Epic Film Scores for Epic Productivity

I’m pretty open about my nerdiness. I love listening to film scores. If I ever need to make my work week feel just a little more epic, I’ll turn to Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings score or a favorite John Williams piece.

Scores like these are the best soundtracks to my most productive work. The music is fine on its own, but the memorable melodies you get from memorable film scores actually take you to a different place mentally. You get visceral connection to an emotional memory of facing down a challenge (particularly if the film is, you know, about facing down a challenge). Creating a spreadsheet of revenue projections suddenly becomes a breeze in comparison to throwing a ring into the fires of Mount Doom.

My problem as an aficionado of fine film scores? The best tracks are scattered and hard to curate. Pandora makes hit or miss recommendations. Listening to full albums on Spotify is one solution, but you’re likely to be fishing among many less memorable or highly dissonant (composers love dissonance and unresolved melodies in a movie’s buildups) tracks along the way.


In my first stab at Spotify fame, I’ve assembled a playlist of film score tracks low on dissonance and high on the melodies you remember from movies and shows like:

– Harry Potter
– The Shawshank Redemption
– Finding Nemo
– The Lord of the Rings
– Star Wars
– Game of Thrones
– Band of Brothers
– Interstellar

I’ve tested this playlist in real production environments. It’s solid, but I still need your help. What film scores/composers am I missing out on? What do we need to add to make this the epic-est film score playlist ever?

If you’re ready to listen, this playlist is best paired with caffeine and a big ol project.


James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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