The Shrek soundtrack includes music by Smash Mouth, Joan Jett and John Cale. This info article contains spoilers for Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson’s 2001 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.
Shrek stars Mike Myers as the title character, an ogre who falls in love with an imprisoned princess (Cameron Diaz as Fiona). Eddie Murphy co-stars as Donkey, a talkative fairy tale animal who accompanies Shrek to Duloc. The storyline follows the protagonists as they rebel against Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) during their collective pursuit of happiness. Composers Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon) scored the 90-minute film; music supervisor Marylata Elton (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) assembled the emotive needle-drops. Here’s every featured song in Shrek, an adaptation of William Steig’s 1990 picture book.
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Shrek Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2001 Movie
- “All Star” by Smash Mouth (00:02:00): Shrek narrates during the opening scene. He scoffs at a fairy tale and busts open his door. The Shrek soundtrack song scores the title sequence.
- “Friends” by Eddie Murphy (00:09:00): Donkey follows Shrek and pesters the ogre. He talks about eating rotten berries and dealing with “strong gases.” Donkey breaks into song when Shrek asks why he’s being followed.
- “On the Road Again” by Eddie Murphy (00:16:00): Shrek invites Donkey to join him for a journey. Murphy’s character sings to celebrate the moment. Shrek implies that Donkey should stop.
- “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes (00:20:00): Lord Farquaad chooses Princess Fiona. The Shrek soundtrack song plays as a crowd cheers. Lord Farquaad muses about finding the perfect Queen for Duloc.
- “Welcome to Duloc” by Mike Himelstein, Eric Darnell (00:22:00): Shrek and Donkey arrive in Duloc. They look around for the town residents. The music starts as Donkey pulls an information lever.
- “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett (00:24:00): Shrek drinks a pint of beer. He challenges a group of Duloc knights. Shrek and Donkey entertain a tournament crowd.
- “I’m on My Way” by The Proclaimers (00:28:00): Donkey slobbers while thinking about a parfait dish. The music sets in as he walks through a field with his new pal. The Shrek soundtrack song accompanies a montage sequence.
- “Merry Men” by Vincent Cassel (00:52:00): Robin Hood (Vincent Cassel) upsets Fiona. He decides to properly introduce himself with a song. Robin Hood performs with his group of “merry men.”
- “My Beloved Monster” by eels (00:56:00): Donkey faints after seeing blood. Shrek picks him up and walks with Fiona. The music continues as the characters bond and help each other.
- “Hallelujah” by John Cale (01:09:00): Shrek lashes out at Donkey. He frowns while looking at his reflection in a broken mirror. The Shrek soundtrack song plays during a montage as the main characters spend time alone.
- “Try a Little Tenderness” by Eddie Murphy (01:16:00): Donkey speaks with Shrek outside a Duloc chapel. He offers advice and sings the famous Otis Redding song. Donkey says, “The chicks love that romantic crap!”
- “I’m a Believer” by Smash Mouth (01:21:00): Shrek tells Fiona that she is beautiful. Donkey observes the “happy ending.” Shrek breaks the fourth wall before kissing Fiona; the music scores the final scene.
- “Stay Home” by Self (01:23:00): The Shrek soundtrack song plays during the end credits.
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The Shrek soundtrack also includes:
- “Meditation” by Antonio Carlos Jobim
- “Whipped Cream” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
- “You Belong to Me” by Jason Wade
- “Best Years of Our Lives” by Baha Men
- “Like Wow!” by Leslie Carter
- “It Is You (I Have Loved)” by Dana Glover
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