How much of the Ready Player One soundtrack will be '80s jams? And how much is an actual score?


Mike Cecchini

Mar 14, 2018

Ready Player One is getting ready to drop a sack of nostalgia bricks on your head. So much nostalgia. So many bricks. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s beloved novel impressed our own David Crow at a recent screening, and the movie is leaning hard into all the ’80s nods that made the book such a favorite of geeks of a certain age.

The book is packed not just with references to beloved movies, TV shows, and video games, it also goes hard on the music side of things, too. Ready Player One author Ernest Cline even created a playlist of ’80s tunes to go with the book long before the movie was underway.

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So the big question is, how will this all factor into the movie? Trailers for the movie have prominently featured Van Halen’s “Jump” and a weird cover of “Pure Imagination” for starters. The movie’s score is being composed by nostalgia icon Alan Silvestri, but the soundtrack is being touted as a mysterious two-CD affair. There’s no way there’s that much score composed for the film, so that other disc is likely to be appropriate ’80s tunes.

You can listen to Ernest Cline’s official Ready Player One soundtrack playlist right here…we’ll see how many of these will actually be in the movie. We imagine quite a few.

Ready Player One Soundtrack Release Date

The CD version of the Ready Player One soundtrack will hit on April 6. You can preorder it here. We presume the digital version will arrive a week earlier, when the movie opens on March 29.

Ready Player One: Pure Imagination

We heard this cover of “Pure Imagination” by Ghostwriter Music in the trailers, but we don’t know if it will be on the soundtrack. You can listen to it here, though!