Song Saturday: Oblivion Theme

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“But our love was a song, sung by a dying swan…”

This Saturday evening’s Samsung playlist submission comes from the movie Oblivion. I never saw the movie at the theater but, caught it on HBO at my uncle’s house (I was dog-sitting). It is a fascinating movie and very sad. It is visually stunning with a unique cast and Tom Cruise loves to play the action hero. At the end of the movie, as the credits roll, this song kicks in. It immediately gave me chills and made me cry.

Director Joseph Kosinski chose French electronic band M83 to compose the soundtrack for the movie and brought in Joseph Trapanese to co-write the score. He’d used Daft Punk for Tron: Legacy but, wanted a different sound for Oblivion.

Written by Anthony Gonzalez and Susanne Sundfør, Sundfør handled lead vocals. She has a stunning voice. Released as a single on March 26, 2013, the only chart that the song shows up in is the French SNEP singles chart. It debuted at 114 the week of April 20 but, only lasted for three weeks. Sundfør made her US television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 17.

“Don’t forget to stick around for the credits that are set to M83’s brilliant title song, Oblivion featuring Susanne Sundfør.”

Movie Review: Space Survivors Battle Oblivion
The Express Tribune
Ameer Hamza Ahmad
May 6, 2013

Oblivion HD Wallpapers Image Two
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“Also, the film’s closing credits track, also called “Oblivion” and featuring vocals by Susanne Sundfor, might be the best theme song since “Skyfall.”

Oblivion Review: 10 Things You Should Know
Moviefone
Drew Taylor
April 18, 2013

“…and now we get to hear “Oblivion,” a slow, stately and gorgeous six-minute collaboration with the Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør.”

M86 – “Oblivion” (Feat. Susanne Sundfør)
Stereogum
Tom Breihan
March 26, 2013

Additional Reading:
M83 Enter ‘Oblivion’ With Tom Cruise
(Rolling Stone/Steve Baltin/February 13, 2013)

US Debut

Main Theme Music

6 thoughts on “Song Saturday: Oblivion Theme

    John Holton said:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:03 PM

    I just heard this the other day. Great music!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 28, 2022 at 3:21 AM

      It is an amazing piece of music.

    Badfinger (Max) said:
    March 28, 2022 at 12:18 AM

    I watched it way back…but I don’t remember the song. I liked the movie.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      March 28, 2022 at 10:24 PM

      It played during the ending credits.

        Badfinger (Max) said:
        March 28, 2022 at 10:30 PM

        Well that would be the reason

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          March 28, 2022 at 11:15 PM

          Yeah. If you don’t stick around to see the 100,000 people involved in making movies these days, you’d miss it.

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