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Released: Nov. 18, 1997

Rating: 3.968 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: musical score

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Never an Absolution
  2. Distant Memories
  3. Southhampton
  4. Rose
  5. Leaving Port
  6. Take Her to Sea, Mr. Murdoch
  7. Hard to Starboard
  8. Unable to Stay, Unwilling to Leave
  9. The Sinking
  10. Death of Titanic
  11. A Promise Kept
  12. A Life So Changed
  13. An Ocean of Memories
  14. My Heart Will Go On (CELINE DION)
  15. Hymn to the Sea (JAMES HORNER/ CELINE DION)

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 11.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.9
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 5.0
sales worldwide - estimated 30.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 16
peak on U.K. album chart 1 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • My Heart Will Go On (12/13/97) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 AC, sales: 0.5 m
  • Southhampton (3/14/98) #55a US, #22 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Soundtrack Album of the Year One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Titanic Soundtrack
James Horner (composer)
James Horner’s Academy Award-winning score for the “epic romance Titanic is much like the film itself – against all expectations, it delivers exactly what it promises. His score is grand, without falling into typical melodrama, and delicately romantic, without being sickly sentimental; it offers genuine emotion and excitement, with the haunting vocals of Norwegian singer Sissel providing a nice counterpoint to Horner’s blend of strings, vocals, orchestras, and synthesizers.” STE

“And what can we say about Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On; would ‘ubiquitous’ suffice?” JM The song “may feel a little like an afterthought, especially after experiencing Horners wrenching, affecting score, but its heart is in the right place.” STE The song bears the unique distinction of propelling two albums to the top of the charts. It wasn’t surprising that Dion’s Let’s Talk about Love topped the charts, but “Titanic was the first soundtrack to reach the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts in two decades.” JM If that wasn’t enough, the song also pushed both albums to 30 million in sales globally.

“Nevertheless, it is Horner’s instrumental work and its whirlwind of emotions that makes the score of Titanic a voyage worth repeating.” STE “Horner’s combination of synths, chorale, and orchestra perfectly underscores the action in director James Cameron’s 20th-century melodrama. It’s a finely honed piece of Hollywood craftsmanship from a composer who has tackled more musically adventuresome projects in his career.” JM

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Last updated April 28, 2010.