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The Polar Express: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack for the animated film of the same name. It features fourteen tracks, which include the six songs originally written for the film, six popular Christmas carols also featured in the film, and two pieces of score. It was released on November 2, 2004 through Warner Sunset Records, eight days before the film's theatrical release.

The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in November 2007. It has sold 724,000 copies in the United States, making it the best selling film soundtrack/holiday album hybrid since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking music sales in 1991.

On February 27, 2005 at the 77th Academy Awards, the song, "Believe," performed by Josh Groban, was nominated for Best Original Song. It was also sung at the 77th Academy Awards show by Groban with Beyoncé Knowles. A year later, it won a Grammy Award.

The album consists mostly of songs from the film and features little of its orchestral score. However, a limited edition For Your Consideration CD was released in 2005, containing most of the complete score, which has since been used to create bootleg versions of a "complete" soundtrack.

Track listing

No. Name Performer(s) Length
01 "The Polar Express" Tom Hanks 3:25
02 "When Christmas Comes to Town" Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore 4:07
03 "Rockin' on Top of the World" Steven Tyler 2:35
04 "Believe" Josh Groban 4:18
05 "Hot Chocolate" Tom Hanks 2:33
06 "Spirit of the Season" Alan Silvestri 2:33
07 "Seeing is Believing" Alan Silvestri 3:47
08 "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" Frank Sinatra 2:35
09 "White Christmas" Bing Crosby 3:05
10 "Winter Wonderland" The Andrews Sisters 2:43
11 "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters 2:40
12 "Silver Bells" Kate Smith 2:39
13 "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters 3:04
14 "Suite from the Polar Express" Alan Silvestri 6:02
Total length 44:06

Special Edition

A Special Edition of the soundtrack released in 2006 exists with two extra tracks.[1]

No. Name Performer(s) Length
15 "Frosty the Snowman" Red Foley 3:08
16 "Deck the Halls" Mario Lanza 1:16
Total length 48:30


External links

Original songs The Polar Express When Christmas Comes to Town Rockin' on Top of the World Believe Hot Chocolate Spirit of the Season It Takes Two
Christmas carols Santa Claus is Comin' to Town White Christmas Winter Wonderland It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Silver Bells Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Frosty the Snowman Deck the Halls Good King Wenceslas I'll Be Home for Christmas Jingle Bells
Score Seeing is Believing Suite from the Polar Express
Albums Original Motion Picture Soundtrack For Your Consideration
Toy trains Bachmann Brio Lionel
Board games The Polar Express Game Matching Game Train-Opoly
Books The Polar Express A Guide for Using The Polar Express in the Classroom The Art of the Polar Express The Gift of Christmas All Aboard the Polar Express The Journey Begins The Magic Journey Trip to the North Pole Keepsake Memory Book Shadowbook The Movie Scrapbook
Albums Original Motion Picture Soundtrack For Your Consideration
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