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For the official score composed by Garry Schyman, see I Am Rapture - Rapture is Me.

BioShock's licensed soundtrack helped contribute to the immersive atmosphere of the game with real world licensed music reminiscent of Rapture's time period. Most of them came from the mid-Twentieth Century and cast a feeling of the past in the ruins of the fallen utopia. Several other songs have been licensed without appearing in-game, though some are still present in the game's files, and two more were added for the release of the game on PlayStation 3 systems. Also, three modern tracks were recorded by Moby and Oscar the Punk for The BioShock EP album included in BioShock's Limited Collector's Edition released in August 21, 2007.

Appearing in-game Edit

The following are the songs and music played while exploring distinct locations in BioShock.

Song title Artist Year Location(s) in game
"La Mer" Django Reinhardt 1949
"If I Didn't Care" The Ink Spots 1939
"The Party's Over Now" Noël Coward 1959[1]
"The Best Things in Life are Free" The Ink Spots 1947
"Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" Bing Crosby 1931
"It Had to be You" Django Reinhardt 1938
"God Bless the Child" Billie Holiday 1941
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" Bing Crosby 1933
"Bei Mir Bist du Schön" The Andrews Sisters 1937
"Jitterbug Waltz" Django Reinhardt 1942
"Night and Day" Billie Holiday 1939
"Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)" Django Reinhardt 1946
"Twentieth Century Blues" Noël Coward 1959
"Beyond the Sea" Bobby Darin 1959
"Waltz of the Flowers" Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1892
  • In Fort Frolic's Atrium (during Cohen's Splicer battle)
"(How Much is) That Doggie in the Window?" Patti Page 1966[2]
"It's Bad for Me" Rosemary Clooney 1955
"Please Be Kind" Django Reinhardt 1938
  • In Upper Heat Loss Monitoring in Hephaestus
"Papa Loves Mambo" Perry Como 1954
"You're the Top" Cole Porter with Vince Giordano & his Nighthawks 2004[3]
"Danny Boy" Mario Lanza 1952
  • At Fontaine's Apartment in Mercury Suites

Bobby Darin: Beyond The Sea

Additional Licensed Songs Edit

Only short snippets of the following songs are heard during gameplay.

Song title Artist Year Location(s) in game
"And All the While I'm Loving You" Essential Jazz Masters production music
"Wild Ride" The Faux Frenchmen 2007
  • One of several choices when playing a jukebox
"The Ballroom Waltz" Cliff Eidelman 1997
  • When Sander Cohen descends the staircase after completing the Quadtych)

Note: the filename is labeled as "academyaward" and Major Nelson's list states the artist as Stanley Black, but research has shown that these are not the same songs

The following songs are found in their entirety in the game's PC files but are not known to play in-game.

Song title Artist Year Notes
"Just Walking in the Rain" Johnnie Ray 1956
"World Weary" Noël Coward 1928
  • This is not the live recording from the 1955 album Noël Coward at Las Vegas

These song names are found in the PC files, but they are not playable. Several versions of the songs may exist. The most popular have been chosen to be representative.

Song title Artist Year
"Rosalie" Artie Shaw and his Orchestra 1939
"I Loves You, Porgy" Billie Holiday 1948
"Jive at Five" Count Basie Orchestra 1937
"Lil' Darling" Count Basie Orchestra 1958
"Too Young" Nat King Cole 1951

Several more songs that appear to have been licensed for the game but do not appear in the final version or in any of the game files.[4]

Song title Artist Year Notes
"Avalon" Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli 1935 -
"Let's Fly Away" Lee Wiley 1940 -
"Just One of Those Things" Lee Morgan 1957 -
"This is a Changing World" Noël Coward 1946 -
"You're Getting to be a Habit with Me" Bing Crosby and Harry Edison ? Crosby and Edison have recorded their own takes on this standard. It is not known if there exists a recording where they've performed together
"Academy Award" Stanley Black production music Previously mistaken as being the "Ballroom Waltz"

PlayStation 3 ExclusivesEdit

Song title Artist Year Location(s) in game
"You're Getting to be a Habit With Me" Buddy Rich (drums) and Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet) 1955 loading screen
"Dream" Pied Pipers 1946 end credits; BioShock 2 "Sea of Dreams" teaser
"Getting Closer" Bill Brown production music BioShock PS3 Trailer

The BioShock EP Edit

The bioshock EP front

CD Sleeve front cover.

This album was recorded by Moby and Oscar the Punk for the Limited Collector's Edition of BioShock. The first two songs are remixes of original ones present in-game, while the third, composed by Paul Patterson, uses various sounds and voices from the game.

  1. Beyond the Sea - 03:15
  2. God Bless the Child - 03:58
  3. Wild Little Sisters - 03:56

References Edit

  1. The game uses the short version from the 1959 album Noel Coward in New York. Coward did however, record a full-length version in the 30s.
  2. The game does not use the original 1952 hit recording which featured Patti Page singing with overdubbed vocals of herself. It is a re-recorded version made by Page in 1966 that instead has her solo voice accompanied by an orchestra.
  3. The song uses Cole Porter's original 1934 vocals, but overdubbs the piano with additional strings and drums from the CD It's De Lovely - The Authentic Cole Porter Collection
  4. "BioShock Music list" post by Major Nelson on his blog.

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