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Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released July 8, 1985
Genre Rock
Label MCA
Varèse Sarabande
Back to the Future Soundtrack chronology
Back to the Future
Back to the Future Part II
Alternative covers
Without Huey Lewis sticker.
Varèse Sarabande "Part I" cover.
Singles from Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "The Power of Love"
    Released: June 1985
  2. "Back in Time"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]

Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the hit 1985 film Back to the Future. The album included two tracks culled from Alan Silvestri's compositions for the film, two tracks from Huey Lewis and the News, two songs played by the fictional band Marvin Berry and The Starlighters, one played by Marty McFly and The Starlighters, and two pop songs that are only very briefly heard in the background of the film.

"The Power of Love" was the first #1 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 for Huey Lewis and the News, certified Gold and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The album spent 19 weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at #12 in October, 1985.[2]

Track listing

  1. "The Power of Love" – Huey Lewis and the News (3:58)[3]
  2. "Time Bomb Town" – Lindsey Buckingham (2:48)
  3. "Back to the Future" – The Outatime Orchestra (3:20)
  4. "Heaven Is One Step Away" – Eric Clapton (4:13)
  5. "Back in Time" – Huey Lewis and the News (4:22)
  6. "Back to the Future Overture" - The Outatime Orchestra (8:19)
  7. "The Wallflower (Dance with Me Henry)" – Etta James (2:45)
  8. "Night Train" – Marvin Berry and The Starlighters (2:17)
  9. "Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)" – Marvin Berry and The Starlighters (3:02)
  10. "Johnny B. Goode" – Marty McFly and the Starlighters (3:06)

The Outatime Orchestra is named after the licence plate of the DeLorean.

Songs not included on the soundtrack album:[4]

To put the tracks in the chronological order they first appear in the film, the listing would be as such: 1, 2, 7, the first 90 seconds of 6, 8, 9, 10, the remainder of 6, 4, 5 and 3. The "Back to the Future Overture" on the original album is made up of the following cues as released on the subsequent score album:

  1. Marty's Letter
  2. Clocktower (:50 - 5:35)
  3. '85 Lone Pine Mall (1:41 - end)

A 1999 CD release entitled The Back to the Future Trilogy featured additional compositions by Silvestri from the first film. However, these were re-recordings by the Scottish National Orchestra and not Silvestri's original recordings.[5]

"Johnny B. Goode"

The musical material ostensibly performed by the characters Marty McFly, Marvin Berry and the Starlighters in the film, was recorded by Harry Waters, Jr. as Marvin Berry and Mark Campbell as Marty McFly, and the guitar solo by Tim May. (Campbell and May received a "Special Thanks" acknowledgment in the film's end credits, with the recording credit going to the fictional characters.) Berry's group also plays the song "Night Train", first recorded by Jimmy Forrest in 1951.[6]


The film's musical score was by Alan Silvestri, who later wrote music for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and numerous other films, many of them directed by Robert Zemeckis. The memorable themes in his "Back to the Future Overture" have since been heard in the film's sequels (also scored by Silvestri), in Back to the Future: The Ride, and as ambient music at the Universal Studios theme parks. A remix of the main theme was heard in the opening sequence for MCA-Universal Home Video from 1990 to 1997. The upbeat soundtrack, featuring two new songs by Huey Lewis and the News, also contributed to the film's popularity. "The Power of Love" became the band's first song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for an Academy Award. Huey Lewis portrayed the high-school band audition judge who rejects Marty McFly's band, the Pinheads, as they perform the short instrumental hard-rock version of "The Power of Love".

There is also another album version of the soundtrack, with only the original score by Silvestri. The only legitimate release was by independent label Intrada,[7] but another so-called "DeLorean" version released in the 1990s was an unauthorized bootleg.[8]

Score album

Back to the Future: Intrada Special Collection 2-CD Score
Film score by Alan Silvestri
Released November 2009
Recorded 1985
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 89:08
Label Intrada
Back to the Future Soundtrack chronology
The Back to the Future Trilogy (soundtrack)
Back to the Future: Intrada Special Collection 2-CD Score

In November 2009, Intrada released an official two-disc album containing Silvestri's complete score. The first disc contained the complete orchestral score as recorded for the finished film, along with two source cues that Silvestri wrote. The second disc consisted of alternate approaches that Silvestri took with a large portion of the score, with a darker, more serious tone.

None of the songs from the first album are included in this score-only album, and for moments in the film where Silvestri's score was shortened (i.e. the final moments of "Einstein Disintegrated" and "Peabody Barn; Marty Ditches DeLorean"), replaced with source music ("Town Square") or unused ("Logo"), the full score cue is presented as originally recorded.

The set was a limited edition of 10,000 units and sold nearly 6,000 by the end of January 2010.[9] It sold out in August 2014; however, Intrada head Douglass Fake has stated it will eventually be available as an MAF (unlimited) release in a single-disc edition, featuring the music on disc one of the two-disc set.[10]

Track listing

Disc One

Disc Two


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Music Video". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  4. ^ Back to the Future End Credits
  5. ^
  6. ^ Dahl, Bill. "Song Review: Night Train - Jimmy Forrest". AllMusicGuide. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Back to the Future (2CD Set)". 
  8. ^ "Back to the Future (bootleg)". 
  9. ^ "Intrada Soundtrack Forum • View topic - We get a lot". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  10. ^ "Intrada Soundtrack Forum • View topic - Back To The Future - And Into History!". Retrieved 2014-07-20. 

External links

  • MCA official soundtrack album
  • DeLorean bootleg score album

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