Top Ten Best Movie Soundtracks

The Top Ten

The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore) The Lord of The Rings (Howard Shore) Product Image

Cannot stress the beauty of this score enough. The feeling of unearthliness associated with the elves, the sadness nostalgia felt when looking at the white tree, the minor themes like Eowyn's that just bring you into focus every time a certain character comes on screen. I will never, never grow tired of this score. Though I think that LOTR and Star Wars are more or less equal in terms of scores, LOTR will always be my personal favourite. It's just seamless.

Not only does the soundtrack for Lord of the Rings increase the power and intensity of the films even more then could be thought possible, but by themselves they are ingenious pieces of work. The melodies, harmonies, and emotional strains are unforgettable and fits amazing with everything from Frodo's climb up Mt. Doom to the Riders of Rohan to the ethereal elves of Lothlorien. No matter how much you play it, the score refreshes and is emotionally riveting every time.

This is by far the best soundtrack I've ever heard. The music is so memorable, original, it sounds so good (it's like ice cream for your ears), and it fits the moods of the movies so well. Sure, I do like some other movie soundtracks, but never more than one or two songs. I love about a dozen of these songs, and all the rest are great too (I like listening to the happy music, it's so relaxing). THE BEST movie soundtrack, period.

Simply epic from start to end. Lots of different leitmotifs, which together manage to make you feel all the different emotions from the movie, going from calm and relaxed themes (Concerning Hobbits) to fast paced and dark tunes such as Mordor and Isengard themes (The Hornburg). Being a big fan of the books, I can also confirm that it fits really well with everything, from Hobbits to Mordor, passing by Elves, Rohan and lots more.

Star Wars (John Williams) Star Wars (John Williams) Product Image

Its one of the beat scores of all time. The movie alone was way ahead of its time with the use of practical and computer generated effects, and the score just makes it that much better.

Considering all of the 6 movies, but not the soundtrack as an album, because it is so crucial to the storytelling and vice-versa that one cannot exist without the other. You could replace James Earl Jones himself and still have Star Wars, but never without that specific musical tones at each particular scene. The music is not there only for atmosphere, it is a main character.

Of course Star Wars music is the best! I know it places SECOND place on the list right now, but it will be in first place. It is iconic, is is epic, it is emotional, it is what makes the movie itself. Without the music in Star Wars, it wouldn't be as much as a popular movie. The music, and the movie itself, make Star Wars the best movie AND the best music on the list.

Undoubtedly the most iconic movie score of all time. How is this second? How are the scores to Indiana Jones, Requiem for a Dream, and 2001: A Space Odyssey not in the Top 10. Lord of the Rings has an excellent score, but Star Wars is incomparable. That anything else could take first place makes my question the sanity of The Top Tens users.

The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer) The Dark Knight (Hans Zimmer) Product Image

Perhaps the greatest soundtrack ever written.. But unfortunately that's what it is; a single track. Hans Zimmer excels in the recent art or thematic motif however fails to deviate and hence illuminate the intricacies of character and development through music. Although this allows audiences to re-experience the raw emotions associated with the theme's appearance, hence providing a powerful ending, it could do more in aiding the film through the exploration of further emotion

Epic... Really awesome, and completely soul stirring. When I listened to it I knew ihad to pick it up. (by the way did so in a week

This movie is really the best in so many ways, and soundtrack is one of them.

Undoubtedly the greatest, the movement and flow of soundtrack is the best.

Titanic (James Horner) Titanic (James Horner) Product Image

This is totally my favorite soundtrack of all time. My 3 favorite track's are, My heart will go on, Hymn to the sea, and The Sinking.P. S This is also my favorite movie of all time, And so far, the only movie I ever cried Watching.

The best soundtrack ever. This is on the top on my heart list. It never be forgetten. James horner is great composer ever. I always remember love of jack and rose the great titanic love.

His soundtrack to Titanic is utterly compelling and stands up as the single greatest soundtrack of all time. Definitely deserves to be number one.

It disgusts me that people think Twilight and other similar movies have good soundtracks when there are masterpieces like Titanic here.

Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) Gladiator (Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard) Product Image

From the moment I started listening to the pieces of music from this film, chills ran up and down my spine non-stop. No one could ever create such an emotional complex of music that dives straight into your heart. Hans Zimmer is the best there is, was, and ever will be.

This music is really special because if one listens carefully, gladiator serves as a precursor the the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack and you'll hear the similarities.
Go ahead- Listen for yourself.

The best soundtrack for a film ever made and probably the best work Hans Zimmer has done and will ever do. Unmatched by it's epic and brilliance this soundtrack it's an absolute masterpiece.

At the age of 8 you're dragged to the movies where you see an action packed monster of a movie, filled with violence and political drama. You revel in the action and sit with a smile on your face during the first 15 minutes and almost cry at the end. The movie came to life and the sheer magnificence and power of it all is almost overwhelming, but one thing stands taller than all. Walking out of the movie theater both my mother, myself and 20 others were humming D - B flat - D - D - E sharp - C - C - C - D. That being part of the opening battle Theme/Score and no other movie has ever done that to me. Hans Zimmer is a genius! He fitted one of the best movies ever with the best score/theme ever. Period!

Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (Hans Zimmer) Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End (Hans Zimmer) Product Image

While I do think that the first movie track was all around better, this one has so many moments of such perfection. Drink up Me Hearties Yo Ho is such a great song, Up is down is so amazing. The soundtrack really aided the movie. Still prefer the first, but some of these individual songs cause chills every time.

The music is genius! It is the living part of the movie and you can picture every scene while listening to the soundtrack. Will and Elizabeth Symphony is just amazing! Up and Down, Hoist The Colors, The Parlay, Singapore, etc. - every piece is brilliantly done.

Drink Up Me Hearties and Hoist The Colors from this movie are the best scores I've ever heard in a movie...and I listen to all of them very carefully.
The way they have been used in the movie is just epic...every scene enhanced by its sheer brilliance!

How is this not in the top 2. This is a modern classic. The music is just pure EPICness in the climax.. Not to mention that scene was one of the most EPIC fight scenes ever! This has to be no 2.. After Lord Of The Rings,

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone) Product Image

Best soundtrack ever. The Theme, Marcia, the Carriage of are Spirits, the Saint Anthony Mission, Father Ramirez, Story of a Soldier, Marcia without Hope, the Death of a Soldier, the Ecstasy of Gold, and the Trio are all amazing tracks making up the single best soundtrack ever.

Hands down for me the greatest theme song of all time. Just listen to it. It's the definition of epic. As well as that there's also plenty of other awesome tracks such as The Ecstasy of Gold and The Trio.

Every piece of music in this film is a masterpiece. Epic beyond words. Movies like this one will probably never be replicated to any real comparison. It sets the bar too high.

You could play any song off this soundtrack 50 years later and people will recognize it. It instantly brings me back to watching it as a kid.

Jaws (John Williams) Jaws (John Williams) Product Image

Some critics have cited parallels between this score (which consists of two notes), and Frank Churchill's theme music for "Man" in Bambi (which consisted of three simple notes).

So awesome, that it can make a room full of people scream!

Good but...Dvorak 9? Anyone?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (John Williams) Product Image

I understand this not being in top 5 but come on it deserves to be in top 10. Just listen to the soundtrack; A window to the Past is a great musical piece. Every phrase of that music gives me goosebumps. Buckbeaks flight is another excellent composing.

Deserves to be Number 1! It's absolutely Beautiful! Even the films not scored by John Williams!

It's the most peaceful sound ever.

Are you guys forgeting something! Harry Potter soundtracks! Did you ever listen? MAGICAL(john Williams;Patrick Doyle;Nicholas Hooper;and Alexandre Desplat (go on give it a try and listen to the 2 last ones, and then post your comments to what did you feel).

How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) Product Image

One of the best movie score of all time!
John Powell was VICIOUSLY ROBBED of that Oscar for this movie! He's a magician.
I personally like "Test drive","Romantic Flight", "This is Berk ", " New Tail ", but "Forbidden friendship" is the best of all.

Staggering in its emotional expression. While its easy to acknowledge the epic themes of tracks such as Test Drive, its melody stirring to create a powerful motif such as that employed by Hans Zimmer in the Batman Trilogy, it is the raw and varying emotion throughout the film that should put it in the top 5. Forbidden Friendship, for instance, is a true masterpiece, reflecting character development in an experimental way alien to the generic and repetitive themes of recent blockbuster titles.

Ultimate soundtrack. John Powell is my personally best composer. "Romantic Flight", "This Is Berk", "Test Drive", "Coming Back Around", "Where Is Hiccup" are certainly awesome, but "Forbidden Friendship" is best of all. It is the soul of soundtrack. It is unparalleled. It certainly deserves number one spot. This is the best soundtrack. Though movie is absolutely good but without John Powell is not the best. This soundtrack has influenced me most

After Lord of the Rings, this is my favorite film score of all time. Forbidden Friendship is an amazing song and I could listen to it all day. This is Berk is such a great opener to the movie. The movie itself is quite good but the soundtrack is nearly unbeatable. The themes that carry throughout are gorgeous and carry along the storytelling. The soundtrack from LOTR is iconic, but I think that Powell's work deserves way more recognition than it receives.

The Newcomers

? Mulan (Jerry Goldsmith, Matthew Wilder)

The Contenders

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams) Product Image

This is legendery

Jurassic Park (John Williams)

Why is this only at Number 16? This is one of the most powerful, most inspiring movie soundtracks ever. I bet that quite a lot of the scenes in the movie, as fantastic as it is, wouldn't be as good without the soaring soundtrack.

Such a great movie, but it's the music that really makes it memorable! Especially the Main Theme, every time I hear it that scene comes to mind.

Most epic theme ever! Awesome soundtrack, for awesome movies! Only number 38! Come on people, Jurassic Park wins, hands down!

Jurassic Park, where we don't build fences, cause' stuff just bites right through it, when the power goes out.

Batman (Danny Elfman) Batman (Danny Elfman) Product Image

The Nolan films are great in all ways except one: MUSIC! Elfman's soundtrack truly defines Batman. This should be at least in the top ten. (LotR first, of course)
Now if only Elfman and Nolan had worked together... Sigh...

Waltz of death is quite circussy in a good way.

Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction Product Image

Well this movie is just classic it belongs in top 10

THE ONLY ONE WHo could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man!

I Should Of Bought This The Other Day I Saw It At The Store For 5$

Saturday Night Fever

What? The best album ever below music from star wars and the lord of the rings?

Best selling soundtrack of all time with several number one hits

Love star wars but just had to vote for this one

The soundtrack that didn't got the Oscar for film music
but should have

The Godfather (Nino Rota) The Godfather (Nino Rota) Product Image

The best soundtrack... By far!

What a soundtrack

Better than best

The music fits perfectly with the mysery of the Mofia and has a grate instrumentation it’s not the best, but definitely should be in the top 10, maybe even top 5

Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Klaus Badelt) Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (Klaus Badelt) Product Image

Beautiful, powerful, moving, triumphant, energetic, intense, and relaxing all in one! It took a musical genius to compose these pieces. I mean, who doesn't love the piece "He's a Pirate"?

Although Zimmer's expansions upon the score were for the most part stronger than what Badelt did, many of Badelt's compositions fitted their allotted characters superbly.

It's just fantastic. Any tune is entertaining to listen to. A really underrated and overlooked one is Up Is Down. It's probably my favourite piece of music by Hans Zimmer.

What's there not to like? A composite range of music that accentuates this series with such ease and profession, I can't really go wrong voting for this.

Forrest Gump Suite (Forrest Gump)

So simple yet so beautiful. the perfect music to accompany this mentally challenged man in his journey. when ever I hear it I picture a feather falling from the sky and Forrest running across the country.

Number 1 songs thru the generations

I get tears from the opening

The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman) The Last Of The Mohicans (Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman) Product Image

All the scores in this classic-beautiful movie are EPIC. Just couldn't find another perfect word to describe them...

A really beautiful sound track that personifies the end of the movie.

Screw power music, "promentory" in your ears 10 minutes before a run and you're an olympian

One of the best movie scores in the 1990's.

Inception (Hans Zimmer)

Seriously, 14th? This soundtrack is so powerful that it brought me to tears. This and the dark knight are the only two soundtracks to do so and it is a truly incredible feeling. Hans Zimmer is definitely the most brilliant modern composer and is largely overlooked on this list. Please, vote for this soundtrack. Also, where is interstellar on this list? That is also an incredible brainchild of Zimmer.

It deserves to be in top 5 guys common listen to it first and then decide please guys vote for this one. It deserves to be on the top speciaaly because of "time" soundtrack of the movie. So first listen to the track and then vote for it!

This is one of the greatest soundtracks ever! Please put it in top five, if not number 1... "Time' and 'Old souls' are just heart breakingly beautiful. 'Dream is collapsing' is magnificient and an uncanny aural portrayal of the corresponding scene in the film. So great its epic!

I cannot understand how you guys vote. This soundtrack is a masterpiece and perfect for this film. This must be on the top 10! Congratulations Mr. Zimmer and Mr. Nolan! Awesome job!

Braveheart (James Horner) Braveheart (James Horner) Product Image

Far better than Titanic, easily one of the best soundtrack you may listen to. Horner tends to photocopy a lot, including himself. That score is less prone to xerox than many of his other ones. That score was so epic Horner kept using Gaelic/Irish musical instruments afterwards...

Gentle, romantic, sad, soulful, brave, free. It holds all the themes of the movie so perfectly. Truly a beautiful track, with such strong emotion in each melody.

By far the most powerful piece I have ever heard. Beautiful score for a equally as beautiful movie.

The best music I have ever hear in a movie! So powerful and emotional! Should be number one.

Sherlock Holmes (Hans Zimmer)

An Oscar nominated score that's unconventional in it's usage of broken pianos. Shame Pixar's Up won that year because this score was a million miles above that sentimental pap.

From insanely action packs treats like Panic Sheer Bloody Panic and Psycological Recovery 6 months to the quirkiness of Catonic and My Mind Rebels at Stagnation, this Sherlock Holmes has it all.

A Gypsy like score in this Sherlock Holmes is very simmilar to Pirates of the Caribbean. Add in the Rocky Road to Dublin and there Are some Irish flutes in the background.

This movie should be in a category of it's own. The sound of Zimmer is too special to be in this list. Where are the other steampunks? This is just pure ignorance people!

Grease (Michael Gibson)

Boring! Doesn't hold a candle to the thrilling scores of Sherlock Holmes or Pirates of the Caribbean.

The title track is from Barry Gibb

Nothing really special is it.

Really? This fake 50s trash?

Halloween

It just keeps playing in your head, and it's the most recognisable song of the horror movies

Goodfellas

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