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Empire Readers’ Ten Best Soundtracks Of The Teens
Your pick of the finest film music since 2010

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Empire’s celebration of movie music kicked off a month ago with the ivory tinklers of the silent era. Since then, it’s taken in the heyday of MGM and RKO, the might of Elmer Bernstein, Ennio Morricone and John Barry, the highs of Johns, Williams and Carpenter, and fanfared its way to the modern symphonies of Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore and Clint Mansell. There’s been exclusive interviews, playlists, makings-of, and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the greatest movie scores ever committed to vinyl, CD or MP3. Heck, we’ve even learnt how to spell ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ along the way. But all good parties must come to an end. Before we start fishing treble clefs from martini glasses and trying to coax Jaws’ scary two-note motif from the swimming pool, we asked Empire readers to take us out with a bang – and you did, and then some. Here are the ten soundtracks that have been wearing out your iPods since 2010.

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10. Cloud Atlas (2013)

 


Cloud Atlas
Composer: Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek
A current J. J. Abrams favourite, Cloud Atlas's terrific score is another feather in co-director Tom Tykwer's cap. He and his old Run Lola Run / Perfume pals Klimek and Heil collaborated to unite the movie's wildly diverse settings with beautifully fragile motifs, composing more than two hours of original music, including the crucial Cloud Atlas Sextet, and bagging a Golden Globe nod for their troubles. The results are, as J.J. enthuses, "pretty cool".

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1
How to Train Your Dragon? That's one of my favorite scores! John Powell had a well deserved Oscar nomation. And you didn't have the denceney to review it? How dare you! But im glad to see Tron Legacy on the list. I have the remix score on my IPod. So pissed it didn't get Oscar nomaited! More

Posted by Darren47 on Saturday October 12, 2013, 12:47

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HANNA?!!! More

Posted by Simba on Monday June 10, 2013, 13:52

3 Its the readers choices..not the magazines
I chose Inception as the soundtrack I've listened to the most. definitely a favourite of mine. such a goosepimply score! More

Posted by megank13 on Sunday June 9, 2013, 22:23

4 Some school boy errors
How has everyone failed to mention the Hanna soundtrack, the chemical bros nailed it. More

Posted by smithy908 on Saturday June 8, 2013, 22:42

5 The Best Of A Decade... Three And A Bit Years In?
Congratulations. More

Posted by postgrape on Thursday June 6, 2013, 08:05

6 RE: The Raid? The Master?
Given my three votes are in there and I own seven of the ten tracks (and want/like the other three) I can't really argue much with this, other than to wish I'd popped a vote or two in for some Michael Giacchino tracks - the score to 'John Carter' was suitably epic and tragic in equal measures ("Carter They Come, Carter They Fall"), 'Cars 2' was as zippy and fun as the film and his recent efforts for 'Into Darkness' was as amazing as the first foray into the Trek universe (although I still can't figure out why the awesome "Ode to Harrison" isn't on the soundtrack, other than it being used throughout other tracks, albeit in bits and pieces). Of all the rest I'd probably take out 'Skyfall' to let one of those in, aside from the amazing "Tennyson" track/scene the rest didn't gel much with me (and the soundtrack doesn't include the "cruuuuummmmble"). On another note, I wonder if there should have been a separation between different types of soundtracks - just plain score ('The Hobbit'More

Posted by elyoda on Thursday June 6, 2013, 00:27

7 The Raid? The Master?
Definitely pleased to see Django, Inception and Drive on this list, but the Raid's soundtrack was electrifying and, on the other end of the spectrum, The Master's was truly haunting. More

Posted by thenamesbeer on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 20:19

8 What no Dredd?
Fantastic soundtrack. More

Posted by danbo1138 on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 18:01

9 Quite good list, but not very brave choices.
The Hobbit? Really? Is that the best that Empire readers can do? A lazy, underserved choice if you ask me. By that I mean the voting is lazy, not the soundtrack itself. How about Kick-Ass? That's 2010 and has a wicked soundtrack. Or the Master, with Johnny Greenwood's demented percussion and doom-laden strings? Drive's wicked as we all know. Tron: Legacy is also on there and that would be my personal number one. I've never had an OST on loop before that. As for Inception, it's undoubtedly one of the greats, but I think you'll find the best version is the South Park one, 'Insheeption', where one guy goes 'dun-dun-dundun-dun' with his hand over his mouth while another pulls a sheep's tail for the brass, making it go 'baaaaaa! baaaaaa!' ... It's all so complex and cool! More

Posted by Nicky C on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 14:16

10 RE: Drive got in but
Oh, and not movies obviously but Brian Reitzell's current work on the lies (and the sound design on the show in general) is extraordinary. More

Posted by tommypocket on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 13:35

11 RE: Drive got in but
L: FoxDhoj The Social Network over The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The latter is a superior score by far, I bet people only voted The Social Network because of the image you used...my third choice was The Descendants but that was never gonna get any votes! Some of these are a joke...Cloud Atlas was rubbish, The Hobbit was good but not Lord Of The Rings good. Hans Zimmer again is okay but with Nolan films seems to just do variations on the same vibe - he can't shake it. If you want a better score from 2010 look to Shutter Island, which compiled some excellent minimalist compositions - only on a Marty film would you hear Brian Eno, Max Richter, John Cage and Nam June Paik! Scott Pilgrim and Tron Legacy have good soundtracks, Django Unchained wasn't bad either. ompletely agree with Islandderful collection of eclectic pieces creating a mood to get lost in - elevates an average film for me. Despite being a massive Daft Punk fan, I found the gacyas disappointing as the filMore

Posted by tommypocket on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 13:24

12 Right.
Created an account to comment on this'un. Very pleased at the inclusion of "The Dark Knight Rises". However..."The Hobbit"'s score mostly recycled motifs from the LOTR trilogy - not necessarily a bad thing, but for me it just indicated the painfully wide gap in quality between "TH:AUJ" and "LOTR" ("hey, we do have a connection to one of the best film trilogies ever, even if we almost crap on it in the process!"). Silvestri's "The Avengers" (I refuse to call it "Avengers Assemble") was also good and warranted a mention, as did Alberto Iglesias' work on "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy". Also, how could you put in quality scores without mentioning Carter Burwell's work on the Twilight films? The franchise was decidedly average, but they sure as sh!t knew what they were doing when they were hiring composers. Burwell's work was far superior to the film it underscored, and this very rarely happens. Agh, anyway. I'm ouMore

Posted by MikaHaeli8 on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 12:51

13 humpth!
Steve Jablonsky's Transformers Dark of the Moon deserves a nod, as does Newton Howard for Hunger Games, Silvestri's Avengers Assemble too as well as Patrick Doyle's Thor More

Posted by Hector26 on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 12:31

14 All good, but...
Seven Psychopaths had a great soundtrack More

Posted by badgerpog on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 12:27

15 Drive got in but
The Social Network over The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo? The latter is a superior score by far, I bet people only voted The Social Network because of the image you used...my third choice was The Descendants but that was never gonna get any votes! Some of these are a joke...Cloud Atlas was rubbish, The Hobbit was good but not Lord Of The Rings good. Hans Zimmer again is okay but with Nolan films seems to just do variations on the same vibe - he can't shake it. If you want a better score from 2010 look to Shutter Island, which compiled some excellent minimalist compositions - only on a Marty film would you hear Brian Eno, Max Richter, John Cage and Nam June Paik! Scott Pilgrim and Tron Legacy have good soundtracks, Django Unchained wasn't bad either. More

Posted by FoxDhoj on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 11:06

16 Good list, but...
...I'd add John Williams truly magnificent score for War Horse, which sadly the rest of the film failed to live up to. Vintage Williams. More

Posted by sdilku on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 10:52

17 Nice!
Though I wish Tintin would have been on this list! More

Posted by Pixaroholic on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 08:47

18 My 3 votes were in there...
...though amazed that Zimmer's generic soundtracks made the Top 5, esp as they drowned out half the dialogue. More

Posted by Hillsman on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 01:24

19 Skyfall should not be there
I'm a huge Bond fan, however I am very keen to point out that I honestly think Skyfall's score is one of the worst Bond scores out there, and there are some terrible ones! Aside from maybe two tracks, the entire score is very generic, and lacks and form of inspiration and I do think it dulls the film a lot. If Sam Mendes does indeed come back, it probably means Newman will too, and that really is not a good thing... and the guy won a friggin' BAFTA for it! More

Posted by TPM007 on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 00:41

20 RE:
L: kingtolkien I can't believe Zimmer's awful media venture scores written by many many ghost composers and the stupid score on the awful Social Network are on this list. Where is War Horse? The only truly symphonic score in this list is just the Hobbit. Decades ago we had classical composers writing symphonic film scores and now we mostly have untalented composers writing music in a pc in a matter of hours. Such a shame! That is not quality music just sound design. i]Get off my lawn! More

Posted by tommypocket on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 00:11

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