Original Soundtrack

Fifty Shades Darker [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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The soundtrack to the 2017 erotic drama Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to author EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey, features more sensually atmospheric tracks designed to convey the film's tone of edgy, sexually charged longing. The difference this time out is that while 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey mixed modern tracks alongside vintage pop-and-soul -- a formula for erotic film soundtracks popularized by Adrian Lynne's 1986 hit 9 1/2 Weeks -- here, director James Foley eschews the old-school pop approach, choosing instead to amp up the sultry contemporary R&B and indie-electronica picks. In lieu of those peppy vintage pop numbers, Foley instead features several well-curated covers in Corinne Bailey Rae's buoyant reading of Coldplay's "The Scientist," Jose James' urbanely burnished version of the swing standard "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and. per the post-2010s trend of doing a slow ballad version of a famously upbeat pop tune, we get Frances' funereal reading of Haddaway's house music classic "What Is Love." Primarily, the release is characterized by fittingly steamy, R&B-infused cuts like the Taylor Swift and Zayn duet "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," Halsey's icy anthem "Not Afraid Anymore," and Tove Lo's dusky "Lies in the Dark." Similarly, there are a handful of deeply emotive, finely crafted cuts like Sia's yearning piano ballad "Helium," and Anderson East's soulful, loverman moment "What Would It Take." Also compelling are the Avener and Mark Asari's thrilling R&B groover "I Need a Good One," and the reliably tasteful John Legend with his passion-drenched "One Woman Man."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Taylor Swift / ZAYN 04:06 Amazon
2 Halsey 03:47 Amazon
3 JRY 03:21 Amazon
4 Tove Lo 03:42 Amazon
5 Toulouse 03:12 Amazon
6 John Legend 04:05 Amazon
7 The-Dream 04:45 Amazon
8 Nick Jonas / Nicki Minaj 03:36 Amazon
9 Sia 04:14 Amazon
10 Kygo 03:45 Amazon
11 Corinne Bailey Rae 03:17 Amazon
12 José James 02:06 Amazon
13 JP Cooper 03:22 Amazon
14 The Avener 03:48 Amazon
15 Joseph Angel 03:52 Amazon
16 Anderson East 04:00 Amazon
17 Frances 04:09 Amazon
18 Danny Elfman 02:51 Amazon
19 Danny Elfman 02:08 Amazon
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