Best Scores of 2011?

Image courtesy of Roy Mattappallil and

It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for the annual parade of “best of” articles. I’ve been pondering a post about the best scores of 2011, but I’ve actually found this past year to be a bit lacking. There have been quite a few good scores, but not many that I’d consider great.

I thought I’d throw the question out to you, my humble readers, and see what you lot think of the past year’s soundtracks. Is there anything that stood out to you? Anything you absolutely love? Anything you think deserves an Oscar or a Golden Globe? Post a comment below and let us know your thoughts. In the meantime I’ll work on my top five scores of the year and publish the list in a week or two.


  1. Eric Goetz

    Tintin (John William’s best score in years)
    Hanna (Overall, I’m meh about this score, but there are a few really brilliant moments)
    Hugo (Howard Shore. Some of the best music supporting visuals I’ve seen… ever)

    Terrific, but not necessarily groundbreaking:
    The Muppets (admittedly, I’m a sucker for Chris Beck)
    War Horse (another Williams score. I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard good things about it)
    Super 8 (I haven’t seen this, but lots of people have talked about it)

  2. Jason Staczek

    A few that stuck out for me:

    Attack The Block/Steven Price + Basement Jaxx
    Essential Killing/Pawel Mykietyn
    Rango/Hans Zimmer + Los Lobos
    Into The Abyss/Mark de Gli Antoni

  3. Dave

    TinTin – nothing really new in it, but it combines the best of all John William’s styles

    Sherlock Holmes 2 – haven’t seen the film yet, but there are some great manipulations of Don Giovani and Die Forelle, which I assume start out as diagetic music – also Zimmer’s take on Klezmer is a lot of fun

    Hanna – still not sure I love this, but definitely stands out for being different

  4. Jeff Tolbert

    Thanks, guys. Great list so far. Hugo, Sherlock Holmes and War Horse are on my list of things to see in the theater. Weirdly, in spite of my positive review of Hanna, I’m still on the fence about whether to list it in my top five. It is different, though, and that certainly gets it points.

    Keep ’em coming!

  5. Pierre Laroche

    Here is my top 7. Some of the movies are french ones, I do not know if they can easily be seen outside of France.

    The artist – Ludovic Bource. A tribute to the Hollywood Golden Age composers like Steiner, Waxman, Herrmann.
    Tintin – John William. One of his best scores of the last decade.
    La délicatesse – Emilie Simon. A collection of songs that really enhances the movie.
    Super 8 – Michael Giacchino. An old school symphonic score, tribute to the scores made by John Williams for Spielberg.
    La clé des champs – Bruno Coulais. A delicate score.
    Real steel – Danny Elfman. The mix of pop rock sounds with the orchestra works well for this movie.
    Harry Potter and the deathly hallows 2 – Alexandre Desplat. I love the way he adds new themes to those originally composed by John Williams. This score also reminds me of the Howard Shore “Lord of the rings” scores.



    I loved the score for Super 8. Giacchino is on his way to being one of the all time greats.

  7. Richey Rynkowski

    Tron Legacy – Daft Punk – Incredible use of synths and orchestra
    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
    And in the endless pause came the sound of bees…..soundtrack to Varmints – Johann Johannson
    Anything by John Williams 🙂