The Zombieland: Double Tap soundtrack features Americana-themed folk classics and hard-hitting rock songs, tracks that parallel the up-and-down journey of fighting off the undead. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the 2019 sequel features all the main characters from the original 2009 Zombieland movie along with some new characters.
In Zombieland: Double Tap, the protagonists shack up at the White House and later travel to Elvis Presley's home at Graceland. But they’re destined to reach a commune known as Babylon, where they’ll once again battle zombies, who now have become even more aggressive. Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg reprise their roles as Tallahassee and Columbus, respectively, along with Emma Stone as Wichita and Abigail Breslin as Little Rock. Zoey Deutch makes her franchise debut as Madison, a glammed-out young woman who befriends (and annoys) the main group of survivors.
Zombieland: Double Tap’s soundtrack creates a musical ebb and flow with its soft rock hits and rollicking party anthems. Overall, the collective tracks score a 99-minute rollercoaster ride, one that’s full of big surprises and relatable character interactions. Below are the main songs featured in Zombieland: Double Tap.
“America the Beautiful” – Samuel A. Ward and Katharine Lee Bates
“Master of Puppets” – Metallica
"Happy Birthday to You” – Mildred J. Hill and Patty Smith Hill
“Walk That Talks" – Slam & Groove
“Joy to the World" – Lowell Mason and Isaac Watts
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Westley and George Whitefield
“Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley
“Like a Rolling Stone” – Bob Dylan
“Free Bird” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Never Been to Spain” – Hoyt Axton
“Hound Dog” – Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
“Panic in Babylon” – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
“Dixie” – Daniel Decatur Emmett
“La donna è mobile” – Giuseppe Verdi
“Cigarillo” – The Botho Lucas Voices
“My Impure Hair” – Blonde Redhead
“Free Throw” – The Mezcals
"Home on the Range” – Daniel E. Kelly and Dr. Brewster M. Higley
“Kum Ba Yah” - Traditional
“Burning Love” – D. Sardy
“I’m Alright” – Kenny Loggins
To begin, Zombieland: Double Tap uses “America the Beautiful” to score a zombie scene outside the White House. Once Columbus’ voiceover provides the audience with an update about new zombie types, the heavy metal classic “Master of Puppets” kicks the film into gear as the protagonists begin a new adventure, similar to what happened in the first movie 10 years ago.
When the group leaves the White House for Graceland in Zombieland: Double Tap, “Freebird” captures their mood and spirit while conversing on the road. The original “Hound Dog” scores an Elvis-themed sequence (a fitting choice), while “Kum Ba Yah” plays over a scene at the characters’ temporary home, Babylon. As Zombieland: Double Tap reaches its climax, "Home on the Range" provides a chill mood, fully in line with the characters' spirit after a zombie battle.
Zombieland: Double Tap concludes with “I’m Alright” during a Bill Murray cameo scene, a reference to the actor’s 1980 movie Caddyshack, and the film’s theme song. Overall, the long-awaited sequel makes sure to use songs that embody the comedic, adventurous aspect that made the first movie special all those years ago.