The Muppet Movie (soundtrack)

This article is about the soundtrack of the film. For the film itself, see The Muppet Movie.
The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording

Cover art by Michael K. Frith
Soundtrack album by The Muppets
Released 1979
Recorded 1978
Studio A&M Studios
Genre Soundtrack
Length 32:36
Label Atlantic (1979)
Jim Henson (1993 reissue)
Walt Disney (2013 reissue)
Producer Paul Williams, Jim Henson
The Muppets chronology
The Muppet Show 2
The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack
The Great Muppet Caper: Original Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores

The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording is a soundtrack album from the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie, featuring the songs and select score written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.[4]

Originally released on LP by Atlantic Records, the album reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Best Children's Album in 1980 and was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and two Academy Awards; Best Adaptation Score for the overall album and Best Original Song for "Rainbow Connection",[1][5][6] which reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7]

After its initial release, the soundtrack album had subsequent CD reissues by Jim Henson Records in 1993 and by Walt Disney Records on August 13, 2013.[8] Disney's reissue was digitally remastered, featured liner notes by Williams, and marked the first time the soundtrack was available in print in over 20 years.[8]

Track listing

1."Rainbow Connection"  Paul Williams, Kenneth AscherKermit the Frog (Jim Henson)3:15
2."Movin' Right Along"  Williams, AscherKermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear (Jim Henson and Frank Oz)2:57
3."Never Before, Never Again"  Williams, AscherMiss Piggy (Frank Oz)2:49
4."Never Before, Never Again" (Instrumental)Williams 3:52
5."I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along"  Williams, AscherKermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog (Jim Henson)3:58
6."Can You Picture That?"  Williams, AscherDr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz)2:33
7."I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along" (Instrumental)Williams 2:31
8."I'm Going to Go Back There Someday"  Williams, AscherGonzo (Dave Goelz)2:55
9."America"  Katharine Lee BatesFozzie Bear (Frank Oz)0:53
10."Animal...Come Back Animal"  Williams 1:30
11."Finale: The Magic Store"  Williams, AscherThe Muppets (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen)5:17

Charts and certifications


Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
U.S. Billboard 200 32
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 31


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. 1 2 Truitt, Warren. "Various Artists - The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording". Guide. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. Allmusic review Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. Cater, Daryrl. "Muppets: The Green Album". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  4. Handy, Bruce (8 June 2012). "Paul Williams, Writer of "Rainbow Connection," on His 1970s Neighbors: "Borrow a Cup of Sugar? Maybe a Cup of Vodka"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  5. Miller, Julie (10 February 2011). "A Short History of the Muppets At the Grammys". Movieline. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  6. Martens, Todd (27 February 2012). "Oscar winner 'Man or Muppet' goes where no Muppet has gone before". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  7. "The Muppets' 10 Best Music Moments". Billboard. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  8. 1 2 "Walt Disney Records Celebrates The Upcoming 35th Anniversary Of The Muppet Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". PRNewswire. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  9. "British album certifications – Muppets – THE MUPPET MOVIE ALBUM - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 11, 2014. Enter THE MUPPET MOVIE ALBUM - OST in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  10. "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Muppet Movie". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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