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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack was scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for David Fincher's 2011 US adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, based on the bestselling novel by Stieg Larsson. This is the second of three soundtracks that Reznor and Ross have worked on for David Fincher, along with The Social Network Soundtrack and the Gone Girl Soundtrack. Its release number is Null 02, in keeping with The Null Corporation's numbering system.



Disc 1
  1. "Immigrant Song" - 2:47 (by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Karen O)
  2. "She Reminds Me Of You" - 4:25
  3. "People Lie All The Time" - 4:10
  4. "Pinned And Mounted" - 5:04
  5. "Perihelion" - 6:01
  6. "What If We Could?" - 4:07
  7. "With The Flies" - 7:41
  8. "Hidden In Snow" - 5:18
  9. "A Thousand Details" - 3:58
  10. "One Particular Moment" - 7:00
  11. "I Can't Take It Anymore" - 1:48
  12. "How Brittle The Bones" - 1:49
  13. "Please Take Your Hand Away" - 6:00
    Disc 2
  14. "Cut Into Pieces" - 4:03
  15. "The Splinter" - 2:32
  16. "An Itch" - 4:09
  17. "Hypomania" - 5:47
  18. "Under The Midnight Sun" - 7:01
  19. "Aphelion" - 3:33
  20. "You're Here" - 3:29
  21. "The Same As The Others" - 3:08
  22. "A Pause For Reflection" - 4:11
  23. "While Waiting" - 2:17
  24. "The Seconds Drag" - 4:33
  25. "Later Into The Night" - 4:55
  26. "Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome" - 6:32
    Disc 3
  27. "Another Way Of Caring" - 7:02
  28. "A Viable Construct" - 3:15
  29. "Revealed In The Thaw" - 2:47
  30. "Millennia" - 1:19
  31. "We Could Wait Forever" - 4:21
  32. "Oraculum" - 8:21
  33. "Great Bird Of Prey" - 5:19
  34. "The Heretics" - 5:20
  35. "A Pair Of Doves" - 2:02
  36. "Infiltrator" - 7:03
  37. "The Sound Of Forgetting" - 2:30
  38. "Of Secrets" - 3:25
  39. "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" - 4:30 (by How To Destroy Angels)

Total run time: 2:54:31


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 was made available on December 9th, and the CD on December 27th.

Limited Edition

Deluxe Edition packaging

A Limited Edition, deluxe package was also released, 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

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

Promotion & Samplers

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 Zeppelin's "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.


On 26th January, 2012, Tunecore released multitracks for "Great Bird Of Prey", "Oraculum", "Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome", "The Heretics" and "You’re Here".[2]

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" - 5:20
  2. "People Lie All The Time" - 4:09
  3. "What If We Could?" - 4:00
  4. "Oraculum" - 8:16
  5. "Please Take Your Hand Away" - 5:54
  6. "Under The Midnight Sun" - 7:00

Total run time: 34:39

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.

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" - "The Seconds Drag"
  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 run time: 49:02

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" (misprint on the packaging, "Martin" should be "Henrik") - Unknown, possibly unique to sampler
  19. "Blomkvist Travels To Hedestad" (misspelled Hedestadt) - "She Reminds Me Of You"
  20. "Widow Brännlund's Photos" - "Hidden In Snow"
  21. "Dead Cat" - "Of Secrets"

Disc run time: 35:06
Total run time: 1:24:08

In January 2012, the official Sony Pictures website was updated with the sampler for public listening, the tracks unchanged but rearranged into their sequential order in the film.[3]

Sequential Order:

  1. "I Can't Take It Anymore"
  2. "Media Event of the Year"
  3. "She's One Of The Best, She's Different"
  4. "Salander At Wennerström's Apartment"
  5. "Blomkvist Travels To Hedestad"
  6. "Blomkvist Meets Henrik"
  7. "Harriet/The Accident"
  8. "Harriet's Flowers"
  9. "North Pole"
  10. "Salander At Söder Hospital"
  11. "Morrel's Report"
  12. "Meeting Bjurman"
  13. "Martin's Story"
  14. "Bjurman BJ"
  15. "Salander Arrives At Bjurman's"
  16. "Salander Raped"
  17. "Salander Goes Home"
  18. "Millennia"
  19. "Parade Photos"
  20. "Salander Tasers Bjurman"
  21. "Salander Tattoos Bjurman"
  22. "Bible Verses"
  23. "Värmland"
  24. "Salander Reports To Blomkvist"
  25. "Dead Cat"
  26. "Harriet Theme 1"
  27. "Widow Brännlund's Photos"
  28. "Blomkvist Shot"
  29. "Lovemaking"
  30. "Salander/Cecilia/Harald"
  31. "Maps"
  32. "Archives"
  33. "Coffee Cup"
  34. "Martin Traps Blomkvist"
  35. "Martin Interviews Blomkvist"
  36. "Car Chase"
  37. "Salander Returns to the House"
  38. "Harriet Theme 4"
  39. "Plague, Trinity & Wasp"
  40. "Harriet's Story"
  41. "Salander's Trip"
  42. "Bank Sequence"
  43. "Heartbreak"



  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA Award): Best Score
  • Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA Award): Best Score
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association (SLFCA Award): Best Music
  • Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA Award): Best Score
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice Award): Best Score
  • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globe Awards): Best Score
  • Denver Film Critics Society (DFCS Award): Best Original Score
  • Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA Awards): Best Original Music


  • Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ Award): Best Film Music or Score
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association (SLFCA Award): Best Scene (Opening Credits)
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Award): Best Film Score

Live performance

Nine Inch Nails performed "What If We Could?" live at the 2013/07/28 Ansan, South Korea show as part of the NIN 2013 Festival Tour. It was the first time any of Reznor and Ross's score material had been performed live.

External Links

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