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The Soundtracks Of The Year
2013's ten best scores and soundtracks

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It was a year when both we at Empire and the good folk of BBC Radio celebrated the ground-shaking majesty of the movie soundtrack. But which fresh scores and soundtracks caught our ear during the 12 months just past? It may not have been a vintage period for soundtracks, but any year that boasted efforts from John Williams and Hans Zimmer, had Jay-Z overseeing the soundtrack to an F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation, Tom Tykwer and Shane Carruth adding the role of composer to already arduous directorial gigs and Danny Boyle reuniting with one half of Underworld can’t be bad. Here’s our pick of the ten records you’d want under the Christmas tree.

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IRON MAN 3

Iron Man 3 soundtrackFor Brian Tyler, 2013 was one of those annus mirabilises clever folk like to talk about. It was the year when he was unofficially anointed Marvel’s composer of choice and found time to score a surprise hit in Now You See Me, presumably earning a gig on the sequel too. Most notably, he created a ditty for Marvel’s new logo, scored Thor: The Dark World and followed Ramin Djawadi and John Debney into the Iron Man franchise with a brassy score for part three. This one was lighter on the AC/DC, but still full of heavyweight cues, including a barnstorming main theme belted out with gusto by orchestral superheroes The London Philharmonic. Like the film, Tyler’s soundtrack plays out with the joyfully Austin Powers-y ‘Can You Dig It’, although sadly for Eiffel 65 fans, ‘Blue’ doesn’t make the cut.

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1 Star Trek and Man of steel
I agree man of steels soundtrack was awesome, but there isn't an official album of the music. 😡 I think that Star Trek into darkness should be on this list. They had some awesome music too!! Also the music from The Hobbit and Frozen. Totally awesome! Where are they?😱😰 gravity is going to win all the oscars this year. :) even this!! More

Posted by LegolasLoki on Friday December 20, 2013, 16:19

2 No Man of Steel????
Sorry, that must be a misunderstanding! BTW: Regarding Brian Tyler i loved the Now You See Me-soundtrack even more than Iron Man 3. More

Posted by Roderich on Friday December 20, 2013, 09:06

3 Man Of Steel
Regardless of how sh!t the film was, this is hands-down one of the best soundtracks i've ever heard! Seriously poor form leaving that one off this list. More

Posted by Bobby TwoTimes on Wednesday December 18, 2013, 13:43

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Surely the "Alpha Papa" and "The World's End" soundtracks deserve honourable mentions at least? More

Posted by dctuck on Tuesday December 17, 2013, 09:34

5 Where is 'The Desolation of Smaug'?
Shore's Smaug score is better than any of these and will outlast them all. More

Posted by truant on Monday December 16, 2013, 23:36

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No mention of The World's End? Really? More

Posted by chapmancmc on Monday December 16, 2013, 22:35

7 only god forgives
And the synth score, by Drive's Cliff Martinez, is some kind of new classic. http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/ only-god-forgives-20130719 If there is one small titbit of innovation and originality in the film, it is Cliff Martinez's ambient, mesmerizing, gorgeous score. One of the year's best, it belongs in a much more accomplished work http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/only-god-forg ives-2013 scored by Drive composer Cliff Martinez, it looks and sounds magnificent, perfectly conjuring the feel of backstreet Bangkok http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/only -god-forgives you’ll be rewarded by Cliff Martinez’s superb score, which perfectly complements the film’s wild mélange of elements, acknowledging its Thai setting with eerie Eastern sounds that, by the end, feel like the spirits of Bangkok are getting ready to rise up and cleanse the world of Crystal and her immoral brood. http://www.empireonline.comMore

Posted by bill the butcher on Monday December 16, 2013, 20:41

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Glad to see Gravity here, but Hans Zimmer got seriously snubbed here. (No Man of Steel and/or Rush, what is wrong with you?) More

Posted by Darren47 on Monday December 16, 2013, 19:27

9 No Man of Steel WTF?
It was at least on a par with the Iron Man 3 soundtrack and it stood toe to toe with possibly one of the greatest soundtracks / themes of all time against Superman the Movie! More

Posted by Gillhead on Monday December 16, 2013, 19:13

10 Re
There is no way the Thor sequel soundtrack was better than the 1st. They will prob get a different composer again for the 3rd. More

Posted by osh man on Monday December 16, 2013, 18:47

11 Marvel-lous!
Iron Man 3 was the best soundtrack of the year tied with Thor: The Dark World in my opinion. I could not get the Iron Man 3 theme out of my head for the entire summer and the sublime version of the theme for the end title sequence "Can You Dig It" was pure joy. The epic and heart pounding score for Thor: The Dark World and fun caper throwback groove of Now You See Me cemented Brian Tyler as the composer f 2013. More

Posted by Hiddletown on Monday December 16, 2013, 17:56

12 Joke List
Why is Iron 3 in there? The whole point of a superhero movie soundtrack is for the title character to have a theme. The 1st Iron Man did this very well with Raman Djwadi wadi. Then they went AC DC and now Brian Tyler. Thor also changed Mr Doyle's imperious Thor Soundtrack for a different sequel composer and themes. This is where Marvel has dropped the ball majorly in my opinion. What makes the Dark Knight trilogy so great amongst other things is Hans' score. Rant over. Notable absences, The Man of Steel. Prisoners, Desolation of Smaug, Upstream Colour, Spring Breakers, The place beyond the Pines. More

Posted by osh man on Monday December 16, 2013, 16:43

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