Music has always been one of the most popular ways of entertainment for the people. Even though, through the history of humans, music sometimes was and is claimed to be a privilege of the rich, the public always found a way to make it part of their daily lives, either by playing instruments, singing, or streaming (nowadays).

Music is used almost everywhere. Almost every store we enter has some kind of radio station playing in the background, making the shopping less monotonous for the consumer.Film Making

Art is not an exception. Music can make arts a lot more pleasing, people who create videos, plays and movies always choose songs and instrumentals that match the vibe of their work.

This article is about the importance of music in movies.

Why do most directors think it’s essential? Why can’t we imagine a movie without music (unless you’re a film enthusiast and are able to name a few)?

Theme Song, the first song we listen

And probably the one that remains in mind after the movie. After watching a lot of interviews of many famous directors about their most well – known movies, they expressed their insisting in getting the best soundtrack for the movie. Rich directors hire famous musicians to compose for them, while others give a generous part of their budget for the movie.

Many movies became well – known because of their soundtrack. Remember times when you mentioned something about a movie with your friends and, sooner or later, you all were singing the theme song. I could name quite a few.

This shows that music is an important part of the movie. It captivates the audience’s attention, it is crucial to a movie’s success. The Star Wars Theme Song by John Williams and The Pirates of The Caribbean by Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt.

Instrumentals / Songs in the movieOrchestra

It is undeniable that the instrumental that is used in a certain scene determines the emotion of the audience. Of course, the actors, the background and many other factors are extremely important, but the music touches the soul in a way, none of these factors can.

The instrumentals or songs in between the movie scenes can make people remember every detail in the movie, and that is understandable. Experts have said that music affects the brain like no other art and memory.

An orchestra can make a simple scene look scary and a song can make a moment in the movie unforgettable or bring tears in the eyes of the audience. Some examples are My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion for the movie Titanic and Married Life by Michael Giacchino for the movie Up!

The song that accompanies the closing credits

Most people might say that we barely listen to this song since a part of the audience is leaving the theater and another one is discussing loudly the movie with each other. But I strongly believe that the ending song is really important. Why?

The people leave the theater having mixed feelings. Some are happy that there was the ending they desired, some are sad because their favorite character died (I know the pain, trust me!), some are still processing what happened and others are silent, thinking.Cinema

The final song determines the final emotion, the way people will talk to others about the film. And, of course, a good ending song can be a way to express gratitude to the staff and crew members, that’s the best gift for all their hard work.

The artists behind the songs

It is a great experience for artists to become engaged in a movie. Of course, some soundtracks already exists before the movie is created (like the soundtrack of Mamma Mia), but most of them are created along with the movie.

In some famous movies, like James Bond, the anticipation for the soundtrack is becoming an event itself by the fans. The artists are chosen carefully and the songs are sometimes linked together, when a sequel is released (like the James Bond movie again). Some soundtracks are used again and again (for example in all the Harry Potter movies, which are 8).

An inclusion of an artist in a movie can uplift the fame of the artist or the movie. It is a good way for these two arts (music and film) to cooperate in harmony.Music Production

Is music absolutely necessary though?

As I mentioned above, a movie doesn’t need to have music to be great, if you are a fan of cinema you will be able to name some great movies which don’t have a soundtrack, or don’t have music at all. Music and movies are two different arts and they can be independent when needed or desired.

We all remember our favorite soundtracks and they can be fun to listen to. What if these soundtracks didn’t exist? Would we still love and appreciate the movies we love now? Would they still deeply affect us?Music Studio

Personally, I am a huge fan of music and I found a lot of soundtracks stuck in my head for a long time. I fell in love with certain movies only because I listened to the soundtrack once or twice. In some cases, I only listen to the soundtrack by itself and I have no idea about the movie. Does that happen to you too?

For me, a movie’s quality is strongly determined by the plot. If a plot captures the audience’s attention, they will be able to attend it till the end, and afterwards, they will talk to their friends about it. But the music can also contribute greatly to the quality. What do you think?

If you agree, disagree or simply want to add something on what I previously mentioned, please leave a comment down below and I will get back at you, first chance that I get.

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20 Replies to “Why Is Music Important In Movies And How It Affects Them”

  1. Music is literally everywhere as you have stated here. It’s used for more than just listening such as in the case of a movie, where it definitely plays well with the human emotions.

    Theme songs do well and truly stay stuck in your head for the most longest of all tracks usually used in a movie. Songs or instruments in the movie which play along with the scene, for me are probably the most important. I they these usually add more feelings and emotions to what happens in a movie. Of course the closing music is also useful just like for any other part of the film.

    Thanks for this post!

    1. Hi Sariyah. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree with what you said. Music is really important both for the film and for the audience. It adds to the magic!

  2. Music is inspiring, and I agree with you that almost every store we enter has some kind of radio station playing in the background, making the shopping less monotonous for the consumers. Movies and music may be independent, but I think music contributes much to the quality of the movie. Good music can draw much attention in any situation.

    1. Hi Kokontala. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 

      I agree with you. A movie can still be great without soundtrack, but music can make the movie magical too.

  3. Hello Dominique, 

    Music is food to the soul. And it’s not as if God planned it so. We grew up with this explosion of music and we obviously got used to the sound. And now we love it. 

    Music is what gives movies the effects that they need. I think the mix of images and music spins a masterful web of reality around us. It works great, and we have learned to enjoy movies with sound. 

    I found your article really nice and thought-provoking. 



    1. Hi Aparna. Thank you for your comment.

      You used beautiful words to describe my article and I really appreciate that, it means a lot. I agree with you. Music was and is made by the people for the people.

  4. I am not really a cinema fan and I do not know a movie without a soundtrack. Can you name one?

    Even old movies, around early 90s have. I used to watch them with my mom.

    Soundtracks enhances movies and makes actions more alive that is why they catch watcher’s emotion. They set the mood of the scenes and help to convey the messages easier or clearer.

    As of this generation of massive technology, I will say that a movie without a soundtrack will not be supported and will not hit the market. Just my opinion.

    1. Hi Rose. Thank you for your comment.

      I am not a big fan of movies too, not as much as music really. A friend of mine used to tell me about a move called Cache (2005) by Michael Haneke.

      It doesn’t have a soundtrack, that;s what fascinated my friend so much, but I haven’t seen it. 

      I agree with you. A soundtrack is very important for a movie in many ways. 

  5. After reading your article, I was imagining what if the movies I watched didn’t have music at all? Woww, they could have been boring and would not have the same effect on me emotionally. I often get emotional when I watch movies and I guess part of it is the music. Without music, movies are definitely not that engaging as it is.

    1. Hi Julai. Thanks for your comment.

      That’s true, music is essential, especially in intense scenes of the movies. But there are movies without music too!

  6. In my book, music in movies make some scenes clearer and more accessible. Music helps us to receive clearly what the director is trying to tell us. Emotionally involving us in the scene. And it even influences our emotions throughout the film, modifying the sense of the image or anticipating a certain situation.

    1. Hi Paolo. Thank you for your comment!

      It’s true, music is essential to the audience, it determines the vibe and their emotions. I absolutely agree with you.

  7. As you have stated here, music touches the soul in a way that nothing else can.  Can a movie be good without music?  Of course but not as good as it would be with the music to heighten our emotions.  Nothing can compare to the way it makes us feel, the stirring in our hearts as the music ebbs and swells in our chest and in our hearts. Thank you for a great post!

    1. Hi Cynthia. Thank you for your comment!

      I totally agree with you. You perfectly described the effect music can on us. 

  8. This article make so much sense, Just think of those iconic soundtracks, jaws made a classic sound with just two simple notes. the Jurassic park theme is something everyone recognizes. Psycho, lord of the rings, harry potter. The scores to these movies stay with you and as soon as you here them you’re back in the movie.

    1. Hi. Thank you for your comment.

      That’s right. A soundtrack is really iimportant, it is the music almost everyoone remembers and it determines the feelings of the audience.

  9. It has been ages since I have been to the cinema. But what got me thinking was how different the effect is when you see a movie at the cinema compared to T.V. 

    I think on T.V. the music losses most of its relevance compared to seeing a movie at the cinema. Like as the tension increases in say, a Bond movie (and the music is part of the reason for the tension), then on come about 5 ads all with their own salesy music. 

    Of course by the time they have finished, you probably have some mindless jingle playing in your mind, and when you get back to the movie all the tension is gone.

    1. Hi Michael. Thank you for yoru comment.

      That’s right, watching movies on t.v. is nothing compared to watching them on the cinema.

      The sound effects are not heard that clearly when watching from the television and, when something good or bad happens in the movie, the vibe is shared among the audience of the theater.

      That is a unique feeling.

  10. Greetings, I must admit that this is not a topic I would have thought to read about on my own. Happening across your post raised my curiosity, so I continued down your page. I really like the layout of your site and the fonts… a very nice site. It was interesting to read the history of music in the movies- I actually remember watching the silent movies with my parents; they were very, very different from those we watch now. Good site. CherrieAlesia

    1. Hi Cherrie Alesia. Thank you for your comment.

      I’m glad that you liked my website and that you found my articles interesting. It is great that my article brought back your childhood memories. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience on my website.

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