Monday, 5 September 2011

The X Factor Dramatic Music

Last year, we trawled through our CD collections, online forums and classical music archives to check exactly which tracks were used in The X Factor's dramatic background music. We know you care, because we see a steady stream of searches coming in from people hunting down their favourite track.

However, there are a few tunes that are used again and again on the show - so although this year's auditions are only just underway, we've put together a playlist of the usual suspects below.


Preview the tracks on iTunes if you're not sure which is which - did we cover all of them?

If we've missed your favourite piece of dramatic music from The X Factor, leave a comment below to tell us where you heard it on the show, and we'll do our best to reply with any we may have missed.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

There must be more than that 7

bobble said...

There sure are - these are just the main ones used on almost every show, year after year.

New this year is Matt Cardle's latest single - listen out for the instrumental version in the background of the current series from time to time.

Also the intro to Cry Me A River by Michael Buble makes an appearance here and there, I think.

Anyone know of any others we've missed?

Anonymous said...

wheres the music used in the VT's for the guest appearances? I'd love to have it :(

Harry Jarman said...

I'm dying to know what the music is in this clip...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qlf36nc4w8#t=2m34s up to Dermot's entrance when "Ring The Alarm" starts!!

bobble said...

Harry - hard to tell from that clip, but is it Come With Me by Puff Daddy? The best instrumental version we could find on iTunes is at http://bit.ly/Sc0fnR - if that's not the one let me know and I'll see if I can find another likely candidate!

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPRQQWxjE2k

Music from 0:35 to 0:38 and 0:15 to 0:22 DESPERATE PLEASE!!!!

bobble said...

Update - the song Harry Jarman was looking for was, of course, Led Zeppelin - Kashmir (sampled for the Puff Daddy track, I think) and is on iTunes at http://bit.ly/S5TC51

Still looking for the title of the piece Anon is desperate to find, but we'll get there in the end!

Anonymous said...

http://youtu.be/VoaUYcwEpSw?t=1m57s

bobble said...

Good knowledge Anon - that definitely seems to be the piece they're now using for guest artist intro VTs, and is Unstoppable by E.S. Posthumus, available on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/QhtOXe

Not to be confused with Corner Stone Cues - Illuminati, which I'm fairly sure was used as the backing track to guest VTs in previous years. Find it on iTunes at http://bit.ly/Yu2LbY

Anonymous said...

What's the music they played during the final near the end where the two finalists and Nicole came on? it's just been used in Dragon's Den too. Brighton instrumental starting with major (happy) chord then to a minor (sad) chord.

Jucélio Junior said...

Does someone know what is the song which is played at this video ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7xyM8FfyUI . At the time 1:48.

bobble said...

Hi Jucelio,

I think it's Ellie Goulding - The Writer.

Get it on iTunes at http://bit.ly/UutWQ2

Pretty song :)

Jucélio Junior said...

Thank you so much!

GONÇALO SALVADOR said...

Hello guys :)

Does anybody knows the name of the song used when Mario Lopez and Khloé Kardashian enter in the stage?

This is the video: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xw3jf8_the-x-factor-usa-episode-26-s2-12-19-2012-part-1_music?search_algo=2#.UNWvseRg-mw

The song starts around 09:01


THANK YOU

MoneyMaker said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24N0GszMg08
name of the song please?
start at 00:23

bobble said...

Goncalo - still not sure on this one, I'm guessing it's from a movie soundtrack but not sure which one.

MoneyMaker - that's the backing track from Toxic by Britney Spears, I believe. EP version is on iTunes at http://bit.ly/12xiqcQ

Jennifer Damphousse said...

Whats the country song after simone audition. Fly away with you?

Bobble Bardsley said...

Simone on The X Factor USA? I think you're looking for If I Could Fly by Charity Chapman. Pretty song.

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1bdoJYZ
YouTube: http://youtu.be/rQsvteDgpuk

Anonymous said...

What is the song played at the end of many episodes. It sounds quite powerful and suspenseful (the end just shows a montage of what's "coming up" this season). Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what the name of the track on X Factor 2013 which plays at the start of the programme.... sounds like there's a bit of very fast, rythmic tap dancing. Thanks

Anonymous said...

so where is this list of "The X Factor Dramatic Music" that's posted below ?

below what ?

Bobble Bardsley said...

Anon, you should be able to see an iTunes playlist widget with buttons to preview all the tracks - although as this post is two years old, I think there are only five from the original list that are still on sale at iTunes.

Check your ad-blocker settings, if you're using one, as it may be filtering out the widget. There's also two years' worth of our best efforts to find individual tracks people have asked about in the comments.

Anonymous said...

ahh ok very good.....i see them now

umm.....don't suppose you know the one they used for Melani Amaro's first audition "Listen" ?

Anonymous said...

Further to a previous post, does anyone know what the piece of music being used this year is that sounds like very fast tap dancing, sounds like something from Lord of the dance/Riverdance. Have been trying everything to find out what it is & it's not any of the 5 songs on the above playlist.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what song was playing in the background of Tim Olstad's 4 chair performance intro? Watch it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELcj6tlK7yE

Anonymous said...

does anyone know the instrumental music that starts around 0:59 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nYYOrK0e0Y

Bobble Bardsley said...

Sorry, I'm stumped on these. Anon (Nov 17th) - it sounds like an instrumental version of a pop ballad to me, but I don't recognise it. Something boy-band probably, but I'm not so hot on the USA X Factor.

Louise said...

@ Anonymous 4th October- do you mean this? Run boy Run by Woodkid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zElEkRw76c :-)

Anonymous said...

Do someone know what is the song at 3:52? I'm desperatly looking for it (sorry for my english) m.youtube.com/watch?v=WkR89WosMx4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DWkR89WosMx4

Bobble Bardsley said...

Anon (Nov 20th), that would be Sia - Breathe Me, on iTunes at http://bit.ly/19GYBzM

Anonymous said...

Oh @ Bobble Bardsley thank you soooo much that's it! :D thank you again :)

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what song is playing in the background of the end credits during the x factor final sat show 14/12/13 https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/the-x-factor/series-10/episode-31-live-finale. Been trying to find it out for ages. Thanks

Krutika Harale said...

Does anyone know the piano piece after Ella Henderson's sings Believe? There is a beautiful piano piece while the judges are praising her. This is X factor UK, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTbcO9qaE5g

Thanks so much!

Bobble Bardsley said...

That's an instrumental version of Read All About It by Emeli Sande, I think. Having trouble finding a download link but if I get one I'll let you know!

Krutika Harale said...

Thanks so much!! Oh, this must be it then ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuEK8Gm3pjs )

Its great! thanks a to :D

Jordan JE Edmund said...

What song is this that starts at 0:38 seconds? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swXU3vuWxTA)

Anonymous said...

does any1 know what the backing song is thats playing in this clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48Ha6JC2gkA

Dominic Assemakis said...

They played a song in The X Factor boot camp episode tonight but I can't get the lyrics to search for it.
The strongest reference I'd have is that they played it in the 2012 premier episode from 16.40-17.52.
Does anyone know this song????? Please, it's killing me!!

Thank you ;D

Anonymous said...

does anyone knows the background song used during JACK WALTON room audition of "waves"?..please..please help me

I FEEL ALIVE LISTENING THIS SONG.PLEASE..

THANK YOU:D

Bobble Bardsley said...

The Jack Walton audition track is Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap, and yes it's awesome :)

On Amazon:
MP3 click here
CD click here

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, Bobble Bardsley..

MARAMING SALAMAT from Philippines:

Honeybee said...

Does anyone know what the background music was tonight when they were previewing Andreas Faustini before he sang Earth song?

Underscore22 said...

What is the rock tension / suspense track played when Dermot reads the phone numbers out and also as a sort of pre-close theme before the credits? Love to know?

Anonymous said...

So, does anyone know what the background music was when they introduced Andreas Faustini before he sang Earth song? Honeybee did you find out? : )

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Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the background music played on piano was at 0:54 of Tom Mann's arena audition video: http://youtu.be/Z0uHPIB3u6o?t=50s ??? I neeed this!

Anonymous said...

does any1 know what the music is playing in the background in this video? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hC01uRlVVg

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