Toy Story 4 soundtrack: Is Randy Newman back and who sings the end credits song?

24 June 2019, 15:04

Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4. Picture: Disney/Pixar

By Tom Eames

Toy Story 4 is finally here, giving fans another heartwarming adventure with Woody, Buzz, Bo Peep and the gang.

The original Toy Story featured a fantastic soundtrack by singer-songwriter Randy Newman, and every sequel since has included the familiar sound of the American artist.

But is he back for Toy Story 4 and what songs appear on the soundtrack?

  1. Toy Story 4 soundtrack: Is Randy Newman back?

    Randy Newman
    Randy Newman. Picture: Getty


    Director Josh Cooley said that he hired Randy Newman to return because "[he] can't imagine making a fourth one without Randy Newman".

    Newman wrote new themes for the characters of Bonnie, Gabby Gabby, and Duke Caboom, with the latter's including accordions and mandolins to represent his character's memories of rejection. He also wrote a "subordinate theme" for new character Forky.

    Randy Newman - You've Got a Friend in Me (From "Toy Story 4"/Audio Only)

    He also wrote two new songs: 'The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy' and 'I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away', with Newman performing the latter.

    The soundtrack also features Newman singing a new version of 'You've Got a Friend in Me', and was released on June 21, 2019, the same day as the film.

  2. Toy Story 4 soundtrack: What is the tracklisting?

    Toy Story 4 Scoring and Song Discussion with Randy Newman

    The tracklisting for the album is:

    1. "You've Got a Friend in Me" (performed by Randy Newman)

    2. "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" (performed by Randy Newman)

    3. "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" (performed by Chris Stapleton)

    4. "Operation Pull Toy"

    5. "Woody's Closet of Neglect"

    6. "School Daze"

    7. "Trash Can Chronicles"

    8. "The Road to Antiques"

    9. "A Spork in the Road"

    10. "Rubber Baby Buggy Butlers"

    11. "Buzz's Flight & A Maiden"

    12. "Ducky, Bunny, & Tea"

    13. "Moving at the Speed of Skunk"

    14. "Bo Peep's Panorama for Two"

    15. "Three Sheeps to the Wind"

    16. "Sneaking and Antiquing"

    17. "Recruiting Duke Caboom"

    18. "Prepping the Jump"

    19. "Let's Caboom!"

    20. "Cowboy Sacrifice"

    21. "Operation Harmony"

    22. "Duke's Best Crash Ever"

    23. "Gabby Gabby’s Most Noble Thing"

    24. "Parting Gifts & New Horizons"

    25. "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy (Soundtrack version)" (performed by Newman)

    26. "Plush Rush!"

  3. Who sings the song in the ending credits?

    The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy (From "Toy Story 4"/Official Lyric Video)

    Country star Chris Stapleton was hired to sing the film's end credits theme.

    'The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy' was written by Newman, and was first released as a single on June 5.

    The song is performed from the perspective of Woody.

    Chris Stapleton
    Chris Stapleton. Picture: Getty

    Newman said: "Woody feels like he was a lonesome cowboy until someone comes along and changes his world."

    Stapleton said it was "a tremendous honour to get to sing a Randy Newman song in what is without question one of the most iconic animated franchises in history."