* DannyElfman's music for the first two films, ''Batman'' in particular, is one of the ''very'' few elements of the [[Film/{{Batman}} original film series]] that many people think the Nolan films haven't come anywhere ''near'' topping.
** The opening number, literally titled "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l11BPzYehUE The Batman Theme]]", makes the accompanying titles so awesome that you can fail to notice that next to nothing's happening onscreen. The theme gets a reprise at the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tiGCeWaYuM film's end]]. It is also rescored as the opening theme for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEx9r5enZsk Batman the Animated Series]].
** "Waltz to the Death," which is what the Joker and Vicki Vale were dancing to while Batman was beating up {{Mooks}}, is also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywytpSrzktg quite amazing]].
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pTQ0ZvuIr4 Attack of the Batwing]]," people.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoK2d3mC3RA Descent into Mystery]]," which is heard when Batman drives Vicki Vale through the forest to the Batcave. ''So'' epic, it was reused in the trailer to ''Batman Returns''.
** The "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYvQYzlUm-o Finale]]", the most triumphant piece of Batman-related music ever. Especially epic is the crescendo (before the familiar "Batman Theme" hook at the end) combined with the image of Batman standing on a ledge, silhouetted against the night sky, with the Bat-signal in the distance. If that doesn't give you goosebumps, nothing will.
** In addition, the pop soundtrack composed by Music/{{Prince}} has some pretty awesome numbers, too. The crowner is probably "[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqrko4_prince-batdance-batman-soundtrack_music Batdance]]", picked as the main single from the album. It was #1 on the charts for a reason, folks.
* Elfman's incredibly intense score for ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is nothing short of awesome, either. Especially epic is the opening number, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvcezzUjCF8 Birth of a Penguin]]", complete with a dark re-orchestration of the previous film's theme.
* The latter two films in the series may not have been the greatest, but both include pop soundtracks that are actually enjoyable to this day. At the very least, no one can deny that "Kiss from a Rose" was ''the'' single of 1995.
** And while still a distant third to Elfman and Zimmer/Newton Howard's scores, Elliot Goldenthal's scores are still pretty amazing, delivering the proper level of bombast for an abjectly cartoonish universe (Goldenthal specifically chose to invoke a feeling similar to a Russian circus). Sadly, most of the music he composed for ''Batman Forever'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork shelved and unreleased]] in favor of the aforementioned pop-heavy soundtrack, and has only recently become commercially available in its full length.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yC4zKDeDkM theme]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The Adventures of Batman and Robin]]''. Shirley Walker gave Batman a {{Leifmotif}} as memorable as the 1980's movie's.
** The opening titles to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xgDpesd428 Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm]]'' (at the beginning of video). Considered by some to be Shirley Walker's magnum opus.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZst_2xJHAI "Molossus"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZH7UpSoIT8 "Antrozous"]] from ''Film/BatmanBegins''.
** Whilst it seems to only be on the soundtrack to ''Film/BatmanBegins'', not in the actual movie (at least, not in it's entirety), "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Mq9UaUq2M Lasiurus]]" possibly sums up the essential character at the heart of Batman better than any piece of music (even some of the other fine pieces listed here) ever will -- it's dark, brooding and melancholy, and yet there's a subtle note of hope weaved in there that gradually and powerfully builds to a crescendo, giving the listener the impression that the night will end and evil will be overcome...
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-3oGOmHWIQ "Artibeus"]], which also doubles as horror.
* From Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard's ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** The opening track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QjuEWsdgEc Why So Serious?]] sets the mood for the entire film. Amazing how much horror is contained in a single note....
*** Listen to it over headphones, or surround sound in an acoustically perfect room; that single note jumps around, well... ''chaotically''.
*** The Crystal Method's Remix of said song is not quite as creepy, yet... it is. In its own "Crystal Method way."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ynjjk2c7Y Like A Dog Chasing Cars]] pretty much sets the tone for this Batman, right down to a lapse into "Why So Serious?"
** The last minute of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI_mDPIj4IA Aggresive Expansion]]. If "Why So Serious?" builds up the tone of the Joker, this song smashes it down on you like a 5000 pound hammer. It's impossible to listen to this song without imagining him bursting into the room and holding a knife to someone's neck at the last second, and to top it all off, the scene it's used in is when he kills the goddamned judge and commissioner.
** The sheer awesomeness of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZTsgfjOHnE Agent of Chaos]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh0Oh5zF2iA I'm Not a Hero]]. Particularly the subtle similarity to the Elfman theme around the 4 mintue mark.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE9Ws1mJAgA Harvey Two Face]], especially in its stirring reprise of the love theme. Awesome in spite of the fact that the ending part doesn't show up in the film.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_081gkpT8k The fire rises]], especially after 2:48.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jao5NQobt3w DE-SHAY DE-SHAY BASHARA BASHARA]]
* And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuBxkmAZcKk A Fire Will Rise]], the third trailer theme, which is ''mind-blowingly epic'' and tragic, fitting perfectly the mood for the finale of the trilogy.
* While this isn't connected to the movie directly, Hans Zimmer created a hauntingly beautiful track called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oTbyENpX58 Aurora]] honoring the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting. The Dark Knight would be proud.
* Also not directly related to the movies, MiracleOfSound broke from their normal pattern of video game-inspired music to create [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIfk5-8oy_o "Rise"]].
* The track "Gotham's Reckoning" that plays as Bane and his henchmen [[spoiler: kidnap a nuclear physicist and wreck a CIA jet in mid flight.]]
** And now the complete score has been released, witness the incredible drums at the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WfhWkmuX1k the film version of that track.]]
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqywxMzPDWI Why Do We Fall]]".
* Next time you watch ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', consider muting the film as the credits begin and playing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbIdnMgfb-4 this fan-made track]] over them. It starts low and quiet, but builds to a final crescendo for the trilogy that simply ''must'' be experienced.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' boasts some awesome music too, in particular the main theme and the cue called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfhy0S93Ivk "I Think You Should Do As He Says"]], which somehow seems to evoke every other score written for the Batman.