A few artists who have songs on the "Empire Records" soundtrack include Gin Blossoms, the Cranberries, Edwyn Collins, the Martinis and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Other artists featured include The Innocence Mission, Better than Ezra, Ape Hangers, Cracker and Meices, as well as several others.
The first track on the soundtrack, "Till I Hear It From You," performed by the Gin Blossoms, was a hit single from the soundtrack. Another hit single that appeared on the soundtrack was the song "A Girl Like You," performed by Edwyn Collins. The Cranberries make an appearance with the song "Liar," written by Noel Hogan and Dolores O'Riordan. Another band that appears on the soundtrack, the Martinis, is composed of members David Lovering and Joey Santiago, who are also members of the Pixies. The Martinis contribute the song "Free" to the soundtrack.
Other songs that appear on the soundtrack include "Crazy Life" by Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Bright as Yellow" by the The Innocence Mission, "Circle of Friends" by Better than Ezra and "I Don't Want to Live Today" by the Ape Hangers. The band Cracker contributes the track "Whole Lotta Trouble," and the Meices appear with the song "Ready, Steady, Go." Other artists making an appearance include Drill, Lustre, Please, Evan Dando and Coyote Shivers.