10 Best Hans Zimmer Compositions: A Review

Hans Zimmer has always been one of my favorite composers and this made the task of listing his 10 best compositions even more difficult; there are so many great offerings from this prolific musician, that it seems almost criminal to only talk about ten. The order in which I have mentioned the compositions are not necessarily the ranking; you may differ in your opinion as to which is ranked higher!

  1. Pirates Of The Carribean: He composed the entire music for parts 2, 3 and 4, and most of part 1. The theme music of the movie, the Pirates’ song, the lively rhythm whenever Jack, sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow sets off on his latest adventure: these are among my favorite movie musical pieces and songs.
  2. Madagascar 3: The New York Zoo escapees find themselves part of a European Circus, and they come up with mind blowing acts performed to some scintillating music. The music was one of the reasons for the runaway success of this animation film.
  3. The Dark Knight: ‘Why so Serious’.  It picks up pace slowly suffuses your entire being so to say. Very powerful, very moving. The background score from the Dark Knight movie also gets a thumbs-up.
  4. Inception: Zimmer’s music for this movie, both the background and the song, ‘Dream is Collapsing’, really brought out the essence of the film; the surreal events, the almost impossible situations; I had goose bumps when I watched it, and I’m sure many of you did too.
  5. Mission Impossible: If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Hans Zimmer should be one happy man. I have lost count of the number of times the theme music from this movie has been ‘adapted’ by others. Think MI and you think of the pulsating theme music.
  6. Pearl Harbor: Again Zimmer captured the soul of this movie with his score; the agony, the tragedy of the mindless attack, of lives shattered; the melancholy notes tug at your heartstrings.
  7. Lion King: One of my favorite movie songs ever. And ever. Oh, did I say one? Sorry. ‘Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel The Love Tonight’. Think Lion King and these songs just pop into your head. They are inextricably linked. Zimmer and Elton John came together to produce some unforgettable songs; they continue to enthrall movie watchers of all ages.
  8. Gladiator: ‘Now We Are Free’ is my favorite from this film, though ‘Strength And Honor’ was also moving.  Just like its name the song sets you free: from your worries. A beautiful composition.
  9. Last Samurai: The song ‘The Red Warrior’ is a powerful song which sets your pulse racing; the shout of the soldiers on this track is a unique feature, and adds to its beauty.
  10. Black Hawk Down:  The theme and background score is as dazzling as ever. But it’s the song ‘Leave no Man Behind’ that was the icing on the cake in my opinion. The piano and violin in this track are very touching; it is so beautiful that it moves me to tears every time I listen to it.

So people, I guess that’s it. I know some of you may be unhappy but hey, it’s just the ten; I know there are still quite a few of Hans Zimmer Compositions that are top class.


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