The Grease soundtrack includes music by Frankie Valli, Ritchie Valens and Jerry Lee Lewis. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Randal Kleiser’s 1978 movie on Netflix. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.
Grease stars John Travolta as Danny Zuko, a 50s teenager who leads a gang called the T-Birds. Olivia Newton-John co-stars as Sandy Olsson, an Australian teenager who reunites with her summer boyfriend while hanging out with a group called the Pink Ladies. The storyline follows the main protagonists as they overcome several obstacles during their senior year of high school. Composer Michael Gibson (Anything Goes) scored 110-minute film; music supervisor Bill Oakes (Moment by Moment) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Grease, an adaptation of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s 1971 musical.
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Grease Soundtrack: Every Song in the 1978 Movie
- “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” by Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster (00:00:00): The Grease soundtrack song plays during the opening sequence. Danny and Sandy hang out at the beach during the summer. They kiss and talk about the status of their relationship.
- “Grease” by Barry Gibb, Frankie Valli (00:01:00): The opening beach scene concludes. An animated credits sequence begins. The music plays again at 01:48:00 during the end credits.
- “Summer Nights” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (00:14:00): The T-Birds ask Danny about his summer. The Pink Ladies asks Sandy about her summer love interest. The main protagonists lead a musical number.
- “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (00:28:00): The Grease soundtrack song accompanies a sleepover sequence. Rizzo (Stockard Channing) makes fun of Sandy. A reprise number is featured at 01:36:00.
- “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by John Farrar (00:33:00): Sandy stands on a porch. She thinks about her relationship with Danny. Sandy sits down and sings a slow jam.
- “Greased Lightning” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (00:38:00): Danny hangs out with the T-Birds in a garage. He sings about “a major piece of machinery.” The music plays again at 01:34:00.
- “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens (00:42:00): Danny and Kenickie (Jeff Conaway) stand outside Frosty Palace. The Grease soundtrack song plays as they talk about the Scorpions. Kenickie teases Danny about Sandy.
- “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” by D. Williams, S. David, Jerry Lee Lewis (00:50:00): Danny chats with Sandy during track practice. They talk about going to a dance together. The music sets in after Danny waves at Tom (Lorenzo Lamas).
- “Beauty School Dropout” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (00:55:00): Frenchy (Didi Conn) talks to Vi (Joan Blondell) about a waitress job. She muses about having a guardian angel. Frenchy imagines a Teen Angel (Frankie Avalon) singing to her.
- “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Queen” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (01:01:00): The Grease soundtrack song accompanies a gym sequence. Students prepare for a “National Bandstand” taping. Leo “Crater-Face” Balmudo (Dennis Cleveland Stewart) arrives with Rizzo.
- “Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here to Stay” by D. White, She-Na-Na (01:02:00): A “National Bandstand” taping begins. Johnny Casino & The Gamblers perform live. Doody (Barry Pearl) dances with Frenchy.
- “Those Magic Changes” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (01:04:00): Johnny Casino & The Gamblers play another song. Danny sits next to Sandy. They talk about being on camera.
- “Tears on My Pillow” by S. Bradford, A. Lewis, Sha-Na-Na (01:06:00): Sonny (Michael Tucci) pours alcohol in a punch bowl. Johnny Casino & The Gamblers sing the Grease soundtrack song. Danny and Sandy participate in a line dance.
- “Hound Dog” by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Sha-Na-Na (01:11:00): Vince Fontaine (Edd Byrnes) hypes the National Dance-Off. Johnny Casino & The Gamblers perform another song. Students gather around a camera.
- “Born to Hand-Jive” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (01:12:00): Vince (Dinah Manoff) stands next to Marty during a live broadcast. He makes his way through the crowd. Danny dances with Sandy.
- “Sandy” by Louis St. Louis, Scott J. Simon (01:23:00): Sandy flees from a “sin wagon.” Danny sings about being a fool. The Grease soundtrack song continues as he theorizes about what classmates will say on Monday.
- “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (01:28:00): Rizzo finishes a conversation with Sandy. She holds school supplies and sings. Rizzo muses about her options.
- “You’re the One That I Want” by John Farrar (01:41:00): Danny hangs out with the T-Birds. Sandy shows up in black leather and a new hairdo. The protagonists lead a musical number.
- “We Go Together” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey (01:45:00): Danny and his friends talk about the future. A musical number begins. The track scores the movie’s final moments as Danny and Sandy magically drive to the sky in a vehicle.
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The Grease soundtrack also includes:
- “Freddy, My Love” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
- “It’s Raining on Prom Night” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
- “Mooning” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
- “Alma Mater” by Jim Jacobs, Warren Casey
- “Blue Moon” by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Sha-Na-Na
Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.
Categories: 1970s, Comedy, Musical, Romance, Soundtracks of Cinema
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