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Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’

Tick, Tick... Boom! Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Movie

The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack includes original music by the late Jonathan Larson. This info article contains spoilers for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2021 Netflix movie. Visit the Vague Visages Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Tick, Tick… Boom! stars Andrew Garfield as American playwright Jonathan Larson. In 1990, he works frantically on a dream production while trying to sustain a romantic relationship with his girlfriend, Susan. Based on the eponymous stage musical, the 121-minute film features original music by Larson, who passed away suddenly in 1996 at age 35. Here’s every featured song in Tick, Tick… Boom!, a 2021 adaptation by screenwriter Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen).

Tick, Tick… Boom! Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

Tick, Tick... Boom! Soundtrack - Every Song in the Netflix Movie

  • “30/90” by Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens, Joshua Henry, Robin de Jesús, Alexandra Shipp and Mj Rodriguez (00:02:00): Jon speaks about his possessions and rejection letters. He worries about his upcoming 30th birthday. The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack tune ramps up at 00:04:00 and continues through 00:09:00.
  • “Love Shack” by The B-52’s (00:13:00): Jon and Michael (Robin de Jesús) host a party after a performance by Susan (Alexandra Shipp). The song plays briefly.
  • “I Wanna Be Adored” by The Stone Roses (00:14:00): Jon tells Freddy (Ben Levi Ross ) that he’s giving him his mixtapes. Michael enters the kitchen and jokes about the famous “Moondance Diner mixtape.” Freddy discusses his health.
  • “Boho Days” by Andrew Garfield and Partygoers (00:16:00): Jon performs at his apartment. Various partygoers sing along. Scott (Ryan Vasquez) says “That was freaking amazing!” after previously being told that Jon is “the future of musical theatre.”
  • “No More” by Robin de Jesús, Andrew Garfield (00:22:00): Jon and Michael arrive at the Victory Towers. The characters perform together in a fantastical sequence. Michael admires his apartment while Jon reflects about his humble beginnings in New York City.
  • “Sugar” by Andrew Garfield (00:26:00): Jon speaks with Ira Weitzaman (Jonathan Marc Sherman) at Moondance Diner. He briefly sings a song that he wrote as a creative exercise.
  • “LCD Readout” by Andrew Garfield (00:27:00): Jon reflects about participating in a musical theatre writing workshop. Stephen Sondheim (Bradley Whitford) shows up in the group.
  • “Sunday in the Park with George” by Stephen Sondheim (00:32:00): Jon makes various phone calls. He hears music on his television. Garfield’s character watches a Sondheim musical on PBS with Michael.
  • “Day by Day” by The Godspell Ensemble and Band feat. Robin Lamont (00:33:00): The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack music can be heard briefly during an interior apartment sequence. Jon hits a red ball with a frying pan.
  • “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M. (00:33:00): The 1987 single plays directly after “Day by Day.” Jon looks at a magazine.
  • “Johnny Can’t Decide” by Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens (00:35:00): Jon struggles with his creative process at home. Meanwhile, he performs in public. Karessa (Vanessa Hudgens) joins in as Jon sings about Susan and Michael.
  • “Sunday” by Andrew Garfield and Tick, Tick… Boom! Cast (00:42:00): Jon finds a moment of peace at the Moondance Diner. He takes in the atmosphere of a typical Sunday.
  • “Play Game” by Tariq Trotter (00:45:00): Jon heads to the Theatre District. A rapper identified as H.A.W.K. Smooth performs on a sidewalk. The moment transforms into a music video production.
  • “Therapy” by Andrew Garfield, Vanessa Hudgens (00:57:00): Jon argues with Susan about their immediate future. He performs on stage with Karessa. The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack music continues as Hudgens’ character sings.
  • “Swimming” by Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens (01:12:00): Jon worries about his relationship with Susan. He swims and stresses out about his agent Rosa Stevens (Judith Light) as well.
  • “Come to Your Senses” by Jazmine Sullivan (01:21:00): Jon watches Karessa prepare to sing his new song. He sees Susan instead. Karessa performs as Jon retreats into his mind. The song also scores the end credits at 01:50:00.
  • “Real Life” by Robin de Jesús (01:31:00): Michael reveals that he’s HIV positive. Jon tries to process the information. The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack music fades as Garfield’s character hears constant ticking in an empty performance venue.
  • “Why” by Andrew Garfield (01:34:00): Jon plays a piano. He reflects about his friendship with Michael at White Plains High.
  • “Louder Than Words” by Andrew Garfield, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens (01:45:00): Susan narrates about Jon’s death and legacy. Garfield’s character performs with his colleagues.
  • “Green Green Dress” by Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp (01:54:00): The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack song plays during the end credits after “Come to Your Senses.”
  • “Only Takes a Few” by The Mountain Goats (01:57:00): The song plays during the end credits after “Green Green Dress.”

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The Tick, Tick… Boom! soundtrack also includes:

  • “Rhapsody” by Jonathan Larson
  • “Ladies First” by Queen Latifah feat. Monie Love
  • “Sextet” by Gizel Jimenez, Joshua Henry, Vanessa Hudgens, Janet Dacal, Aneesa Folds, Joel Perez, Kate Rockwell
  • “Out of My Dreams” by Veronica Vasquez
  • “One Song Glory” by Jonathan Larson
  • “Green Green Dress” by Joshua Henry
  • “Ever After”  by Jonathan Larson
  • “Debtor Club” by Jonathan Larson
  • “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)” by Hair Ensemble
  • “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” by Cast of Carousel

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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