My Top Thirty-One: OST

I didn’t think I’d continue this because a list of 31 anything is going to end up being pretty huge, but I really needed to share this for a selfish reason. I’m trying to put together a playlist for writing for the first time so I’m prepared for NaNoWriMo (and so I can add another badge to my list). There are probably other people feeling the same way out there in the world. Or maybe you’re just tired of all the stupid songs on Bollywood with the godawful lyrics and are on the lookout for something better. Or maybe you didn’t know movie OSTs have great music. Whatever be the reason, I hope this post broadens your musical horizons.

My current favourite is music by John Williams, especially Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban soundtrack. After maybe three times of listening, I realised that the last track contains parts or most of the others in reverse order, perfectly reflecting the time-travelling aspect of the plot. That blew my mind and I fell in love. Other compositions I enjoy are those by Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer. I don’t stick to them strictly, however. This gallery contains all the music I own and I’ll be showcasing at least one track from each. I’m going to try to keep this post as short as possible, so it’s only going to have a link, the bare minimum details and 5 tags – which I’m using to describe the purpose of the song or the emotions that I associate with it. So, let’s dive in.

1. Hedwig’s Theme

From: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Track #19

Composer: John Williams

Tags: Magical, cheerful, innocent, grand, exploring

2. Fawkes the Phoenix

From: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Track #2

Composer: John Williams

Tags: Slow, peaceful, hopeful, light, unfurling

3. Buckbeak’s Flight

From: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Track #6

Composer: John Williams

Tags: Drumroll, soaring, flying, wings, freedom

4. A Window to the Past

From: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Track #7

Composer: John Williams

Tags: Nostalgia, love, bravery, sadness, calm

5. Potter Waltz

From: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Track #13

Composer: Patrick Doyle

Tags: Dancing, ballroom, joyful, energetic, partner

6. Fireworks

From: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Track #1

Composer: Nicholas Hooper

Tags: Frolic, happy, bursting, electric, uplifting

7. Professor Umbridge

From: Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Track #2

Composer: Nicholas Hooper

Tags: Strict, brisk, striding, pompous, dark ending

8. Ron’s Victory

From: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Track #11

Composer: Nicholas Hooper

Tags: Game, chasing, epic, contention, luck

9. The Weasley Stomp

From: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Track #28

Composer: Nicholas Hooper

Tags: Celebration, running, high, prancing, merry

10. Sky Battle

From: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 1, Track #4

Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Tags: Conflict, building, darkness, pursuit, confusion

11. Lily’s Theme

From: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2, Track #1

Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Tags: Woman, despair, shadows, grief, ominous

12. Courtyard Apocalypse

From: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2, Track #15

Composer: Alexandre Desplat

Tags: Heavy, hopeless, lost, despair, rising

13. Concerning Hobbits

From: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Track #2

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Mirth, simple, rural, Shire, mischievous

14. The Council of Elrond

From: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Track #10

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Rivendell, waterfall, Elves, poetry, fellowship

15. The King of the Golden Hall

From: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Track #6

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Rohan, failing, change, swift, strength

16. Samwise the Brave

From: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Track #18

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Hope, courage, decision, resolution, sinister

17. The White Tree

From: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Track #4

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Gondor, pride, beacon, spreading, fire

18. The Grey Havens

From: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Track #18

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Farewell, tears, ending, sailing, West

19. The Adventure Begins

From: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Disc 1, Track #7

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Morning, commitment, late, urgency, spirit

20. Thrice Welcome

From: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Disc 2, Track #1

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Regal, Lake-town, suspicion, conspiracy, politics

21. There and Back Again

From: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Disc 2, Track #8

Composer: Howard Shore

Tags: Parting, return, doubt, home, possession

22. Main Title

From: Game of Thrones, Season 1, Track #1

Composer: Ramin Djawadi

Tags: Fantasy, kings, civilisations, power, struggle

23. The Light of the Seven

From: Game of Thrones, Season 6, Track #3

Composer: Ramin Djawadi

Tags: False, lull, plan, execution, revenge

24. Oogway’s Legacy

From: Kung Fu Panda 3, Track #1

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Heaven, wisdom, inner peace, memory, cherry blossoms

25. The Battle of Legends

From: Kung Fu Panda 3, Track #16

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Oriental, magnificence, strife, fast, chi

26. He’s a Pirate

From: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Track #15

Composer: Klaus Badelt

Tags: Credits, adventure, sea, ship, witty

27. The Kraken

From: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Track #2

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Creature, lurking, peril, warning, tension

28. Up is Down

From: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Track #5

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Crazy, fancy, follow, water, tilt

29. Palm Tree Escape

From: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Track #7

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Idea, tropical, coconuts, rescue, caper

30. Cornfield Chase

From: Interstellar, Track #2

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Sky, drone, capture, exciting, playful

31. Mountains

From: Interstellar, Track #8

Composer: Hans Zimmer

Tags: Time, ticking, new world, exploration, waves


Phew! That was a huge list with a total running length of 1 hr 44 mins! I hope this inspires you to create your own writing playlist or has at least generated an interest in music compositions. Since I’m writing fantasy for NaNoWriMo, my list will contain a lot of these tracks. You can start by listening to the soundtracks of the movies you love to put together your own. Since these are my favourites, this playlist turned out more cheerful than I would want in an ideal novel playlist, so these aren’t my final choices. However, they’re a lot of fun to listen to and are very inspiring.

Have you ever created your own such list? What do you think of mine? Have you heard these before? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Please note that since I will be doing NaNoWriMo in November, my Monday posts will be short, Vocab Wednesdays shall continue as usual and Fridays will cover my NaNo journey. Thanks for reading!

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9 thoughts on “My Top Thirty-One: OST

  1. Harry Potter! Lord of the Rings! The Hobbit! Pirates of the Caribbean! The GoT theme song! OK, this playlist gets a big thumbs-up from me. 🙂 And not just because I listened to some of them while working on TKC. I actually had these tracks on repeat at different points this past weekend while I was editing:

    Osgiliath Invaded (Return of the King – The Complete Recordings)
    Last March of the Ents (The Two Towers – The Complete Recordings)
    Voldemort’s End (Deathly Hallows Part 2)
    Axe or Sword? (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)
    The Breaking of the Fellowship (The Fellowship of the Ring)

    I also need to start rounding up more OSTs for future stories, or just because I loved them. The ones that come to mind are Avatar, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Life of Pi, and The Martian. And while it’s not a movie, I LOVE the soundtrack for Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. I’ve never played the game, but… the music… ❤ ❤ ❤

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