Directed by Judd Apatow, This Is 40 is the sequel to the highly successful 2007 film Knocked Up, also by Apatow. It stars Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Tim Bagley, Charlyne Yi, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, Melissa McCarthy, Albert Brooks and Ryan Lee.
The official This Is 40 soundtrack contains sixteen tracks from various artists that include Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple and The Avett Brothers.
The song Yes, I’m Your Angel by Yoko Ono appears in the soundtrack. This is a song from the album Double Fantasy released by Ono and husband John Lennon in 1980. During the 24th Annual Grammy Awards, it bagged the Album of the Year trophy. The album contained 14 tracks including Kiss Kiss Kiss, Give Me Something and Watching the Wheels.
Always Judging by Norah Jones This is a brand new song that Norah Jones contributed for the soundtrack. Jones also collaborated with Lindsey Buckingham in the song Brother and Sister. Jones released her fifth studio album, Little Broken Hearts, in 2012. The lead single from the album was Happy Pills followed by Miriam. Other notable tracks in the album are Out On the Road and After the Fall.
Lindsey Buckingham, a lead singer for the group Fleetwood Mac has three songs making it to the official soundtrack. These are Sick of You, She Acts Like You and Brother and Sister (with Norah Jones). Buckingham is an accomplished musician who has released nearly a dozen solo albums. Among these are 2011s Seeds We Sow and 1981s Law and Order.
Grammy Awards winner Fiona Apple also contributed a brand new song for the soundtrack. That song is called Dull Tool. The track already made it into the shortlist for the Best Original Song category in the upcoming 2013 Academy Awards. The song will be competing against Arcade Fires Abrahams Daughter, Adeles Skyfall theme, Karen Os Strange Love, Mumford &Sons Learn Me Right and The Black Keys The Baddest Man Alive.
Two veteran musicians in Paul McCartney and Paul Simon appears in the album. Rewrite, a track from Paul Simons 2011 album So Beautiful or So What is in the soundtrack. McCartneys contribution is the song Lunch Box/Odd Sox.
Wilco, an alternative rock band adds more rock flavor into the soundtrack through their song I Got You at the End of the Century. Ryan Adams contributes two live recordings as well. These are live recordings of the songs Shining Through the Dark and Lucky Now. Rounding up the soundtrack are songs from Graham Parker, Punch Brothers, The Rumour, the Avett Brothers and Loudon Wainwright III.
Jon Brion, the score composer for the film has one track making it into the OST. This is Theme 1: Debbie and Oliver.
There are a lot of other songs featured in the film that didnt make it into the official soundtrack release. These include Price Tag by Jessie J, Rooster by Alice in Chains, We Run This by Missy Elliot, Old Days by Chicago, and Little Guitars by Van Halen.