Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtrack

Common Sense Media says

The kind of music that rouses the blood.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie may concern itself with lawless pirating, but the music, standing alone, does not.

Violence & scariness

At times the music suggests vital physical activity, but not actual violence.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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What's the story?

Bristling with testosterone, this album paints pictures of macho endeavors, piratical and otherwise: acrobatic swordplay, hoisting of the mainsail, spying on sworn enemies, the breaching of locked doors with a well-placed kick. All of these scenes can be found in THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN film, and the soundtrack will no doubt please die-hard fans who've seen all the Pirates movies, probably more than once. Overall, the soundtrack is best when it flexes its muscles, preferably played at full volume.

Is it any good?


The music is the kind that rouses the blood, so it can be enjoyed on its own merits. Composer Klaus Badelt achieves this with heavy percussion and synthesizers, to create moods of urgency and power. But he can also draw on strings and woodwinds to lighten the mood or to suggest romance. If some tracks suggest a familiar signature, it's not surprising. Composer Klaus Badelt wrote or had a hand in soundtracks for other action films pitting the individual against the odds, including Gladiator and The Time Machine.

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  • Families can talk about whether or not they were aware of this music during the movie and how music adds to the movie experience, often below our awareness.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 22, 2003
Label:Walt Disney Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byhorse_gerbil April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Good, but Dead Man's Chest, and At World's End are better...

Personally, this is my least favorite of the three soundtracks. It just seems that the tunes are kind of repetitive. It's the same few tunes over and over and over again. And there isn't as much variety in instruments as in Dead Man's Chest and At World's End. Don't get me wrong, it's a great CD, but if I had a choice, I'd go for At World's End.
Parent of a 12 year old Written byTsion April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Beautiful Music!

Highly recommended. Nothing at all objectionable, as it's all orchestrational music. It's beautiful, exciting, and fun, fun, fun! You must listen to it! Anyone who has seen the movie as heard the amazing music, but even if you haven't trust me. You'll love it.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMerlinFan October 16, 2011

Beautiful, Uplifting, Beautiful, Powerful... Did I Mention Beautiful?

This is the best movie music ever. I'm dead serious. I am saving up to buy the first 3 soundtracks. "At World's End" had the best music, I think, because it was most powerful. All the songs give you that unexplainable feeling (I can't describe it but I think you know what I'm talking about). The music may not have lyrics, but that's what gives it its effect. Long story short: It's beautiful.


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