The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack

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Album artwork by a collaboration with Neil Kellerhouse and Rob Sheridan

The soundtrack for the 2011 US adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, by David Fincher, composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

This is the second soundtrack that Reznor and Ross have worked on together, the previous being The Social Network Soundtrack, also for David Fincher.

The soundtrack details were announced December 2nd 2011, along with a free sampler. Earlier that day, "Immigrant Song" premiered on KROQ radio, and was made available as a download to anyone who purchased the iTunes preorder of the album. In addition, the iTunes preorder was accompanied with an extended, 8 minute trailer for the film, scored specially by Reznor and Ross. The digital album will be made available on the December 9th, and the CD on December 27th.

Its release number is Null 02, in keeping with The Null Corporation's numbering system.

Limited Edition Release

A Limited Edition, deluxe package is to be shipped on 6th February, similar to the one released for Ghosts I-IV, and contains:

  • High definition audio download
  • The full album on six pieces of 180 gram vinyl
  • Deluxe book package with metal cover in a hard plastic "ice" slip cover
  • Exclusive custom 8 GB metal razor blade USB pendant, inspired by Lisbeth's razor blade necklace
  • USB drive contains the full album in high-fidelity 96k audio
  • Fold-out poster by Neil Kellerhouse
  • Numbered limited edition of 3000
  • Personally signed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross



  1. "Immigrant Song" - by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Karen O
  2. "She Reminds Me Of You"
  3. "People Lie All The Time"
  4. "Pinned And Mounted"
  5. "Perihelion"
  6. "What If We Could?"
  7. "With The Flies"
  8. "Hidden In Snow"
  9. "A Thousand Details"
  10. "One Particular Moment"
  11. "I Can't Take It Anymore"
  12. "How Brittle The Bones"
  13. "Please Take Your Hand Away"
  14. "Cut Into Pieces"
  15. "The Splinter"
  16. "An Itch"
  17. "Hypomania"
  18. "Under The Midnight Sun"
  19. "Aphelion"
  20. "You're Here"
  21. "The Same As The Others"
  22. "A Pause For Reflection"
  23. "While Waiting"
  24. "The Seconds Drag"
  25. "Later Into The Night"
  26. "Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome"
  27. "Another Way Of Caring"
  28. "A Viable Construct"
  29. "Revealed In The Thaw"
  30. "Millennia"
  31. "We Could Wait Forever"
  32. "Oraculum"
  33. "Great Bird Of Prey"
  34. "The Heretics"
  35. "A Pair Of Doves"
  36. "Infiltrator"
  37. "The Sound Of Forgetting"
  38. "Of Secrets"
  39. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" - by How To Destroy Angels

Total run time: 2:54:31

Website Sampler

Website Sampler cover art

A free 6-track sampler was offered for free on the soundtrack website prior to the album's release, similar to the sampler released for The Social Network. The tracks all were a few seconds shorter or longer than the album variants, due to mixing to make them work better as a simple 6-track release.

  1. "Hidden In Snow"
  2. "People Lie All The Time"
  3. "What If We Could?"
  4. "Oraculum"
  5. "Please Take Your Hand Away"
  6. "Under The Midnight Sun"

Total run time: 36:35

Award Show Sampler

As with The Social Network, a sampler was sent to various Film Award bodies for consideration, with a different tracklist and track names. Although the tracklisting is longer than the commercial soundtrack, its run time is shorter. This is due to the requirement that the voting bodies have only original music, and so that they can link the appropriate scene to the music cues. Also, unlike the commercial soundtrack, each disc is numbered separately, as opposed to continuous numbering.

Tracks in bold are the names the tracks have, or originate from, on the commercial soundtrack.

Disc 1

  1. I Can't Take It Anymore
  2. Salander Goes Home - She Reminds Me Of You
  3. Morrel's Report - People Lie All The Time
  4. Heartbreak - What If We Could?
  5. Salander / Cecilia / Harald - Hidden In Snow
  6. Värmland - Under The Midnight Sun
  7. Maps - The Seconds Drag
  8. Bjurman BJ - Please Take Your Hand Away
  9. Salander Returns To The House - One Particular Moment
  10. Archives - Pinned And Mounted
  11. Coffee Cup - I Can't Take It Anymore
  12. Martin's Story - Under The Midnight Sun
  13. Martin Traps Blomkvist - Aphelion
  14. Car Chase - Great Bird Of Prey
  15. Harriet Theme 4 - Millennia
  16. Salander's Trip - The Heretics
  17. North Pole - A Pause For Reflection
  18. Media Event Of The Year - One Particular Moment
  19. Harriet's Story - Under The Midnight Sun
  20. Bank Sequence - You're Here
  21. Harriet Theme 1 - While Waiting
  22. Salander Tattoos Bjurman - Of Secrets

Disc 2

  1. Millennia
  2. She's One Of The Best, She's Different - We Could Wait Forever
  3. Parade Photos - You're Here
  4. Bible Verses - Aphelion
  5. Plague, Trinity & Wasp - Infiltrator
  6. Salander Arrives At Bjurman's - Cut Into Pieces
  7. Salander Reports To Blomkvist - Aphelion
  8. Salander At Wennerström's Apartment - People Lie All The Time
  9. Blomkvist Shot - Great Bird Of Prey
  10. Lovemaking - What If We Could?
  11. Harriet's Flowers - How Brittle The Bones
  12. Harriet/The Accident - Hidden In Snow
  13. Salander At Söder Hospital - Under The Midnight Sun
  14. Meeting Bjurman - We Could Wait Forever
  15. Salander Raped - With The Flies
  16. Salander Tasers Bjurman - You're Here
  17. Martin Interviews Blomkvist - Great Bird Of Prey
  18. Blomkvist Meets Martin - Unknown, possibly unique to sampler
  19. Blomkvist Travels To Hedestadt - She Reminds Me Of You
  20. Widow Brännlund's Photos - Hidden In Snow
  21. Dead Cat - Of Secrets

Album Credits

Composed, performed, arranged, programmed and produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, excepted as noted

Immigrant song - Vocals by Karen O, music performed and programmed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Produced by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher
Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Published by Flames of Albion Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Admin by WB Music Corp.
Karen O appears courtesy of Polydor Records, a division of Universal Music Operation Limited

Is Your Love Strong Enough? - Performed by How To Destroy Angels
Produced by How To Destroy Angels and David Fincher
Written by Bryan Ferry
Published by USI B Music Publishing, Admin by Song of Universal, Inc. (BMI)

Vocals on 11, 23, 30, 35 by Mariqueen Maandig

1, 3 ,5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 35, 38, 39 mixed by Alan Moulder
2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 19, 20, 22, 27, 28, 31, 32, 36, 37 mixed by Michael Patterson, assisted by Cooper Fuqua

Engineered by Blumpy
Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Art Direction by Rob Sheridan
Artwork and GDT Typeface courtesy of Neil Kellerhouse
Photography by Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Published by New Columbia Pictures Music, Inc. (ASCAP) and Colpix Music, Inc. (BMI), administered by Sony/ATV Publishing LLC.

Executive Producers: David Fincher and Scott Rudin
Executive in charge of music for Columbia Pictures: Lia Vollack
Soundtrack consultant: Paul Kremen

Management: Rebel Waltz, Inc.

Thank you very much: Ren Klyce, Ceán Chaffin, Claudia Sarne, Susan Bonds, Alex Lieu, 42 Entertainment, Daniel Miller, Tim Ahlering, Raul Perez, Shelly Bunge, Andrea McKee, Brett Bachemein, Angela Sidlow, Larry Kohorn, Tara-Beaudine-Moore, Valerie Caton, Neil Ross, Fred de Jong, Michelle Jubelirer, Don Kennedy, Arif Mahmud, Gary Stiffleman, David Byrnes, Irina Volodarsky, Doug Mark, Paul Friedman, Tony Ciulla and Laura Haber


The soundtrack was originally confirmed on January 7, 2011, on a New York Times panel interview with Reznor. A teaser trailer for the film was later released online on June 2nd (previously being attached to certain domestic and international films), featuring a cover of Led Zeppelins "Immigrant Song", by Reznor, Ross and Karen O (from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). On August 10th, [] (the film's official website), was updated to feature background music, with the filename "Dotcom.mp3". As was the case with "Hand Covers Bruise" from The Social Network's official site, this backing music was the first piece from the score to be available for listening. A full-length trailer for the film was released on September 22nd, featuring music from the score again, the first time the score had been set to footage.

Mouth Taped Shut

Atticus Ross working on the score, from Mouth Taped Shut.

A Tumblr blog entitled "Mouth Taped Shut" was started on 20th August, releasing behind-the-scenes photographs of the shooting and production of the film. On October 3rd, the blog posted a video of posters for the film being printed, with backing music by Reznor and Ross.[1] The blog was also used extensively to promote a public preview of the film, and had snapshots of the score in progress.

Comes Forth In The Thaw

Trent Reznor working on the score, from Mouth Taped Shut.

An image posted on Mouth Taped Shut showed Reznor in the studio, working on the score. On the monitor of his computer, however, there was a url posted,, which when typed in linked to a site featuring an array of further background music.

What Is Hidden In Snow

Following a clue on ComesForthInTheThaw, the website was found, which led to a series of treasure trails around the world, finding pieces from the film as part of an Alternate Reality Game promotion.



  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA Award): Best Score
  • Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA Award): Best Score Pending
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association (SLFCA Award): Best Music Pending
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association (SLFCA Award): Best Scene (Opening Credits) Pending
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice Award): Best Score Pending
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globe Awards): Best Score Pending



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