The economic success of the film Free Willy resulted in an expansion of the whale-watching industry and also the rehabilitation and release of Keiko. Free Willy, a family drama movie, was released in 1993. The film was written by Keith A. Walker and Corey Blechman, directed by Simon Wincer, and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Jennie Lew Tugend. The film is about an orphan, Jesse, who is placed with foster parents and forced to work at a theme park to make amends. While working in the park, Jesse meets Willy, a young orca whale who has been separated from his family and is in danger. MJJ Music, in collaboration with Epic Records and Epic Soundtrax, released the film’s soundtrack, titled Free Willy ‑ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, on July 13, 1993. The soundtrack is made up of a total of 12 tracks composed and performed by various talented artists, including Michael Jackson and NKOTB. “Will You Be There (Reprise)” is one of the singles on the soundtrack that became a massive hit. The track charted in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, won the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie, and was certified platinum. This article will list down all the songs from the Free Willy soundtrack.
12. Will You Be There (Theme from Free Willy) – Reprise – Michael Jackson
“Will You Be There” was written and performed by the legendary Michael Jackson. On June 28, 1993, the single was released as the eighth single from his 1991 album, Dangerous. “Will You Be There” was featured in the film’s soundtrack as the main theme. This hit single gained recognition for its appearance in the Free Willy soundtrack.
11. Farewell Suite – Basil Poledouris
With its rich and deeply felt delights, this song has the unique capacity to take you to another realm. “Farewell Suite” was released in 1993 and was performed by Basil Poledouris. This song is one of the catchy tracks on the album that earned excellent reviews from the fans. “Farewell Suite” is an outstanding Poledouris creation of emotion and heroism, topped off with a beautiful ending.
10. Audition – Basil Poledouris
“Audition” is one of the Free Willy ‑ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack tracks that was also composed and performed by Basil Poledouris, a Greek-American music composer who specialized in film and television compositions.
9. Friends Montage – Basil Poledouris
This energetic but steady track is one of Basil’s best scores. “Friends Montage” indeed sounds like two people enjoying each other’s company more and more as time passes. It’s about two friends getting to know each other better and learning more about each other as time passes.
8. The Gifts – Basil Poledouris
“The Gifts” is another masterpiece in the Free Willy ‑ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack composed by Basil Poledouris. This beautiful track features dreamy effects that make it delightfully relaxing to listen to.
7. Connection – Basil Poledouris
“Connection” is a lovely piece of music that is uplifting and pleasant. This song highlights and emphasizes Willy and Jesse’s already created and grown friendship bond. “Connection” is another of Basil’s compositions.
6. Main Title – Basil Poledouris
“Main Title” features the best opening theme performances, which include some wind synthesizer watery effects. This combination creates a catchy introduction to the film that can elicit strong emotions.
5. How Can You Leave Me Now – Funky Poets
The number five track on the soundtrack was composed by Paul Frazier and performed by Funky Poets, a mid-90s US rap group comprising young black men from the ghetto. “How Can You Leave Me Now” was released in 1993 and is contained in the Free Willy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
4. Right Here (with Voices) – SWV-Sisters, Voices
“Right Here” was released on August 20, 1992. The track was contained on SWV’s debut album, It’s About Time, as the lead single. A remixed version of the track titled “Right Here (Human Nature Remix)” became a massive success. The remixed version was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Billboard ranked this track version at number 17 in their top 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time Chart.
3. Didn’t Mean To Hurt You – 3T
The number three track on the soundtrack was performed by 3T (Toriano, Taryll, and Tito) and was released in 1993. The track features R&B, Soul, and Pop sounds and style. “Didn’t Mean To Hurt You” is about the artist apologizing to his beloved for hurting her, claiming that by hurting her, he terribly harmed himself. In the song, he expresses regret for hurting his lover and wishes he could go back in time so that he could fix his mistake. The Free Willy soundtrack contained this track by 3T.
2. Keep On Smilin’ – New Kids On The Block
“Keep On Smilin’” was released in 1993 and performed by New Kids On The Block, a boy band from the US. The boy band is made up of five members, including Danny Wood, Joey Mclntyre, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Jordan Knight . This ballad is about the artist promising his lover to always be there for her no matter what, and he wants her to be happy by telling her, “Baby, keep smilin’, smilin’ for me, come on now.”
1. Will You Be There (Theme from “Free Willy”) – Michael Jackson
“Will You Be There (Reprise)” is one of the singles on the Free Willy soundtrack that became a massive hit. The track charted in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, won the 1994 MTV Movie Award for Best Song from a Movie, and was certified platinum.