What songs are on the soundtrack for The Mitchells vs. the Machines, and when are they played? The Mitchells vs. the Machines was created by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse creators Phil Lord and Christoper Miller and features Sony Pictures animation. While there isn’t a lot of popular music in The Mitchells vs. the Machines, there are a few pop anthems that appear several times.
Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson), 18, wants to leave Michigan for film school in California in The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Her arrival is delayed, however, due to a last-minute family road trip with her father Rick (Danny McBride), mother Linda (Maya Rudolph), brother Aaron (Mike Rianda), and the family pet, Monchie (Doug the Peg), the canine star of her YouTube videos. As Katie frets about missing orientation week, a tech entrepreneur named Dr. Mark Bowman (Eric Andre) unwittingly sparks a robot revolution, bringing the Mitchells closer together while also encouraging them to take a break from technology and appreciate each other as individuals.
Mark Mothersbaugh, best known for his work on Thor: Ragnarok, wrote the score for Mitchells vs. the Machines. The filmmakers use an iconic classical piece by Johann Strauss II, as well as music from Grimes and Taking Deads, but the official score is used extensively in the film.
Every key song from The Mitchells vs. the Machines is mentioned below.
- “Lamb and the Lion” – The Mae Shi
- “Death to Los Campesinos!” – Los Campesinos!
- “I Want More” – Bangs
- “Nyan Cat” – Daniwell
- “Live Your Life” – O-Zone
- “California” – Grimes
- “Hoppípolla” – Sigur Rós
- “Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur” – Sigur Rós
- “(Nothing But) Flowers” – Talking Heads
- “Every Day’s the Weekend” – Alex Lahey
- “Life of the Party” – PRTY H3RO
- “Icarus” – Madeon
- “The Blue Danube Op. 314” – Johann Strauss II
- “Another Lonely Hangover” – Swinging Doors
- “He Was Strange (But I Needed a Ride)” – Travis Whitelaw
- “On the Verge” – Le Tigre
- “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” – Tomayasu Hotel
- “Walk the Dinosaur” – Was (Not Was)
- “Dreamy Wonder” – Tempura Kidz
- “Ironside” – Quincy Jones
- “Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats” – Los Campesinos!
- “On My Way” – Alex Lahey
The Mitchells vs. the Machines features “I Want More” twice early on, first when Katie rocks out in her room at the two-minute mark, and then once again while celebrating her upcoming film school experience. “California” is used to complement Katie’s mood on the day she plans to leave for college, while “Every Day’s the Weekend” kicks in during The Mitchells vs. the Machines when Katie begins documenting her “road trip disaster.”
Since Rick so desperately wants to connect with his children, he performs to “Live Your Life” while driving. Then, “The Blue Danube Op. 314” briefly plays while Katie and Aaron watch a video starring Monchi. When the Mitchells bond and prepare for a battle against robots, “On the Verge” thematically captures their mindset.
“Battle Without Honor or Humanity” scores a moment when Katie produces a family slo-mot shot one hour into The Mitchells vs. the Machines, and also links to Aaron’s interest in ancient reptiles (the song may be recognizable to some as the theme music for the sports show The Herd with Colin Cowherd). After a climactic showdown with the PAL robots, “Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats” accompanies a “Two Months Later” update sequence, with the song title referencing the silver linings of the family’s bizarre experiences. The Mitchells vs. the Machines closes out with “On My Way” during the credits, which pinpoints Katie’s life perspective moving forward.