2014 End Of Year Lists: Film Scores

As we just turn one year old, our 2014 list-making continues with our favourite movie scores of the year, a category we didn’t get a chance to post about last year.

This one includes some well known, multiple award winning, veteran film composers, alongside a few musicians coming from other genres (rock, experimental, electronica, industrial..) that have attempted to cross over to scoring films, having done that pretty impressively in our humble opinion. We love when that happens, seeing our favourite artists from any given genre, challenging themselves to write for movies and gain our respect on a completely different field. Vangelis, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Curtis Mayfield, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, have all done that it the past with much success.

We reserved the top spot for such a case, a couple of guys who have recently established themselves as the new top-notch in film composing, yet, at least for one of them, that transition will be hard to overshadow the rich and much influential career he’s already had before working on film scores.

Here’s our list of 10…

10. John Ottman: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

9. Michael Giacchino: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

8. Jonny Greenwood: Inherent Vice

7. Son Lux: The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby

6. Hans Zimmer: Interstellar

5. Jeff Grace: Cold In July

4. Mica Levi: Under The Skin

3. James Newton Howard: Nightcrawler

2. Jozef Van Wissem / SQÜRL: Only Lovers Left Alive

1. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross: Gone Girl

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