It’s that time of year again where I pick out my top 10 favourite movie scores of 2016. I really enjoyed the variety of jazz scores that a lot of films used, whether those films were about jazz music or they simply utilised background jazz music.
Counting down the best scores from 2015. It was a solid year for music from movies. We got epic action compositions, poignant dramatic arrangements as well as uplifting pieces. Enjoy these beautifully written scores.
It’s that time of year again for my year in review of music. It was a good year and it was tough getting down to 35 songs, but we got there. I have a few restrictions this year in order to make it easier so if you don’t see a song you think should’ve been on the list, there’s probably a reason for it. I have excluded:
New versions of songs that were originally released in previous years e.g. Sia’s “Elastic Heart” which appeared on my2013list.
Remixes of songs that were originally released in previous years e.g. Major Lazer’s “All My Love” which appeared on my 2014 list.
Singles released in previous years but appear on 2015 albums e.g. Say Lou Lou’s “Everything We Touch” which appeared on my 2014 list.
I’ve collated some of the best scores of 2015. I haven’t listened to them in full (and there are some scores I’m sure I’ve missed) but these are some of strongest in my opinion. A few of them have a good chance of being in the run for an Oscar nomination. I’ve included some that I just liked as well. As we get nearer to the awards season, I’ll give my favourites as well as my predictions for Best Score. Anyway, have a listen to some of these:
The Irish Summer has finally arrived. We’re getting great weather, and by that I mean not rain. But no, it’s actually warm and feels nice outside. And so I decided to discuss a score that really suits this fine weather: the Academy Award winning score to Up (2009) by Michael Giacchino.
One of the most epic movies of 2014, and of our generation, has to be Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (2014). This monumental movie about space travel has outstanding visual effects and production and sound. But what is truly epic about the film is Hans Zimmer’s impeccable and other worldly score.