Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Lone Survivor’

Lone Survivor Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2013 Movie

The Lone Survivor soundtrack includes music by Jamiroquai and Peter Gabriel. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Peter Berg’s 2013 movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Lone Survivor stars Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, a U.S. Navy Seal who investigates a Taliban target. Taylor Kitsch co-stars as Michael P. “Murph” Murphy, a U.S. Navy lieutenant who leads Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley. The storyline follows several U.S. soldiers as they are ambushed by Taliban fighters. Composers Explosions in the Sky (Friday Night Lights) and Steve Jablonsky (Deepwater Horizon) scored the 121-minute film, which includes just a couple of featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Lone Survivor, an adaptation of Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson’s 2007 book.

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Lone Survivor Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2013 Movie

Lone Survivor Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2013 Movie

  • “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai (00:18:00): The Lone Survivor soundtrack song plays during a light-hearted sequence. Shane Patton (Alexander Ludwig), a U.S. Navy Seal Machinist’s Mate, prepares for an initiation ritual. He begins dancing as comrades cheer. An unidentified soldier — portrayed by the film’s director, Berg — asks for “more neck.” The Lone Survivor soundtrack song drops as Shane recites “Ballad of the Frogman.”
  • “Heroes” by Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra (01:52:00): Marcus flatlines and then awakens as the film ends. He says, “You are never out of the fight.” A final epilogue identifies the soldiers who passed away during Operation Red Wings. The Lone Survivor soundtrack song scores a montage. David Bowie originally co-wrote the track with Brian Eno for the 1977 album of the same name. Peter Gabriel covered the tune for his 2010 album Scratch My Back.

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Lone Survivor originally premiered in November 2013. The film is available to stream at HBO Max.

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