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The Nightmare Before Christmas (soundtrack)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (soundtrack)

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Danny Elfman
Released October 12, 1993
October 24, 2006 (Reissue)
Genre Soundtrack
Length 61:09
33:26 (disc 2)
39:13 (disc 2 Best Buy edition)
Label Walt Disney
Producer Danny Elfman
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the 1993 soundtrack to the film of the same name. Composed by Danny Elfman, the soundtrack was nominated for the 1993 Golden Globe for Best Original Score. The album peaked at #98 on the Billboard 200.[2] For the film's 2006 re-release in Disney Digital 3-D, a special edition of the soundtrack was released, a bonus disc which contained covers of five of the film's songs by Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Marilyn Manson, Fiona Apple and She Wants Revenge. Four original demo tracks (six on the Best Buy exclusive) by Elfman were also included.[3]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Danny Elfman
No. TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. "Overture (score)"    1:48
2. "Opening"  Patrick Stewart 0:57
3. "This Is Halloween"  Danny Elfman 3:16
4. "Jack's Lament"  Danny Elfman 3:14
5. "Doctor Finklestein/In the Forest (score)"    2:36
6. "What's This?"  Danny Elfman 2:59
7. "Town Meeting Song"  Danny Elfman, Halloween Cast 2:56
8. "Jack and Sally Montage (score)"    5:17
9. "Jack's Obsession"  Danny Elfman, Halloween Cast 2:46
10. "Kidnap the Sandy Claws"  Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman 3:02
11. "Making Christmas"  Danny Elfman, The Citizens of Halloween Town 3:57
12. "Nabbed (score)"    3:04
13. "Oogie Boogie's Song"  Ken Page, Ed Ivory 3:17
14. "Sally's Song"  Catherine O'Hara 1:47
15. "Christmas Eve Montage (score)"    4:43
16. "Poor Jack"  Danny Elfman 2:31
17. "To the Rescue (score)"    3:38
18. "Finale/Reprise"  Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, The Citizens of Halloween Town 2:44
19. "Closing"  Patrick Stewart 1:26
20. "End Title (score)"    5:05

On some versions of the CD, "End Title" is two tracks (20 and 21) with lengths of 1:10 and 3:55 respectively. In this case, track 21 is considered a "hidden track" but features the same music as the 20-track release, which keeps "End Title" as one track.

2006 reissue bonus disc

All songs written and composed by Danny Elfman. 
No. TitleContributing artist Length
1. "This Is Halloween"  Marilyn Manson 3:22
2. "Sally's Song"  Fiona Apple 3:20
3. "What's This?"  Fall Out Boy 3:00
4. "Kidnap the Sandy Claws"  She Wants Revenge 5:09
5. "This Is Halloween"  Panic! at the Disco 3:36
6. "Making Christmas" (Demo)Danny Elfman 5:34
7. "Oogie Boogie's Song" (Demo)Danny Elfman 3:15
8. "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" (Demo)Danny Elfman 2:51
9. "This Is Halloween" (Demo)Danny Elman 3:19

The "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" and "This Is Halloween" demos are reversed in the tracklisting on the backside of the album cover and in the album booklet.


Bonus Content

  • A&R: Dani Markman
  • Business affairs: Jeff Lowy
  • Mastered by Pat Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • Creative Direction: Steve Gerdes
  • Album Design: Greg Ross for Orabor

Foreign Language Versions

There are several foreign-language versions of the soundtrack, each features tracks sung by vocalists in their native language as well as original score tracks by Danny Elfman.

  • French, L'Étrange Noël de Monsieur Jack
Jack - Olivier Constantin
Sally - Nina Morato
Oogie Boogie - Richard Darbois
Santa Claus (Pere Noel)- Henri Poirier
  • German
Jack - Alexander Goebel
Sally - Nina Hagen
Oogie Boogie - Ron Williams
Santa Claus - Manfred Lichtenfeld
  • Italian
Jack - Renato Zero
Sally - Marjorie Biondo
Oogie Boogie (Bau-Bau) - Andrea Surdi
Santa Claus (Babbo Natale) - Silvio Spaccesi
  • Japanese ナイトメアー·ビフォア·クリスマス
  • Spanish, Pesadilla Antes De Navidad
Oogie Boogie - Jesús Castejón
  • Russian


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