Canadian director Ivan Reitman chose all the music for this soundtrack for his film. It features artists like Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Elliott Smith and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. "This Land is Your Land" and "Help Yourself" are the two standout tracks on the CD.
Reitman has said that he finds the music very important in the films he makes – almost as important as his characters. That makes sense because if you were to listen to the soundtrack before you saw the movie then it would just be a decent collection of songs, but after seeing the film most will agree that the music makes a profound impact on the film. The emotions of the film are imprinted on you through the music and makes listening to it later much more profound.