The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording
Album artwork by Michael K. Frith
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJuly 13, 1979
StudioA&M Studios
The Muppets chronology
The Muppet Show 2
The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording
The Great Muppet Caper: The Original Soundtrack
Singles from The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording
  1. "Rainbow Connection"
    Released: June 29, 1979
  2. "Movin' Right Along"
    Released: October 5, 1979
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The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording is the soundtrack album from the 1979 film, The Muppet Movie, featuring the songs and select score written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.[4] Originally released on LP by Atlantic Records in North America and by CBS internationally, the album reached No. 32 on the Billboard 200, and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Best Children's Album in 1980 and was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and two Academy Awards; Best Adaptation Score for the overall album and Best Original Song for "Rainbow Connection",[1][5][6] which reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7]

After its initial release, the soundtrack album had subsequent CD reissues by Jim Henson Records in 1993 and by Walt Disney Records on August 13, 2013.[8] Disney's reissue was digitally remastered, featured liner notes by Williams, and marked the first time the soundtrack was available in print in over 20 years.[8] The album was reissued on vinyl by Walt Disney Records in partnership with Iam8bit and The Muppets Studio on April 27, 2022.[9]

Track listing

1."Rainbow Connection"Paul Williams and Kenneth AscherKermit the Frog (Jim Henson)3:15
2."Movin' Right Along"Williams and AscherKermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear (Jim Henson and Frank Oz)2:57
3."Never Before, Never Again"Williams and AscherMiss Piggy (Frank Oz)2:49
4."Never Before, Never Again" (Instrumental)Williams 3:52
5."I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along"Williams and AscherKermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog (Jim Henson)3:58
6."Can You Picture That?"Williams and AscherDr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt and Dave Goelz)2:33
7."I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along" (Instrumental)Williams 2:31
8."I'm Going to Go Back There Someday"Williams and AscherGonzo (Dave Goelz)2:55
9."America"Katharine Lee BatesFozzie Bear (Frank Oz)0:53
10."Animal...Come Back Animal"Williams 1:30
11."Finale: The Magic Store"Williams and AscherThe Muppets (Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire and Kathryn Mullen)5:17
Total length:32:36


Charts and certifications


  1. ^ According to The Importance of Jim Henson, sales of the album reached to more than one million sales in 1980. For unknown reasons, the album was not certified Platinum by RIAA.


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  2. ^ Allmusic review Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. ^ Cater, Daryrl. "Muppets: The Green Album". Artistdirect. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  4. ^ Handy, Bruce (8 June 2012). "Paul Williams, Writer of "Rainbow Connection," on His 1970s Neighbors: "Borrow a Cup of Sugar? Maybe a Cup of Vodka"". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  5. ^ Miller, Julie (10 February 2011). "A Short History of the Muppets At the Grammys". Movieline. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  6. ^ Martens, Todd (27 February 2012). "Oscar winner 'Man or Muppet' goes where no Muppet has gone before". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  7. ^ "The Muppets' 10 Best Music Moments". Billboard. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Walt Disney Records Celebrates The Upcoming 35th Anniversary Of The Muppet Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". PRNewswire. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  9. ^ Miller, Caroline (April 27, 2022). "The Muppet Movie Soundtrack Gets Colorful Remaster on Vinyl". Retrieved July 11, 2022.
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 282. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  11. ^ "British album certifications – Muppets – The Muppet Movie Album - OST". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  12. ^ Durrett, Deanne (1994). The Importance of Jim Henson. Lucent Books. p. 75. ISBN 9781560060482.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Muppet Movie". Recording Industry Association of America.