Top 10 Best Hans Zimmer Soundtracks

The Top Ten
1 Inception

Yeah, and it isn't very close. I can name three songs from the Inception soundtrack that are better than any other Hans Zimmer song, and three songs that are extremely close. Dream is Collapsing is so amazing and powerful, completely captivating the audience and reminding you of the scene very well. Time is chillingly beautiful, and has been streamed almost ten times more than any Zimmer song not from the Inception album. And like Dream is Collapsing, the song Mombasa has you on the edge of your seat and is super exciting, reminding you of the epic chase where this song was used. There are so many more amazing songs from this amazing album, such as One Simple Idea, 528491, Dream Within a Dream, and We Built This World. I could explain why all of those are amazing, but I don't want to waste too much time. In conclusion, this is easily the best Zimmer soundtrack and maybe even the best movie soundtrack of all time

This is easily the best of Hans Zimmer's innumerable amount of movie soundtracks, but what really sets Inception apart from all the others, and makes it the best of all, is Time. One of the most unique, beautiful, moving, breathtaking peices of music I have ever had the immense joy and privilege of experiencing.

If you think "Time" is the only track that puts it up you better be hearing other tracks as well.. I mean how can you miss "A dream is collapsing", "Waiting for a train" and "Mombasa"?

Watch the movie. Absolutely fantastic. Listen to the soundtrack from start to finish. It takes you on a trip and is undoubtedly one of Zimmer's best soundtracks.

2 Interstellar

A unique and ambitious soundtrack for an equally unique and ambitious movie, which not just enhances the viewing experience like most of Zimmer's soundtracks, but uniquely propels the core aspect of the film. You can feel the relationship between father and daughter changing throughout the film, and the constant love and hope that a father can fulfil the promise he made to his daughter. Coop is taken into another dimensional world, and so is the viewer in the film and Zimmer's emotional and hypnotic soundtrack that defines Interstellar as a truly extraordinary film.

The whole score is so dreamy and lucid, it just hypnotizes in the journey in outer space. The organs that pound down during suspenseful moments gave me goosebumps. Hans Zimmer has made some amazing scores, but this might be one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard.

All of Hans Zimmer's works are surely question about that. But nothing is so simple and beautiful like Interstellar's soundtrack. He uses musical instruments in a complete different way and also proves that his creativity has no limits...

Batman and Inception are both incredible soundtracks but Interstellar brings it to another level. Zimmer is far more experimental with the track, and it is one the defining features of such a beautiful film.

3 The Dark Knight

This music is batman. Listen, everyone knows realizes that Christian Bale made batman, batman, and that Heath Ledger took this movie to a whole different level; however, Hans Zimmer made The Dark Kight, The Dark Knight. This movie is one of my favorites, but the music... it is my favorite. One of the first soundtracks I ever listened to by Zimmer, and as I listened to others (Inception included), I've yet to be disappointed; however, while they are all amazing, Dark Knight is just on a different level.

Hans Zimmer has defined the batman theme of the decade... The main dark knight theme, which revolved around the variations of a part of "Molossus," has been equated to batman since the Danny Elfman version... But Zimmer made it better... Besides those scores, the overall music in the dark knight brings out the emotions of the triology, and they fit every scenario perfectly! Another wonderful masterpiece by Hans Zimmer, a true work of art indeed!

So much emotion in every piece. What I believe make the dark knight soundtrack better is the legacy left behind by the tracks "why so serious" and "a watchful guardian. " I personally believe that the dark knight has overall more enticing, attractive music that will give you goosebumps than inception does

This and Dark Knight Rises are clearly his best; Inception mas merely an audition. Hans Zimmer is the Batman Trilogy. You could close your eyes and still feel the intensity in these movies. The second half of this soundtrack will go down as one of the greatest of all time

4 Gladiator

Who can listen to Earth without being relaxed, who can listen to Babarian Horde without being energized, who can listen to Now We Are Free without being uplifted? You see that's thing. These songs were composed with a mission to complete, a feeling to leave you with. Hans Zimmer nailed it with this one! Not my favorite but my #3.

Now we are free is the masterpiece of zimmer. It truly does connect with one's emotion and draws you in. It's been 14 years now and I still haven't found a perfect replacement for this composition. Wonder if even hans zimmer can out do him once more!

Just pure raw emotion in this song. It brings me to tears instantly. There's just something angelic and otherworldly about it. No other song gets to me like now we are free.

Now We Are Free is one of the greatest songs of all time in terms of context and meaning. This soundtrack does so much for the movie, absolutely incredible.

5 The Dark Knight Rises

This is an incredible soundtrack. His use of simple chords and repeating phrases makes for an intense and intriguing watching experience. These recurring patterns within the music help the audience to associate certain parts of the film with certain characters. Although the score may not be of intense skill to perform, this does not matter and this score is often given bad reviews because of this, the simplicity helps the audience in creating an atmosphere and certain amount of tension. I always say "if the music in a film catches your attention when it shouldn't, it may be to complex". And I often sit down to a movie because of the score and the composer, and then 2 hours later I've just watched a movie and haven't listened to the movie at all, that must have been a fantastic score to draw me in to the story line. This score does that for me :). Great job overlord Hans.

The Dark Knight Rises was the soundtrack fans across the entire world were looking for. Now that he had done the soundtrack for Inception, he had to prove that once again, he could make a great soundtrack. The recurring themes from the last two movies are a great addition, and although it may not be as similar to the first two movies's soundtracks, it fits with the idea that its been a long time since the last movie. Plus, Zimmer does great with the Bane chanting theme, the Selina Kyle theme, and putting a tension that makes you want to start chanting, " DESHI DESHI BASARA BASARA! ". Overall, good soundtrack.

I feel that the creativity and emotion Hans put into this score should easily be further up on the list. This movie is what made me a fan of his work.

Its an amazing track! The climax score is my most favorite score of the Batman triology!

6 Man of Steel

Absolutely amazing! Definitely amongst the top of Zimmer's best. Also the movie overall is a superhero masterpiece! Everything works oh so perfectly well. Loved everything about MoS.

I watched this movie for Hans Zimmer, listen to "Arcade" and "What are you going to do when you are not saving the world? " Amazing stuff should be in top 10! Get it up guys!

Intense. Emotional. Lots of action but still melodic. This track captures the places, scenes, people, and events better than any other Zimmer I've heard.

Without this music, Man of Steel would be very boring. Hans Zimmer made a soundtrack more memorable than John William's one in my opinion.

7 The Lion King

How?! It's one of the most unique soundtracks he's ever done in his entire career, and it captures the feel of the entire movie...I simply cannot describe how it is to hear this soundtrack - it's just so damn amazing...

All of the songs such as 'king of pride rock' 'remember who you are' and 'stampede' perfectly encapsulate all the emotions of this spectacular movie. the melodies have stuck with kids to this very day, and I even find myself humming them once and a while. perfectly unique and absolutely stunning, the lion king is definitely the best track he's ever made.

Just astonishing! My parents told me that as a kid they have to stopped two times the film because I started to cry!

All those who have not voted for this don't know that this is the one that got him the most recognition and awards.
Just EPIC!

8 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

In spite of the fact that Klaus Badelt was credited for this score, Hans Zimmer produced and co-composed this along with Badelt. Many of the themes from this film were, in fact, written by Zimmer. The title theme, 'He is a Pirate', was Zimmer's composition, albeit an uncredited one.

The first soundtrack that introduced me to Hans Zimmer making me into a huge huge fan that's downloaded numerous Hans Zimmer soundtracks. Every time I listen, I fall in love all over again

One of the greatest soundtracks of all time. The only thing keeping it from being Zimmer's best is the fact that he did not do all of it.

JUST AMAZING... The very first piece of Hans Zimmer I heard and is the one that made me fall in love with him.

9 Batman Begins

It sucks. He was too lazy include Elfman's theme, so the movie has absolutely zero memorable music.

Groundwork for TDKT scores and genuinely fantastic piece of music.

Far from our world

10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

The 'Drink up my hearties' track comprises a more refined composite masterpiece from Hans Zimmer, and presents one of his stronger pieces. The way this song evolves with each minute is genuinely mesmerizing, and to think that humans are capable of producing such brilliance is profound! Hans Zimmer's limits are boundless.

'I Don't Think Now is the Best Time' is an amazing track on an equally magnificent score - easily my favourite on there. I'm always amazed at how the music can go so under-acknowledged on a film.

The soundtrack for the other Pirates of the Caribbean films were amazing, however the soundtrack for this films was absolutely MAJESTIC.

My absolute favourite of all Hans Zimmer's work!

The Contenders
11 The Da Vinci Code

Chevalairs se sangreal, simply amazing. It gives me so much tranquillity, it happens more than often that I sit on my study chair and keep listening to this wonderful piece of art. Really, the music cannot be described in words, it can only be felt.

Simply beautiful, the crescendo...

12 The Last Samurai

This one for me is more than music, it demonstrates the real capability of a human being, gives me a reason to try harder whatever it maybe to achieve perfection. Such wonderful music!

Hans' music in the Last Samurai is astounding. It captures the warrior spirit brilliantly and for me focusses on the battle within ourselves to overcome fear and be the best we can be

One of my favorite Soundtracks of all time. My daughter loves it too. So moving, tells the story in music even if you've never watched the film!

By far one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. The music just moves through everyone of my emotions. Hard to put into words.

13 Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest

An invigorating, uplifting and better yet a phenomenal piece of music that distinctly encapsulates the despair and battle of Davy Jones broken heart. The distant booming of pipe organs playing in the background, assists the complex structure of "The squid-faced mans" story. Such sorrow can only be met by the brilliance of Hans Zimmer's on point accuracy of composition. Hands down, one of the very few good songs that can be played over and over again; I present to you (DAVY JONES) theme!

This movie contains one of the most complex piece of music composed by Hans Zimmer... No I am not talking about "The Kraken", which as much as I like it, loud music & sensless blasting of orchestration does not equals "Complex Music"... I am talking about "Jack Sparrow"... Which is a 6 minute Concert styled suite full of chaos & mayhem, which starts with the slow drunken styled theme... And yes you all will say, the starting 1 minute is so boring & the best is the last 30 seconds! But DUHH! Both the beginning and the end are one and the same tune itself! Haven't you people been actually LISTENING to the music. This piece of music is the most complex (& I really mean "COMPLEX") piece of music ever developed by a composer (Living or Dead.. Which includes greats like Mozart & Wagner)... And why does great music always have to be either dark, negative, slow or sad, why can't it be fast paced, beautiful, positive & uplifting like how "Jack Sparrow" is

My personal favourite. The whole tone of the film is awesome and wouldn't be quite as memorable if not for the brilliant score!

Davy Jones theme is some of his best work for me, I love it. The pipe organ gives me chills

14 Sherlock Holmes

This one shows his legendary work, "HATS OFF! " to him.

Great soundtrack for a great movie!

Incredible soundtrack takes you immediatly into the world of Sherlock.

Craziness starts from this song sherlock Holmes funny character was only because of this music

15 Dunkirk

Why is this so low?

16 Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

This is the "ONLY" soundtrack my nephew will listen to in the car. It's simply amazing and I love that he composed with Bryan Adams. He's got tremendous amount of talent and I love his voice! My all time favorite next to Pearl Harbor. I even have my husband enjoying his music.

Oh please? How many of us fell in love with this soundtrack when we were little? Were captivated by every song? This has to be on of the top ten, my childhood would have not been the same without Spirit and Hans Zimmer! Couldn't be happier with this soundtrack!

In my opinion, one of the greatest soundtracks of all time. They're good strong pieces of music, and I think they suit the movie perfectly! Definitely deserves to be top o10!

Most underrated soundtrack of all time. I haven't watched the movie in over 10 years but damn the soundtrack is good!

17 The Pacific
18 Rush

Lost but won. One of the greatest soundtrack ever made.

Just listen to it and you will understand how great it is.

Terribly underrated as a Hans Zimmer soundtrack.

Lost but won... The one soundtrack you must have in your playlist

19 Kung Fu Panda
20 Kung Fu Panda 2

Although it sounds completely like a Powell score, Zimmer did write several parts. Lorne Balfe was involved in half of the tracks (He writes additional music for many Zimmer scores).

21 Driving Miss Daisy
22 The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I love "I'm Spider-Man", "You're That Spider Guy", and "The Electro Suite". I like that he also collaborated with a group he and the director made called "The Magnificent Six" featuring Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr.

Full movie was a fun ride mainly with Hans Zimmer's score. I truly love Electro's theme and I'm Spider-Man theme.

Just listen to the Electro ReMix... It just gives a different perspective of the character.

"Your That Spider Guy" is so inspirational. I love it so much.

23 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
24 King Arthur

A bad film with a wonderful soundtrack. I'm a big fan of Zimmer and I think that this is his master work. The last 5 minutes of "All of them" are the best music I ever heard

Elevates some scenes from this underrated movie to pure emotional masterpiece... Atmospheric. Give it a shot.

I fall asleep listening to this music going to sleep. It's perfect for the scenes and helps tells the story.

His absolute best--inspired an entire trilogy of books (mine)!

25 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

This is an incredible score. It builds upon the masterpiece that was the Man of Steel soundtrack and takes it to new levels. It hits all of the story beats perfectly, providing you with just as much narrative as the original script.

Terrific Soundtrack with memorable themes. "Is She With You" (Wonder Woman theme) stands out. Lex's theme is a great addition. He and Junkie XL did an amazing job on the Batman theme. Superman's theme from Man of Steel continues to be great.

The most underrated movie and soundtrack. In my opinion, this is Hans' best score, hands down.

Honestly this should be up higher. This is one of the best.

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