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TOP 10 movie scores you have ever listened to.

Discussion in 'Music' started by seanwee, Jan 10, 2016.
  1. seanwee
    What are the best movie scores you have ever listened to ?
    My current top 10 are
    01 How to Train Your Dragon 1 (2010) / How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) - John Powell
    02 Bolt (2008) - John Powell
    03 Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) - John Powell and Hans Zimmer
    04 Transformers (2007) - Steve Jablonsky
    05 Star Wars I ,II and III (1999,2002,2005) - John Williams
    06 Tron Legacy (2010) - Daft Punk
    07 Avatar (2009) - James Horner
    08 Jurassic Park (1993) - John Williams
    09 The Land Before Time (1988) - James Horner
    10 The Lion King (1994)  - Hans Zimmer
    Runner ups (Still sound awesome nevertheless)
    ( in no particular order)
    The Rock (1996) - Hans Zimmer
    Mulan (1998) - Jerry Goldsmith
    The Treasure Planet (2002) - James Newton Howard
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001,2002,2003) - Howard Shore
    Spirited Away (2001) - Joe Hisaishi
    Princess Mononoke (1997) -  Joe Hisaishi
    Wall-E (2008) - Thomas Newman
    Oblivion (2013) - M83 , Anthony Gonzales ,Joseph Trapanese
    Jurassic World (2015) - Michael Giacchino
    Kung Fu Hustle (2004) - The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra ,Akiko Suwana , Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Ip Man (2008) - Kenji Kawai
    Thats it from me , now post you Top 10/5/3/any MOVIE SCORES
  2. Double-A
    My favorite movie soundtrack is the soundtrack from Schindler's List (this soundtrack also contains my favorite song which is track number 13 'Remembrances').

    Some other soundtracks I like that you didn't mention (not ordered by how much I like the soundtracks):

    The soundtrack from The Godfather

    The soundtrack from The Godfather Part II

    The soundtrack from the original Star Wars film

    The Soundtrack from Return of the Jedi

    The Rain Man soundtrack (more of a compilation of songs not written specifically for the movie although it DOES include some songs composed by Hans Zimmer specifically for the film)

    The Dances With Wolves soundtrack

    The soundtrack from Forrest Gump even though it is an overrated movie that won the Best Picture Oscar even though The Shawshank Redemption, Heavenly Creatures, AND Pulp Fiction were better films from that year (all according to my own opinion of course)

    The Gladiator soundtrack

    The soundtrack from The Last Samurai

    The soundtrack from The King's Speech

    The Inception soundtrack

    The soundtrack from the movie Black Swan

    The Philomena soundtrack

    The soundtrack from The Wolf of Wall Street (again, really just a compilation of pre-existing songs)

    The soundtrack from Kung-Fu Panda

    The soundtrack from the first Harry Potter movie (I was listening to the Harry Potter soundtracks on Spotify but have been taking a break after reaching The Goblet of Fire, don't know when I'll return to it)
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  3. Fearless1
    Pulp Fiction
    Garden State
  4. moriez
    No matter how great the music is or works for the particular movie, without visuals/context soundtracks on their own don't work for me. Example: Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, 21 Grams, Brokeback Mountain). Absolutely love the desolate atmosphere from his guitar compositions but not as a record.
    From rusty memory there's two clear exceptions: Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown. Lovely compiled quality music on there. As a fanboy Star Wars soundtracks are kind of nice but almost no replay value. I also have a fond memory of The Ninth Gate OST.
  5. seanwee
    That logic is undeniable , yes. But some movies,albeit horrible (60-30% ratings) MAY have good soundtracks.
    A prime example of this is the movie Eragon. GODAWFULL Movie that bears little resemblance to the book it was based on but it has a great sounding score.
    Edit: The Eragon book series (The Inheritance Cycle) is actually very interesting and very absorbing.
  6. WraithApe
    Soundtracks without the context of the movie don't do it for me either. As you say there are exceptions, but the two QT you mentioned are just great collections of songs really; funk and soul in the case of Jackie Brown. When it comes to pure score though, I can't think of any soundtracks I play regularly. I think Clint Mansell does good scores - Moon, Requiem for a Dream etc. - but they still don't really work on their own because they are designed to create a certain mood for key scenes within the film, rather than to be listened to in isolation.
    That said, there are a few soundtracks that have some replay value, and these tend to be synth-driven: I find them  to be good electronic works in their own right:
    Goblin - Suspiria
    Rob - Maniac
    Steve Moore - The Guest
    Brian Eno - Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
    Klaus Schulze - Angst
    Jean Michel Jarre - Les Granges Brulees
    Vangelis - Blade Runner
    + a bunch by Tangerine Dream: Sorcerer, Firestarter, Thief, Wavelength, The Park Is Mine
    Not synth, but I also like Nick Cave & Warren Ellis's soundtrack to White Lunar.
  7. BillC
    Too many great soundtracks to mention but they're really just 'greatest hits' kind of collections usually. 
    There are scores I listen to, but generally in the way of ambient music it's more of a background music than something I listen to critically. A few that come to mind:
    Killing Fields - Mike Oldfield
    Birdy - Peter Gabriel
    Passion: Music from the Last Temptation of Christ - Peter Gabriel
    Chariots of Fire - Vangelis
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
    The Last Emperor - Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Local Hero - Mark Knopfler
    Does Brian Eno's "Music for Films" count? :)
  8. DrRosenRosen
    No particular order and ignoring the classics (Godfather, Jaws, Psycho, Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T., etc.):
    The Mission - Ennio Morricone
    Prince of Darkness - John Carpenter
    Inception - Hans Zimmer
    Inside Out - Michael Giacchino (or Up; or The Incredibles)
    Transformers - Steve Jablonsky
    Ender's Game - Steve Jablonsky
    The Last of the Mohicans - Trevor Jones
    Braveheart - James Horner
    The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch
  9. seanwee

    Lol Enders game ........ I find that the majority of the songs in that score are not that nice, only a few are somewhat nice.

    Up is nice , but I haven't heard the incredibles yet.

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