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Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album to the 2009 James Cameron film Avatar, with music composed, co-orchestrated and conducted by James Horner. The album's deluxe edition, featuring six bonus tracks, was released on April 19, 2010 to promote the DVD release of the film.[1]

Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedDecember 15, 2009 (worldwide)
LabelAtlantic, Fox Music, Syco
  • Craig Kallman
  • Kevin Weaver
James Horner chronology
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture
The Karate Kid
Singles from Avatar: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "I See You"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars
Empire4/5 stars
Filmtracks5/5 stars
IGN8.9 stars on a 10 point scale
Movie Music UK4/5 stars
Movie Wave5/5 stars
ScoreNotes9/10 stars

Album informationEdit

Composer James Horner scored the film, his third and final collaboration with Cameron after Aliens and Titanic.[2] Horner recorded parts of the score with a small chorus singing in the Na'vi language in March 2008.[3] He also worked with Wanda Bryant, an ethnomusicologist, to create a music culture for the alien race. Horner took advice from his assistant, and they put an unusual amount of virtual instruments in this project. The first scoring sessions with the Hollywood Studio Symphony, took place in spring 2009.[4] Leona Lewis sang the theme song, "I See You". An accompanying music video, directed by Jake Nava, premiered on MySpace on December 15, 2009.[5]

A bonus track called "Into the Na'vi World" is available exclusively through the official site.[6] It was not included on the physical and digital releases of the soundtrack.


The score was nominated for Best Original Score at the 82nd Academy Awards, but lost to Up. "I See You" was nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song category for the 67th Golden Globes.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by James Horner, except where noted.

1."You Don't Dream in Cryo. ...."6:09
2."Jake Enters His Avatar World"5:24
3."Pure Spirits of the Forest"8:49
4."The Bioluminescence of the Night"3:37
5."Becoming One of "The People", Becoming One with Neytiri"7:43
6."Climbing Up "Iknimaya – The Path to Heaven""3:18
7."Jake's First Flight"4:49
8."Scorched Earth"3:32
10."The Destruction of Hometree"6:47
11."Shutting Down Grace's Lab"2:47
12."Gathering All the Na'vi Clans for Battle"5:14
14."I See You (Theme from Avatar)" (performed by Leona Lewis) (written by Horner, Thaddis Harrell, Simon Franglen[7])4:20
Total length:78:51
Deluxe Edition bonus tracks[1]
16."Viperwolves Attack"3:49
17."Great Leonoptryx"1:33
18."Escape from Hellgate"3:25
19."Healing Ceremony"2:21
20."The Death of Quaritch"5:20
Total length:19:45


  • Strings: 32 violins, 22 violas, 10 violoncellos, 8 double basses
  • Woodwinds: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons
  • Brass: 10 French horns, 4 trumpets, 5 trombones, 1 tuba
  • Percussion: 5 members
  • 3 members on piano/synth, 2 harps, 40 members of choir

Chart positionsEdit

The album has also charted on the Billboard 200 album chart on the week of January 2, 2010, debuting at number 172. The following week it climbed the chart to gain a new peak at number 119, and then the following week it leaped to number 32. On the week of January 23, 2010 the soundtrack hit its current peak at number 31.

Chart (2010) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[8] 89
Austrian Albums Chart[9] 11
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[9] 37
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[9] 55
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 74
French Albums Chart[10] 19
French Digital Albums Chart[11] 1
German Albums Chart[12] 10
Greek Albums Chart[13] 10
Mexican Albums Chart[9] 69
Polish Albums Chart[14] 53
Spanish Albums Chart[9] 75
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 9
UK Albums Chart[9] 15
U.S. Billboard 200 Chart[15] 31
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[15] 4
U.S. Billboard Soundtrack Albums[15] 5

I See YouEdit

"I See You" entered the Irish Singles Chart on the 14th January 2010 at number 47.

Chart (2010) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 47


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  5. ^ Fukushima, Glenn (2009-11-16). "Atlantic Unveils "AVATAR: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE"; Official Companion Album to James Cameron's Upcoming Epic Adventure Features Music Composed & Conducted by Oscar-Winner James Horner, Plus "I See You (Theme From Avatar)," Performed by Leona Lewis". marketwire. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
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