Remember the Titans

The most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now (part 1)

An inspiring movie usually owes a lot of thanks to a similarly inspiring soundtrack. Especially in sports movies, the right music matched well with the images of competition can elevate a scene to greatness, stick in our heads forever, and remain in our memory to be replayed whenever we accomplish something special in our life.

Here is a list of the most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now.

1. ‘Rocky IV’ (Vince DiCola, 1985)

Director Sylvester Stallone of the “Rocky IV” installment wanted a different musical sound and chose composer Vince DiCola over franchise staple Bill Conti. The result was a 1980s blend of synthesizers and drum machines, creating the perfect accompaniment for Cold War-inspired training montages. In spite of the dated approach, the music remains a fun listen with standout tracks “Training Montage” and “War.”

2. ‘Tin Cup’ (William Ross, 1996)

Although William Ross’ score to the Ron Shelton-directed golf film is an eclectic mix of musical styles, during the movie’s final act, the music with old-fashioned orchestral bombast gives the action a boost. Brass fanfares lead the way, helping provide momentum as the finale plays out. The standout track is “Master of the Game,” scoring the historic final hole in the dramatic and uplifting fashion of Roy McAvoy.

3. ‘Remember the Titans’ (Trevor Rabin, 2000)

The football drama ‘Remember the Titans‘ is inspired by a true story. Up to now, it remains a favorite among many sports fans 19 years after its release. A big reason is Trevor Rabin’s orchestral-rock score which adds to the movie’s emotional resonance. The music of Trevor Rabin is high on energy, adding to the uplifting nature of the film. It is also noteworthy for its inclusion in the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008. Trevor Rabin’s one contribution to the CD soundtrack is the cut “Titans Spirit,” actually a suite of his music that was culled from various points in the film; however,  the seven-minute piece hits all the right highlights.