2020s

Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Don’t Look Up’

Don't Look Up Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

The Don’t Look Up soundtrack includes music by Wu-Tang Clan, George Strait and Bon Iver. This info article contains spoilers for Adam McKay’s 2021 Netflix movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Don’t Look Up stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as Dr. Randall Mindy and Kate Dibiasky, respectively. When the astronomers detect a comet heading towards Earth, they inform U.S. President Janie Orlean (Meryl Streep) and try to convince the world about a likely apocalyptic event. Composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight) scored the Netflix film; music supervisor Gabe Hilfer (Mare of Easttown) selected the featured mainstream tracks. Here’s every song in Don’t Look Up.

Don’t Look Up Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

Don't Look Up Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2021 Netflix Movie

  • “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F’ Wit” by Wu-Tang Clan (00:00:00): Kate listens to music at work. She hums along with the lyrics. The Don’t Look Up soundtrack song plays shortly before Lawrence’s character spots an incoming comet.
  • “Right Thurr” by Chingy (00:03:00): Dr. Mindy celebrates with his colleagues. He toasts to “Comet Dibiasky.” They discuss whether or not it came from an Oort cloud.
  • “Let the Eagle Soar” by John Ashcroft (00:14:00): A U.S. general receives a phone call. The song plays briefly as a ringtone. The military leader says that he has to be in Okinawa the following day.
  • “Statesboro Blues” by The Allman Brothers Band (01:11:00): Dr. Mindy meets with Kate and Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan) at Bojo Mambo’s Seafood Company. The Don’t Look Up soundtrack song can be heard in the background. The protagonists strategize after President Orlean cancels Operation American Savior.
  • “Doorman” by slowthai & Mura Musa (01:27:00): Kate hangs out with Yule (Timothée Chalamet) and his friends. She states that Peter Isherwell (Mark Rylance) and company aren’t smart enough to be evil. Kate rejects a kiss from Yule and then decides to hook up with him.
  • “Troubador” by George Strait (01:35:00): Dr. Mindy changes the radio station in his vehicle. He eats potato chips while listening to the country tune. The music continues as DiCaprio’s character spots an incoming comet in the sky.
  • “House of Bricks” by Despot (01:39:00): The Don’t Look Up soundtrack song scores a montage sequence. President Orlean urges Americans not to look at the sky. Her message spreads online.
  • “Just Look Up” by Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi (01:41:00): Riley Bina (Ariana Grande) performs at a rally. She is joined on stage by her on/off partner, DJ Chello (Scott Mescudi).
  • “Just Like Paradise” by David Lee Roth (01:47:00): President Orlean’s rally continues. The audience looks up to the sky after chanting “Don’t Look Up.” Jason Orlean (Jonah Hill) tries to calm the crowd.
  • “Till Then” by The Mills Brothers (01:48:00): Dr. Mindy travels with Kate and Yule. He explains that The Mills Brothers were originally called The Four Kings of Harmony before being “discovered” by Duke Ellington. The Don’t Look Up soundtrack song continues as Dr. Mindy discusses the lyrics.
  • “Bernadette” by Four Tops (01:55:00): June (Melanie Lynskey) admits to cheating on Randall in college. The Mindy family hosts a dinner. Dr. Oglethorpe arrives as the music continues.
  • “I’ll Be Around” by The Mills Brothers (01:56:00): Dr. Mindy turns off a television. He takes the head seat at his dinner table. The guests prepare to eat.
  • “Across the Alley from the Alamo” by The Mills Brothers (01:57:00): Dr. Oglethorpe admires his colleague’s dinner layout. A third tune by The Mills Brothers plays in the background. Dr. Mindy discusses his fame.
  • “Second Nature” by Bon Iver (02:06:00): The Don’t Look Up soundtrack song plays after a comet blast destroys life on Earth. Various material objects float in space. The track scores the film’s final moments and continues during the end credits; the music picks up again during a mid-credits scene at 2:08:00.

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The Don’t Look Up soundtrack also includes:

  • “Showdown” by Eric V. Hachikian
  • “The Love I Hold” by The Agents
  • “Invasion” by English Teeth
  • “Taisho” by Whitefield Brothers
  • “(Gonna Ride This) Whirlwhind” by The Escorts

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