Best Hans Zimmer Soundtracks of all time

hans zimmer soundtracks

Every blockbuster movie has influenced the world with its significant impact on Hollywood. It would not have been possible without every small detail acting accordingly.

Small details and things like actors, directors, special effects, and music are those small things that make a huge impact on the industry. Every soundtrack of a movie an important and adds a different theme to the scenarios, and such masterpieces are known to be made by Hans Zimmer. Let’s take a deep look at some of these masterpieces.

Hans Zimmer has been in the industry for several decades, and through his time, he has composed multiple blockbuster soundtracks that have shocked the whole world. As a matter of fact, his masterpieces are still going on.

Hans Zimmer, the musical master, has sparked his magic in over 150 films. The movies that he has worked on are of every genre, from comedy, horror, sci-fi, adventure, and everything there is. The music master has won two Oscars, and he has also been nominated for 10 Oscar nominations.

Zimmer is one of the best-talented artists, and it’s impossible to list all of his achievements in this single article, but we can show you some of his best works in the movie industry. Let’s take a look at some of his best soundtracks!


Inception is one of the mind-blowing films that are out there in Hollywood. Are you living in reality, or is it just a dream?

The movie is filled with layers of dreams, and the more you try to get deeper into your dreams, the more things become complicated. The confusion you get from watching this movie is surreal, and the soundtrack that Hans Zimmer added couldn’t be perfect.

Inception gives you a layer of confusion in your mind, and with that confusion, it also adds mystery and tension. Hans has perfectly put the soundtracks according to the situation. If we take a look at the soundtracks of the movie, then we can find Zimmer’s music creating painful emotions through their journey, peace of mind, victory, sorrow, and confusion in the movie.

Inception has to be one of the best works that Zimmer has done, and the thing that sets Inception parts from other movies is time. It is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking soundtracks that will give you a chance to experience a roller coaster of emotions.

The more exciting part, Hans said about his soundtrack on Inception, “I didn’t use the song; I only used one note. [I got] the original master out of the French national archives. And then [found] some crazy scientist in France who would actually go and take that one cell out of the DNA.”

The Lion King

The amount of talent Hans Zimmer has is just extraordinary; he can shift genres like nothing.

The master of music has done in almost every genre there is to afford by the movie industry. He can do actions, romance, and comedy and put his masterpiece into animated movies for kids.

The Lion King is a beautiful movie that portrays the young spirit of Simba and the lifestyle that works in the animal kingdom. It is truly one of the most gorgeous movies, and just to add a cherry on its top, the opening song, “The Circle of Life,” just goes on to be the perfect one.

Everyone remembers the iconic moment, right? The chants that happen in Africa, the voice of the animals, and the joyful tone are genuinely one of the most beautiful tracks to be ever made. And the ending of the soundtrack with the drumbeats just makes a great impact on the soundtrack.

The iconic part is that Zimmers threw the drumbeats in the last time because he needed to finish the project to show it to the directors. The rest remains history.

The Lion King is a movie that portrays emotions such as joy, magic, heartbreak, and sorrow at the same time. Zimmer took this challenge like a boss and showed the industry that he had an extended range of music skills. Zimmer won the Oscar for Best Original Score, which was totally worth it.

The Dark Knight

What kind of movie do you expect after listening to the title?

The title itself explains that the movie has a dark theme. This was one of the iconic movies and also the last films that Heath Ledger took part in. The legend suddenly passed away, but his works still remain a masterpiece in the film industry.

The Dark Knight was an absolute banger; Christopher Nolan did amazing work with the movie, and so did Hans Zimmer. This was the first movie that Hans had worked on with Christopher Nolan. As we all know, Nolan has a different taste in music when it comes to film, so Hans Zimmer had to come up with something special, which he did!

While composing the soundtrack for the movie, Hans told them that he wanted to focus more on Bruce Wayne’s backstory, his pain, and his sorrow. When Zimmer started to keep these things on his list and learned about the emotions that he felt for his parents’ murders, he could come up with a masterpiece.

We could even hear in the movie that the soundtrack has an emotion of pain, fear, and guilt. This soundtrack leaves the audience with an unsolved, unsettled, restless, and with something that’s yet to be stelled feeling.

Zimmer perfectly portrayed the life of Bruce Wayne and his painful past through the soundtrack. Hans didn’t portray Bruce as a hero in the music, but Bruce was just a small, scared boy who was in tears during the night when his parents died.

The Dark Knight remains a remarkable work in the industry of superheroes and is one of the best soundtracks in a super movie because of the incredible work of Hans Zimmer.

It’s hard to understand the unique taste of Christopher Nolan; it’s a surprise that Zimmer came up with something that could satisfy him. He says, “We had so many ideas and never enough hours in the day,” he said. “Put it this way, I got to hang out with some of my demons for a while.”


Another moment when Zimmer showed his fantastic work was in the movie Gladiator.

Zimmer has been a mastermind when it comes to putting music according to the theme, and the movie Gladiator just helped to enhance his skills more. What kind of theme puts in your mind when you hear the word “Gladiator”? The theme we can experience after putting this word in mind is obviously from ancient times, isn’t it?

Zimmer has created the perfect soundtrack for the movie so that even the audiences can experience them. “Sorrow,” the emotional voice of Lisa Gerra, and the epic beats and the sound of instruments we can hear in “The Battle” is a work of art done by Zimmer.

The Gladiator is a movie that reflects the history and adding music that defines it can be a difficult challenge to face, but not for Hans Zimmer. The movie was a perfect masterpiece, and the vital part of its success also goes to its ideal music theme.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Now let’s talk about the movie that Hans Zimmer is well known for, Pirates of the Caribbean.

The collaboration of Klaus Badelt and Zimmer still remains one of the most famous soundtracks to be ever made in the movie industry. There were many critics of the duo about their soundtrack, but they still proved to create a beautiful and unpredictable theme for the movie portraying Captain Jack.

The work that Zimmer has put into this film is immaculate. Especially when you are working on some kind of soundtrack, you have to listen to every tiny detail of the sound. They have to take a good look at the characters’ voice, the ships, and many things.

The soundtrack that Zimmer has just been perfect portrays the characters, the pirates, and the surrounding, and gives you a feeling like you’re on the sea. This was one of the best soundtracks that Zimmer had created in his career.

We can expect something mighty and dramatic moments when we listen to this soundtrack, just like the event that occurs in the movie.

The soundtrack has been an epic part of the movie, and we can’t even think about the movie continuing its voyage with the masterpiece artwork of Zimmer’s soundtrack.


Dune was an Oscar-winning performance by the musical master Hans Zimmer.

The fantastic sci-fi 2021 movie has been the best of the year, and it hadn’t have been possible without the excellent soundtrack of Hans Zimmer. The movie is sci-fi, and the movie also takes part in the desert. Just like the theme of this movie, the soundtrack gives us a feeling of unsettling and gives you a mysterious feel.

Dune has a special soundtrack; rather than orchestral, it is an electrical sore. The soundtrack is a mixture of rock, electronic sounds, electronic scores, whispers, chants, voices, and screams. Now, let’s take a look at what Zimmer had to say when he was in the process of making this sound.

“I actually went into the desert,” Zimmer told Variety. “There was a moment when I disappeared into Monument Valley and the desert in Utah and Arizona to check the veracity of my ideas. How does the wind howl through the rocks? How does the sand grit in your teeth? It’s just vastness and endlessness.”

No wonder why the soundtrack was so epic in the movie. Zimmer went to the desert just to test out the sounds. This shows how talented and experimental Zimmer is with his soundtracks.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Homes is another movie that reflects the masterpiece work of Hans Zimmer.

Sherlock Holmes is a person that is always chasing others, looking after clue after clue, or just being drunk and lying down. The soundtrack has perfectly portrayed the motive and the life of Sherlock Holmes.

‘Discombobulate’ is the perfect example that describes the listeners on the life of the detective. It beautifully portrays his and fits perfectly in the movie. And do you even know how he makes a soundtrack for this movie? By using a broken piano.

The combination of banjo, cimbalom, and ‘squeaky violins’ was the perfect missing puzzle that made the soundtrack just perfect. “The sound of The Pogues joining a Romanian orchestra” that’s how Zimmer explained his soundtrack.

Whenever we hear the soundtrack of Sherlock Holmes, we can be sure that Holmes is gonna do something that will be epic and worth watching the movie. The soundtrack immediately transports you into the world of a detective, a perfect way to give you a chance to the audience to view the world of Sherlock Holmes.

The Dark Knight Rises 

Another masterpiece of Hans Zimmer was shown in the movie, The Dark Knight Rises.

Zimmer had already written themes for the first two Batman films, and this was the time when he was about to take the film score on as a solo project. He wanted to make The Dark Knight Rises epic. He wanted to create a sound that nobody was aware of. He wanted to create something never done before, and he finally came up with an idea, the voices of hundreds and thousands.

This has to be one of the epic projects that Zimmer made. He wanted to make a voice using thousands of people, which was an easy task. He tweeted to his fans and asked them to send their recordings, and the result was stunning.

That’s how ‘Gotham’s Reckoning,’ the central theme, was created by using thousands of voices.

The creativity that Hans has put into his work is way too much stunning for the audiences, and it is also the main reason that gives a different theme to the movie. In the movie, he uses simple chords and puts them on repeat, which creates tension in the article.

With such music patterns, it helps the audience to understand certain parts of the movie and even the characters. This is a simple way for Hans creates to help to create an aura of tension in the audience, an actual work of genius.

The End

We’ve already seen that Hans has given a fantastic career in the music industry, and every soundtrack he has done is unique on its own.

The soundtrack that he has taken part in has been some of the blockbuster movies, and he is more passionate when he uses the soundtrack through orchestral music. Hans Zimmer tells us that the proud soundtrack he has done is by the ones that he used orchestral music. He is also proud of using orchestral music more creatively.

The BEST SELLING animated film soundtrack

The Lion King went and became the best-animated movie there was out there, but besides that, it also became the best-selling animated film soundtrack. The Lion King is one of the best-grossing movies there are out there, and in addition to that, the soundtrack of the movie also sold almost 15 million copies, becoming the number one soundtrack of the animated film to be sold in the US.

What key does Hans Zimmer write in?

Hans Zimmer has provided some of the best soundtracks, and people who have contributed to their work of Hans know that he always starts his music with the key D-minor. The reason why he used this key most of the time is that is because the D-minor is easy to blend in with most of the music, and it is also one of the saddest keys.

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