I did a video on youtube called the ‘top musical scores/soundtracks’ of the decade and I figured I might as well make a list here. The first 10 are my top 10 but are in no order really. They are just my ten favorite scores of the decade. Anything after 10 are my honorable mentions. This list is slightly different than my youtube video.
Once-the only soundtrack on my list. The songs are performed by Glen Hasard,Marketa Irglova or both. In a similar vain to Damien Rice’s music. There’s pure raw emotion in their music and it hits me on an emotional level. I’ve never been a fan of showy singers(for example anything that comes out of American Idol,the majority of what’s on the radio etc.) and that’s one of the reasons I love their voices. It’s down to earth and real in a way.
‘Say It To Me Now’
The Works Of Thomas Newman-One of my favorite composers. I love the score to Finding Nemo…..it’s perfect to me.It’s magical,breathtaking and so comforting to me. Also the score to Road To Perdition is great as well.
Road To Perdition
Yann Tiersen’s score to Amelie- french sounds and also great piano pieces
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford-
The Works Of Clint Mansell. Moon- Moody,atmospheric and somber piano based pieces. Awesome
Requiem For A Dream- It’s been overused in many different trailers but it still is a haunting score that still hits me on an emotional level any time I hear it.
The Works Of Carter Burwell-Also one of my favorite composters. He’s known mostly for his work with the Coen Brothers and his best scores are from coen brothers films in my opinion. The scores for both A Serious Man and The Man Who Wasn’t There are fantastic and beautifully haunting.
A Serious Man
The Man Who Wasn’t There
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy- Regardless if you like these films or not, you can at least admire the score on some level(as least I hope you can). Howard Shore’s score for all 3 films are perfect in my opinion. I can’t believe I left it out of my initial top 10 scores of the decade.
Michael Giaccino’s score for Up- Simply put….Amazing.
Also one I regret leaving off my top 10.
The Work’s Of Gustavo Santaolalla- 21 Grams has a very minimalistic score but it hit me on an emotional level. It’s simple and I love it.
Also the score to Babel is great and is in a similar vein to 21 Grams
John Murphey’s score to Sunshine hit me on an emotional level
Spirited Away- beautiful
Regardless of what you think of The Dark Knight, I think the score can be admired in it’s own right. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard know how to make really solid scores.
Brick’s score has a very western-esq quality to it that I really dug