1990 Soundtrack – Days Of Thunder

Days Of Thunder is a 1990 American sports action drama film released by Paramount Pictures, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Tony Scott. The cast includes Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid, Cary Elwes, Caroline Williams, and Michael Rooker. The film also features appearances by real life NASCAR racers, such as Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace, Neil Bonnett, and Harry Gant. Commentator Dr. Jerry Punch, of ESPN, has a cameo appearance, as does co-producer Don Simpson.

This is the first of three films to star both Cruise and Kidman (the other two being Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut). The film received mixed reviews, with criticism aimed at its unrealistic special effects, characters, screenplay, acting, dialogue and similarities to Top Gun, but was widely praised for its action sequences, Hans Zimmer’s musical score, fast pace, and the performances of Cruise and Kidman.

The score for Days of Thunder was composed by Hans Zimmer, with Jeff Beck making a guest appearance on guitar. This was the first of an ongoing list of films in which Zimmer would compose the score for a Jerry Bruckheimer production.


1  Days Of Thunder (Main Title) (Hans Zimmer) 03:09
2  Rowdy Drives / Who Is This Driver? (Hans Zimmer) 02:08
3  Let Me Drive / Cole Drives Rowdy’s Car (Hans Zimmer) 02:28
4  Car Building (Hans Zimmer) 02:07
5  Darlington – Cole Wins (Hans Zimmer) 04:49
6  You’re Home / Daytona Race / The Crash (Hans Zimmer) 03:31
7  The Hospital (Hans Zimmer) 02:22
8  Wheelchair Race (Hans Zimmer) 00:39
9  Rental Car Race (Hans Zimmer) 03:51
10  Claire Arrives At Her Apartment (Hans Zimmer) 01:56
11  Physical Kiss (Hans Zimmer) 01:07
12  Cole Blows His Engine (Hans Zimmer) 01:11
13  Wheeler / Cole Smashes (Hans Zimmer) 02:26
14  Cole At The Laundry / Cole Agrees To Drive Rowdy’s Car (Hans Zimmer) 02:13
15  Cole And Harry Fight / Harry Talks To Car (Hans Zimmer) 02:53
16  Cole In Truck / Pre-Race (Hans Zimmer) 03:53
17  The Last Race (Hans Zimmer) 10:21
18  “The Last Note Of Freedom” (Hans Zimmer) 05:03
19  The Hospital (Alternate) (Hans Zimmer) 02:22
20  Wheelchair Race (Alternate) (Hans Zimmer) 00:40
21  Claire Arrives At Her Apartment (Alternate Ending) (Hans Zimmer) 01:55
22  Cole Blows His Engine (Alternate) (Hans Zimmer) 01:13
23  Pre-Race (Alternate Mix) (Hans Zimmer) 02:26
24  Days Of Thunder (Main Title) (Rock Arrangement) (Hans Zimmer) 06:17


BassRandy Jackson
DrumsJR Robinson
DrumsKirke Godfrey
GuitarJeff Beck
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarMichael Thompson
GuitarTim Pierce
KeyboardsHans Zimmer
KeyboardsJohn van Tongeren
SynthesizerHans Zimmer
SynthesizerJohn van Tongeren
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa

Liner Notes

Producer – Hans Zimmer, Paul Staveley O’Duffy
Producer – Trevor Horn (Track 18)
Producer (Executive) – Dan Goldwasser, M.V. Gerhard, Matt Verboys, Randy Spendlove
Arranged By – Hans Zimmer
Coordinator – Eric Ybanez, Kim Seiniger
Edited By – Christopher Kennedy
Mastered By – Doug Schwartz
Mixed By – Jay Rifkin
Orchestrated By (Additional) – Bruce Fowler, Shirley Walker
Recorded By – Jay Rifkin

Mastered At Mulholland Music
Mixed At Media Ventures
Recorded At Media Ventures
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At Lion Share Recording Studios