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The complete in-game music is almost 4 hours in length.
|Disc||Track number||Title||File Name||Length||Type|
|01||03||From Past to Present||mus_town_day_02 / mus_explore_day_02||05:06||Town|
|01||06||The City Gates||mus_town_day_01||03:48||Town|
|01||09||Tooth and Claw||mus_combat_01||01:50||Combat|
|01||10||Under an Ancient Sun||mus_explore_day_01||03:43||Explore|
|01||11||Death or Sovngarde||mus_combat_06||03:02||Combat|
|01||15||The Jerall Mountains||mus_explore_day_04||03:21||Explore|
|01||16||Steel on Steel||mus_combat_02||01:45||Combat|
|02||20||Night without Stars||mus_dread_04||00:43||Dread|
|02||25||A Winter's Tale||mus_tavern_03||03:21||Tavern|
|02||26||The Bannered Mare||mus_tavern_02||02:30||Tavern|
|02||27||The Streets of Whiterun||mus_town_day_03||04:06||Town|
|02||28||One They Fear||mus_combat_boss_02||03:16||Combat|
|02||29||The White River||mus_explore_day_05||03:31||Explore|
|02||32||Beneath the Ice||mus_dungeon_ice_01 / mus_dungeon_ice_02||04:16||Dungeon|
|03||35||Before the Storm||mus_intro||01:09||Special|
|03||36||A Chance Meeting||mus_tavern_04||03:11||Tavern|
|03||37||Out of the Cold||mus_tavern_01||03:04||Tavern|
|03||38||Around the Fire||mus_tavern_05||03:11||Tavern|
|03||39||Shadows and Echoes||mus_dungeon_cave_03||02:21||Dungeon|
|03||40||Caught off Guard||mus_combat_03||01:12||Combat|
|03||42||Blood and Steel||mus_combat_04||02:12||Combat|
|03||43||Towers and Shadows||mus_dungeon_fort_02||02:23||Dungeon|
|03||44||Seven Thousand Steps||mus_discover_highhrothgar||01:08||other|
|03||46||Watch the Skies||mus_combat_boss_03||02:22||Combat|
|03||47||The Gathering Storm||mus_explore_dusk_01||02:55||Explore|
|03||48||Sky Above, Voice Within||mus_explore_dusk_03||03:58||Explore|
|03||49||Death in the Darkness||mus_dungeon_cave_01||02:37||Dungeon|
|03||52||Wind Guide You||mus_explore_day_09||09:05||Explore|
Skyrim's soundtrack was nominated by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for Best Score in the Game Music Category, but was beaten by L.A. Noire. It was also nominated by Game Audio Network Guild for Music of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack Album, but again lost. The main theme, Dragonborn, won the Game Audio Network Guild's Best Original Vocal (Choral) award.
 New arrangements
- "Dragonborn" is the latest version of what Todd Howard has called the "Elder Scrolls Theme". It first appeared as "Call of Magic" (aka "Nerevar Rising") in Morrowind and then as "Reign of the Septims" in Oblivion. The latest version is the first to include lyrics, sung by a men's choir in the dragon tongue. The original version and a translation appear in-game in the book Songs of Skyrim.
- The track "The Jerall Mountains" originally appeared in Morrowind as "Rise to Reality" ("Silt Sunrise" in the Special Edition soundtrack) and in Oblivion as "Through the Valleys".
- The piece "Wind Guide You" is a remake of "Minstrel's Lament", which also appeared in Oblivion.
 Extracting the PC version music
In previous games the music was available as MP3 files in the main game directory, but for Skyrim the files have been included in
Skyrim - Sounds.bsa, and encoded with a ".xwm" extension. Once extracted from the BSA, they can be played using the VideoLAN media player, which is also able to convert them to other formats, such as MP3.
The music can be converted to wav via xWMAEncode.exe found in the Microsoft DirectX Software Developer's Kit. The SDK is about 500MB compressed and requires installation, but the basic exe is a standalone encoder/decoder, thus best found and used without the kit.
The Main Theme can be found in the "special" directory.
- The compression algorithms used by the game can cause parts of the soundtrack to drop out or be over-emphasized. For instance, the percussion section is far more audible in the in-game version of "Tooth and Claw" than in the soundtrack version. Compare the in-game version of "Tooth and Claw" to the soundtrack version.
- "Skyrim Atmospheres" consists of various pieces of ambiance, sound effects, and music from the game, notably the mus_palette tracks.
- Two extended pieces of music are missing from the official release: mus_combat_boss and mus_dungeon_cave_02. Most of the shorter tracks have also been excluded.
- Dawnguard and Dragonborn both contain new pieces of music that have not been released for download.