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The score for RoboCop was composed by Basil Poledouris, who used both synthesized and orchestral music as a mirror to the man-versus-machine theme of the movie. The score alternates brass heavy material, including the memorable RoboCop theme and ED-209's theme, with more introverted pieces for strings, such as during RoboCop's home-coming scene. The music was performed by the Sinfonia of London conducted by Howard Blake and Tony Britton.

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The soundtrack was initially released by Varèse Sarabande and has been reissued and remastered several times in recent years. The listing below reflects the 2004 reissue, featuring four tracks (in italics) previously unreleased.

  • 1. Main Title (:39)
  • 2. Van Chase (4:51)
  • 3. Murphy's Death (2:36)
  • 4. Rock Shop (3:42)
  • 5. Home (4:15)
  • 6. Robo Vs. Ed-209 (2:07)
  • 7. The Dream (3:06)
  • 8. Across The Board (1:50)
  • 9. Betrayal (2:18)
  • 10. Clarence Frags Bob (1:43)
  • 11. Care Package (2:09)
  • 12. Robo Drives To Jones (1:46)
  • 13. We Killed You (1:44)
  • 14. Directive IV (1:03)
  • 15. Showdown (5:15)
  • 16. Have A Heart (:31)
  • 17. OCP Monitors (1:15)
  • 18. Nuke 'Em (:26)
  • 19. Big Is Better (:27)

Intrada released the complete score in 2010, in chronological order and including the film's end credit suite (which wasn't specially composed for the film but edited together out of material from "Rock Shop," "Murphy Goes Home" and "Murphy's Dream"). Expanded cues are in italics, completely unreleased cues in bold.

  • 1. Main Title (:45)
  • 2. Have A Heart (:33)
  • 3. O.C.P. Monitors (1:41)
  • 4. Twirl (:25)
  • 5. Van Chase (4:56)
  • 6. Murphy Dies In O.R. (titled "Murphy's Death" on original release) (2:35)
  • 7. Robo Lives (1:05)
  • 8. Drive Montage (1:04)
  • 9. Helpless Woman (1:16)
  • 10. Nukem (:26)
  • 11. Murphy's Dream ("The Dream") (3:05)
  • 12. Gas Station Blow-Up ("We Killed You") (1:44)
  • 13. Murphy Goes Home ("Home") (4:15)
  • 14. Clarence Frags Bob (1:45)
  • 15. Rock Shop (3:42)
  • 16. Robo Drives To Jones (1:47)
  • 17. Directive 4 (1:04)
  • 18. Robo & Ed 209 Fight ("Robo Vs. Ed 209") (2:10)
  • 19. Force Shoots Robo (2:43)
  • 20. Big Is Better (2:33)
  • 21. Care Package (2:58)
  • 22. Looking For Me ("Showdown") (5:13)
  • 23. Across The Board (End Credits) (7:32)

The theme song also made its way into the arcade and NES RoboCop video games.

In the nightclub scene, the song "Show Me Your Spine" by P.T.P. was played. P.T.P was a short lived side project consisting of members of the band Ministry and Skinny Puppy. However, this song was not available in any official form and could only be heard in the film. It was eventually released in 2004 on a compilation album called Side Trax by Ministry.

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