I love Films and I love Music in Films. Thus, what makes a Film so good for me, can often be attributed to its score. 2015 was absolutely no exception to the sheer amount of excellent soundtracks we’ve had in the past 12 months. From quadruple releases from my favourite composer, Michael Giacchino, to the triumphant return of legendary composer John Williams, to his most famous of themes, it’s been another great year.
So, without further ado, it’s time to reveal my Top 10 Soundtracks of 2015.
No. 10 – The Good Dinosaur
Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
Out of the things The Good Dinosaur has going for it, its score is definitely one of them. It’s a beautiful mix of old western themes, turning the world of Dinosaurs into a sprawling canvas with the twang of the New Frontier and the heritage of the Indigenous people The story may be common, but the music is inspired and is the sort of score that soaks into your bones.
No. 9 – Steve Jobs
A thumping, techno, rhythmical offering that captures the exciting pulse of the films energy, whilst also offering a more operatic counterpart, for the stage style grandeur of Jobs genius. It all works excellently, and provides a great backdrop for the 3 act structure of the film.
No.8 – Paddington
Paddington captures my view of London, the beauty and comfort. The soundtrack has some great themes, ‘The Explorers Film’, is wonderful, and the use of Calypso style music really captures the diversity of the city.
No. 7 – Tomorrowland
The Film that feels it was made just for me, has a lovely score from my favourite composer, that captures the essence and the soul of exactly what I love about Disneyland. It fills me with nostalgia and happy memories, and it’s probably as close as I’ll get to a film all about Disneyland Paris.
No. 6 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
James Newton Howard
Not only does this franchise have that excellent central theme, but it often has a truly magical moment that’s heightened by its excellent score. Last film, we had Jennifer Lawrence sing the beautiful ‘The Hanging Tree’, and though we have nothing like that this time, the excellent themes remain. There’s something exciting and hopeful about the music in this franchise, and more often than not, it fills me with goosebumps.
No. 5 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Not only has John Williams brought back his famous themes, but he’s also created some excellent new music that fits like a glove back into this wonderful universe. Reys theme in particular is beautiful and has a wonderful melody, and some of the new action score, in one huge scene in particular, is a thrilling and chilling addition.
No. 4 – Sicario
A throbbing, powerful soundtrack that accompanies the raw doom and gloom of the Film, building tension in its opening moments and taking the audience on a visceral journey into the heart of darkness. It’s really excellent, and is all about atmosphere.
No. 3 – Inside Out
An exquisite score from Giacchino. Sublime, beautiful and an accompaniment to my favourite film of the year. ‘Free Skating’ is particularly beautiful as Joy dances around in the dreams of Riley. It’s simply wonderful.
No. 2 – Brooklyn
A stunning, lilting Irish soundtrack that captures the beauty and subtlety of Eilis’s journey to America, and the choices she has to make. One moment in the Film, as a homeless man sings ‘Casadh an Tsúgáin’ is a wonderful, joyful and melancholy scene all at once. Incredible, and simply a relaxing score to listen to.
No. 1 – Whiplash
Thrilling, exciting, calming, gorgeous and brilliant. A complex Jazzy score that has many beautiful themes, but really becomes exciting towards the end when it builds to its superb finale. A powerful, wonderful soundtrack that practically defines the excellent film that captivated me at the beginning of the year.
So there we are, my Top 10 Soundtracks/Scores of 2015. From the plains of Prehistoric America to the Concert halls of New York, it’s been a good year for music.
As usual, let me know what you thought 🙂