‘Cars 3’ Receives an Impressive Two-Soundtrack Release (Covers, Originals & Score) [UPDATED Track-Listing & Pre-Order]

‘Cars 3’ receives an impressive two soundtrack release – including score from Randy Newman.
Cars 3 Soundtrack Cover

Keeping up with the next generation, Cars 3 will receive an impressive two-soundtrack release — an Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and Original Score (both available from Walt Disney Records). The release date coincides with the film’s theatrical June 16, 2017, release; however, you can pre-order both starting tomorrow, May 19.

“Lightning McQueen is on the journey of a lifetime—traveling cross-country, revisiting the past and looking into his own heart and soul to answer some big questions. Just like the music in the first two ‘Cars’ movies, the songs and score in this film really help support the story we are telling.”

Cars 3 Director – Brian Fee

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will feature an original song that opens the film titled, “Run That Race,” which is written and performed by nine-time Grammy winner Dan Auerbach. “The song is about never giving up and always trying your best,” said Auerbach, who met with filmmakers prior to penning the song. “They showed me the storyboards and ran through the plot. I was able to read some of the dialogue, and from there I had enough to piece together a story in my mind for the song.”

Cars 3 Screencap

The soundtrack will also feature the already released song, “Ride” performed by ZZ Ward, featuring Gary Clark Jr. which will play during the film’s end credits. Included on the Cars 3 soundtrack will be four cover songs, including two bonus tracks (see below).

  • “Kings Highway,” originally released in 1991 by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, makes a comeback courtesy of 23-year-old British singer-songwriter James Bay.
  • Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 hit “Glory Days” gets a modern-day makeover by Grammy®-nominated performer Andra Day, who voices Sweet Tea in the film—a performer in the Cotter Pin with a hairstyle reminiscent of Day’s signature look.
  • (Bonus Track) The Beatles’ classic 1965 song “Drive My Car” is back on the road, compliments of Hollywood Records artist Jorge Blanco.
  • (Bonus Track) “Freeway of Love,” made famous in 1985 by Aretha Franklin, is performed for the soundtrack by actress Lea DeLaria, who also provides the voice of Miss Fritter, a school bus-turned-demolition-derby-queen in “Cars 3.”
Cars 3 Progression

Stepping back into the Cars world will be three-time Grammy-winner singer, songwriter Brad Paisley who was called in to create two instrumental tracks for the film. Being that Paisley is quite the guitar aficionado, the two tracks he penned are titled “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” which accompany the film’s action-packed Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence.

“Brad Paisley was part of both ‘Cars’ and ‘Cars 2. We knew he could have some fun with a demolition derby, and he just killed it. His down-home country tracks really add to the scene’s action and humor.”

Tom MacDougall, executive vice president of music at Disney

Stabilizing the musical fuel line of the film, is none other than composer Randy Newman, who created a score that reflects both heart and high-octane action of Cars 3. Newman used a 110-piece orchestra to record the 21-track score. “Randy has a real connection to the ‘Cars’ world,” says MacDougall. “His ability to capture the feeling of this film, its characters, locations, and the Americana theme throughout is extraordinary—the music is so naturally fluid and inspired. It really feels like Randy is coming home with this score.”

The Cars soundtracks are known for being very energetic and thrilling – What are your thoughts about the new cover songs and Randy’s return? Are you excited? Leave a comment below or chat about it in the Pixar Post Forum.


UPDATED – You can now pre-order both the soundtrack and score on Amazon. The full tracklist is below — beware of spoilers if you read the track titles.

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Order or listen on Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube Music

  1. Storm’s Winning Streak – 1:22
  2. When All Your Friends Are Gone / Crash – 3:44
  3. Doc’s Painful Demise – 1:25
  4. Mater on the Horn – 0:28
  5. Sistine Chapel on Wheels – 1:05
  6. Temple of Rust-eze – 1:25
  7. A Career on a Wall / Electronic Suit – 3:20
  8. Drip Pan – 1:11
  9. McQueen’s Wild Ride – 2:05
  10. Biggest Brand in Racing – 3:11
  11. Fireball Beach – 2:15
  12. Pull Over, Now! / Cruz’s Racing Dreams – 1:59
  13. 1.2% – 1:21
  14. If This Track Could Talk – 2:32
  15. Letters About You – 2:02
  16. Smokey Starts Training / A Blaze of Glory – 5:56
  17. Starting Dead Last – 1:41
  18. Flashback & Pit Stop – 3:32
  19. Through the Pack – 3:41
  20. Victory Lane – 3:50
  21. The Fabulous Lightning McQueen – 2:10


Order or listen on Amazon, Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube Music

  1. Run That Race (Dan Auerbach) – 2:44
  2. Kings Highway (James Bay) – 3:07
  3. Truckaroo (Brad Paisley) – 2:36
  4. Thunder Hollow Breakdown (Brad Paisley) – 4:49
  5. Glory Days (Andra Day) – 4:07
  6. Ride [feat. Gary Clark Jr.] (ZZ Ward) – 4:03
  7. Drive My Car (Jorge Blanco) – 2:42
  8. Freeway of Love (Lea DeLaria) – 4:32

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