Soundtrack for Your Thumos

There is a reason why the soundtrack to your favorite movie or show will tap into emotions you didn’t know existed. Music can shape our mood, evoke images, and generate feelings of nostalgia. In this blog post we’re going to explore how soundtracks capture human emotion in an effort to narrow down what exactly makes for good music for survival games.

High thumos is a term used to describe the feeling of being on top of your game and in control. It’s a feeling that many people strive for and it can be achieved through various methods, such as listening to music while playing games. Read more in detail here: high thumos.

Reason, Appetites, and Thumos were regarded to be the three components of a man’s soul or psyche by the ancient Greeks. While we still have a grasp of the first two components of this tripartite picture of the soul, the idea of thumos has largely been forgotten in contemporary times. We don’t have a term that exactly matches to that, which is revealing.

The Greeks considered thumos to be an extremely rich and complicated force that was necessary for andreia (manliness). Thumos is a man’s life energy — the passion that gives youth their vigor and provides the elderly their vitality. It is both the source of and the object of emotions. The Greeks identified it most closely with fury, particularly righteous rage, which arises when a man’s dignity, loved ones, or community are endangered. Thumos feeds a man’s urge for action, ambition, and the desire to fight, as well as his gameness, bravery, and capacity to remain “in the arena” once the fight begins. It is a man’s “fire in the belly” that drives him to abandon safety and security, disdain mediocrity, and strive to outperform his peers and become the greatest of the best.

Thumos is a symbol of a man’s fighting spirit, as well as the force of judgment and thought. It assists in problem-solving and decision-making. In his thumos, a man mulls over alternatives, and as a result, it provides guidance on how to proceed.

Because the ancient Greeks considered thumos to be a separate part of a person, they believed you could communicate with it, telling it to persevere, be strong, or be youthful. Achilles charms his thumos by playing the lyre in The Iliad.

Thumos is difficult to put into words, yet it is simple to feel rushing through your veins. Fortunately, you may employ music to not only pleasure but also to energise your thumos.

Thumos music is similar to “pump up music,” but it is not the same. It’s not about getting into a highly agro condition, and it’s not about preparing your body for brute force action. It’s in your bones and in your head. It awakens both the primitive and the higher aspects of your soul. It takes you through the peaks and valleys of human emotion – not only rage and pleasure, but also loss and sorrow. It briefly lifts the curtain on a concept that is generally intangible and inaccessible: grandeur. Thumos music, in a nutshell, makes you feel alive.

Listed here are a few albums and songs that are sure to wake up your thumos. It’s what I listened to when writing the Semper Virilis series a few months ago, and it’s what I listen to now when I’m thinking about or writing about big, deep, and difficult themes. When I’m working out, I’ll also listen to my Thumos soundtrack; it makes those deadlifts and HIITs feel even more legendary.


The majority of the music in my thumos soundtrack originates from epic cinema orchestral soundtracks. Orchestral music, particularly when combined with strong chanting choruses, has a way of igniting the “fire in the belly.” Perhaps epic movie soundtracks stimulate the same primeval, Dionysian region of our brain as the music and chanting choruses that accompanied ancient Greek dramas energised the Hellenistic spirit. Perhaps it’s symphonic music’s everlasting quality and grandeur. I’m not sure. I simply know that when I listen to it, my heart races a little quicker, the hairs on the back of my arms rise up, and I feel primed for inspiration and ready to battle — whether it’s physical, mental, or spiritual. Another wonderful approach to increase your thumos is to see the movies that go along with these soundtracks, but that’s for another article.

Listen to tunes that awaken your thumos when you need to not just be fired up for something, but to show up completely alive for it. This is the soundtrack for you, whether you’re attempting a new deadlift PR, playing in the state championship game, preparing a research paper, shaking off the bad juju left over after a break-up, gathering the guts to leave your job, or whatever obstacle you’re facing. While all of the tracks on these CDs are excellent for thumos, I’ve chosen a few favorites from each. It’s hoped that it will act as a jumping off point for you to create your own thumos soundtrack.

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Soundtrack for Braveheart 

“The Battle of Stirling,” “‘Sons of Scotland,’” “‘Freedom,’” and “End Credits” are all worth seeing.


Soundtrack for Gladiator 

Great songs include “The Battle,” “Strength and Honor,” “Elysium,” and “Honor Him.”


Soundtrack for The Last of the Mohicans 

My favorites on this one are “Main Title,” “Elk Hunt,” “Fort Battle,” and “Top Of The World.”


The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“The Prophecy,” “Many Meetings,” and “Amon Hen” are all worth checking out.

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Soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Two of my favorite songs from this album are “The King Of The Golden Hall” and “The White Rider.”


Soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

There’s a lot of fantastic thumos-inspiring music on this CD, but “The Ride of the Rohirrim,” “The Fields of Pelenor,” “The End of All Things,” and “The Return of the King” are a few of my favorites.


Soundtrack for The Last Samurai

“The Way of the Sword” and “Red Warrior” are both epic.


Soundtrack for Inception

“Time” and “Dream is Collapsing” are two songs worth listening to.


Soundtrack for 300

With thumos, “To Victory,” “Immortals Battle,” and “Returns a King” get the blood boiling.


Two Steps From Hell – Invincible

I’m not sure how I first became aware of the band Two Steps From Hell, but I’m pleased I did. They’re a Los Angeles-based music production firm that creates epic-sounding music for films, video games, and television shows. They’ve compiled CDs of their most popular songs throughout the years. The music is thumos-inspiring throughout. Check out “Heart of Courage,” “Super Strength,” and “To Glory” on Invincible.


Two Steps From Hell – Archangel

“Army of Justice,” “Strength of a Thousand Men,” and “The Last Stand” are among my favorites.


Two Steps From Hell – SkyWorld

“All the Kings Horses” and “For the Win” are two excellent examples.


Two Steps From Hell is the first volume in the Classics series.

The games “Sons of War,” “Clash of Empires,” and “Birth of a Hero” are all fantastic.


Two Steps From Hell – Miracles

My favorite song on the CD is “Men of Honor.”


Soundtrack for The Magnificent Seven

The album’s “Main Title,” “Council of War,” and “The Hallelujah Trail” are particularly strong.


Soundtrack: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A classic is “Il Buono, Il Cattivo, Il Brutto.” The majority of the album’s other tracks are variations of the primary title tune. The trumpets and thumos-invigorating voices in “Il Triello” are particularly wonderful.


Soundtrack for Band of Brothers

Must-hear tracks include “Main Title,” “Band of Brothers Suite Two,” and “Band of Brothers Requiem.”


Soundtrack for the Pacific

Listen to “Honor,” “With the Old Breed,” and “Landing Peleliu.”


Soundtrack for Saving Private Ryan

My favorites from this album are “Hymn to the Fallen,” “Approaching the Enemy,” and “The Last Battle.”


The Earth Isn’t a Cold, Dead Place – Sky Explosions

This one is a little different from the others on the list. Explosions in the Sky is a Texas-based instrumental rock band. While their music isn’t symphonic, it is thumos-inspiring, which is presumably why their songs “Your Hand In Mine” and “First Breath After Coma” from this album were utilized in both the film and television adaptations of Friday Night Lights (my favorite television show of all time). Every time I listen, I feel shivers. It brings back memories of the intensity and drama of my high school football days, and it encourages me to keep some of that young thumotic spiritedness as I become older.


Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”

While formulating revolutionary ideas, the brilliant military strategist John Boyd would often listen to Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries.” I reasoned that if it could help him revolutionize warfare as we know it, it could also help me create wonderful things (including writings about him, which is a little meta).




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