For the fourth year in a row, we pick our top 10 favourite scores of the year. While there weren’t a lot of big Hollywood scores that impressed us very much, there were quite a few ‘alternative’ approaches and especially electronic landscapes that really stood out. We do encourage everyone to give us their own favourites in the comments field.
Hi Thor, I listened to your podcast. You have a different list than mine, you really like and appreciate electronic scores. The Handmaiden is the only score we both have on the list. Here is my list:
Top ten scores of the year:
1. Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard
2. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – James Newton Howard
3. Cézanne et moi – Éric Neveux
4. The History of Love- Armand Amar
5. The Handmaiden – Jo Yeong-wook
6. Passengers – Thomas Newman
7. Knight Of Cups – Hanan Townshend
8. The Young Messiah – John Debney
9. The Cairo Declaration – Ye Xiaogang & Chad Cannon
10. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Michael Giacchino
Top ten cues of the year:
1. Ravenna’s Embrace – The Huntsman: Winter’s War – James Newton Howard
2. End Titles, Pt. 2 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard
3. Inside The Case – Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard
4. Relieve Him of His Wand , Newt Releases the Thunderbird , Jacob’s Farewell – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – James Newton Howard
5. Wedding – The Handmaiden – Jo Yeong-wook
6. The Tree from Mount Fuji – The Handmaiden – Jo Yeong-wook
7. The Story of the Book – The History of Love – Armand Amar
8. Paul s’en va – Cézanne et moi – Éric Neveux
9. Your Father Would Be Proud – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Michael Giacchino
10. Jyn Erso & Hope Suite – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Michael Giacchino
Composer of the year – James Newton Howard
Happy new year!
Oh, I forgot to write my name, Cristian 🙂
Thanks for your list, Cristian.
We do have SOME overlap, in addition to THE HANDMAIDEN. Both PASSENGERS and THE YOUNG MESSIAH were among my runner-ups, and I also liked FANTASTIC BEASTS (albeit slightly uneven compared to the brilliant sound clips that were released before the soundtrack).
You’re right that I like electronic scores just as much as I do orchestral scores. 🙂
Thanks for another episode!
I just have two questions: First, when will you publish the list of tracks you played? And second, what’s this about Moribito? The anime by that name is very good, but ten years old, so that can’t be what you’re referring to.
I have a new episode coming up today, so I will publish both the playlist for that and this one then.
MORIBITO is a 2016 live action TV version of the animé series from 2009(?):
I realized now it’s for TV, so it falls outside the scope of feature films, but oh well.