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When you think back to some of the most memorable scores in modern film history, maybe you think of John Williams’s work in the Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and Harry Potter films. Or maybe a different composer or film comes to mind first. 

Whatever the case, great cinematic scores leave a lasting impression on us and are forever linked to the films we know and love. The right music can instantly make on-screen moments more captivating and powerful — so much so that it’s impossible to look away.  

When you’re off the clock and part of the viewing audience, you probably don’t give too much thought to all of the work that went into a film’s music curation. But as soon as you’re back behind-the-scenes of a production again, it’s a much different story. 

The stakes are high when you’re the one in charge of building a stellar soundtrack, and there are a few different approaches you could take:

  1. Compose and produce your own original music.
  2. License music that you outsource elsewhere.
  3. Do both.

If you’re looking for a way to license an unlimited amount of cinematic music — without the usual hassle of royalty payments, negotiations, etc. — you’ve landed on the right blog post. 

We’ve put together this rundown of the top cinematic playlists and tracks from Soundstripe as well as some tips for navigating and filtering our library. So let’s get into it.

 

Introducing our top cinematic playlists

Cinematic music comes in many different genres, styles, and moods. So as long as the music fits the on-screen moment and the sound quality is top notch, a song from any genre has the potential to be “cinematic.”

One of the best ways to narrow your search initially is to start with a curated playlist that has the type of music you’re looking for. While there’s a ton of options to choose from, we’ve put together this list of our most cinematic playlists to-date.

Soundscapes

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Big Epic Beauty

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Film Underscore

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Listen and license here.

Dark Cinematic

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Listen and license here.

Wedding: Inspiring Cinematic

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Listen and license here.

Cinematic Staff Picks

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Listen and license here.

If you’re looking for an alternative way to find the right music, you can start your search within the music catalog by selecting the “Soundtrack/Cinematic” genre filter. From there, you can include or exclude as many filters as you want to get even more curated results.  

Here’s an example of what your search experience could look like if you were searching for sad classical music that has very low to medium energy:

 

Royalty free cinematic music filters

 

Once you find a song you like, you also have the option to click the “Similar Songs” icon and get a dropdown list of five more recommendations. This feature can help you save even more time during the song search process.

10 trending cinematic songs in our catalog

There are thousands of songs in our library, which is great from a music variety standpoint but still presents a lot to sort through on your own. The good news is that we’ve optimized the search experience so that you can find and license the right song in five minutes or less.

To give you a better idea of the music you’ll find in our catalog, here are 10 of the most popular cinematic tracks available today:

1. “Slow Rise” by EVOE

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Drums and ambient tones

Listen and license here.

 

 

2. “Lonely Boy” by Alsever Lake

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Genre: Acoustic

Instruments: Guitar and acoustic guitar

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

3. “Vanished” by Wicked Cinema

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Strings and horns

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

4. “Flora” by Markus Huber

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Piano and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

5. “Just Around The Corner” by Shimmer

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Percussion and xylophone / mallets

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

6. “We Can Make It Together” by Joshua Spacht

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Piano and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

7. “Beyond The Horizon” by Sounds Like Sander

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Piano and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

8. “Graze” by Wild Wonder

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Strings and piano

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

9. “Waiting For Light” by Ian Kelosky

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Xylophone / mallets and percussion

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

10. “Rise” by Louis Lion

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Genre: Electronic

Instruments: Synth and electronic drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

New cinematic music for 2022

Our catalog is constantly growing week by week, so a new supply of cinematic music is always right around the corner. From electronic beats to ambient scores to classical melodies, these seven tracks are some of the most recent releases in our library as of 2022.

1. “Reign Of Terror” by Kalgash

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Genre: Electronic

Instruments: Drums and electronic drums

Listen and license here.

 

 

2. “Oscillations” by Matteo Galesi

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Genre: Classical

Instruments: Cello and violin

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

3. “In The Misty Valley” by Cristina Scannicchio

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Strings and ambient tones

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

4. “Lucid Dreams” by Craig Allen Fravel

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Genre: Ambient

Instruments: Ambient tones

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

5. “Darkness Approaches” by Louis Lion

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Genre: Suspenseful Score

Instruments: Synth and piano

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

6. “Floating in Em” by Ian Kelosky

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Genre: Underscore

Instruments: Cello and violin

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

7. “Miles Away” by Michael Briguglio

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Genre: Suspenseful Score

Instruments: Synth and strings

Listen and license here.

 

 

 

Looking for more royalty free music?

As ideal as it would be, it’s not always possible to produce a ton of original music for your project’s soundtrack. The same is true about licensing copyrighted music directly from a publisher. Both options can quickly drain your budget and leave you with less time to pull something great together in post-production.

Hopefully, this blog has shed light on the fact that there’s another more affordable and deadline-friendly way to license high quality cinematic music for any project. 

When you sign up for Soundstripe, you can license an unlimited amount of music and unlock more perks with your plan. If you’d like to learn more about our library’s music variety before making a decision, here are a few more articles worth checking out next:

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