A movie score is also known as the film soundtrack. Background score refers to the original music that is written particularly to go along with a given film. It comprises a variety of instrumental, orchestral and choral pieces.

The following are 20 most popular movie scores.

  1. The Lion King

The soundtracks for The Lion King movie were written by Tim Rice and Elton John, plus also a score that was composed by Hans Zimmer. The soundtrack was recorded in the U.S.A, U.K and South Africa. In the United States, it stands as the best-selling soundtrack with a sale of over 7 million copies, with 4.3 million being sold the same year it was released.

  1. Frozen

During the 57th annual Grammy Awards, the soundtrack for this movie won the best compilation soundtrack. It stood at number 5 among the best-selling recording in 2013.  The album became the best-selling in digital history since half of the sales made were digital.


  1. Jurassic Park

The movie score for this film was released in 1993. It was written and also performed by John Williams. The score was re-released in 2014. At that time it was number 28.


  1. Star wars

The movie score was written by job Williams. It was conducted by London Symphony Orchestra.

  1. Titanic

The single, “My Heart Will Go On” which was sung by Celine Dion was the theme song for this movie. The song together with other scores was composed by Will Jennings and James Horner. Over 30 million album copies was sold worldwide.

  1. Superman

John Williams composed the popular Superman movie score. It was conducted by London Symphony Orchestra. The music was also used in Superman II.

  1. Batman

This 1989 movie score was done by John Elfman. The complete score was released the year 2010. Overall rating is 4.5 out of 5.

  1. Saturday night fever

The soundtrack was nominated and won Grammy Award for the album of the year in 1979. It was listed at number 34 of best albums from 1970-1979.

  1. The Bodyguard

The soundtrack for this particular movie was “I will always love you” by the popular artist, Whitney Houston. The core sold over 144,000 copies in the first week of release and later 1 million copies in a week.

  1. Gladiator

The original songs and also score was written by Hans Zimmer and they were a huge success.

  1. Purple Rain

The score for this film sold over 25 million copies outside the U.S.A.

  1. Grease

From 1978-1998, the soundtrack for this movie remained at number one in the US Billboard 200.

  1. High School Musical

In 206, became the best selling album after making total sales of three million copies that year in the U.S.A alone.

  1. Dirty dancing

This was one of the biggest commercial successes.  The album sold a total of 32 million copies after its release. The album is still recognized to be among the best selling albums.

  1. Forrest Gump

Written and performed by Alan Silvestri. Despite a lot of criticism, the score performed well commercially.

  1. Pirates Of The Caribbean

Released by Walt Disney Records and composed by Klaus Badelt under the guidance of the film producer, Hans Zimmer.

  1. Space Jam

The film score was done by James Newton and immediately peaked at number 2 on the billboard.

  1. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

During the Academy Awards (74th), the soundtrack was listed as one of the best original scores. The score was written and also performed by the famous John Williams.

  1. Lord Of The Rings

Both the score and the background music for this movie trilogy have won a number of awards. After the theatrical releases, a complete The Lord of the Rings Symphony was created. The albums have sold millions of copies since the first release

  1. Flash Dance

After 9 weeks on the Billboard chart, this movie’s score reached at number one in 1983. This album was certified platinum 6 times. By 1996, 6 million shipments had been made.


Movie scores are normally written by one or a number of composers. These composers are usually under the directive of the film producer. It is widely known that the style of music scores has greatly influenced all music genres.