Soundtracks of Cinema: ‘Drive’

Drive Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2011 Movie on Tubi

The Drive soundtrack includes music by Kavinsky, College and Desire. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 movie on Tubi. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.

Drive stars Ryan Gosling as the Driver, a profession stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver. Carey Mulligan co-stars as Irene, a Los Angeles native who looks after her young son. The storyline follows the main protagonists as they develop a bond while dealing with local baddies. Composer Cliff Martinez (Traffic) scored the 100-minute film; music supervisor Brian McNelis (The Lincoln Lawyer) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Drive, an adaptation of James Sallis’ 2005 novel.

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Drive Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2011 Movie

Drive Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2011 Movie on Tubi

  • “Nightcall” by Kavinsky (00:10:00): The Driver exits a parking garage after a successful gig. He walks down a sidewalk past the police near Staples Center. The Drive soundtrack song scores the opening credits sequence. Gosling’s character cruises through Los Angeles.
  • “A Real Hero” by College & Electric Youth (00:26:00): The Driver hangs out with Irene and Benicio (Kaden Leos). They giggle and explore the city. The Driver sits by a river with Irene and Benicio; the track plays again at 01:34:00 during the climax.
  • “Under Your Spell” by Desire (00:35:00): The Drive soundtrack song accompanies an interior scene. Gosling’s character works at home. Standard (Oscar Isaac) celebrates his freedom with Irene and Benicio.
  • “Oh My Love” by Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri (01:22:00): Shannon (Bryan Cranston) passes away. The track plays as the Driver kneels next to his body. Gosling’s character arrives at Nino’s Pizzeria wearing a mask. He tracks down a target.

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The Drive soundtrack also includes:

  • “Tick of the Clock” by The Chromatics
  • “Back in Toon” by Craig Riley

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