For the soundtrack score composed by Inon Zur, see Fallout 3 score.

 
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The Fallout 3 soundtrack comprises two main elements:

Background

Composer Inon Zur was brought in to create the score for Fallout "because I could give them the ambience [sic] and the weird decadence plus an almost low-fi sound, but also bring up some more dramatic, orchestral elements with it when needed." The entire composition process took six months, ending with 60-70 minutes and around 40 tracks. These included everything from ambient cues from entering an area to high-intensity battle music.

Inon Zur wanted to ensure that the music was not too loopy, but seamless and interactive in response to the player's actions. In taking the orchestral approach into the post-apocalyptic wasteland, he admits some inspiration from Jerry Goldsmith, but "sought to employ different techniques on the instruments; they don't sound exactly like a traditional orchestra, but still retain the power of one."[1]

Soundtrack preorder bonus

The preorder bonus for Fallout 3 at GameStop included an official soundtrack CD made to look like a vinyl 45 record. It included five songs from the soundtrack: "I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire," "Way Back Home" and "Butcher Pete (Part 1)," as well as two tracks from the orchestra score by Inon Zur.

Concept artist Adam Adamowicz found inspiration in the '50s art style, the incongruity and the charisma of "the sort of Jet-Set Frank Sinatra/Rat Pack and a flying car with a martini in one hand and he's going to a big band concert."[2]

Radio selections from the Fallout 3 Soundtrack

In an interview with Eurogamer, PR and marketing manager Pete Hines admitted that "Maybe" was his favorite song from the soundtrack.[3]

In 2019, Spacelab9[4][5] and Bethesda[6] announced an official physical release of 10 tracks from Galaxy News Radio on a vinyl LP. The tracks included "I Don't Want To Set The World on Fire", "Anything Goes", "Maybe", "Way Back Home", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", "Crazy He Calls Me", "Butcher Pete", "Mighty Mighty Man", "Easy Living", and "A Wonderful Guy". Due to licensing restrictions, the 1947 version of "Easy Living" was used instead of the in-game 1937 version.

Music supervision and clearance was obtained by Christopher S. Parker and Tim Scanlin of Brandracket, LLC.

Radio songs

Galaxy News Radio

Period songs

I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire

Written by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Durham, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler
Performed by The Ink Spots
Copyright 1940 (Renewed) Bennie Benjamin Music Inc.
administered by Chappell & Co. (ASCAP),
Eddie Durham Swing Music Publishing (ASCAP)
administered by Bug, Ocheri Publishing Corp. (ASCAP),
Carlin Music Publishing Canada. Inc. (SOCAN)
on behalf of Redwood Music Limited (PRS)
International Rights Secured. All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from
Universal Music Enterprises

Anything Goes

Written and performed by Cole Porter
Copyright 1934 (Renewed) WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of RCA Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment

A Wonderful Guy

Written by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Tex Beneke featuring Claire Chatwin
Copyright 1949 Williamson Music (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Soundies Inc.
By Arrangement with DePugh Music.

Butcher Pete (Part 1)

Written by Roy Brown & Henry Glover
Performed by Roy Brown
Copyright 1949 Arc Music Corp. (BMI),
Brown Angel Music Publishing (BMI),
Fort Knox Music Inc. (BMI), T/Q Music, Inc.
d/b/a Trio Music Company (BMI),
International Rights Secured. All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Global Licensing Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group
Video Game Licensing

Crazy He Calls Me

Written by Bob Russel & Carl Sigman
Performed by Billie Holiday
Copyright 1949 Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group under license from
Universal Music Enterprises

Civilization

Written by Bob Hilliard & Carl Sigman
Performed by Danny Kaye with the Andrews Sisters
Copyright 1947 Better Half Music Co. (ASCAP) &
Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
International Copyright Secured.
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from
Universal Music Enterprises

Easy Living

Written by Ralph Rainger & Leo Robin
Performed by Billie Holiday
Copyright 1937 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
All rights administered by Sony/ATV Publishing
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment

Happy Times

Written by Sylvia Fine
Performed by Bob Crosby & The Bobcats
Copyright 1949 (Renewed) Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Soundies Inc.
By Arrangement with DePugh Music

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Written by Doris Fisher & Allan Roberts
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald (& The Ink Spots)
Copyright 1944 by Universal Music Corp. on behalf of
Allan Roberts Music (ASCAP)
& Doris Fisher Music Corp. (ASCAP)
All rights in US for Allan Roberts Music (ASCAP)
administered by Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission.
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group under license from
Universal Music Enterprises

Maybe

Written by Frank Madden & Allen Flynn
Performed by The Ink Spots
Copyright 1935 EMI Entertainment World, Inc. o/b/o
EMI Robbins Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises

Mighty, Mighty Man

Written and Performed by Roy Brown
Copyright 1949 by Arc Music Corp. (BMI),
Brown Angel Music Publishing (BMI),
Fort Knox Music Inc. (BMI),
International Rights Secured. All Rights Reserved.
Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Global Licensing Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Video Game Licensing

Way Back Home

Written by Alan Lewis & Tom Waring
Performed by Bob Crosby & The Bobcats
Copyright 1935 Sovereign Music Company (ASCAP),
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Courtesy of Soundies Inc.
By Arrangement with DePugh Music

Production music

Performers are noted if known

Boogie Man

Performed by Sid Phillips
Courtesy of APM Music. Inc.

Fox Boogie

Performed by Gerhard Trede
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

I'm Tickled Pink

Performed by Jack Shaindlin
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

Jazzy Interlude

Performed by Billy Munn
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

Jolly Days

Performed by Gerhard Trede
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

Let's Go Sunning

Performed by Jack Shaindlin
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

Rhythm For You

Performed by Eddy Christiani
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

Swing Doors

Performed by Allan Gray
Courtesy of APM Music, Inc.

Enclave Radio

Agatha's Station

All violin performances are done by Heather MacArthur

Vault 101 PA System

Ambient music

Main article: Fallout 3 score

All tracks credited to Inon Zur.

Track Title Time
1 Main Title (Fallout 3) 2:04
2 New World, New Order 1:34
3 Lockstep 1:37
4 Price of Honor 1:40
5 Fortress 1:41
6 Unwelcome Guest 3:38
7 Ambush 3:29
8 Never Surrender 2:03
9 Metal on Metal 3:28
10 Behemoth 2:43
11 Think Fast, Shoot Faster 3:30
12 Chance to Hit 3:00
13 Forgotten 3:34
14 Clues in the Darkness 3:25
15 No Way out but Through 3:38
16 Out of Service 3:36
17 The Ferals 3:16
18 Gotta Start Somewhere 2:03
19 Old Lands, New Frontiers 3:28
20 Pieces of the Past 3:25
21 City of Ruin 4:04
22 Wandering the Wastes 3:26
23 Ashes and Sand 2:48
24 What Remains 3:32
25 Place of Refuge 2:37
26 The Smallest Hope 2:44
27 The Caravans 3:31
28 Megaton 3:27
29 A Stranger in Town 3:18

Gameplay

Base tracks
Battle tracks
Dungeon tracks
Endgame tracks
Exploration tracks
Public tracks
Special tracks
Link Notes
Death Played upon the Lone Wanderer's death
Exit the Vault Played on the first trip outside of Vault 101
Success Level-up jingle
Tension Walking to the Jefferson Memorial in Take it Back! and when the Enclave ambush you in the Hangar
Tranquility Lane Tranquility Lane simulation music
Main Title Main menu theme
XMB/Launcher music Heard on the PlayStation 3, when highlighting "Fallout 3" on the XMB menu while sitting idle on the game icon. It is also heard on PC on the desktop launcher screen
Project Purity activation Heard when activating Project Purity
Tenpenny Tower lobby Plays in the lobby of Tenpenny Tower

Gallery

References

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