The Licorice Pizza soundtrack includes music by Sonny & Cher, The Doors and Blood, Sweat & Tears. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2021 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.
Licorice Pizza takes place in the San Fernando Valley during 1973. A 15-year-old named Gary develops a meaningful bond with Alana, a 25-year-old photography assistant. The protagonists become business partners and strengthen their friendship over the course of the year. Composer Jonny Greenwood (The Master) scored the 134-minute film; music supervisor Linda Cohen (Phantom Thread) assembled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Licorice Pizza.
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Licorice Pizza Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie
- “July Tree” by Nina Simone (00:00:00): Alana walks at a San Fernando Valley high school. The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song plays as Gary watches. Alana tries to acquire a mirror and/or comb.
- “I Wished on the Moon” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk (00:05:00): The music scores a sequence at Cupid’s Hot Dogs. Gary speaks to his brother, Greg (Milo Herschlag). He states that he met his future wife.
- “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Johnny Guarnieri (00:06:00): Alana enters a restaurant. She sits besides Gary at the bar. Alana says, “Don’t be creepy, please.”
- “Sometimes I’m Happy” by Johnny Guarnieri (00:07:00): The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song accompanies a restaurant sequence. Gary asks Alana about her plans. The characters discuss their jobs.
- “Stumblin’ In” by Chris Norman & Suzi Quatro (00:15:00): Gary reacts after learning that he needs a chaperone for a New York City trip. He lifts his head as a bell dings. Gary sits next to Alana on an airplane during a transitional sequence.
- “Yours, Mine and Ours” by Fred Karlin, His Orchestra and Chorus (00:18:00): Lucy Dolittle (Christine Ebersole) introduces young performers from “Under One Roof.” Gary takes the stage with various colleagues. Alana enjoys the moment from her seat.
- “Muirsheen Durkin” by Luke Kelly & The Dubliners (00:20:00): Lucy attacks Gary after a performance. She’s angry about a joke that he made during a talk show appearance. The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song plays lightly in the background.
- “I Saw the Light” by Todd Rundgren (00:23:00): Gary eats in a vehicle. A radio DJ discusses Todd Rundgren’s new album. The music continues as Alana hangs out with Lance (Skyler Gisondo).
- “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate- The Positive” by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (00:29:00): Gary looks through a window at a wig shop. The music plays as he enters and inquires about a waterbed. Wig Shop Brenda (Iyana Halley) flirts with Gary; Leonardo DiCaprio’s father, George DiCaprio, appears as Mr. Jack.
- “Blue Sands” by Chico Hamilton Quintet (00:31:00): A radio DJ talks about the Teenage-Fair at the Hollywood Palladium. The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song kicks in during an exterior sequence at the venue.
- “But You’re Mine” by Sonny & Cher (00:38:00): Gary flees from a police station with Alana. The track scores one of the film’s many running-themed scenes. Gary and Alana cruise with friends in a transition sequence; the song plays again at 02:10:00 during the end credits.
- “My Ding-a-Ling (Live at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco)” by Chuck Berry feat. Steve Miller Band (00:39:00): The music plays during a moment at KPPC Pasadena. A DJ reads a waterbed promo. Gary and Alana grin outside the booth.
- “Peace Frog” by The Doors (00:41:00): Gary and Alana conclude a trip to KPPC Pasadena. The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song scores an extended montage sequence. Gary and Alana hustle for Fat Bernie’s Waterbeds.
- “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot (00:46:00): Gary enters a vehicle. Alana smiles at him from the driver’s seat. The music plays on the radio.
- “Softly Whispering I Love You” by The Congregation (00:48:00): Alana argues with Gary. The music continues as the characters talk during a road trip. Gary preps Alana for a casting interview.
- “Lisa, Listen to Me” by Blood, Sweat & Tears (00:55:00): Gary and Alana chat at Fat Bernie’s. The camera slowly zooms in through the entrance. Gary gazes at Alana during a close-up visual; the music plays again at 02:05:00.
- “Let Me Roll It” by Paul McCartney & Wings (01:13:00): The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song plays after an outdoor motorcycle event. Gary picks up Alana off the ground. They lay next to each other in a transition waterbed scene.
- “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie (01:17:00): Gary and Alana watch a news report about oil. The music scores another running sequence. Gary follow his brother past an “Out of Gas Rent a Bike” sign.
- “The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian” by Paul Revere & the Raiders feat. Mark Lindsay (01:29:00): Jon Peters (Bradley Cooper) arrives at a gas station. He confronts patrons and takes control of a nozzle. Gary and Alana take off in their waterbed vehicle.
- “Slip Away” by Clarence Carter (01:36:00): Alana speaks with Brian (Nate Mann) on the phone. She asks about joining a campaign team for Joel Wachs (Benny Safdie). The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song picks up as Alana meets with Brian in a transition sequence.
- “7-Rooms of Gloom” by Four Tops (01:45:00): Gary leaves Alana’s driveway in her vehicle. The music kicks in as he cruises down the street. Alana makes a phone call from Joel’s campaign headquarters.
- “Young Girl” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (01:46:00): Joel speaks with a campaign colleague. Alana makes another phone call. She hangs up and talks with Joel.
- “Diamond Girl” by Seals & Crofts (01:47:00): Alana stares at a man in the Wachs campaign headquarters. She receives a phone call from Danielle (Danielle Haim) as the Licorice Pizza soundtrack song continues. They discuss Gary and his Pinball Palace business venture.
- “Greensleeves” by Mason Williams (01:50:00): Gary and his brother hand out fliers for Pinball Palace. The instrumental accompanies a school sequence. Gary tries on a jacket.
- “Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)” by Donovan with The Jeff Beck Group (01:51:00): Gary lights a cigarette at Fat Bernie’s. He looks around at Pinball Palace. Gary confronts an aggressive patron and throws out a kid as the Licorice Pizza soundtrack song drops.
- “Walk Away” by James Gang (01:54:00): Gary tells a youngster to leave Pinball Palace. The music scores the moment. Gary chats with Este (Este Haim) about Alana.
- “The Horse” by Cliff Nobles (02:03:00): Alana runs to Pinball Palace. She arrives and looks for Gary. Kirk (Will Angarola) tells Alana that he left.
- “Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day” by Taj Mahal (02:06:00): Gary and Alana reunite. They run together once again. The Licorice Pizza soundtrack song scores the end credits.
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The Licorice Pizza soundtrack also includes:
- “At the Crossroads” by George Hamilton
- “13 Questions” by Seatrain
- “Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song)” by Sandler & Young
- “Change Partners” by Stephen Stills
- “Like to Get to Know You” by Spanky & Our Gang
- “Hot Smoke & Sasafrass” by The Bubble Puppy
- “Make Up Your Mind” by Daddy Dookie and the Fun House
- “Daddy Dookie’s Lament” by Daddy Dookie and the Fun House
- “Gypsy in My Soul” by Johnny Guarnieri
- “You’ll Never Know” by Johnny Guarnieri
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