All 20 Songs from the Iron Man 2 Soundtrack – More than Just AC/DC
There are 20 songs in Iron Man 2, but only two of the songs from the movie are on the soundtrack album. However, you can find the downloads for all the songs here. While the soundtrack album that they released for the movie has 15 songs from AC/DC on it, only two of these songs – Shoot to Thrill and Highway to Hell – are actually in the movie. The soundtrack album completely skips the 18 other songs that are in the movie.
Not that I have anything again AC/DC, but staying true to the music from the movie would have made for a much better soundtrack album. After all, the other songs are none too shabby. Since when did Beastie Boys, Queen, 2Pac, Daft Punk, The Clash or Rob Base deserve second billing?
Skipping these songs would be akin to killing off Sam Rockwell in the first 15 minutes of the movie because you wanted to add a couple extra scenes for Mickey Rourke – you could do it, but you’d make the movie completely one-dimensional and you miss most of the fun. Thankfully, Favreau did not choose that direction for the movie, but the guys who put the soundtrack album together did, choosing one note of badassitude instead of letting you enjoy the full flavor of the movie.
Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we can right their wrong.
Here’s the complete list of songs from Iron Man 2, in the order they appeared in the movie and with links to the downloads for them.
- Six months later and dancers – Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC [link to version by Rock Heroes]
- Howard Stark movie – Make Way for Tomorrow Today – John Debney
- Stark expo (also second end credits song) – Make Way for Tomorrow Today – The Stark Expo Singers
- Stark in the lab – Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
- Boxing – The Magnificent Seven – The Clash
- Monaco – Monaco – The Declanator
- Reception in Monaco – Concerto in C Major for Flute and Harp – John Slowiczek
- ?After Ivan gets out of jail – Good Ole Days – Brad Hartfield
- Iron Man DJ’ing his party – California Love (Single Version) – 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
- Fight in the Iron Man suits – Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
- Fight in the Iron Man suits – Robot Rock – Daft Punk
- Fight in the Iron Man suits – It Takes Two – Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
- (unknown scene) – Pimpin’ Guns – The Declanator
- Eating donuts on the Randy’s Donuts sign – Groove Holmes – Beastie Boys
- Hammer presentation at the expo – Pickin’ Up the Pieces – Average White Band
- Introducing the drones – The Marines Hymn – Traditional
- Introducing the drones – The Caissons Go Rolling Along – Robert Haring
- Introducing the drones – Anchors Aweigh – Alfred Hart Miles and Charles Zimmerman
- Introducing the drones – The U.S. Air Force – Robert Crawford
- Senator gives awards / end credits – Highway to Hell – AC/DC [link to song version by Classic Rock Monsters]
Original music for Iron Man 2 – John Debney
So I tore down the soundtrack album to Iron Man 2 a bit, but if you want a tour of the AC/DC pantheon, it actually does a pretty good job of it. Since AC/DC does not release their songs for MP3 downloads, buying the soundtrack album is one of the easiest ways to get access to a good cross-section of AC/DC tunes.
The Iron Man 2 soundtrack spans a range of albums from the band, including three tunes from Back in Black and two each from Let There Be Rock, Highway to Hell and The Razor’s Edge. There’s also a song each from Powerage, Flick of the Switch, High Voltage, Backtracks, Black Ice and For Those About to Rock. Here are the tracks from the soundtrack album.
- Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC
- Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation – AC/DC
- Guns for Hire – AC/DC
- Cold Hearted Man – AC/DC
- Back in Black – AC/DC
- Thunderstruck – AC/DC
- If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) – AC/DC
- Evil Walks – AC/DC
- T.N.T. – AC/DC
- Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be – AC/DC
- Have a Drink on Me – AC/DC
- The Razor’s Edge – AC/DC
- Let There Be Rock – AC/DC
- War Machine – AC/DC
- Highway to Hell – AC/DC