The Avengers (soundtrack)

Last updated on 25 July 2017

The Avengers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the film score for the Marvel Studios film, The Avengers by Alan Silvestri, was released by Hollywood Records on May 1, 2012. A separate soundtrack and concept album titled, Avengers Assemble (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture) by various artists was also released on the same date.[1]

The Avengers (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Avengers Assemble.jpg
Avengers Assemble.jpg

In November 2011, Marvel announced that Alan Silvestri, who scored Captain America: The First Avenger, would write and compose the score for The Avengers (making him the first composer to score more than one movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). Silvestri stated, "This is actually a very unique experience [for me]. I’ve worked on films where there have been a number of stars and certainly worked on films where there have been characters of equal weight in terms of their level of importance and profile in the film, but this one is somewhat extreme in that regard because each of these characters has their own world and it’s a very different situation. It’s very challenging to look for a way to give everyone the weight and consideration they need, but at the same time the film is really about the coming together of these characters, which implies that there is this entity called the Avengers which really has to be representative of all of them together."[2] Silvestri recorded the score with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.[3] Avengers director Joss Whedon described the score as "old school", saying "the score is very old-fashioned, which is why [Silvestri] was letter perfect for this movie because he can give you the heightened emotion, the [Hans Zimmer] school of 'I’m just feeling a lot right now!' but he can also be extraordinarily cue and character specific, which I love."[3] Silvestri reused his theme for Captain America and introduced new ones - including the theme for Black Widow, which is "a lonely, plucked theme with an Eastern European flavor to define this character".[4] The score album was released on May 1, 2012.[5]

Track listing

All tracks written by Alan Silvestri.

No. Title Length
1. "Arrival" 2:59
2. "Doors Open From Both Sides" 2:48
3. "Tunnel Chase" 2:36
4. "Stark Goes Green" 2:41
5. "Helicarrier" 2:09
6. "Subjugation" 3:00
7. "Don't Take My Stuff" 4:42
8. "Red Ledger" 5:11
9. "Assault" 4:26
10. "They Called It" 2:41
11. "Performance Issues" 3:35
12. "Seeing, Not Believing" 4:25
13. "Assemble" 4:31
14. "I Got a Ride" 4:00
15. "A Little Help" 3:14
16. "One Way Trip" 5:50
17. "A Promise" 3:34
18. "The Avengers" 2:03
Total length: 1:04:25

Simultaneously with the digital release, the album was physically released by Hollywood Records and Marvel Music through Intrada Records.[6] Several tracks on this release (indicated in bold) are longer than on the digital album and there is one additional track, "Interrogation."

All tracks written by Alan Silvestri.

No. Title Length
1. "Arrival" 2:59
2. "Doors Open From Both Sides" 3:29
3. "Tunnel Chase" 4:47
4. "Interrogation" 2:38
5. "Stark Goes Green" 4:46
6. "Helicarrier" 2:09
7. "Subjugation" 3:40
8. "Don't Take My Stuff" 5:06
9. "Red Ledger" 5:10
10. "Assault" 4:25
11. "They Called It" 2:41
12. "Performance Issues" 4:56
13. "Seeing, Not Believing" 4:25
14. "Assemble" 5:21
15. "I Got a Ride" 4:00
16. "A Little Help" 3:49
17. "One Way Trip" 5:50
18. "A Promise" 3:34
19. "The Avengers" 2:03
Total length: 1:11:23

Avengers Assemble (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)

Avengers Assemble - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture.jpg
Avengers Assemble - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture.jpg

In March 2012, American alternative rock band Soundgarden announced through their official Facebook page that they had written a song to be included on the film's soundtrack, entitled "Live to Rise".[7] The song was released on April 17, 2012 as a free digital download during its first week of availability by iTunes Store.[8] Additionally, Indian rock band Agnee released a music video for their single "Hello Andheron", which served as the theme song for the Indian release of the film.[9] The following day, Marvel released the album's full track listing, which was released by Hollywood Records on May 1, 2012.[5] A cover of AC/DC's song "Shoot to Thrill", performed by Theory of a Deadman, was originally to be included on the album, but was removed for unknown reasons.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Live to Rise" Chris Cornell Soundgarden 4:40
2. "I'm Alive" Brent Smith, Eric Bass, Dave Bassett Shinedown 3:39
3. "Dirt and Roses" Zach Blair, Brandon Barnes, Tim McIlrath, Joe Principe Rise Against 3:14
4. "Even If I Could" Papa Roach, James Michael Papa Roach 3:16
5. "Unbroken" Andy Biersack, Jake Pitts, Jeremy Ferguson, Blair Daly, Sean Beavan Black Veil Brides 3:27
6. "Breath" Scott Weiland, Doug Grean Scott Weiland 3:17
7. "Comeback" Mark Kasprzyk, Wally Gagel, Xandy Barry Redlight King 3:39
8. "Into the Blue" Gavin Rossdale Bush 4:15
9. "A New Way to Bleed" (Photek Remix) Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo Evanescence 4:00
10. "Count Me Out" Franky Perez, Dave Kushner, Dave Warren, Scott Shriner, Joey Castillo PusherJones 4:37
11. "Wherever I Go" Josh Todd, Keith Nelson, Steve Dacanay Buckcherry 4:13
12. "From Out of Nowhere" (Faith No More cover) Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum Five Finger Death Punch 3:23
13. "Shake the Ground" Cherri Bomb, Adam Watts, Gannin Arnold, Andy Dodd Cherri Bomb 2:40
International edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
14. "Pistols at Dawn" Sergio Pizzorno Kasabian 5:18

None of these songs, with the exception of "Live to Rise," are heard in the film.


Year Chart Peak
2012 Canadian Albums Chart[10] 14
US Billboard 200[11] 11
US Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums 1
US Billboard Soundtrack Albums 2


  1. ^ "Soundgarden Releases New Song for "Marvel's The Avengers"" (Press release). PR Newswire. March 27, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Storm, Marc (2011-11-16). "Alan Silvestri to Score Marvel's The Avengers". Archived from the original on 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
  3. ^ a b Weintraub, Steve (April 5, 2012). "Joss Whedon Talks The Cabin In The Woods, The Avengers, His Writing Process, Comic-Con, Collecting and More". Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Soundgarden Records New Song for Avengers Movie". 2012-03-27. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  7. ^ Soundgarden (2012-03-26). "Here's an exclusive preview of the new Soundgarden single "Live To Rise" from the upcoming Avengers movie. Enjoy!". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  8. ^ "Soundgarden's First All-New Song in 15 Years "Live to Rise" Available as a Free Download on iTunes Beginning April 17" (Press release). PR Newswire. April 17, 2012. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  9. ^ Baksi, Dibyojyoti (2012-03-26). "Hello Andhero, say The Avengers to the baddies". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  10. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts".
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 10, 2012). "Chart Moves: Coldplay's 'American Idol' Gain; 'Avengers' Soundtrack Debuts; Jackie Evancho Returns to No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved May 9, 2017.

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