Best Inspirational Movie Soundtracks

Back in the time when I was writing my article on the different methods to overcome writer’s block I discovered the exceptional positive impact of orchestral movie soundtracks in regards to the stimulation of my creativity, as a lot of these songs helped me to get inspired in an amazingly refreshing way. Within a couple of months I found more and more inspiring movie scores and started to put on my headphones and play these songs whenever I needed to be creative in any kinds of ways. I don’t know exactly how to describe it, but whenever I listened to some of these highly inspiring songs (for example: Time by Hans Zimmer) I reach an “epic state of mind”, where I’m totally motivated, inspired and carried away by enthusiasm for the project I’m working at, especially when that project requires creativity. It’s quite difficult to describe this state of mind, but whatever it is, it helps me to focus on my work and come up with epic ideas and thoughts. I guess the fact that there are no distracting vocals in these orchestral songs helps me not to get sidetracked from what I’m doing, but to focus even more and come up with even better ideas.

In case you are also dependent on your creativity I highly recommend you to test if orchestral movie soundtrack scores help you to enhance your creativity; after all you have nothing to lose. It’s quite easy to put on headphones and play some inspiring movie songs, while you are writing on a book/article/poem, painting on a scaffold/piece of paper, shooting/editing a photo or are doing any other kinds of creative stuff; and in case these songs help you to peak creativity and inspire you it was worth trying! As a side tip, you should favor movie soundtracks from movies that you really like, as the songs might elicit the emotions of the movie within you.

With my attempt to find a way to enhance my creativity and to overcome the writer’s block I had discovered a completely new universe that I hadn’t noticed throughout my life, as with the research for my article about writer’s block I started to listen to movie scores for the very first time, without watching the movie. From this point onwards, I was keen to find as many inspiring orchestral movie soundtracks as possible, but unfortunately I couldn’t find inspiring scores of popular & modern movies, which is why I started creating this collection. In the following you’ll find some of my most favorite movie soundtracks that motivate me, enhance my creativity and help me whenever I’m facing a lack of inspiration. Please note, that this collection only includes modern scores of relatively new movies, as these are my personal favorites.

 

Best Inspiring Orchestral Movie Soundtracks

#1 Inception (2010) soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records © 2010

Hans Zimmer, recognized as one of the most innovative composer Hollywood’s, created with his soundtrack for the theatrical movie Inception an outstanding masterpiece. His songs provoke emotions and create an amazingly epic feeling that precisely fits to the action on the movie screen. His brooding bass line and the synths are an omnipresent part of the adventurous action scenes in the movie make it even more fascinating. Especially the songs “Dream is Collapsing“, “Dream Within A Dream” and “Time” are epic orchestral movie songs and always help me to catch inspirational ideas and thoughts, that often arise while further listening to the songs. Nevertheless, “Old Souls“, “Radical Notion“, “We Built Our Own World” and “528491” are thought provoking and inspiring masterpieces as well.

Bottom line: If you liked the movie inception, you will most likely love the soundtrack! The best songs are:

  • Dream is Collapsing
  • Dream Within A Dream
  • Time

#2 Tron Legacy (2010) soundtrack by Daft Punk

Walt Disney Records © 2010

At this point, I have to confess that I’ve never watched any movies of the Tron universe, so I have absolutely no clue what these movies are all about, nevertheless the soundtrack that was composed by Daft Punk is a superb creation, especially when you like Daft Punk. Songs like “Outlands“, “C.L.U“, “Rinzler” and “Solar Sailer” are – in my opinion – the best songs of the Tron Legacy soundtrack and help me to get energized whenever I’m listening to them. Some of the tracks seem to have some influences of Hans Zimmer’s Inception soundtrack, but Daft Punk has included their typical style and vibes into the songs, which makes this score so unique and astonishingly different. Other songs that could be of interest for you (if you liked the ones named above) are “Armory“, “End of Line“, “Fall” and “The Game has Changed“.

Bottom line: The Tron Legacy Soundtrack is highly addictive, especially when you like Daft Punk. Nevertheless, the songs are completely different from the work that Daft Punk has produced earlier, so don’t be disappointed if the songs do not sound Daft Punk-ish at the beginning. The best songs are

  • Outlands
  • C.L.U
  • Rinzler
  • Solar Sailer

#3 The Batman (2008) soundtracks by Hans Zimmer

Warner Bros. © 2008

Hans Zimmer was the composer of the soundtracks to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and created another two masterpieces that match the quality of his amazing score for Inception. Both of the soundtracks are completely different from each other, which is why both soundtracks sound so amazingly unique and come with some very inspiring songs. My personal favorites from both scores are “Like a Dog Chasing Cars” and “Agent of Chaos” [especially the part from 2:15 - 3:40 is epic and helped me to peak creativity quite often] (from The Dark Knight Soundtrack composed James Newton Howard); but also “Macrotus” and “Molussus” (both from the Batman Begins soundtrack) are stunning masterpieces that have helped me to become both motivated and excited and are worth listening. Furthermore, I also liked “Antrozous“, “Barbastella” from the Batman Begins score and “Aggressive Expansion“, “Harvey Two-Face“, “I’m not a Hero“, “Watch the World Burn” and “Why so serious?” from The Dark Knight soundtrack.

Bottom line: Hans Zimmer provides finest action music with these two masterpieces that include some epic songs that are both, sad and beautiful, but also energizing and motivating. If you like Hans Zimmer’s creations the scores are a “must-listen”. The best songs are:

  • Like a Dog Chasing Cars
  • Agent of Chaos
  • Macrotus
  • Molussus

#4 The Book of Eli (2010) soundtrack by Atticus Ross

Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, Reprise Records © 2010

The Book of Eli is a post-apocalyptic action film that was directed by the Hughes brothers and the vibe of this score composed by Atticus Ross fits perfect into the scenery of the movie. “The Passenger “and “The Journey” are my favorites of the soundtrack, as they are both inspiring and thought-provoking with their atmospheric and slightly violent tones. “Amen” and “Panoramic” are another two tracks that are worth listening, as the post-apocalyptic vibes surround you with a feeling of calmness (“Panoramic“) and intensity and inner excitement (“Amen“).

Bottom line: The four songs I’ve mentioned are absolutely worth listening to, but it depends on whether you like the post-apocalyptic vibe that comes with the soundtrack or not, as it is an omnipresent part of the songs. The best songs are:

  • The Passenger
  • The Journey

#5 Avatar (2009) soundtrack by James Horner

20th Century Fox, Atlantic, Syco © 2009

I guess that the soundtrack score for Avatar was one of the most anticipated ones (besides Inception) in 2010, as it was reported that James Horner had worked for over a year to make this soundtrack a true masterpiece that would match James Cameron’s epic movie Avatar. My favorite of the soundtrack is called “Becoming one of “The People” Becoming one with Neytiri” and comes with stunning ethnic vocals and slight jungle rhythms in the background. Two other songs that are highly addictive and recommendable are “Quaritch” and “War” and might also help you to become inspired, especially when you have the impressive pictures of the movie in mind. Most of the critics considered the Soundtrack to the movie Avatar as a solid score that perfectly fits to the the fantastic scenery of the movie.

Bottom line: Avatar by James Horner is a great soundtrack, that is worth a try, especially when you loved Avatar. If you haven’t seen the movie you might find it difficult to experience the whole atmosphere of the songs. The best songs are:

  • Becoming one of “The People” Becoming one with Neytiri
  • Quaritch

#6 Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003) by Howard Shore

New Line Productions, Inc. © 2007

Howard Shore composed the complete recordings for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and did an outstanding job with his soundtracks, as everyone could hear when watching the movie. Some might even go so far to say that the soundtracks for the Lord of the Rings trilogy are part of Shore’s best works, but whatever you call it; the songs for Lord of the Rings are epic, this is for sure. Every one of the three soundtracks contains highly inspirational songs, such as the – very commonly known – main theme “The Fellowship” (from “The Fellowship of the Ring” soundtrack). I cannot tell you how often this inspirational score bailed me when I was being stuck with writer’s block and couldn’t find the right inspiration or ideas. My favorite songs are “The Fellowship“, “Concerning Hobbits“, “The Ring goes South“,”Flight to the Ford” (from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring“); “Foundations of Stone“, “The White Rider“, “Helm’s Deep“, “Isengard Unleashed” (from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers“); “Minas Morgul“, “The Ride of the Rohirrim“, “Anduril” and “The Return of the King” (from “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King“).

Bottom line: The score to the Lord of the Rings trilogy is a fantastic masterpiece that has yet to find its equal in this genre. I’m very sure that if you loved the movies you will also love the very inspirational score. Listening to this great score will evoke the spirit of the saga and the epic scenes of the movie. The best songs of the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy are:

  • The Fellowship
  • The Ring goes South
  • Foundations of Stone
  • The White Rider
  • Anduril
  • Return of the King

#7 Transformers (2007) soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky

Warner Bros. Records © 2007

Steve Jablonsky worked for seven years with the composer Harry Gregson-Williams for Remote Control Productions, which is headed by Hans Zimmer. After this he became the music director for all movies that Michael Bay produced since 2005, inclusively the blockbuster Transformers. Jablonsky did a fantastic job and created a masterpiece with his score that people will remember for years to come. The transformers soundtrack that comes with excellent orchestral work is pretty close to be the perfect action score and was definitely one of the best scores in the year 2007. My favorite songs are “Autobots“, “Optimus“, “Arrival to Earth“, “Scorponok” and “No Sacrifice, no Victory“.

Bottom line: Transformers isn’t just a score for those that loved the film, but also a fantastic score for those that haven’t even watched the movie or weren’t interested in the storyline. The score for Transformers has set the standard for action movie scores to come and is pretty close to be perfect. It’s definitely worth listening to this excellent score that is mixed with the highest quality. The best songs of the score are

  • Autobots
  • Arrival to Earth
  • No Sacrifice, no Victory

#8 The Last Samurai (2003) soundtrack by Hans Zimmer

Elektra Records © 2003

Yet another score by Hans Zimmer that has made it into this collection. The reason that he is represented that much in the charts is not just because Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer, but simply because he makes so many fantastic and wonderful soundtracks. His score for The Last Samurai is, when compared to soundtracks like Inception or Batman, quite different, as it is a more calm and peaceful soundtrack, whose songs often evolve from moments of peacefulness into moments of power, which perfectly resembles the atmosphere of the movie. My favorite songs are “Red Warrior“, “Taken“, “To Know My Enemy“, “A Way of Life” and “Idyll’s End“.

Bottom Line: The score of The Last Samurai is a wonderful and inspiring masterpiece that is worth listening to. You should especially give it a try when you love peaceful scores that are in a perfect balance with exploding drums and percussions that resemble the ominous and power. The best songs are:

  • A Way of Life
  • Red Warrior
  • Idyll’s End

#9 The Fountain (2006) soundtrack by Clint Mansell

Nonesuch Records © 2006

The Fountain was a movie that I must have totally missed when it was in cinema; at least I haven’t seen any trailers or advertisements for it on TV. The storyline of the movie seems to be split into the past, the present and the far future and comprises the time span from 1000 years, accordingly to the trailer. The movie itself wasn’t a blockbuster and left the box office quite fast, but the motion picture score received a Grammy award, besides various nominations, which means that it could be part of the phenomenon where the score for the movie is better than the movie itself. Nevertheless, I gave the score a try and man, it was worth it! My favorite songs are “Tree of Life“, “Death is the Road to Awe“,  “First Snow” and “The Last Man“.

Bottom Line: The score for The Fountain is a rather peaceful, calm and simplistic one, but it’s definitely worth listening to this limited variety of instruments. Clint Mansell did a great job with this score and succeeded in creating the atmosphere for three completely different time periods that the movie covers. The best songs are:

  • Tree of Life
  • Death is the Road to Awe

#10 The Last of the Mohicans (1992) by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman

Morgan Creek Records © 1992

Okay, let’s finish this compilation of the best inspiring film scores with a classic. The score for The Last of the Mohicans is one of these scores that grow and become better the more you listen to it. In the beginning it might not be an overwhelming experience, but the more often you listen to the songs the more will you discover the beauty of the score produced by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman that perfectly resembles the intense story of the last Mohican. My favorite songs are “Last of the Mohicans (Theme)“, “The Kiss“, “Massacre/Canoes“, “Promentory” and “Front Battle“.

Bottom line: The score builds a joyful intensity the more you listen to it. Even though the movie was published nearly 18 years ago, the soundtrack hasn’t lost any of its value. The best songs are:

  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Fort Battle

More inspiring songs from soundtracks & reader’s suggestions:

In the above I listed ten albums that include most of my favorites when it comes to inspiring movie scores; nevertheless, I also found some single songs from different soundtracks that are quite inspiring as well. These songs can be found in the following list:

  • Binoculars by Tomandandy (Resident Evil: Afterlife Soundtrack)
  • Fireplaces Escape by Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter 7 Soundtrack)
  • Opening by Danny Elfman (Terminator Salvation Soundtrack)
  • The Might of Rome by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator Soundtrack)
  • My Name is Lincolnby Steve Jablonsky (The Island Soundtrack)
  • All Others Pay Cash by Harry Gregson-Williams (The Taking Of Pelham 123 Soundtrack)
  • Epilogue by James Newton Howard (I am Legend Soundtrack)
  • Dead Alreadyby Thomas Newman (American Beauty Soundtrack)
  • Invincible by Mark Isham (Invincible Soundtrack)
  • Injectionby Hans Zimmer (Mission Impossible II Soundtrack)
  • Infinite White and The Shard by Steve Jablonsky (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
  • Drink up me Hearties by Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean 3)
  • Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch by James Horner (Titanic Soundtrack)
  • Main Title by Alan Silvestri (Predator Soundtrack)
  • Titan Spirit by Trevor Rabin (Remember the Titans Soundtrack)
Reader’s suggestions & contributions:
  • Journey to the Line – Hans Zimmer (The Thin Red Line)
  • Chevaliers de Sangreal – Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code)
  • An Epitath to War – James Horner (Glory)
  • Main Title/Takeoff – James Horner (The Rocketeer)
  • Farewell And End Title – John Barry (Dances With Wolves)
  • Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams (Schindler’s List)
  • Leave No Man Behind – Hans Zimmer (Black Hawk Down)
  • Attack – Hans Zimmer (Pearl Harbor)
  • Optimus – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers)
  • Lost in the Wild – Jerry Goldsmith (The Edge)
  • A Small Measure of Peace – Hans Zimmer (The Last Samurai)
  • Parting Words – Michael Giacchino (Lost)
  • Oceanic 815 – Michael Giacchino (Lost)
  • Oceans Apart – Michael Giacchino (lost S3)
  • Moving On – Michael Giacchino (Lost S6)
  • Memories – Clint Mansell (Moon)
  • The Stargate Opens – David Arnold (Stargate)
  • Roslin and Adama – Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica)
  • All of them! – Hans Zimmer (King Arthur)
  • Freedom Fighers – Two Steps From Hell (Star Trek Trailer)
  • Landing Peleliu – Hans Zimmer (The Pacific)
  • Humility and Love – Christopher Young (Creation)
  • Clubbed to Death – (The Matrix Soundtrack)
  • Dances with wolves – John Barry (Dances with wolves Soundtrack)
  • Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer (Gladiator)
  • The All Spark – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers)
  • Tomb of The Primes – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen)
  • The Avengers – Alan Silvestri (Marvel’s The Avengers)
  • Icarus – Michael McCann
  • Maestro – Hans Zimmer
  • Flight – Hans Zimmer

That was my & the readers collection of the most inspiring movie soundtrack songs that I & we know of. Nevertheless, there is just one unanswered question:


How to use orchestral movie soundtracks to become inspired?

This part is, after having found some inspiring and thought-provoking soundtracks quite easy: put on your headphones and turn on the music! Close your eyes and get inspired by the tones and sounds that form imaginative images within your mind. Don’t hesitate to start doing whatever comes into mind or turn on the music whenever you need to become inspired!

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  1. Steve (Reply) on Jan 26, 2011

    Just to make this clear… the songs are in random order, simply because many of them would have deserved to be on the #1 spot! Hope you like it! Enjoy… ;-)

  2. Julius (Reply) on Feb 3, 2011

    Hey Steve,

    thank you for this list of soundtracks. I am just listening to some of them. They are great and I will definitely listen to them from now on :)

    Thank you for this list. It’s of great help. And keep on working on your blog :) I know it’s hard but you are doing a great job :)

    • Steve (Reply) on Feb 4, 2011

      Hi Julius, thanks for your great feedback, that’s highly appreciated! I’m glad you liked the soundtracks above! BTW: nice blog you’ve got about IM!

  3. bloodlife fenix (Reply) on Jun 15, 2011

    ur’s list is absolutely true dude.. Y didn’t they make it to oscar.
    My Fav Hans Zimmer.. he’s amazing.

    • Steve (Reply) on Jun 16, 2011

      Yeah,… Hans Zimmer is brilliant! Thanks for ya feedback!

  4. Joe Derrington (Reply) on Jul 28, 2011

    You mist add one more Hans Zimmer track from Pirates of the Caribbean 3
    And that’s the track “drink up me hearties”
    The last 3-4 mins of the song are epically inspirational
    Check out on YouTube Hans Zimmer live at worlds end premiere, Hans and his team play a medley of the songs from the 3rd movie and the last 5 mins are incredible !!!!

    • Steve (Reply) on Jul 29, 2011

      Joe you’re right, Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack on Pirates of the Caribbean 3 is fantastic, inclusively the track “drink up me hearties”, definitely agree with you! Just thought that I had already added 2 fantastic scores of Zimmer so that would have been too much of him, even though he is a fantastic musician!

      I added “drink up me hearties” to the list of the other inspiring songs, so thanks a lot for your recommendation!

  5. Wzm (Reply) on Oct 18, 2011

    Great!!!
    I was looking for this kind of background music. It helps a lot when you have to do something that you really not enjoying a lot ;) or with making a plan how to conquer the world.

    For people who like Inception and Batman I would recommend THE MOON soundtrack – by CLINT MANSELL.

    • Steve (Reply) on Oct 19, 2011

      Wzm, this kind of music can be really powerful whenever you need to do something boring or unpleasant, right? Even if you just wash up the crockery, every move becomes epic. :-)
      And thanks a lot for your fantastic recommendation of Clint Mansell’s soundtrack to The Moon, I will definitely check it out!

  6. Septyan (Reply) on Oct 20, 2011

    hiya Steve! nice work! specially you put the last of the mohicans theme in the list, but i really sorry to tell you were miss typed, i think its not a “front battle” but “fort battle”. But you really got a good ear Steve. And thanks for the list, it helps :D

    • Steve (Reply) on Oct 21, 2011

      Hiya Septyan! Thanks for making me aware of the typo, I’ve corrected it! And thanks for your positive feedback, I’m glad the list helped you!

  7. Victor (Reply) on Oct 22, 2011

    A million thanks! Excellent list. Great job.

    Cheers

    • Steve (Reply) on Oct 22, 2011

      Victor, thanks for the feedback! I’m happy you found what you were searching for!

  8. vaibhav (Reply) on Oct 25, 2011

    hey, this list is amazing steve. i listened to many of them, it was good.
    i think some of songs such as ‘take her to sea mr.murdoch’ from titanic and ‘main title’ of movie predator should be on this list

    • Steve (Reply) on Oct 25, 2011

      Vaibhav, I’m very glad that you like the list! Thanks a lot for your fantastic recommendations, I’ve included them into the list, where it says “more inspiring soundtracks”. Thanks again!

      • vaibhav (Reply) on Oct 25, 2011

        thanks..steve for for including those songs…ro good of you.

        • Steve on Oct 26, 2011

          You’re welcome! Such fantastic suggestions like yours are always appreciated!

  9. Matt (Reply) on Jan 25, 2012

    Wow! I googled “inspiration soundtrack music” and found your site. Turns out I already own the top three (would switch Tron to #1 but really that’s just splitting hairs!)

    Great job, off to itunes to catch up on the rest, thanks!
    And check out my site when you have a minute, www .moodtraining.com I think you’ll like.

  10. scott (Reply) on Feb 26, 2012

    I am also very inspired by film scores and listen to them when I take a break from doing homework as a stress release. Your list is great. My favorite score is one that I never see on these lists and I figured I would recommend it. It is called Titan Spirit from Remember the Titans by Trevor Rabin. He does a great job of slowly leading into a very powerful ending that leaves you captivated. His other work is good to like Armageddon

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Feb 27, 2012

      wow, that’s a great score! Thanks for the recommendation, I’m including it into the list if you don’t mind!

  11. Tedau (Reply) on Mar 21, 2012

    Dude… how did you forget Conan the Barbarian theme by Basil Poledouris? Or Robocop theme?

  12. Jason (Reply) on Mar 22, 2012

    I’ve been a big fan of movie soundtracks for a while now and came across this site looking for new music to find. I was able to find a couple good tracks here, so thanks! In case anybody else is looking to expand their collection, I wanted to post some of my favorites that may not be listed here since many of my tops already are. No particular order. Enjoy!

    Journey to the Line – Hans Zimmer (The Thin Red Line)
    Chevaliers de Sangreal – Hans Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code)
    An Epitath to War – James Horner (Glory)
    Main Title/Takeoff – James Horner (The Rocketeer)
    Farewell And End Title – John Barry (Dances With Wolves)
    Theme from Schindler’s List – John Williams (Schindler’s List)
    Leave No Man Behind – Hans Zimmer (Black Hawk Down)
    Attack – Hans Zimmer (Pearl Harbor)
    Optimus – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers)
    Lost in the Wild – Jerry Goldsmith (The Edge)
    A Small Measure of Peace – Hans Zimmer (The Last Samurai)
    Parting Words – Michael Giacchino (Lost)
    Oceanic 815 – Michael Giacchino (Lost)
    Oceans Apart – Michael Giacchino (lost S3)
    Moving On – Michael Giacchino (Lost S6)
    Memories – Clint Mansell (Moon)
    The Stargate Opens – David Arnold (Stargate)
    Roslin and Adama – Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica)
    All of them! – Hans Zimmer (King Arthur)
    Freedom Fighers – Two Steps From Hell (Star Trek Trailer)
    Landing Peleliu – Hans Zimmer (The Pacific)
    Humility and Love – Christopher Young (Creation)

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Mar 23, 2012

      Jason, wow! That was a neat list! Thank you so much for the submission, I’ll include all of them into the article, if you don’t mind!

      • Jason (Reply) on Mar 28, 2012

        Please do, thanks! I just hope others can enjoy them as much as me. Keep up the good work!

  13. Lenin (Reply) on Apr 14, 2012

    Great list. But what’s up with all the comments having the same date – 26th 2011 wed?

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Apr 15, 2012

      It’s a flaw in the theme-code that I’m not able to fix, so all comments display the date the article was published. As I say, I tried to fix it but I couldn’t come up with a solution that works. Unfortunately.

      UPDATE: I’ve fixed the error, now every comment should display the correct date when it was written. Glad I can check this issue from my to-do-list.

  14. Chris (Reply) on Apr 14, 2012

    Thanks a lot for your list.
    I never thought it would be posiible to change your state of consciousness into a focused and concentrated one until i started to listen to a lot of these songs before learning/working/sports/etc
    Dont forget Clubbed to Death (Matrix). Epic one.

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Apr 15, 2012

      Oh yeah, you’re so right! I’ve included this song, its epic as you said.

  15. krishnan (Reply) on May 7, 2012

    the score from transformers 3 is also one of the best i have
    here are some inspirational tracks
    1.Battle
    2.There is no plan
    3.Sentinal Prime
    4.The Fight Will Be Your Own
    5.Tennessee(From Pearl Harbour)
    6.Prime(From Transformers 2)
    7.Arrival At Aslans How(From Narnia Prince Caspian)
    8.Mausam And Escape(From Slumdog Millionaire)
    9.Opening Title(From Call OF Duty Modern Warfare 2)
    10.Hopper(From Battleship)

  16. Nick (Reply) on May 15, 2012

    John Barry – Dances with wolves, that soundtrack blew my mind!
    Top tracks is The End title, Two socks at play, Journey to fort Sedgewick, the wolf theme, The buffalo hunt… hell, all of them are epic!

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on May 15, 2012

      What a fantastic suggestion! I’ve included it into the article!

  17. Jorge (Reply) on Jun 3, 2012

    Hi there, from Portugal! Thanks for your list, man. A lot of stuff that i like and knew.

    Three more:

    The Alll Spark – Transformers Score (By Steve Jablonsky) -> Surprised this one isn’t mentioned above. Maybe you missed it. Check it out, is amazing.

    Tomb Of The Primes – Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (by Steve Jablonsky) -> Similar to Infinite White, maybe. Amazing!

    The Avengers – The Avengers (by Alan Silbestri) -> Nice too.

    Hans Zimmer and Steve Jablonsky always there. Nice to see. It isn’t just me.

    BTW, i would say to everyone to hear the Scores from the 3 Transformers movies. It doesn’t matter if you like or hate it. Just do it, you’ll not regret it.

    As krishnan mentioned some comments above, There Is No Plan, Sentinel Prime, etc, from the DOTM, are fantastic.

    I love some epic music with my rock/metal (almost all genres) songs…

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Jun 4, 2012

      Hi Jorge, that was a fantastic suggestion, indeed! Thanks for making me aware that “The All Spark” was missing in this list. It seems I totally forgot it. Thanks again.

      • Jorge (Reply) on Jun 4, 2012

        Thank YOU, Steve!

  18. Jorge (Reply) on Jun 4, 2012

    It may be difficult to get rid of me now… but hey, it’s the last time!

    Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer (Gladiator)

    Another amazing theme.

    So that the list keeps better organized and right:

    The All Spark – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers)
    Tomb of The Primes – Steve Jablonsky (Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen)
    The Avengers – Alan Silvestri (Marvel’s The Avengers)

    Sorry, i should have done it in my first comment.

    And that’s it. Arrival to Earth is my favourite of all, honestly, but there are a lot of fantastic songs out there.

    Thank you for your time, again. Over and out!

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Jun 5, 2012

      Arrival to earth is one of my favourites as well. If you like Zimmer and Jablonsky, you might also like Zack Hemsey’s “Redemption” from The Town Soundtrack. If you don’t already know it.

      And you’re always welcome to make such fantastic suggestions!

  19. Jorge (Reply) on Jun 5, 2012

    Thanks a lot for the sugestion, Steve! Didn’t know it. Really like it! One more for my collection.

    Music like this should be a part of evereyone’s MP3 Players, IPOD’s, Mobile phones, whatever. Or lifes, should i say.

    I appreciate your kind words. Congratulations to you too, it’s very difficult to find such a good list of epic music like the one you have here. It’s probabably the best one out there. Great work.

    The best for all from the ”Garden Planted by the Sea”. Take care!

  20. Damien (Reply) on Jun 12, 2012

    Fantastic taste in music, my friend.

    Also: “Icarus” by Michael McCann

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Jun 12, 2012

      Thanks! By the way, Icarus is a fantastic song, I’ve included it in the article!

  21. arthur (Reply) on Sep 1, 2012

    Yeah inspirational, loved daft punks tron ost its touching, you know its gets in a moment, hannz Zimmer i would love to meet, truly orchestras are inspirational , love ur post man

  22. arthur (Reply) on Oct 9, 2012

    Hey Steve i was looking for scores from western movies(cow boys and stuff) and i was asking do you have any idea about cool western movie scores that are inspirational like the book of Eli love the music but cant seem to find music similar to it so anything i sure will appreciate..

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Oct 9, 2012

      Hi Arthur, of course I do! Anything by Ennio Morricone will keep you busy for hours – and he wrote some truly amazing western soundtrack scores! Here are some recommendations for western scores:

      Individual outstanding themes:

      Ennio Morricone – The Ecstasy of Gold
      Ennio Morricone – A Fistful Of Dollars (Theme)
      Elmer Bernstein – The Magnificent Seven (Theme)
      Ennio Morricone – My Name Is Nobody (Theme)
      Ennio Morricone – Good Luck Jack (Theme)
      Deguello – Rio Bravo Theme (Theme)
      Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington – High Noon (Theme)

      Whole albums:

      Ennio Morricone – Album: The Good The Bad And The Ugly (especially the song: “The Ecstasy of Gold” is magnificent.)
      Ennio Morricone – Album: Once Upon a Time in the West
      Ennio Morricone – Album: A Fistful of dollars
      Nick Cave – Album: The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford (this one is rather modern!)
      John Barry – Album: Dances with Wolves

  23. arthur (Reply) on Nov 22, 2012

    Am glad you came through, thank you Steve, am looking forward to this , by the way music from the fountain is amazing love the post, you should keep updating it….

  24. Anon (Reply) on Dec 28, 2012

    I love listening to hans zimmer songs while I write. When I hear it, I can instantly imagine my characters doing something or feeling a certain way. It’s a great way to get out of writers block. May I recommend another set of songs? Try x-ray dog. They produce soundtracks for movies. Epic and inspirational!

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Dec 28, 2012

      Hi Anon, thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely check out x-ray dog!
      Zimmer’s songs are amazing! Fantastic how he inspires so many with his soundtracks!

  25. ashok (Reply) on Apr 21, 2013

    i want fb page only for motivational and inspirational song.

    so please create a link,if it does not exist.

    Do update this page.

  26. angela (Reply) on Jul 8, 2013

    Maestro by Hans Zimmer, from the movie “The Holiday”.

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Jul 9, 2013

      Great suggestion. You can find it now in the article!

  27. Michael (Reply) on Jul 10, 2013

    Flight by Hans Zimmer from Man of Steel is amazing in my opinion and is also one of the great scenes in the movie.

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Jul 10, 2013

      Hi Micheal, I cannot wait to listen to Zimmer’s Man of Steel Soundtrack. I haven’t had the chance yet, but will give it a go the next few weeks. I included your suggestion into the article as I already know that it must be a great one. Thanks for your suggestion.

  28. Eduardo (Reply) on Aug 10, 2013

    Steve Mueller, you have a great list of soundtrack music here, I’m glad you have a lot from contemporary genius Hans Zimmer. I’m an aspiring writer and I listen to soundtrack music everyday. I was hoping to see more Trailer Music since it’s quite similar though the tracks tend to be shorter. I was happy though that you mentioned Freedom Fighters by Two Steps From Hell as a suggestion. Though Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer, I’m hugely into Two Steps, Audiomachine, and Globus for trailer music. Also there is fantastic music not only in movies but games, classical, tv shows or anime series. Here is a list of my favorite soundtracks, hopefully you get to see some new tracks you probably haven’t heard before.
    my list:

    Steve Jablonsky
    – My Name is Lincoln (The Island)
    – The Fight Will be Your Own (Transformers)
    – With Sympathy (Gears of War 2)

    Hans Zimmer
    – All of Them! (King Arthur)
    – Chevaliers de Sangreal (The DaVinci Code)
    – Time (Inception)
    – This Land (The Lion King)
    – Now We are Free (Gladiator)
    – This list can go on forever….

    James Horner
    – For the Love of A Princess (Braveheart)
    – Southampton (Titanic)
    – Whispering Winds (Land Before Time)

    James Newton Howard
    – Central Park (King Kong)
    – Tenuous Winners/Returning Home (Hunger Games)

    Howard Shore
    – The Bridge of Khazad Dum
    – The Black Rider
    – Concerning Hobbits
    – The World is Ahead

    Two Steps From Hell
    – Heart of Courage
    – Fill My Heart
    – Dragon Rider
    – Protectors of the Earth
    – After the Fall
    – To Glory
    – Nero
    – Strength of a Thousand Men
    – Magic of Love
    – Winterspell
    – Blackheart

    Audiomachine
    – Rising Dawn
    – Breath and Life
    – Eternal Flame
    – Sol Invictus
    – Apollo’s Triumph

    Globus (vocals included but still amazing)
    – Europa
    – The Promise
    – Save Me
    – Amazing Grace
    – Elegy
    – Preliator
    – Crusaders of Light

    Other Incredible Pieces of Music:

    – Divenire (Ludovico Einaudi)
    – Nuvole Bianche (Ludovico Einaudi)
    – To Zanarkand (Nobuo Uematsu
    – Halo (Martin O’Donnell & Michael Slavatori)
    – Arrival (Neil Davidge)
    – Brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist)
    – Crystallize (Lindsey Stirling)
    – Expression (Helen Jane Long)
    – Out of it All (Helen Jane Long)
    – The Mother’s Love (Ben Hur)
    – Resurrection (The Passion of the Christ)
    – Suteki Da Ne (Final Fantasy X)
    – Theme from Schindler’s List
    – Vamo’ Alla Flamenco (Distant Worlds)
    – Low of Solipsism (Death Note)

    Sorry for the length of the comment, I just really enjoy reading about other people’s favorite pieces of music so I had to give mine. Have a Great Day!

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Aug 11, 2013

      Hi Eduardo,

      wow that is a huge list. Thanks a lot for submitting it, I will sure check it out! Thanks again, it’s always good to see lists from other soundtrack fans.

  29. arthur (Reply) on Oct 22, 2013

    Hey guys if you watched homeland(season 2 episode 4) (New Car Smell) where Brody is being taken from a hotel room, Theirs this soundtrack that was playing if you happen to know it by any chance please post it here..Your help will be appreciated..

    • Steve Mueller (Reply) on Oct 26, 2013

      Hi Arthur, the soundtrack to this season comes from Sean Callery. However, I wasn’t able to identify the song you mean!