"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 Love
Sometimes referred to as the "Kataang" theme, the full song is played in the final scene of the show. 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.
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.
Avatar Theme Remake
A remake of the Avatar Theme.
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".
The beginning of the song also plays occasionally throughout the series when Zuko or other characters are experiencing emotional turmoil and inner conflict.
This theme is usually played when the Dai Li are present in a scene.
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".
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".
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.
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".
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. The full composition, which also includes "The Avatar's Love", can be heard on Jeremy Zuckerman's personal website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This song is in honor of Mako, the actor who voiced Iroh. "Tales of Ba Sing Se" aired shortly after he passed away.
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.
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.
The Final Blow
This piece is played as Aang slices a boulder and uses it to destroy the drill, all while avoiding Azula. The theme is reused when Aang removes Ozai's bending abilities.