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"I am sure that I speak for many when I say one of the signatures of that amazing series Avatar: The Last Airbender was the soundtrack ... I would highly recommend the Track Team."
Giancarlo Volpe, director of Nickelodeon Animation Studios.

Avatar: The Last Airbender has an expansive soundtrack produced by the Track Team. All the background compositions, character themes, and songs in the World of Avatar play an important part in molding the atmosphere of each episode. Feelings of happiness, suspense, regret, love, action, and many more are projected to the senses through music, making the soundtrack an important aspect of series production. The soundtrack of Avatar has many Eastern influences, considering that the show contains many connections to Eastern culture. The Track Team, consisting of Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, created most of the series' music with MIDI tracks, but compositions for the final episodes in Sozin's Comet were performed by a live orchestra. A great deal of effort went into the soundtrack of Avatar: The Last Airbender, making it both original and emotional.

List of tracks

There has been no official soundtrack release for Avatar: The Last Airbender because Nickelodeon holds the rights to the music. Considering this fact, the list below is not a complete list and will not be fully complete until an official soundtrack is released by the Track Team. Even though there has been no official release of Avatar music, many tracks and songs can be found throughout the internet. The songs below mainly come from the show, but others may be from the series' video games since the Track Team created the music for those as well. Along with official tracks, a few remixes are on the list too.


The Avatar's Love01:04

The Avatar's Love

The Avatar's Love

The Avatar's Love

Sometimes referred to as the "Kataang" theme, the full song is played in the final scene of the show.[1] However, small parts of it are played during romantic moments between Aang and Katara in various episodes, such as during their time in the Cave of Two Lovers.[2]


The Blue Spirit01:08

The Blue Spirit

The Blue Spirit

The Blue Spirit

Originally created for episode thirteen, "The Blue Spirit", this song is meant to emphasize the stealthiness of Zuko's alternate identity.

It uses the duduk, which is the instrument that provides the sound for the tsungi horn. Iroh talks about playing the tsungi horn in "The Blue Spirit" when this music is first heard.[3]


Avatar Theme Remake00:56

Avatar Theme Remake

Avatar Theme Remake

Avatar Theme Remake

A remake of the Avatar Theme.


Avatar The Last Airbender Soundtrack - Reconciliation01:11

Avatar The Last Airbender Soundtrack - Reconciliation

Reconciliation

Reconciliation

This song is played during "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters" when Zuko enters Iroh's tent in the White Lotus camp. Zuko begins to apologize for his choices in Ba Sing Se in the beginning of the song, telling his uncle how sorry and ashamed he is of his actions. Iroh unexpectedly grabs Zuko and embraces him tightly, saying he was never angry with him, only sad. The sudden crescendo at 0:20 represents this abrupt "reconciliation".[4]

The beginning of the song also plays occasionally throughout the series when Zuko or other characters are experiencing emotional turmoil and inner conflict.


Avatar The Last Airbender Soundtrack - Dai Li Headquarters01:24

Avatar The Last Airbender Soundtrack - Dai Li Headquarters

Dai Li

Dai Li

This theme is usually played when the Dai Li are present in a scene.


Avatar Soundtrack - Agni Kai01:37

Avatar Soundtrack - Agni Kai

Agni Kai

Agni Kai

This is the song played during the conflict between Zuko and Admiral Zhao. It is also played during the fight scene between Zuko and Aang in the second episode, "The Avatar Returns".[5]


The End Of Avatar-000:50

The End Of Avatar-0

The End

The End of Avatar

This is only found in the end credits of the last episode "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang" the last episode in place of the usual end credits.[1][6]


The Avatar State01:17

The Avatar State

The Avatar State

The Avatar State

Representing the Avatar State, this song is usually played when any Avatar goes into this state, though only when it is triggered by anger. It was first played in "The Southern Air Temple", when Aang was enraged by Monk Gyatso's death, for a second time when he thought General Fong had killed Katara, and later when he found the sandbenders who stole Appa in "The Desert".[7]


Avatar Theme Song03:40

Avatar Theme Song

Avatar Theme Song

Avatar Theme Song

This song is played at the opening sequence of each episode and lengthened in "The Boy in the Iceberg" because of the longer opening sequence.[8] During this sequence, Katara's voice introduces the situation of the series.


Princess Yue01:03

Princess Yue

Princess Yue

Princess Yue

Despite its name, this is not a character theme. It is played when the citizens of the Northern Water Tribe notice the soot falling from the sky along with the snow. As they rush toward the chief's temple, Yue tells Sokka that they cannot be together. Sokka is upset, but the Tribal Princess runs off toward the temple ahead of him.[9]


Safe Return00:22

Safe Return

Safe Return

Safe Return

This theme is usually heard when Team Avatar has resolved a problem and the episode is ending. The most well-known use of this song takes place as Appa is flying toward the full moon. It is followed by the end credits.

This particular song is played when Aang returns Tom-Tom to Mai's parents, hence the name "Safe Return".[10]


Peace Excerpt04:00

Peace Excerpt

Peace Excerpt

Peace Excerpt

This is played before and during Zuko's speech as the new Fire Lord. He says he intends to start an era of peace between the four nations. The unexpected minor chord at the end is the segue between this scene and the next, which is when Zuko asks his father where Ursa is.[1] The full composition, which also includes "The Avatar's Love", can be heard on Jeremy Zuckerman's personal website.


Ba Sing Se00:34

Ba Sing Se

Ba Sing Se

Ba Sing Se

This theme is played when Team Avatar rides on a monorail through the Inner Wall, revealing the stunning view of the Earth Kingdom capital.[11]


Azula's Theme01:35

Azula's Theme

Azula's Theme

Azula's Theme

This is the theme played when Azula is present. The only time the entire theme is played is during "The Avatar State", when Azula makes her first appearance (other than the small scene at the end of "The Siege of the North, Part 2" and the flashback in "The Storm").[12] There was only one occasion in which the theme was played when Azula was not there, and that was when Zuko was imitating her in "The Western Air Temple".[13]


Zuko on the Mount00:41

Zuko on the Mount

Zuko on the Mount

Zuko on the Mount

This song is played while Zuko is standing atop a mountain, trying to get lightning to strike him, so he could redirect it. He had recently learned how to do so from Iroh in the episode "Bitter Work". After screaming at the sky, Zuko begins to howl in frustration.[14]


Yuyan capture Aang01:16

Yuyan capture Aang

Yuyan capture Aang

Yuyan capture Aang

This particular variant of the song is played during the scene in "The Blue Spirit" as the Yuyan Archers ambush Aang. They swing from trees using ropes tied to their arrows and shoot large nets to trap the Avatar. Eventually, they succeed in their mission and take Aang to the Pohuai Stronghold.

The song is largely used for Prince Zuko at any time he fights using his dual dao swords. Later in the episode, when Zuko, as the Blue Spirit, and Aang attempt their escape from Pohuai Stronghold, a much longer variant of this song is played.[3] The song is played again when Zuko runs across the breaking ice in "The Siege of the North, Part 2", when he fights the thug soldiers at the end of "Zuko Alone", and during his duel with Jet in "City of Walls and Secrets".[11][15][16]


Kyoshi03:25

Kyoshi

Kyoshi

Kyoshi

This theme is played during "Escape from the Spirit World" during the scene where Aang speaks to Avatar Kyoshi. She reveals that she trained the Dai Li in order to stop the peasant uprising.[17]


Ocean Spirit01:16

Ocean Spirit

Ocean Spirit

Ocean Spirit

This song is played when Aang and La join together to become "Koizilla". It is similar to "The Avatar State" theme, probably because the Avatar State was used to combine Aang and La.[15]


Last Agni Kai02:06

Last Agni Kai

Last Agni Kai

Last Agni Kai

The song played during the final conflict between Zuko and Azula.[18]


Panda Lily00:43

Panda Lily

Panda Lily

Panda Lily

This song is played only once, in "The Fortuneteller", when Aang is climbing Mount Makapu to pick a panda lily for Katara. As he reaches the top and discovers the volcano will soon erupt, the music takes on an apprehensive tone.[19]


The Tale Of Iroh - Leaves From The Vine01:03

The Tale Of Iroh - Leaves From The Vine

Leaves From The Vine

Leaves From The Vine

This sad song is sung by Iroh twice during "Tales of Ba Sing Se". The first time, he sings it while playing the pipa in order to calm a crying child. The second time, he sings it to honor his son, Lu Ten, during a private memorial atop a hill.[20]

This song is in honor of Mako, the actor who voiced Iroh. "Tales of Ba Sing Se" aired shortly after he passed away.


Heart Chakra01:15

Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

This song is played as Pathik helps Aang unlock the heart chakra, also known as the air chakra, during "The Guru". Aang has a deeply emotional experience as he confronts the impact that the loss of his people has had on him.[21]


Invading the Palace03:07

Invading the Palace

Invading the Palace

Invading the Palace

This song is played as Team Avatar fights through the Royal Guards to the palace. It is rather long because of the length of the scene.[22]


The Final Blow01:33

The Final Blow

The Final Blow

The Final Blow

This piece is played as Aang slices a boulder and uses it to destroy the drill, all while avoiding Azula.[11] The theme is reused when Aang removes Ozai's bending abilities.[1]


Swamp Fight03:07

Swamp Fight

Swamp Fight

Swamp Fight

This song is played during the fight between Team Avatar and Huu in the Foggy Swamp.[23]


Avatar uncle's tsungi horn01:35

Avatar uncle's tsungi horn

Tsungi horn

Tsungi horn

This recurring tune is played on the tsungi horn, usually by Iroh. The instrument and this theme are noticeable in both the "Blue Spirit Theme" and the song "Whose Destiny".


Whose Destiny01:33

Whose Destiny

Whose Destiny

Whose Destiny

This song was played in the episode "Lake Laogai" when Iroh is talking to Zuko about what he wants for his life.[24]


AvatarSoundtracks End Credit Music (Avatar The Last Airbender)00:46

AvatarSoundtracks End Credit Music (Avatar The Last Airbender)

End Credits

End Credits

The track played during the end credits of most Avatar episodes. It was featured in "The Firebending Masters" when Aang and Zuko go to Ran and Shaw, the last dragons.[25]


Avatar OST 26- Yang chen02:40

Avatar OST 26- Yang chen

Yangchen

Yangchen

This song is played in "Escape from the Spirit World" when Aang meets Avatar Yangchen.[26]


Avatar OST 34- Into a Night Time Sky02:40

Avatar OST 34- Into a Night Time Sky

Into a Nighttime Sky

Into a Nighttime Sky

This track is played when the gang leaves the Southern Air Temple at the end of "The Southern Air Temple".[7]


Avatar The Last Airbender-Cave Jivin03:16

Avatar The Last Airbender-Cave Jivin

Cave Jivin'

Cave Jivin'

This song was used in "The Headband", in which Aang throws a secret dance party for Fire Nation kids.[27] It is also played during Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters, in the seedy Earth Kingdom tavern where Zuko and the rest of Team Avatar find the bounty hunter June and her shirshu, Nyla, after Aang's disappearance.[4]


Avatar Soundtracks ScrafDance02:44

Avatar Soundtracks ScrafDance

Scarf Dance

Scarf Dance

This was a deleted song for "The Headband", in which Sokka is dancing by himself.


Avatar OST 02- Avatar Season 302:06

Avatar OST 02- Avatar Season 3

Avatar Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer

This song is played during the two Book Three trailers,[28][29] and a fraction of it is played in the Legend of Korra Comic-Con teaser trailer.[30]

Trivia

Sokka's Theme

Sokka's Theme

This is played throughout the entire series whenever Sokka comes up with a clever idea or plan. 

Water Tribes

Water Tribes

Fire Nation

Fire Nation

Aang's Nightmare

Aang's Nightmare

References

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  2. Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (March 24, 2006). "The Cave of Two Lovers". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (June 17, 2005). "The Blue Spirit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 2: The Old Masters". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 19. Nickelodeon.
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  19. Ehasz, Aaron, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (September 23, 2005). "The Fortuneteller". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.
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  27. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (September 28, 2007). "The Headband". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  28. Book 3 Finale Trailer *HIGH QUALITY*. YouTube (2008-04-23). Retrieved on December 27, 2012.
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  30. TLA - The Legend of Korra Trailer HD 720p (Audio Correction). YouTube (2011-07-24). Retrieved on December 27, 2012.
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