The complete soundtrack listing in the order in which they appear in the film is as follows;
1. Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen
2. Love Comes in Spurts - Richard Hell & The Voidoids
3. Girls L.G.B.N.A.F. - Ice-T
4. Wienerschnitzel - Descendents
5. The Scenario - Beastie Boys
6. Me and the Devil Blues - Cowboy Junkies
7. Freedom of Speech - Above the Law
8. Tale o' the Twister - Chagall Guevara
9. Talk Hard - Stan Ridgway
10. If It Be Your Will - Leonard Cohen
11. Kick Out the Jams - Bad Brains (with Henry Rollins)
12. Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) - Pixies
13. Titanium Expose - Sonic Youth
14. I've Got a Secret Miniature Camera - Peter Murphy
15. Why Can't I Fall in Love - Ivan Neville
16. Heretic - Soundgarden
17. Everybody Knows - Concrete Blonde
18. Hello Dad...I'm in Jail - Was (Not Was)
19. Fast Lane - Urban Dance Squad
20. Stand - Liquid Jesus
The soundtrack features several covers. The Cowboy Junkies' contribution to the soundtrack is a remake of a Robert Johnson song, while the Bad Brains and Henry Rollins track is a cover of the MC5 anthem. "Stand" by Liquid Jesus is a new version of the 1969 song by Sly & the Family Stone.
Peter Murphy's exclusive track was later included on a special reissue of his 1988 album, Love Hysteria, while Sonic Youth's song appeared on their 1990 release, Goo.
An earlier version of Soundgarden's "Heretic" appears on the 1985 Seattle band compilation album Deep Six. Concrete Blonde revisited "Everybody Knows" on their 2003 album, Live in Brazil. The original, upbeat version of "Wave of Mutilation" appears on Doolittle, the third studio album by Pixies.
A number of songs prominently featured in the film did not appear on the officially released soundtrack, including the original version of "Everybody Knows" by Leonard Cohen, which appeared on his 1988 album, I'm Your Man. Although Cohen's version serves as the theme song for Mark's pirate radio program during most of the film, he opens his final broadcast with the Concrete Blonde cover that appears on the soundtrack. Also present in the film but absent from the soundtrack are "Dad, I'm in Jail" by Was (Not Was) from their 1988 album What Up, Dog?, "Fast Lane" by Urban Dance Squad from their 1990 album Mental Floss for the Globe, "Weinerschnitzel" by The Descendents from their 1981 EP Fat, "Love Comes in Spurts" by Richard Hell and the Voidoids from their 1977 album Blank Generation, and "Talk Hard," by Stan Ridgway, the original version of which has never been released (though Ridgway has released a live version of the song).
Not as prominently featured is a legendary early track by the Beastie Boys entitled "The Scenario". Although the song appears only briefly in Pump Up the Volume, it is notable because it never appeared in any official release, however is available on hard to find bootleg recordings. The song was cut from the Beastie's Def Jam album Licensed to Ill after being deemed too explicit. Christian Slater's character explains this when he introduces it on the air saying, "Now here's a song from my close personal buddies, the Beastie Boys...a song that was so controversial they couldn't put it on their first album."
Also of note is the fact that Cliff Martinez's instrumental score has never seen an official release of any kind.