Harry Potter, Titanic and Inception have the most recognizable soundtracks of all time, poll shows

HARRY Potter, Titanic and Inception have the most recognizable soundtracks of all time, according to a new poll.

When it came to the most iconic movie scores of all time, West Side Story and Gone with the Wind also came out high on the list.

A study of 2,000 people were played clips of movie soundtracks and they had to choose which movie they corresponded with.

The iconic, ear-piercing theme from the classic horror trope Psycho immediately caught the attention of the the respondents.

The majority of the people claimed they can identify movies on the music alone – but they may need to get their ears checked, as the results of the film score quiz had some puzzling results.

Despite Star Wars being among the list of most recognizable themes, 45 percent of people guessed incorrectly, or didn't know what film the music was from.

And for 17 percent of people, the soundtrack of Psycho was misidentified as the theme for Pirates of the Caribbean.


  1. Harry Potter
  2. Titanic
  3. Inception
  4. West Side Story
  5. Gone with the Wind
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. Jaws
  8. Psycho
  9. Star Wars
  10. Rocky

When people were asked to listen to the theme from Sherlock Holmes, 31 percent simply didn't have a clue, according to the survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of OPPO Find X3.

When asked to listen to the Inception soundtrack, three in 10 thought they were taking a trip to Hogwarts and incorrectly identified it as the theme to Harry Potter.

When it comes to creating an iconic score, acclaimed composer Hans Zimmer said: "You’re supposed to do something new and you’re supposed to do something inventive.

"You’re supposed to put all these things together into two notes."

No matter what a song's cinematic origins were, 63 percent of people confessed to wishing their lives were punctuated by a movie score.

For those pressing play on movie themes on a daily basis, the top film score was Inception.

The mind-bending film's score topped the lists for best scores to listen to while cleaning, working and even exercising.

One in three pretend they're swimming away from Jaws while exercising, while 32 percent catapult themselves on an imaginary adventure with Indiana Jones while they clean.

Zimmer commented on his recent ringtone collaboration with OPPO and said: "We are living in this very digital, very electronic age. Now your phone rings everywhere and everyone else’s phone rings everywhere.

"We suddenly have the opportunity to actually make the world sound a little bit nicer."

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