Many people go into a movie theater and are barely conscious of the music that provides the atmosphere to the movie they are watching. I can’t do that. My ears are always tuned in to the melodies coming from those mega-speakers.
If I enjoy a movie’s music, I sometimes download the score. Occasionally, I download scores to movies I haven’t even seen, simply because I enjoy the music from a specific composer.
There are not many movie scores that I can listen to straight through. Suspenseful movies often have music that matches the action, which means it’s a little much to have music playing softly in the background that sounds like a car chase or a shoot-out. There are, however, certain tracks in the scores from action movies that I enjoy.
Below, I’ve listed ten of my favorite movie scores. (Please note: I am not endorsing these movies, only recommending the music!) Some of these CDs have tracks that I rarely listen to (for the reasons listed above), so I am putting in parentheses the best tracks from each one. If you click over to the Amazon page, you can listen to some of the samples and download a few mp3s.
1. Forrest Gump (best tracks: “Suite from Forrest Gump,” “I’m Forrest… Forrest Gump”, “You’re No Different”)
2. Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella) (best tracks: “Buon Giorno Principessa”, “La Vita e Bella,” “Abbiamo Vinto”)
3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (best tracks: “Evacuating London,” “The Wardrobe” and “Only the Beginning of the Adventure”)
4. Pearl Harbor (best tracks: “Tennessee,” “Brothers,” “And Then I Kissed Him”)
5. The Village (best tracks: “Noah Visits,” “What are You Asking Me?” and “The Gravel Road”)
6. Wall-E (best tracks: “Define Dancing,” “2815 AD,” “72 Degrees and Sunny”)
7. Titanic (best tracks: “Distant Memories,” “Southhampton,” and “Rose”)
8. Peter Pan (best tracks: “Flying,” “Main Title,” “Fairy Dance”)
9. Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (best tracks: “Concerning Hobbits”, “The Fellowship,” “Hope and Memory”)
10. While You Were Sleeping (best tracks: “Riverside Walk,” “Opening,” “An Untimely Accident”)
These are ten of my favorites. What about you? What movie scores do you enjoy? I’m always open to building my music library.