Cover art of the Skyrim soundtrack

Skyrim's music was composed by Jeremy Soule, who also composed the music for both Oblivion and Morrowind.

The complete in-game music is almost 4 hours in length.


The soundtrack can be purchased from DirectSong and iTunes.

Disc Track number Title File Name Length Type
01 01 Dragonborn mus_maintheme 03:57 Special
01 02 Awake mus_special_cartintro_01 01:34 Special
01 03 From Past to Present mus_town_day_02 / mus_explore_day_02 05:06 Town
01 04 Unbroken Road mus_explore_day_06 06:26 Explore
01 05 Ancient Stones mus_town_day_04 04:47 Town
01 06 The City Gates mus_town_day_01 03:48 Town
01 07 Silent Footsteps mus_dungeon_03 02:53 Dungeon
01 08 Dragonsreach mus_castle_stormcloaks 02:22 other
01 09 Tooth and Claw mus_combat_01 01:50 Combat
01 10 Under an Ancient Sun mus_explore_day_01 03:43 Explore
01 11 Death or Sovngarde mus_combat_06 03:02 Combat
01 12 Masser mus_explore_night_03 06:06 Explore
01 13 Distant Horizons mus_explore_morning_02 03:54 Explore
01 14 Dawn mus_explore_morning_01 03:59 Explore
01 15 The Jerall Mountains mus_explore_day_04 03:21 Explore
01 16 Steel on Steel mus_combat_02 01:45 Combat
01 17 Secunda mus_explore_night_02 02:05 Explore
01 18 Imperial Throne mus_castle_imperial_01 02:22 other
02 19 Frostfall mus_explore_day_03 03:28 Explore
02 20 Night without Stars mus_dread_04 00:43 Dread
02 21 Into Darkness mus_dungeon_01 02:54 Dungeon
02 22 Kyne's Peace mus_explore_night_01 03:51 Explore
02 23 Unbound unknown 01:34 other
02 24 Far Horizons mus_explore_day_08 05:33 Explore
02 25 A Winter's Tale mus_tavern_03 03:21 Tavern
02 26 The Bannered Mare mus_tavern_02 02:30 Tavern
02 27 The Streets of Whiterun mus_town_day_03 04:06 Town
02 28 One They Fear mus_combat_boss_02 03:16 Combat
02 29 The White River mus_explore_day_05 03:31 Explore
02 30 Silence Unbroken mus_dungeon_02 02:23 Dungeon
02 31 Standing Stones mus_explore_night_06 06:38 Explore
02 32 Beneath the Ice mus_dungeon_ice_01 / mus_dungeon_ice_02 04:16 Dungeon
02 33 Tundra mus_explore_dusk_02 03:51 Explore
02 34 Journey's End mus_explore_day_07 04:09 Explore
03 35 Before the Storm mus_intro 01:09 Special
03 36 A Chance Meeting mus_tavern_04 03:11 Tavern
03 37 Out of the Cold mus_tavern_01 03:04 Tavern
03 38 Around the Fire mus_tavern_05 03:11 Tavern
03 39 Shadows and Echoes mus_dungeon_cave_03 02:21 Dungeon
03 40 Caught off Guard mus_combat_03 01:12 Combat
03 41 Aurora mus_explore_night_05 07:23 Explore
03 42 Blood and Steel mus_combat_04 02:12 Combat
03 43 Towers and Shadows mus_dungeon_fort_02 02:23 Dungeon
03 44 Seven Thousand Steps mus_discover_highhrothgar 01:08 other
03 45 Solitude mus_explore_night_04 02:12 Explore
03 46 Watch the Skies mus_combat_boss_03 02:22 Combat
03 47 The Gathering Storm mus_explore_dusk_01 02:55 Explore
03 48 Sky Above, Voice Within mus_explore_dusk_03 03:58 Explore
03 49 Death in the Darkness mus_dungeon_cave_01 02:37 Dungeon
03 50 Shattered Shields mus_dungeon_fort_01 02:40 Dungeon
03 51 Sovngarde mus_sovngarde_chant_lp 03:38 other
03 52 Wind Guide You mus_explore_day_09 09:05 Explore
04 53 Skyrim Atmospheres none 42:34 other

Dawnguard Soundtrack

Dawnguard adds several more unnamed tracks.

File Name Length Type
mus_dungeon_dlc_soulcairn_01 04:20 Dungeon
mus_dungeon_dlc_vampirecastle_01 03:57 Dungeon
mus_dungeon_dlc_vampirecastle_02 04:41 Dungeon
mus_explore_dlc_falmervalley_01 04:23 Explore

Dragonborn Soundtrack

Dragonborn uses many tracks directly from Morrowind's soundtrack, but it adds several new tracks too.

Morrowind Track Name File Name Length Type
mus_dlc2boatarrival_01 00:55 Special
mus_dungeon_dlc2apocrypha_01 03:59 Dungeon
mus_dungeon_dlc2apocrypha_02 04:49 Dungeon
Over the Next Hill mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_01 03:05 Explore
Peaceful Waters mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_02 03:06 Explore
The Road Most Travelled mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_03 03:15 Explore
Blessing of Vivec mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_04 03:16 Explore
Silt Sunrise mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_05 03:11 Explore
Shed Your Travails mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_06 03:11 Explore
Caprice mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_07 03:28 Explore
mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_08 04:30 Explore
mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_09 07:05 Explore
mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_10 05:38 Explore
mus_explore_dlc2solstheim_11 03:36 Explore


Skyrim's soundtrack was nominated by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for Best Score in the Game Music Category, but was beaten by L.A. Noire. It was also nominated by Game Audio Network Guild for Music of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack Album, but again lost. The main theme, Dragonborn, won the Game Audio Network Guild's Best Original Vocal (Choral) award.

New arrangements

Although most of the music is new, a few motifs from Morrowind and Oblivion make a recurring appearance:

  • "Dragonborn" is the latest version of what Todd Howard has called the "Elder Scrolls Theme". It first appeared as "Call of Magic" (aka "Nerevar Rising") in Morrowind and then as "Reign of the Septims" in Oblivion. The latest version is the first to include lyrics, sung by a men's choir in the dragon tongue. The original version and a translation appear in-game in the book Songs of Skyrim.
  • The track "The Jerall Mountains" originally appeared in Morrowind as "Rise to Reality" ("Silt Sunrise" in the Special Edition soundtrack) and in Oblivion as "Through the Valleys".
  • The piece "Wind Guide You" is a remake of "Minstrel's Lament", which also appeared in Oblivion.
  • "Unbroken Road" shares a motif with "Reign of the Septims," first recognizable at 0:26 in "Reign of the Septims" and 0:58 of "Unbroken Road."

Jeremy Soule's comments

Composer Jeremy Soule has shared his inspirations and background information about some of the tracks on the soundtrack. As some of the comments are long, they are hidden in show/hide tags.

From Past to Present
Ancient Stones:
The White River:
Standing Stones:
Sky Above, Voice Within:
Wind Guide You:
Skyrim Atmospheres:

Extracting the PC version music

In previous games the music was available as MP3 files in the main game directory, but for Skyrim the files have been included in Skyrim - Sounds.bsa, and encoded with a ".xwm" extension. Once extracted from the BSA, they can be played using MPC-HC (no playback issues) or the VideoLAN media player, which is also able to convert them to other formats, such as MP3.

You can use the program BSAUnpack to extract files from .bsa archives. You can use the program Skyrim Audio Converter to convert .xwm files to .mp3

The music can be converted to wav via xWMAEncode.exe found in the Microsoft DirectX Software Developer's Kit. The SDK is about 500MB compressed and requires installation, but the basic .exe is a standalone encoder/decoder, thus best found and used without the kit.

The Main Theme can be found in the "special" directory.


  • The compression algorithms used by the game can cause parts of the soundtrack to drop out or be over-emphasized. For instance, the percussion section is far more audible in the in-game version of "Tooth and Claw" than in the soundtrack version. Compare the in-game version of "Tooth and Claw" to the soundtrack version.
  • "Skyrim Atmospheres" consists of various pieces of ambiance, sound effects, and music from the game, notably the mus_palette tracks.
  • Two extended pieces of music are missing from the official release: mus_combat_boss and mus_dungeon_cave_02. Most of the shorter tracks have also been excluded.
  • Dawnguard and Dragonborn both contain new pieces of music that have not been released for download.


  1. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, May 3, 2015
  2. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, April 5, 2014
  3. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, April 14, 2015
  4. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, October 4, 2012
  5. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, Febrary 11, 2016
  6. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, September 23, 2012
  7. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, April 12, 2015
  8. ^ a b Jeremy Soule, Facebook, August 27, 2012
  9. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, August 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Jeremy Soule, Facebook, March 26, 2013.