American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score

American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score is the recording of the original score for the 1999 film, composed by Thomas Newman. The original music accompanied 11 pre-existing songs by other artists.

American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score
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Film score by
ReleasedJanuary 11, 2000
GenreFilm score
Ambient music
LabelDreamWorks Records
ProducerBill Bernstein
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Filmtracks3/5 stars


The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Original Music Score (lost to the score of The Red Violin) and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (lost to the score of The Legend of 1900), and won the Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music in the BAFTA Awards.

The score album won the Grammy Award for the Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media in 2001 which was awarded to producer Bill Bernstein, engineer Dennis Sands, and Newman.

A soundtrack album for the film was also released, on October 5, 1999, entitled American Beauty: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. That album includes songs by ten of the eleven artists (Annie Lenox's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" is missing) and two excerpts from the film's score: "Dead Already" and "Any Other Name."

The tracks "Any Other Name", "Dead Already", and "American Beauty" are widely used in film trailers, and are among the most recognized pieces of film music. Some YouTubers who make flight reports used the track "Dead Already", which they claimed "was a music fit for aviation and commercial flight travel".

Track listingEdit

Track listing
1."Dead Already"Thomas Newman3:17
2."Arose"Thomas Newman1:05
3."Power of Denial"Thomas Newman1:43
4."Lunch with the King"Thomas Newman2:26
5."Mental Boy"Thomas Newman1:43
6."Mr. Smarty Man"Thomas Newman1:10
7."Root Beer"Thomas Newman1:07
8."American Beauty"Thomas Newman3:06
9."Bloodless Freak"Thomas Newman1:38
10."Choking the Bishop"Thomas Newman1:53
11."Weirdest Home Videos"Thomas Newman2:03
12."Structure and Discipline"Thomas Newman3:06
13."Spartanette"Thomas Newman0:59
14."Angela Undress"Thomas Newman1:43
15."Marine"Thomas Newman1:34
16."Walk Home"Thomas Newman1:19
17."Blood Red"Thomas Newman0:37
18."Any Other Name"Thomas Newman4:09
19."Still Dead"Thomas Newman2:46

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