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Original scoring for American Horror Story is composed by Charlie Clouser (late of Nine Inch Nails). He has created a different main title theme for each season, all incorporating an experimental noise piece from musician Cesar Davila-Irizarry. Along with his incidental music, the soundtrack features borrowed scoring from horror films as well as previously released and newly covered recordings of popular rock and standards.

Episodic Music[]

These are individual songs, not score compositions.

Music of Murder House
Song Links Artist Episode or Theme Scene
"Tonight You Belong To Me" YouTubeLogo Spotify logo vertical black Patience and Prudence Pilot & Afterbirth Troy and Bryan demolish the house/The Ramos family flees
"Blood Gets Thin" YouTubeLogo Spotify logo vertical black Pete and the Pirates Pilot Violet meets Leah
"Special Death" YouTubeLogo Spotify logo vertical black Mirah Tate and Violet Scenes related to Tate and Violet
"Baby, You Ain't Looking Right" YouTubeLogo Spotify logo vertical black PowerSolo Pilot End credits
"Tainted Love" YouTubeLogoSpotify logo vertical black Hannah Peel Promotional Used in Clues videos
"Twisted Nerve" YouTubeLogoSpotify logo vertical black Bernard Hermann Halloween: Part 2 Westfield High/Massacre
Music of Asylum
Song Links Artist Episode or Theme Scene
Dominique YouTubeLogo Soeur Marie Welcome to Briarcliff In the common room of Briarcliff
There Goes My Baby (Re-Recorded) Spotify logo vertical black The Drifters Welcome to Briarcliff Kit singing along as he closes shop
Bucket of Blood (Carrie) YouTubeLogo Pino Donaggio Welcome to Briarcliff Lana Winters Arrives at the Asylum
Pater Noster YouTubeLogo Richard Eihhorn Welcome to Briarcliff Sister Jude dining with Monsignor Timmothy Howard
Moon in My Mind YouTubeLogo Frankie Rose Welcome to Briarcliff Leo and Teresa enter the abandoned asylum
Softly Baby YouTubeLogo Red Garland Welcome to Briarcliff Lana and Wendy talking
Lovemaker, Lovebreaker YouTubeLogo Frank Fafara Welcome to Briarcliff Kit and Alma lay in bed after sex
For the Last Time We'll Pray (Carrie) YouTubeLogo Pino Donaggio Welcome to Briarcliff Sr. Mary escorts Lana
You Don't Own Me YouTubeLogo Dusty Springfield The Origins of Monstrosity Sister Mary Eunice dancing in a red dress

Music of Coven
Song Links Artist Episode or Theme Scene
Sugarland Spotify logo vertical black Papa Mali Bitchcraft Zoe leaves parents' home
Edge of Seventeen Spotify logo vertical black Stevie Nicks Boy Parts Misty resurrects alligators in woods
Right Place Wrong Time [1]Spotify logo vertical black Dr John Burn Witch, Burn! Myrtle is burned at the stake
Rosanna [2]Spotify logo vertical black Toto The Dead Kyle sings along while his frat brothers get tattoos

Music of Freak Show
Song Links Artist Episode or Theme Scene
Should I The Four Aces Monsters Among Us
Tango Notturno Negri Monsters Among Us
Carnival Of Souls Verne Langdon Monsters Among Us
Kiss Of Fire Georgia Gibbs Monsters Among Us
Thunder Jody Reynolds Monsters Among Us
Wenn Du Mal In Hawaii Bist Orchestra Marek Weber Monsters Among Us
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart Les Baxter Monsters Among Us
Down At The Beach The Pentagons Monsters Among Us
With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming Patti Page Monsters Among Us
Loneliness Ends With Love Al Lerner & Margaret Whiting Monsters Among Us
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart Vera Lynn Monsters Among Us

Featured in Murder House[]


  • "Tonight You Belong To Me"YouTubeLogoby Patience and Prudence (When Troy and Bryan demolish the house)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Special Death"YouTubeLogo by Mirah (Scenes related to Tate and Violet)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Twisted Nerve"YouTubeLogo by Bernard Herrmann (Westfield High Massacre related scenes)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Blood Gets Thin"YouTubeLogo by Pete And The Pirates (Violet and Leah fight)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Flickers"YouTubeLogo by Son Lux (When Violet and Tate talk about scaring Leah)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Baby, You Ain't Looking Right"YouTubeLogo by PowerSolo (Closing Credits)Spotify logo vertical black

Home Invasion[]

  • "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)"YouTubeLogo by The 5th Dimension (During the opening scene)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Special Death"YouTubeLogo by Mirah (Violet and Leah talk about what happened in the basement)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Make it with You"YouTubeLogo by Ian McCutcheon/ originally by Bread (Bianca's elevator dream)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Do You"YouTubeLogo by Carina Round (Scene where Vivien brings a cupcake to Violet's room/Ben drinking wine with Hayden) Spotify logo vertical black

Murder House[]

  • "For Everything A Reason"YouTubeLogoby Carina Round (Scene of Larry burying Hayden and finding Moira's skeleton) Spotify logo vertical black

Halloween: Part 1[]

  • "Lavender Moon"YouTubeLogo by Haroula Rose (When Violet's giving Addie a makeover)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Big Mother"YouTubeLogo by Feeding People (When Violet's reading on her bed) Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Dracula - The Beginning"YouTubeLogo by Wojciech Kilar (The Montgomery family flashback scene) SpotifySpotify logo vertical black

Halloween: Part 2[]

  • "Twisted Nerve"YouTubeLogo by Bernard Herrmann (Tate confronts the "Dead Breakfast Club")Spotify logo vertical black

Piggy Piggy[]

  • "Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C Minor: Allemande"YouTubeLogo by Yo-Yo Ma / originally by Bach (Vivien's dream)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "I, The Sun"YouTubeLogo by Lights On (Violet comes back to her room after seeing ghosts in the basement)

Open House[]

  • "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl"YouTubeLogo by Nina Simone (While Vivien's pleasuring herself)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Don't Look Back"YouTubeLogo by Kissing Cousins (Played when Maria haunts Violet) Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Harsh Realm"YouTubeLogo by Widowspeak (When Vivien and Violet talk about love)Spotify logo vertical black

Rubber Man[]

  • "XXX"YouTubeLogo by Natalie Nylon (When Chad shops at the S&M/Sex Shop.)

Spooky Little Girl[]

  • "Good for Nothin' Joe"YouTubeLogo by Lena Horne (During the opening scene)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Nightmare"YouTubeLogo by Artie Shaw (Scenes related to the Black Dahlia)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Spooky" by Martha Reeves (During Hayden/Travis' bed scene)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Spooky"YouTubeLogo by Atlanta Rhythm Section / originally by the Classics IV (Flashback of Ben & Hayden in a Boston bar)Spotify logo vertical black

Smoldering Children[]

  • "M1A2 Battalion Of Hate"YouTubeLogo by Wehrwolfe (Song playing when Tate's alarm clock goes off)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Hate My Way"YouTubeLogo by Throwing Muses (When Ben comes to Violet's room to talk about her truancy)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Hazard" by Gossling (Scene where Tate and Violet talk about both being dead)Spotify logo vertical black


  • En Infiel by Marvelous Toy (When Violet meets Gabe)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Tonight You Belong To Me"YouTubeLogo by Patience and Prudence (When the Ramoses are escaping the Murder House)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Loretta" and "Roses Today" by John (or Johnny) Scott (the two instrumental background lounge tracks when Constance Langdon talks to her hairdresser near the end of the episode)
  • The Little Drummer Boy – Harry Simeone Chorale (Christmas tree scene)

Other Episodes/Repeating Themes[]

  • "American Horror Story"YouTubeLogo by Cesar Davila-Irizzary & Charlie Clouser (Opening credits)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "The Beginning"YouTubeLogo from Dracula (1992) (Played in all flashbacks of the Infantata/the Montgomerys)Spotify logo vertical black
  • "Swing the Blues Away" by The Brad Hatfield Trio Spotify logo vertical black

Featured in Asylum[]

Welcome to Briarcliff[]

  • Moon in My MindYouTubeLogo by Frankie Rose (Leo and Teresa enter Briarcliff in 2012)
  • There Goes My BabyYouTubeLogo by The Drifters (Kit singing along in the garage before being interrupted)
  • Lovemaker, LovebreakerYouTubeLogo by Frank Fafara (Kit and Alma post-coitus)
  • Bucket of BloodYouTubeLogo by Pino Donaggio from Carrie (Lana arrives at Briarcliff)
  • For the Last Time We'll Pray by Pino Donaggio from Carrie (Sr. Mary escorts Lana)
  • DominiqueYouTubeLogo by Soeur Marie (as always in the disc player in the common room)
  • Softly Baby by Red Gardland (Lana and Wendy talking)
  • Voices of Light V: Pater NosterYouTubeLogo by composer Richard Einhorn (Sr. Jude's fantasy)

Featured in Websites or Promotions[]


Hannah Peel Tainted Love

  • "Tainted Love"YouTubeLogo by Hannah Peel.
  • "Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree"YouTubeLogo by The Andrews Sisters.
  • &feature=fvst "Tubular Bells"YouTubeLogo by Mike Oldfield (From "The Exorcist" score.)
  • "Danse Macabre"YouTubeLogo by Camille Saint-Saens.
  • "Ave Maria for Cello and Piano"YouTubeLogo by Bach Gounod.
  • "All You Leave Behind"YouTubeLogo by Hannah Cartwright and Ross Tones.
  • "Nighty Night" by Louise Dowd.
  • "Carousel" by Melanie Martinez.
  • "Gods & Monsters" by Lana Del Rey. 

You're Going To Die In There[]

  • Outside : "This Time"YouTubeLogo performed by Richard Blandon and the Dubs (Written by Dave Antrell.)
  • 1940’s : "Twice as Nice" by Werner Tautz.
  • 1950’s : "A Real Reel Switcher"YouTubeLogo by Eunice Russ Frost with The Earl Palmer Combo.
  • 1970’s : "R&R" by Will Johnstone, Nicholas Thomas Emmanuel Amour, and Andrew Philip Carroll.
  • 1980’s : "London Boy" by Ian Curnow.
  • 2000’s: "Mystic Maze" by Kully B and Calvin Kahn.


Music guide

Music from AHS tumblr - Author has FX/TNT contacts for most accurate info.