I've been trying to find ways to keep from freaking out about every Trump-related piece of news that comes through the pipeline. It's a hard task in an industry that requires me to stay glued to Twitter, certainly, but anyone feeling stressed about this Brave New World (and there are a lot of us!) might find their sleep schedule, productivity at work, and other necessary daily activities hampered by the constant flood of Trumpocalypse NY Times alerts. I've tested a few coping mechanisms—tea, baby panda videos, perpetual drunkenness—but so far the thing that's helped the most is listening to film scores. There's something soothing about, say, Han and Leia's love song. The Dark Knight Rises theme makes me feel powerful. Hymn to the Sea reminds me that one can (potentially) survive a sinking ship.

Here, I have rounded up the best film scores to keep you from throwing your coffee cup at your computer and kicking your boss out of misplaced rage. Note that these are all mostly instrumental, so you can make blogs or put together PowerPoints or write up TPS reports or whatever you do without being distracted by lyrics. These work for me—I hope they work for you, and leave your own favorites in the comments.


Little Women
Little Women might be sad AF, but there's nothing more heartwarming than the "Orchard House" main title. Plus, if these feisty ladies survived the Civil War (well, most of them, anyhow) we can, too!

Top tracks: "Orchard House (Main Title)," "Ashes," "Spring."

Pride & Prejudice
There's a moment at the end of the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice in which (SPOILER ALERT) Elizabeth Bennett heads to the moor at dawn and sees Mr. Darcy emerging from the fog AND YOU JUST KNOW he's going to declare his love for her. Goddamn, that scene is great. It's also nice to remind yourself of how great it is just after you've been sitting at your desk panicking over Trump's batshit interview with ABC. Sure, listening to the track on repeat doesn't fix anything, but your head exploding all over your monitor won't make things better, either.

Top tracks: "Dawn," "Georgiana," "The Secret Life of Daydreams," "Your Hands Are Cold."

I found Inception very disappointing as a film (do other people's dreams work that way, because mine don't), but the score makes you want to scale snowy mountains and destroy Paris and hug Tom Hardy. If only we were able to hire Ellen Page to re-architect real life, or go back in time and murder whoever incepted in Trump the idea that he should run for president. (Watch your back, John Oliver.)

Top tracks: "Dream Is Collapsing," "Time"

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
I have seen this movie no fewer than four times, and I still can't tell you what happens in it. What I can tell you, though, is that Hans Zimmer wasted a dope score on a super convoluted summer action film. Listen to "Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho" (yes that's it's name, don't laugh), and note that things get pretty intense around the two-minute mark.

Top tracks: "One Day," "Parlay," "Drink Up Me Hearties Yo Ho."

The Dark Knight Rises
Considering the current President of the United States quoted Bane in his inaugural speech, it only makes sense that the next four years be soundtracked by this final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. In the fictional world, Batman took Bane down, but IRL we might have to settle for Kirsten Gillibrand.

Top tracks: "Rise," "The Fire Rises," "Fear Will Find You."

The soundtrack to Titanic is basically a three-hour instrumental version of "My Heart Will Go On," plus the addition of a bunch of bagpipes and some scary music when the ship sinks. Still, the James Horner score is beautiful, the aforementioned bagpipes are surprisingly palliative, and the real "My Heart Will Go On" toward the end is a treat.

Top tracks: "Rose," "Death of Titanic," "Hymn to the Sea."

I've never actually seen Gladiator, but Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard's score is a bit like the stuff you'd listen to in the last ten minutes of a yoga class. The music is a mix of instrumental-only and tracks with vocals, and all of it makes me want to buy some candles and bath bubbles. I guess the movie's a little bloody, though.

Top tracks: "Now We Are Free," "Honor Him," "Sorrow."

Schindler's List
Schindler's List's subject matter isn't exactly uplifting—although it is feeling increasingly apt—but the beautiful John Williams score (with Itzhak Perlman on violin) somehow manages to keep me calm. A violin's healing power should never be underestimated.

Top tracks: "Theme from Schindler's List," "Stolen Memories," "Remembrances."