Soundtracks of Television: ‘The Last of Us’

The Last of Us Soundtrack - Every Song in the HBO Series

The Last of Us soundtrack includes music by Avril Lavigne, Dido and Depeche Mode. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann’s HBO series. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

The Last of Us stars Pedro Pascal as Joel, a traumatized Texan who survives a pandemic. Bella Ramsey co-stars as Ellie, a child soldier who is immune to a deadly virus. The storyline follows Joel and his brother (Gabriel Luna as Tommy) as they team up with a female survivor named Tess (Anna Torv). Composers David Fleming (Hillbilly Elegy) and Gustavo Santaolalla (Narcos: Mexico) scored the HBO series; music supervisors Ian Broucek (In Treatment) and Evyen Klean (House of the Dragon) selected the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in The Last of Us, an adaptation of the Naughty Dog video game.

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  • Tomorrow” by Avril Lavigne (00:06): Sarah (Nico Parker) wakes up during a 2003 sequence. The Last of Us soundtrack song plays as she cooks breakfast. Joel walks down a staircase and speaks with his daughter.
  • “White Flag” by Dido (00:07): Joel inquires about Sarah’s homework. The music accompanies a transition sequence. Joel and Sarah have breakfast together.
  • “I Can’t Believe You’re Back” by Jad Mhanna, Roy Abdallah & Carole Aoun Team (00:11): Sarah enters a pawn shop. The Last of Us soundtrack song plays from a speaker system. Sarah pays for a watch repair.
  • “Never Let Me Down” by Depeche Mode (01:20:00): A radio turns on at an empty home. Joel and company approach a damaged building. The music scores the episode’s final moments and end credits.

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The Last of Us airs weekly on HBO. New episodes premiere every Sunday through March 12, 2023. This article about the The Last of Us soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.

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