fresh orchestral air which is rare in todays music.”

Jonathan Broxton wrote “Much like the films it is referencing, Ready Player One is a piece of pure entertainment, where every visual reference, every throwaway character cameo, and every musical homage, took me back to those summers where I would sit wide-eyed in a darkened room, enraptured by the silver screen, loving the movies of Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and the music of Williams and Goldsmith and Horner and, yes, Alan Silvestri.” Mfiles.com wrote “Much as it’s tempting to write off Ready Player One as a mere wallow in nostalgia, the movie does have a big heart, championing a period in history that gave rise to a rich plethora of games, music, literature and cinema. Silvestri’s score follows suit, interweaving around the inevitable needle drops (including the likes of Van Halen’s ‘Jump’) to craft both a sweet homage to his own style and a robustly entertaining adventure score in its own right. Both he and Spielberg are careful not to overdo the self-referentiality: they instead realise that by spotting the music carefully, and by grounding everything in a comforting air of melody and harmony, the music will work almost alchemically on the target audience. There’s no doubt it succeeds. In his first collaboration with Spielberg, Silvestri has delivered a cracking blockbuster score, and should John Williams bow out in the not-too-distant future, it’s clear exactly who the director should call.”

Filmtracks.com wrote ” this is not a perfect soundtrack, nor is there a really satisfying album for the film, but the project must still be categorized as a success for Silvestri. His collectors have been waiting years for him to crank out a score with the personality and size of Back to the Future, Judge Dredd and Van Helsing, Ready Player One is that appropriately nostalgic resurrection.” Kaya Savas of Film.Music.Media wrote “Ready Player One manages to feel classic and new at the same time, and that becomes the score’s biggest strengths. It’s impossible to not have a smile on your face as Silvestri employs techniques and adventure stylings that he has perfected through his entire career. The music is mainly about scoring the mission at hand, and it’s an amazing ride from start to finish.”

Chart performance

Weekly chart performance of Ready Player One (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Chart (2018) Peak
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 83
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC) 35
US Billboard 200 88
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard) 21
Weekly chart performance of Ready Player One (Songs from the Motion Picture)
Chart (2018) Peak
UK Compilation Albums (OCC) 54
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC) 23
US Billboard 200 55
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard) 11


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
BMI Film & TV Awards May 10, 2018 Best Film Music Alan Silvestri Won
Hollywood Music in Media Awards November 14, 2018 Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Nominated
International Film Music Critics Association February 21, 2019 Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film Nominated
Saturn Awards September 13, 2019 Best Music Nominated


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