My favourite film music of the year included albums by Trent Reznor, Hans Zimmer and Daft Punk, whilst tracks by various artists including Zack Hemsey and Grizzly Bear also stood out.
Tron Legacy (EMI): The sequel to Tron was a mixed bag (great visuals, mediocre script) but the score by Daft Punk was unbeliveably epic, fusing their trademark electronica with an orchestra. [Amazon / YouTube]
Inception (Reprise): Hans Zimmer’s score for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster mixed electronic elements, strings and the guitar of Johnny Marr to brilliant effect. [Amazon / YouTube]
The Social Network (Pid): Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross gave David Fincher’s film about the origins of Facebook a dazzling electronic flavour, at turns pulsating and atmospheric. [Official site / Amazon / YouTube]
The Kids Are Alright (Lakeshore Records): A traditional, but shrewdly assembled collection of traditional and modern songs (featuring the likes of MGMT and David Bowie) which fitted the themes of Lisa Colodenko’s film perfectly. [Amazon / YouTube / The Playlist]
Greenberg (Parlophone): A solid collection of songs from James Murphy alongside tracks by The Steve Miller Band, Duran Duran, Nite Jewel and Galaxie 500. [Amazon / YouTube]
127 Hours (Polydor): Danny Boyle films usually have a memorable soundtrack and this is no exception, featuring music from A.R. Rahman and tracks by various artists including Free Blood, Bill Withers and Sigur Ros. [Amazon / YouTube]
Black Swan (Sony): For Darren Aronofsky’s reworking of Swan Lake, Clint Mansell reworked elements of Tchaikovsky’s original music to spectacular effect. [Amazon / YouTube]
N.B. The soundtracks for Somewhere and Blue Valentine would have easily made the list if they were available to purchase in the UK.
The following tracks are not all directly from soundtracks, but may also have featured on trailers and TV spots for various films.
You can download most of these tracks as a Spotify playlist here or just click on the relevant links to listen to them.
- Power – Kanye West (as used in the TV spot for The Social Network) [YouTube]
- Love Like A Sunset Pt II – Phoenix (as used in the trailer for Somewhere) [YouTube]
- Mind Heist – Zack Hemsey (as used in the trailer for Inception)
- How You Like Me Now? – The Heavy (as used in The Fighter) [YouTube]
- Dot Dash – Wire (as used in Carlos) [YouTube]
- God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash (as used in the trailer for True Grit) [YouTube]
- Lovely Day – Bill Withers (as used in 127 Hours) [YouTube]
- Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky & Clint Mansell (as used in Black Swan) [YouTube]
- All I Want – Joni Mitchell (as used in The Kids Are Alright) [YouTube]
- Go Do – Jonsi (as used in the TV spot for The Social Network) [YouTube]
- We Belong Together – Randy Newman (as used in Toy Story 3) [YouTube]
- Jet Airliner – Steve Miller Band (as used in Greenberg) [YouTube]
- Kelly Watch The Stars – Air (as used in Exit Through The Gift Shop) [YouTube]
- In Motion – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (as used in The Social Network) [YouTube]
- Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader (as used in Four Lions) [YouTube]
- Home – David Byrne and Brian Eno (from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) [YouTube]
- White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes (from Jack Goes Boating) [YouTube]
- Redemption – Zack Hemsey (as used in the trailer for The Town) [YouTube]
- Learning the Lie – The Hidden Cameras (as used in Catfish) [Last FM]
- Doot Doot – Freur (as used in Let Me In) [YouTube]
- Icarus – White Hinterland (as used in It’s Kind of a Funny Story) [YouTube]
- Alligator (Choir Version) – Grizzly Bear (as used in Blue Valentine) [YouTube]
- Reaching – Audiomachine (as used in the trailer for The Fighter) [YouTube]
- Time – Hans Zimmer (from Inception) [YouTube]
If you have any pieces of film related music you want to share, leave a comment below.
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