The 10 Best Film Scores

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Editor’s Note: This list was originally published in 2013. With the release of Jurassic World, we thought we would re-visit some of our favorite film scores of all-time.

So it’s another awards week with the Oscars this Sunday, and while it doesn’t directly pertain to music, there is always some sort of connection. Last year, we gave you our ten favorite movie soundtracks, and now it’s for our favorite theatrical film scores.
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Weak List Wednesday: This Week’s Five Best Tracks

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Bam! Just like that, artists began dropping tracks from the sky upon us all this past week. With the slight dry spell we have hit here in the late summer, it is nice and refreshing to have a breath of new music scattered upon us. It also is a pleasant reminder of some albums we have to look forward to this fall. So I decided to take advantage of these new single track releases by throwing out this list. There were in fact quite a few other songs dropped this past week as well, so you should dive into those as well, but these were my favorites. This was an impromptu list that I just constructed myself, so if something on the list does not sit well I am held solely responsible, and no blame should be put on the rest of the LxL team. Enjoy:

5. Nine Inch Nails – “Everything”

The most shocking song I’ve heard from NIN in … probably ever. Not due to any shocking lyrics or grossly aggressive industrial beats, but because of how poppy it is. That is right, welcome the poppiest, most new wave influenced song to ever exist in the Nine Inch Nails catalogue. I have to say I love it. The sound fits Reznor well, and although it may take a bit of getting used to from NIN, it’s a new trick for an old dog, and I love it.
 
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Nine Inch Nails Song Review: “Copy of A”

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“Copy of A”

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Time for another entry in my bi-monthly Nine Inch Nails watch leading up to the release of Hesitation Marks on September 3.  A couple months ago I took a look at lead single “Came Back Haunted” and came away less than impressed, but still hopeful Hesitation Marks would turn out to be the triumphant return of Trent Reznor’s most celebrated musical project.  I think with the release of “Copy of A”, we can raise our expectation level a bit and trust we’ll get a solid product in a few weeks time.
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“Came Back Haunted” Song Review: Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails

“Came Back Haunted”

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Nothing winds me up more than one of my favorite artists releasing a track to promote their upcoming album.  When that particular artist is Trent effing Reznor with his flagship vehicle, Nine Inch Nails, then all the better.  It has been five years since a proper NIN single, so when it was announced “Came Back Haunted” would be released in conjunction with the dates of the upcoming worldwide tour, I was foaming at the mouth.  Its not like Reznor has been idle these past five years, in fact he has been busier than ever scoring David Fincher films and recording with spousal side project How to Destroy Angels.  But NIN is what we all really want from Trent, so lets see how the new album, Hesitation Marks, is shaping up by way of evaluating the new single.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Film Scores

Greatest Ten Film Scores of all time

So it’s another awards week with the Oscars this Sunday, and while it doesn’t directly pertain to music, there is always some sort of connection. Last year, we gave you our ten favorite movie soundtracks, and now it’s for our favorite theatrical film scores.
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