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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

 


The Royal Tenenbaums
Composer: Various Artists
Wes Anderson soundtracks are always a treat, butwhere Tenenbaums scores over even Rushmore and the more recent Moonrise Kingdom is in its sheer variety. Anderson picked tracks such as Nico’s These Days and Paul Simon’s Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard for their emotional connection each scene or moment, rather than going for an overall theme. It still works. Plus, with Dylan, Ramones, the lush vocals of tragic L.A. troubadour Elliott Smith and more, it’s like a starter kit for cool music. The various soundtrack releases are united by Mark Motherbaugh’s typically wonderful score, which works particularly well on 111 Archer Avenue.

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1 honourable mention
I would personally include the soundtrack to A Single Man in this list. More

Posted by iainjames on Friday June 14, 2013, 07:37

2 Wonderful work but may I just say...
Where might Gladiator be?! I must say this is a fantastic compilation of decade defining soundtracks so first of all kudos to all the empire crew for that but seriously Gladiator is a much needed addition to this list. I also think 500 Days of Summer is an uplifting, appropriate choice. But hey, they're all good. Great list guys. More

Posted by btricks on Friday June 7, 2013, 11:06

3 RE:
Notably missing: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (better soundtrack than Fellowship or King) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Matrix Reloaded Star Wars - Episode II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Pirates of the Caribbean (any of them) Batman Begins About half of these shouldn't even be here! More

Posted by NeoBrowser on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 09:34

4 Gladiator
Gladiator is the main omission here - like at the Oscars CTHD won the Oscar, but Gladiator won the audience affection. More

Posted by oliraceking on Friday May 31, 2013, 17:20

5 Let The Right One In
I would've liked to see a mention of Johan Söderqvist's score for 'Let The Right One In' - I thought that was one of the best of recent years. More

Posted by adamfripp on Friday May 31, 2013, 09:56

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I completely agree with TheoJ - Giacchino's work on Star Trek was some of his best to date and was only beaten by his work on Up (which, thankfully, is on this list). I personally think Return of the King was the best soundtrack out of the three LOTR films, but one thing I do not understand is the lack of Harry Potter - sure it's not oscar-worthy, but Williams yet again composed some of the most memorable themes in film history and it would be ridiculous to ignore 6 films worth of spell-binding (excuse the pun) and down-right spectacular musical scores. More

Posted by jshchm on Thursday May 30, 2013, 00:39

7 (500) days of summer!
It had Hall and Oates on it...emough said! More

Posted by claireangela on Wednesday May 29, 2013, 19:16

8 STAR TREK???!!!!
Where in God's Name is Michael Giacchino's Star Trek score? It was incredibly original with echoes of Courage's and Goldmsith's works. Esp the new theme, end credits and hell bar talk!!!! More

Posted by TheoJ on Wednesday May 29, 2013, 11:20

9 THE FOUNTAIN
It's lack of inclusion here is borderline criminal. More

Posted by fang on Friday May 24, 2013, 19:57

10 NO GLADIATOR?!?!
Hans Zimmer's score for gladiator should be included with tracks such as Now We Are Free with Lisa Gerard and Elysium. More

Posted by millwall121 on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 15:57

11 The Fountain, Solaris,
Eternal Sunshine, A Desplat score like birth or Benji Button, Anchorman. More

Posted by osh man on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 19:08

12 The Fountain, Solaris,
Eternal Sunshine, A Desplat score like birth or Benji Button, Anchorman. More

Posted by osh man on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 18:59

13 The Bourne Supremacy
Not only a superb score, but the amount of Powell-esq rhythms from other films of similar genre seem to take inspiration from this series. More

Posted by TPM007 on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 12:02

14 Inception
Nolan has to have a constant tone buzzing through the move because he cant direct or create tension to save his life. More

Posted by burtbondy on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 11:21

15 LOTR
I thought the Two Towers soundtrack was better than Fellowship. Obviously the main themes returned but Shore expanded on them wonderfully and really managed to evoke a living, breathing Middle Earth for this difficult 'middle' movie. Also... Punch Drunk Love should be on this list IMO. More

Posted by deredder on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 07:22

16 Um, James Newton Howard?
Isn't James Newton Howard also responsible for The Dark Knight soundtrack? And Batman Begins? More

Posted by kasr on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 01:14

17 Loves a Beach
what about Amores Perros??? it has a hugely enjoyable soundtrack and Gustavo Santaolallo best work to date. More

Posted by megamajestic on Monday May 20, 2013, 19:25

18 My Bad
Ooops 28 days/weeks later did get a mention, so scrub them, but they were good More

Posted by klepto4 on Monday May 20, 2013, 16:11

19 A few others perhaps?
Gladiator was a biggy probably overshadowed by LotR. There were obviously others but not sure if they made an amazing impact, but I'll mention them anyway:- The Island, 28 Days/Weeks Later, Man on Fire + Transformers and Casino Royale at a push, there were others with some wicked tunes in but how much they defined the naughties is erm slim. Glad Sunshine made it though, that was terrific More

Posted by klepto4 on Monday May 20, 2013, 16:06

20 Down With The Kids Award
"An earworm in hi-tops scratched out between takes..." More

Posted by bradcam72 on Monday May 20, 2013, 14:15

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