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Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time

Updated on September 16, 2014

10- Injection - Hans Zimmer (Mission Impossible II)

Mission: Impossible II — Music from the Original Motion Picture Score is the original score by Hans Zimmer for the movie Mission: Impossible II. Lisa Gerrard provided contralto vocal cues for certain tracks in her second collaboration with Hans Zimmer in the same year along with Gladiator.

9 One Day - Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Carribean)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is the soundtrack for the Disney movie of the same title, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. It is composed by Hans Zimmer, and features additional music by Lorne Balfe, Tom Gire, Nick Glennie-Smith, Henry Jackman, Atli Örvarsson, John Sponsler, Damon M Marvin and Geoff Zanelli.

8- Skyfall - Adele

"Skyfall" is the theme song of the 2012 James Bond film of the same name, performed by English singer-songwriter Adele. It was written by Adele and producer Paul Epworth and features orchestration by J. A. C. Redford. Film company Eon Productions invited the singer to work on the theme song in early 2011, a task that Adele accepted after reading the film's script. While composing the song, Adele and Epworth aimed to capture the mood and style of the other Bond themes, including dark and moody lyrics descriptive of the film's plot.

7- The Dark Knight Rises - Hans Zimmer

The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack to the film of the same name, the sequel to Christopher Nolan's 2008 film The Dark Knight. The soundtrack was released on July 17, 2012. The CD edition of the album contains an exclusive code to unlock three bonus tracks, titled "Bombers Over Ibiza (Junkie XL Remix)", "No Stone Unturned", and "Risen from Darkness". Two additional bonus tracks, "The Shadows Betray You" and "The End", are digital-download exclusive tracks. The soundtrack was officially released online for streaming purposes on July 10, 2012.

6- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - Howard Shore

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was released on November 25, 2003. It was composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Howard Shore, and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Voices, and the London Oratory School Schola. The limited edition contains a bonus DVD with the track "Use Well the Days" by Annie Lennox, song texts, photo gallery, and the LOTR trilogy supertrailer.

5- Time - Hans Zimmer (Inception)

Inception: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack to the 2010 film of the same name directed by Christopher Nolan, released under Reprise Records on July 13, 2010. Hans Zimmer scored the film, marking his third collaboration with Nolan following Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

4- Now We Are Free - Hans Zimmer (Gladiator)

Gladiator is the original soundtrack of the 2000 film of the same name. The original score and songs were composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard and were released in 2000, titled Gladiator: Music From the Motion Picture. The Lyndhurst Orchestra performing the score was conducted by Gavin Greenaway.

The album won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and was also nominated for the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Score ("Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music").

3- The Godfather

The Godfather is the soundtrack from the film of the same name, released in 1972 by Paramount Records, and in 1991 on compact disc by MCA. Unless noted, the cues were composed by Nino Rota and conducted by Carlo Savina (who was credited on the LP, but not the CD). The song "I Have but One Heart" is sung by Al Martino, who performed it in the film as character Johnny Fontane.

2- Braveheart - James Horner

The soundtrack for Braveheart was composed and conducted by James Horner, and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It is Horner's second of three collaborations with Mel Gibson as director. The soundtrack, comprising 77 minutes of film score, was noticeably successful; album co-producer Simon Rhodes produced a follow-up soundtrack in 1997 titled More Music from Braveheart. International and French versions of the soundtrack have also been released.Horner's score includes a melody that appeared again in his 1997 music for Titanic.

1- My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (Titanic)

My Heart Will Go On,” also called the “Love Theme from Titanic,” is the main theme song to the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic. Its music was composed by James Horner, its lyrics were written by Will Jennings, and it was produced by Simon Franglen, James Horner and Walter Afanasieff; Céline Dion recorded and released it.


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      jimi 3 years ago

      Time from Inception is amazing

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      saifhayel 3 years ago

      I think "My Heart Will Go On" is one of the reasons why Titanic is considered to be one of the best movies in history, it's just an amazing song, thank you for sharing.

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      TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

      I'm so happy you have "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic as #1. Will Jennings is a friend. He won one of his two Academy Awards for that song. He is a lovely man and brilliant songwriter. I met him while working at Roy Orbison Ent. Four songs of Roy's King of Hearts album were cowritten with Will. Sorry for rambling, I enjoyed your Hub--great list!