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Sound Tracks vs. Scores

Updated on September 11, 2016
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Kim has many hubs on entertainment especially on movies, and actors she wrote for Squidoo and now has her own blog

Battle of the Movie Music

Lately I have realy gotten annoyed with trying to buy soundtracks. I prefer the soundtrack as it is usually the songs you hear in the movie either written for the movie by poplar artist or a song (or songs) that are already written.

When I've gone to purchase one I noticed it listed as a soundtrack, but NONE of the songs I had already known in the movie were on it. Also some times the songs were all by one artist as instrumentals which means it was a score and I've wasted my money a few times on these because they are listed as a soundtrack and end up actually being the SCORE. As for a explanation of each, read below, you can vote for your preference and then tell me what the reason is you like that specific type.

I prefer Soundtracks because usually they actually have words to the songs, and I do like to sing along if I am in the mood. The score, really just does nothing for me. I never even notice it playing in the movie if it is even played.

Soundtrack Vs. Score

Soundtrack is the songs you hear during the movie, usually of popular bands & singer or up & new commers

(Like Avengers Assemble, The Punisher, Queen of the Damned)

SCORE is the composed Orchestrated music playing in the background usually of the more dramtic scenes

Like Transformers, Avengers, Twilight 'The Score' & so on.

(see the 2 amazon section below & check out the description for examples)


The Rock of Ages soundtrack.. is sadly not the original bands singing the songs but the 'characters' from the movie.

Savages it was listed as a Soundtrack but I think its somewhat a score as none of the song titles I see are those I heard in the movie

Of the two Soundtracks I only have the Avengers Assemble which is very good, I think even if you are not one for rock music You'd still like the tunes on here. Papa Roach, Bush, Black Veil Brides, Buckcherry & more are on here.

Avengers Assemble
Avengers Assemble

After hearing the songs in the movie, I went right on my fave. purchasing site to get it. Good thing I looked to be sure what the songs & artists were as I noticed there is a score as well.



Though Battleship is listed as a Soundtrack.. it is actually a score as there is none of the tunes from the movie listed here. There were some pretty cool classic rock songs in it & I am sad I cannot find the sound track itself.

This is what a Score sounds like

Battleship (Steve Jablonsky)
Battleship (Steve Jablonsky)

NOw see here the reason this is a SCORE is becasue it's BY Steve Jablonsky. Sometimes like with the titles in this one, you can tell it's a score. With titles like Shredders & You're going to the Navy.. You know those are from specific scenes.


Battle of the Music - NOw that you know the difference


Which do you prefer?

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