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All The Songs In 'We Bought A Zoo' (Yes, That Was Temple Of The Dog You Heard)

by Kevin Jagernauth
December 30, 2011 10:08 AM
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While audiences seemed cool on the idea of Matt Damon hanging out with a bunch of animals in "We Bought A Zoo" (Vulture has a few pretty good theories on why that happened) they've been missing out a movie that has more heart than you might expect, and keeps the twee factor surprisingly dialed down. And being a Cameron Crowe film, he can't help but curate yet another mostly solid selection of songs, though it's not without a couple of headscratching choices.

The Uncool has dropped the full list of songs that appear in the film, and some very familiar names are among the rost. Crowe continues to root through his vinyl collection from back in the day, picking up tunes from Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens and Neil Young, while also showing some soul with tunes from The Upsetters and Otis Rush. But the director also has a big alternative rock heart (for better or worse) and one of the film's most jarring and misguided musical moments comes from the pretty random inclusion of Temple Of The Dog's "Hunger Strike." Oh, the '90s. Rounded out by a handful of new tunes by Jonsi, overall, it isn't a bad selection but not his best by some stretch (but it does serve as a reminder of how good those Wilco & Billy Bragg records were).

Check out the full list below. "We Bought A Zoo" is in theaters now.

“Don’t Come Around Here No More” – Tom Petty
“Do It Clean” – Echo & The Bunnymen
“Airline To Heaven” – Wilco
“Don’t Be Shy” – Cat Stevens
“Go Do” – jónsi
“Living With The Law” – Chris Whitley
“Last Medicine Dance” – Mike McCready
“Buckets of Rain” – Bob Dylan
“No Soy Del Valle” – Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
“Sinking Friendships” – jónsi
“Like I Told You” – Acetone
“Ashley Collective” – Mike McCready
“For A Few Dollars More” – The Upsetters
“Hunger Strike” – Temple Of The Dog
“Ævin Endar” – jónsi
“Mariachi El Bronx” – Mariachi El Bronx
“Haleakala Sunset” – CKsquared
“Boy Lilikoi” – jónsi
“Cinnamon Girl” (Live) – Neil Young
“Holocene” – Bon Iver
“Throwing Arrows” – Mike McCready
“Work To Do” – The Isley Brothers
“All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” – Otis Rush
“I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” – Randy Newman
“Hoppípolla” – Sigur Rós
“Gathering Stories” – jónsi

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  • Don McConnell | January 31, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    I enjoyed this movie as much as everyone else who commented here. Hopes this helps everyone! The following URL has a list of the songs in the movie and note as to when it was played during the movie:

  • Real Gagne | November 7, 2012 11:25 PMReply

    i guess no one gives us a reply on this site to our questions.

  • Real Gagne | November 5, 2012 12:52 AMReply

    "We bought a zoo"...The only song I can't find is or it sounds like a blues tune near the beginning of the movie when the inspector first shows up and exits his car.
    Any idea what that one was or who the group is?

  • regie tele | August 21, 2012 12:29 AMReply

    what song plays while the song speaks to kelly about talking to girls on he diner table.. the song plays up till matt damon holds kelly's hand on the porch while sitting having a chat

  • Bone EEEEver | September 12, 2013 3:25 PM

    Bon Iver - Holocene

  • Dave | August 11, 2012 10:40 PMReply

    i need to know more than ever, if anyone knows, the name if the sing that plays during the menu on this DVD please please please

  • Dave | August 11, 2012 10:41 PM

    of* song*

  • dude | August 5, 2012 12:26 AMReply

    what song was played when Benjamin washes his face and looked in the mirror then looked at the medicines on the shelves in the bathroom... this happened after looking at his son's sketch book while his son was sleeping... tnx

  • Lina | July 29, 2012 4:27 AMReply

    Excuse me what is the song playing when kids were flying red kites? After Lily asked Kelly to choose between people and animal? thanks.

  • Heidi | December 7, 2012 11:55 AM

    I loved it too is Hoppipolla( My Winter ) By Sigur Ros!

  • Ravichandra | May 26, 2012 5:55 PMReply

    Where can I find background score which comes at the end of the movie?

  • Heidi | December 7, 2012 11:56 AM

    Gathering Stories by Jonsi

  • Karen Rasmussen | May 26, 2012 2:48 AMReply

    Thank you SO much for going through and finding all the music that was played during the movie. I know it must have been a huge task, especially putting links to all the songs below.

    Is it just me or has the definition of a "soundtrack" changed meanings? For instance, it used to be that when I bought a soundtrack, I got the various artists singing the songs that were in the forefront or a direct part of the movie, not the background music. There should be a distinction because the latter certainly has its place and sets the movie tone but it shouldn't be sold as the soundtrack. We can't even get the various artists' songs on a CD or I wouldn't be complaining. Or maybe I'm just too set in my ways ;-)


  • jessica | April 23, 2012 8:00 AMReply

    what's the name of the song when benjamin were staring at dylan's artwork in his school this song is appear when benjamin and dylan were walking together in school's hall.thnks

  • SANGEETH | August 22, 2012 4:31 AM

    Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty

  • Karl | April 18, 2012 11:09 AMReply

    What was the song when the inspector arrived the first time?

  • Carrie | March 27, 2012 10:21 PMReply

    Thank you for taking the time to find all these songs. I enjoyed the music as much as I enjoyed the movie. So happy to see all the artists and songs here.

  • Supermazzive | March 20, 2012 6:38 AMReply

    What song runs in the background when Matt is browsing pictures of his wife in the laptop the second time ? There is a flashback, and there are scenes of his family playing in a field.

  • AlienObservr | March 22, 2012 9:36 PM

    Its Sinking Friendships on Jonsi's album Go 2010...

  • C | December 30, 2011 3:03 PMReply

    The Bon Iver inclusion caught me by surprise when I saw it back in November. I almost jumped out of my seat when I heard it because I fell in love with them over the last several months and had been listening to the band non-stop before (and since). It's probably the best part of the film for me.

  • Alex | March 18, 2012 1:59 PM

    Had the same situation! I was listening to "Holocene" over and over again before going to the cinema and when I saw the scene, where I heard Bon Iver, my mind couldn't understand that, I was really suprised by that. And I just cried like a stupid, because the scene wasn't as touching as the song. Greetings from Poland!

  • cirkusfolk | December 30, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    I disagree with the Hunger Strike comment. A) I love the song and it just sounds like it belongs in a movie (I don't think it's ever been in one) and B) I'm sure Cameron Crowe just coming off of his Pearl Jam doc revisited it himself and wanted to give it a fresh beginning (much like he did with Elton John's Tiny Dancer). And you can't really criticize the use or placement of the song in the film because every single song save for Don't Come Around Here No More and Hoppipola seemed like they were just randomly thrown in the film. Easily is worst film as far as far as actual music useage goes. But still a great collection of songs.

  • C | December 30, 2011 3:04 PM

    You don't think "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" was literal enough in the film? Haha.

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