Top 10 best alarm tones to make sure you wake up in the morning

If you have ever found yourself pressing the snooze button too many times on your iPhone in the morning, then here are best alarm tones to ensure you get up right away. They're all YouTube clips, but you can easily sample sounds from youtube and turn them into custom tones all your own.

  • Jaws Theme. Not sure if this is actually the scariest sound in the world, but it will definitely make you decide pretty fast to get ready for work.
  • Halloween theme song.
  • Big Bang Theory. Probably the scariest of them all. Howard's Mom can get anyone up.

-The Grudge. I didn't actually find this sound particularly scary but it seemed to frighten everyone else. You take a listen and let me know what you think.

  • and trepidation.
  • Jokers Laugh, The Dark Knight. Eerie.

I did try the popular Friday the 13th theme three times but without the man in the Shatner mask chasing after you, the music ends up being more relaxing than terror-inducing. If you know of any other alarm tone that are guaranteed to get you out of bed and up to face the day, let us know in the comments below.

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Top 10 best alarm tones to make sure you wake up in the morning


Would be better if this blog post featured actual alarm sound effects that people spent time creating. To call it 'Best Alarm Tones' and then slap together a bunch of music excerpts is rather lazy -- gotta fill these pages somehow I guess... :-(

There is a tip link at the bottom to make them alarm tones for free. Please read all the article before you flame. ;)

Honestly, I find that the default 'Alarm' tone to be super effective. No slow, build-up, just straight into it, lol.

I'm a heavy sleeper so I need sometime that's going to rattle the windows. I find Don Menza's "Time Check" played by the Buddy Rich Big Band works a treat. Nothing like eighteen guys giving it the Full Monty to get the juices flowing in the morning (although it tends to give the cat heart failure!)

Doctorchas' suggestion of "Time Check" is interesting. My preferences run a bit differently.
1st choice: Overture to "Light Cavalry"; if you're not motivated to get moving after the first 60 seconds, you probably need a defibrillator.
2nd choice: "Born to Run". 'Nuff said.
Alternate: "William Tell Overture". About 1/3 of the way in if you need to kick-start the "fight or flight" instinct (don't worry, you'll recognize it). The grand 2nd half for anyone else. :)

Always thought Edith Piaf's “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" (the song used in Inception to signal them to wake up" would be perfect for an alarm tone. Suprised that hasn't surfaced in the Ringtone section of iTunes.

Link to Youtube videos and a guide to make your own sounds? Epic fail. The topic for this article is so incorrect.

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