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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the soundtrack from the 2019 film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film also contains numerous songs and scores not included on the soundtrack.

Tarantino and his music supervisor, Mary Ramos listened to 14 hours of original 1969 KHJ-AM soundchecks to help create the soundtrack. It includes original Boss Radio jingles by Johnny Mann[1] and commercials, as well as the voices of Boss Radio DJs including Don Steele and Charlie Tuna, also featured in the film.[2] Ramos and Tarantino selected the songs in his home by going through his vinyl collection. They were approached by some name acts to record covers and by Lana Del Rey to record original material but Tarantino insisted he only wanted to use music recorded before 1970.[3]

Tarantino stated he was influenced by the soundtrack for American Graffiti. He said he "went nuts for [it]" and "It had Wolfman Jack DJ stuff filtered through. That was probably my first soundtrack album." When it came to using Neil Diamond's "Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show" Tarantino stated, "Brother Love sounds a bit like Charles Manson" and "I have a connection to Neil that goes back to the Urge Overkill song [Diamond's "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"] in Pulp Fiction." "I think this might be [my] best [soundtrack] yet."[4]

Mark Lindsay, lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders, whose music is featured in the film, once lived at 10050 Cielo Drive, the address of the Tate murders.[5] He wrote the song "Good Thing" which appears on the soundtrack, at the residence.[6] The Mamas & the Papas song "Straight Shooter" appears in the film and its trailer. The sheet music for the song was found on the piano inside Sharon Tate's residence during the investigation of her murder. Members of the group Cass Elliot and Michelle Phillips are portrayed in the movie.[7][8] "The Green Door" is sung in the film by Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton on Hullabaloo. The song was cited as a reference to a portal to hell by a late 1960s Charles Manson-like cult leader, David Berg in letters regarding his group "The Family".[9]

Tarantino stated he had an idea for the film that he abandoned which would help to illustrate how the movie was a fairy tale. He thought of using songs from the fictional band, The Carrie Nations from the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, as though they were real. Tarantino went on to say that Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is connected to the Manson Family through both the character "Z-Man and with Phil Spector, for many reasons." He would have included them on KHJ.[10] The Playboy Mansion scene was originally scored to Bobby Jameson's song "Vietnam" from Mondo Hollywood, before being changed to "Son of a Lovin' Man."[11]

Jonah Bromwich of Pitchfork said the music was "a highlight" and an "oft-disquieting mixtape of golden-age rock n' roll, radio DJ patter, and period-specific commercials."[12] Ben Allen of Radio Times commented, "Tarantino knows exactly how effective music can be in enhancing key scenes in his films. This is evident throughout Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."[13] Michael Roffman of Consequence opined, "The collection is chock full of 60's selections that look strange on paper, but work effortlessly together on screen."[14] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote, "Listening to Once Upon a Time brings that world to life. It's like switching the AM radio on to a 1960s that never faded away."[15] It was nominated for the best compilation soundtrack album for visual media at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards.[16]

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