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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 1931
"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 1932
"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 1952
"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 (perf. Skinnay Ennis & Hal Kemp and His Orchestra)[1] 1934
"Danny Boy" Mario Lanza 1952
  • At Fontaine's Apartment in Mercury Suites

Bobby Darin: Beyond The Sea

Unused Licensed Songs Edit

The following songs, while not appearing in their entirety during gameplay, can be found in the game's PC files.

  • "Just Walking in the Rain" by Johnnie Ray
  • "The Ballroom Waltz" by Cliff Eidelman, from The Beautician and the Beast soundtrack (This plays when Sander Cohen descends the staircase after completing the Quadtych)
  • "World Weary" by Noël Coward
  • "Wild Ride" by Faux Frenchmen (a snippet of this plays on the jukebox)
  • "And All the While I'm Loving You" by Essentials Jazz Masters (Background tune in "New Year's Eve Alone" audio diary)

There are even more songs that appear to have been licensed for the game but don't appear in the final version or in any of the game files.[2]

  • Django Reinhardt - Avalon
  • Lee Morgan - Just One of Those Things
  • Lee Wiley - Let's Fly Away
  • Noël Coward - This is a Changing World
  • Bing Crosby/Harry Edison - You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me (different from the PS3 instrumental version)

These song names are found in the PC files, however they are not playable.

  • Artie Shaw and His Orchestra - Rosalie
  • Billie Holiday - I Loves You, Porgy
  • Count Basie Orchestra - Jive at Five
  • Count Basie Orchestra - Li` Darlin`
  • Nat King Cole - Too Young

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. preview
  2. "BioShock Music list" post by Major Nelson on his blog.

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