Top 10 Goosebumpiest Epic Soundtracks (of the ever).

Via Andrea Balt
on May 11, 2012
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All life is epic.

I don’t know about you but I live in a castle, surrounded by mountains and woods, all painted in deep, dark green. And—even though I’m technically a girl, in the Middle Ages—I ride a horse and fight giants and cruel landlords and ogres and cyclopes, and I do awesome things with my sword, and I steal money from the rich and give to the poor, and I take rings to Mordor often, and I ride with pirates in boats and have love affairs with Samurais.

And then, when I get back home at the end of a long day, and all the candles are burned out, and the soup is cold and the castle—too big, and there are angry ghosts hiding in every closet, and I forget how to speak Elvish, and there are leaks in the ceiling, and all the radioactive rain falling through, in my living room, I press play and I start to remember:








Not sure what was here (video got deleted), so I’ll sub this. ~ ed.




“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?…Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?…If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien 


{I’m sure I’ve missed at least a dozen. Add your favorite epic tune in the comments.}


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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


17 Responses to “Top 10 Goosebumpiest Epic Soundtracks (of the ever).”

  1. Deborah Kuprunas says:

    WooHoo! It's nice to know there are other folks who love soundtrack composers! A few fav's of mine: The Village-James Newton Howard, Solaris-Cliff Martinez, Lost(All Seasons-Michael Gianchinno, BattleStar Gallactica/The Walking Dead(All Seasons)-Bear McCreary, Amistad-John Williams…Audio Treats to dream by. I love the BraveHeart Score too! Thanks!

  2. I can feel history,smell it and hear it,I always have since first climbing down the rocks at Tintagel as a small boy visiting King Arthurs stronghold.I was found in Merlins cave below.I can feel the Spirits at Stone Age forts and Circles,ley lines and energies supposedly lost.I am either channelled by these Spirits such as recently when I composed Medieval music for St.Ethelflaeda Romsey Abbey Hants,or my namesake William Byrd 16th century religious composer,or I simply live in a dreamworld?
    It doesn't matter which to me,I just take whatever is offered.

  3. Great collection, Andrea!


  4. andreea says:

    Hans Zimmer!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Andréa Balt says:

    Thanks! Taking notes.

  6. Andréa Balt says:

    You're right, it doesn't matter. As Tolkien would have said—if he was me 🙂 "Fantasy is the new Real". Aren't we also a live lesson in history? By the way, can you reconnect me to King Arthur? We're having transmission problems.

  7. Keith says:

    Blood Diamond Soundtrack. The track London in particular

  8. dcali says:

    Great list. These soundtracks can make a movie. I might have subbed out a Zimmer for the BladeRunner soundtrack and maybe added a good jazz score driven movie, I think Barfly has a good Booker T one. But all and all right on the money.

  9. lindsey says:

    Where's Legends of the Fall?!

  10. Mr.Myself says:

    I’m just 15 and I love soundtracks! I’ve been listening to them since I was 13.

  11. missmolly72 says:

    The Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack by Peter Gabriel is another one I love to listen to in it's entirety.

  12. Sergio says:

    Ennio Morricone – The Mission

  13. Jess says:

    I agree with Keith–the Blood Diamond soundtrack is powerful. I'd also add Schindler's List; Itzhak Perlman's violin solos are incredibly beautiful and heart wrenching. And Moya Brennan's Tell Me Now from King Arthur is all sorts of dramatic and lovely. So glad you included Last of the Mohicans!! Thanks for creating this list 🙂

  14. standup says:

    Highlander – Who Wants to Live Forever – Queen.

  15. Amy says:

    Epic soundtracks. Easy to escape reality with these. Love them all. Would add “Out of Africa” tracks, by John Barry, also theme songs from “Somewhere in Time”. Too easy to name more. Especially love the Celtic pieces! I get lost in them. Good job!

  16. Patrick says:

    This is awesome. I was looking for a good list to get started and inspire. I love orchestral/instrumental Epic music, whether it be from fantasy, sci-fi, or just awesome music. Your list was very Romantic/heartfelt. Now I want more along the vein of the Music from Conan the barbarian (1982), the kitchen/the orgy, or the battle at the mounds.