BEST OF THE DECADE: 20 Best Soundtracks of the 2010s

Happy #NationalFilmScoreDay!

How fitting that I have this list on my draft folder, and it’s definitely the perfect day to post the film score edition of my Best of the Decade list. Soundtracks is one of my all time fave music genres and there’s been soundtracks done in the past ten years that’ve become my all time favorites.

For the most part, these are instrumental scores, though in a couple of cases, the soundtracks are composed of songs by various artists, i.e. The Greatest Showman, so I’m posting my fave song of the soundtrack. Just like my best-of-decade, there are a few on my list from the same composer, i.e. Hans Zimmer and Henry Jackman. Some of these highlight my favorite track, but some are picked at random as I generally enjoy the entire soundtrack.

So without further ado, here are my picks in the order of the film’s year of release:

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – John Powell

Inception (2010) – Hans Zimmer

TRON: Legacy (2010) – Daft Punk

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Henry Jackman

Skyfall (2012) – Thomas Newman

Belle (2013) – Rachel Portman

Gravity (2013) – Steven Price

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Henry Jackman

Interstellar (2014) – Hans Zimmer

Age Of Adaline (2015) – Rob Simonsen

Cinderella (2015) – Patrick Doyle

Far From The Madding Crowd (2015) – Craig Armstrong

Mad Max Fury Road (2015) – Junkie XL

Sicario (2015) Jóhann Jóhannsson

La La Land (2016) – Justin Hurwitz

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (2016) – Fernando Velázquez

Sing Street (2016) – Various

Performed by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
Composed by Gary Clark (of Danny Wilson band)

The Greatest Showman (2017) – John Debney + Joseph Trapanese (score), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (songs)

Performed by Michelle Williams
Composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Black Panther (2018) – Ludwig Göransson

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) – Various

Performed by: Lily James
Composed by: ABBA


Hope you enjoy my list. Now it’s your turn, what’s some of your favorite soundtracks of the past decade?

Music Break: Far From The Madding Crowd (2015)

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I’m in the romantic period drama mood this week as I’ve been listening to the beautiful scores for Pride & Prejudice, Belle (one of my top 10 scores of 2014)… and this one. Though I wasn’t as enamored as I would have with Far From The Madding Crowd (due to the Tom Sturridge miscasting as Troy), I actually want to see this again. It’s too bad because all the promos of Bathsheba and him kissing in the woods are so breathtakingly gorgeous… I think he works better in a still shot :\

But one of the things I do LOVE about this film is the absolutely gorgeous music by Scottish composer Craig Armstrong. I’m going to have to do a separate tribute for him as I love his work, esp. for Moulin Rouge!, Love Actually and The Great Gatsby. But for now, I just want to highlight his work on this film.

Here’s Hollow in the Ferns track, which reminds me a bit of John Barry’s Somewhere in Time.

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I adore Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba, she is lovely and believable as the strong yet vulnerable heroine. I’ve been a fan of her as an actress but I also love her voice! She sang in Inside Llewyn Davis but I really, really like her singing voice here. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme is featured in the trailer as well and it’s just beautiful! I definitely would include her on my list of actors who are surprisingly good singers.

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Come all you fair and tender girls
That flourish in your prime
Beware, beware

Keep your garden fair
Let no man steal your thyme
Let no man steal your thyme.

For when your thyme it is past and gone
He’ll care no more for you
And every place where your thyme was waste
Will all spread o’er with rue
Will all spread o’er with rue.
The gardener’s son was standing by
Three flowers he gave to me

The pink, the blue, and the violet true
And the red, red rosy tree
And the red, red rosy tree.

But I refused the red rose bush
And gained the willow tree
That all the world may plainly see
How my love slighted me
How my love slighted me

 


Hope you enjoy today’s Music Break. What score(s) have you been listening to lately?