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Five Nights At Freddy's Soundtrack Guide: Every Song & When It Plays

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for Five Nights at Freddy’s.



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Summary

  • The soundtrack of
    Five Nights at Freddy’s
    includes a mix of original score music and songs that enhance the creepy atmosphere of the movie.
  • The cast and characters of the movie, including the animatronics, make the video game adaptation entertaining and compelling to watch.
  • The music in
    Five Nights at Freddy’s
    adds to the suspense and helps build the mood, culminating in an engrossing climax. The theme song, “Five Nights At Freddy’s” by The Newton Brothers, is a standout track that is featured throughout the movie.


Five Nights at Freddy’s has a stellar soundtrack filled with both original score music and songs that help set the scene for a wonderfully campy horror movie. Capping off the spooky season, Five Nights At Freddy’s released in theaters on October 27, 2023, adapting the first video game from the franchise. The movie follows a young man named Mike Schmidt (Josh Hutcherson) who takes on a job working as a night guard at the shutdown restaurant Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. He soon learns that the animatronics come to life at night, posing a threat to everyone that he loves.

Despite the movie initially receiving negative reviews, it’s fun to watch for many reasons. The cast of Five Nights at Freddy’s helps make the video game adaptation entertaining, turning even the animatronics into compelling characters. Moreover, the movie includes multiple Easter eggs that nod to the source material. Wrapping it all together, the music in Five Nights at Freddy’s enhances the mood and builds suspense, propelling the movie toward an engrossing climax.


Songs

Artist

“Five Nights At Freddy’s”

The Newton Brothers

“Video Games”

Guy Boulanger

“Talking In Your Sleep”

The Romantics

“Connection”

Elastica

“Real Wild Child (Wild One)”

Iggy Pop

“Celebration”

Kool & the Gang

“I Wanna Be Down”

Brandy

“Five Nights At Freddy’s”

The Living Tombstone

“My Grandfather’s Clock”

The Newton Brothers

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When Every Song On The Five Nights At Freddy’s Soundtrack Plays In The Movie

“Five Nights At Freddy’s” by The Newton Brothers – The Newton Brothers composed the entire score for the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. Their most notable track is the movie’s theme song, “Five Nights At Freddy’s,” which features heavily throughout. The instrumental song first plays during the opening credits. The song reprises later in the movie when Abby (Piper Rubio) and Freddy walk into Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. When Abby reveals William Afton’s (Matthew Lillard) murders to the dead children inside the animatronics, this “Five Nights At Freddy’s” theme makes its final reprise.


“Video Games” by Guy Boulanger – The song “Video Games” can be heard in the background of the tape that Mike watches introducing him to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Since the restaurant was in full swing at the time of the tape’s recording, the game sounds in the song help create the desired ambiance. This contrasts the very worn-down, old appearance of the restaurant in the movie’s present.

“Talking in Your Sleep” by The Romantics – Throughout Five Nights At Freddy‘s, the animatronics at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza are programmed to sing and dance to the 1983 song “Talking in Your Sleep.” This fits with the movie’s established timeline for when the restaurant opened and shut down.

The tune makes a total of three appearances. First, it plays over the intercom speaker while the screens go static right after Mike wakes up from his nightmare. It plays again when Vanessa (Elizabeth Lail) shows Mike the animatronic performers. Lastly, the song is intercut during the scene when Mike breaks into the restaurant as Chica leads Abby away.


“Connection” by Elastica – Though the movie is horror, this song plays during Five Nights at Freddy‘s most wholesome moment. Abby, Mike, Vanessa, and the four main animatronics use the tables and chairs to build a fort that they can all lie underneath. The lyrics focus on unexpected connections, aligning with the action in the scene.

“Real Wild Child (Wild One)” by Iggy Pop – Vanessa and Mike start fighting over her strange knowledge about the restaurant and animatronics. When they go back out into the main dining area, this song is playing while Abby is dancing with Freddy, Chica, Bonnie, and Foxy. Mike continues to press Vanessa for answers, saying that finding the person who took Garrett is the only thing that matters. The song ends as Abby tries to strum Bonnie’s guitar and gets electrocuted.


“Celebration” by Kool & the Gang – The song “Celebration” plays faintly in the background as Mike gets his sleeping medications from the pharmacy. This soundtrack choice provides ironic humor since the lyrics focus on good times, but the song plays at one of Mike’s lowest moments. He even acts angry and resentful when the pharmacist tries to make conversation with him in the same scene.

“I Wanna Be Down” by Brandy – After Freddy comes to Abby’s house, she asks him how they’ll get back to the restaurant. This culminates in one of Five Nights at Freddy’s funniest scenes. Abby hops into a taxicab where the driver is listening to “I Wanna Be Down.” The driver gets startled when Freddy also gets into the car. The sequence of events, while small, helps provide tension relief before the climax and ending of Five Nights at Freddy’s.

“Five Nights At Freddy’s” by The Living Tombstone – This song plays at the start of the end credits all the way to the mid-credits scene. The choice is a nod to the long-time fans of the Five Nights at Freddy’s video games. Only three weeks after the first game came out, the Israeli-Amerian rock band The Living Tombstone released this iconic song paying homage to the video game.


“My Grandfather’s Clock” by The Newton Brothers – After the Five Nights at Freddy’s mid-credits scene, this song starts playing. Though it has no words, the original score music encapsulates the lingering eeriness felt after watching a horror movie. Moreover, “My Grandfather’s Clock” preserves the mood of the movie until the very last moments of Five Nights at Freddy’s.

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Where To Listen To The Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie Soundtrack

The Soundtrack Is Available On Regular Streaming Platforms

Trio of Animatronics staring down maniacally in Five Nights at Freddy's


Though the songs aren’t available as a soundtrack album, every song that plays in the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is available to purchase or stream on popular music platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Fans have already started creating playlists on sites like YouTube with the movie’s music to share and enjoy.

In addition to these songs, which play a more obvious role in Five Nights at Freddy’s plot, the score written by The Newton Brothers is available as an album titled Five Nights at Freddy’s (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). This keeps the campy, spooky mood going long after Five Nights at Freddy’s leaves theaters.

The Five Nights At Freddy’s Soundtrack Is Part Of Why It Was A Viral Hit

Fans Have Used The Movie’s Music For Their Own Recreations

The animatronics with glowing eyes in the Five Nights at Freddy's movie


While Five Nights at Freddy’s wasn’t a critical success, it ended up being a huge box office smash. The video game fans could be attributed to some of that success, but there was also a viral element to the movie becoming a hit. The game had already inspired a number of viral TikTok moments among players, recreating the moments from the game in their own creative ways.

This trend continues with the movie as TikTok became a huge platform for Five Nights at Freddy’s, getting some free viral promotion from moviegoers. The soundtrack also played into this trend with the memorable song cues in the movie inspiring a number of TikTokers to give their own renditions or use them for their own videos. It is a clear reminder of the power social media can have in making a movie a hit with the younger crowd of moviegoers even if the viral success can be hard to replicate.

Five Nights at Freddys movie poster

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Five Nights at Freddy’s is an adaptation of the popular video game franchise of the same name, directed by Emma Tammi. The film centers around a maintenance worker handling night duties at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a children’s amusement center home to a grizzly tragedy in its history. The animatronics come to life at night, and the worker must survive until daybreak.

Director
Emma Tammi

Release Date
October 27, 2023

Cast
Josh Hutcherson , Matthew Lillard , Elizabeth Lail , Piper Rubio , Mary Stuart Masterson , Kevin Foster , Jade Kindar-Martin , Jessica Weiss , Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

Runtime
109 Minutes

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