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  • Writer's pictureEthan Meuer

Counting Down the TOP 10 BEST Movie/TV Scores of ALL TIME

We all love movies, but let’s face it: Movies are nothing without the score. I have taken the liberty of compiling the top 10 best movie scores of all times. You know this list is accurate, because I made it, and who can you trust if not me? So without further ado, let’s get into it.

Number 10, Married Life, from Up. Almost everyone has heard this song at some point. It’s capable of making you laugh and cry all in 3 minutes and 27 seconds. One of the most iconic pixar melodies of all time, and one of the most iconic piano melodies of all time. While I was making this list, Kole Beck Jewusiak reminded me that the Spider-verse movies have an excellent score as well, and I realized that he was right. So, for number 9, I chose Only One Spider-Man, from the very beginning of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. This orchestral hip hop masterpiece serves as the perfect introduction to this masterpiece of a movie. I was ecstatic to hear this same melody return in the beginning of the legendary sequel, Across the Spider-verse. Next, anyone who knows me well knows that I am a giant fan of the Back to the Future Trilogy. I knew some slot would be taken up on the list by Alan Silvestri’s theme, and that slot is number 8. From the twinkling at the beginning of the movie to the epic cliffhanger at the end, it is fantastically scored. A classic that simply had to make the list. Moving on to number 7, from one of the best childhood movies of all time, The Sandlot. The score is beautiful, but this portion, Baseball Game, by David Newman, is when our main characters whoop the other team that challenges them in a baseball game. Listening to this song, just like number 2, is very inspiring, and is good to listen to when you want to get stuff done. Moving on to number 6, Alan Silvestri again. Since he composed the original Avengers movie, he had to come back for the epic conclusion, Avengers: Endgame. The scene where everyone comes in for the final battle is arguably the greatest cinematic climax of all time, and had to make the list. Now, coming in at number five, something a little more upbeat, and an absolute classic, Linus and Lucy from all of the old Peanuts Cartoons. This is one of the best piano melodies ever, the only song you can do the classic snoopy dance to. Had to make the list, being the best Christmas instrumental ever. Heading into the top 4, we’ve got Transformations, by Danny Elfman. I think Danny Elfman is the best composer of all time, especially his work on the early 2000s Spider-Man trilogy. This portion of the score is when audiences everywhere were thrilled, when Spider-Man dons the iconic black symbiote suit. Danny Elfman didn’t know that his villainous riff would be a big sound effect for meme creators, 16 years later. Next up, the only Star Wars pick on the list, is the Mandalorian theme, from the TV Show, The Mandalorian. I remember when I was watching the first episode, Din Djarin says, “I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold.” Right after that, two piano chords send a shiver down your spine, and oversized goosebumps pop up all over your body, and the same effect happens every time you hear it after that. Definitely had to be number 3. Back to songs that make you feel productive, we’ve got Whiplash, from the movie Whiplash. This song goes hard any day of the week, and is perfect for one of the most intense movies of all time. Sometimes this song comes on while I’m doing my homework, and I take a one minute and 56 second break to conduct with my pencil. There is only one song that could surpass it, and it’s an underdog. Fasten your seatbelts, because number one are the End Titles, from X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie ends in a fantastic, climactic way, and then to hear this song for the end credits, is to be completely FULL of energy, and overly hyped for the next movie. Anyway, that’s it for the best movie scores of all time, see you next time!

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