Today I’d like to share my top ten of movie score pieces. Most of them are pretty beautiful, romantic themes, to relax, to think, to dream. At the bottom of this post, you will find a Spotify playlist which contains all the ten tracks included.
1. Elevator Beat (Nancy Wilson)
The most wonderful theme for a wonderful movie (“Vanilla Sky”). Elevator Beat contains so much melancholia that it always gives me a feeling where I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. While it is rather sad music, it still emphasizes some hope – beautiful.
2. La Valse d’Amélie (Yann Tiersen)
If you haven’t seen the movie “Amélie” yet, do it as soon as you can. To me, there is no other movie as interesting like this, and the music is great aswell. La valse d’Amélie is my favourite piece from the score, and, while there are an orchestral and another third version of this track, I prefer the piano version.
3. I Love You (Tyler Bates)
Beautiful music like I Love You isn’t what you would expect from a dark anti-superhero movie like “Watchmen”. Yet, I love this theme for its spirit of optimism.
4. Wings (Dustin O’Halloran)
Wings is the only piece of music included here where I haven’t seen the movie yet. It is part of “Now Is Good”. A wonderful song to dream.
5. Tuolumne (Eddie Vedder)
“Into the Wild” really contains a lot of amazing music, all by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder. However, this instrumental piece Tuolumne is my favorite.
6. Un Amico (Ennio Morricone)
I didn’t know old film music can be as emotional as today’s. While Un Amico by Ennio Morricone, probably the most important movie score composer of all times, originally appeared in a movie called “Revolver” from 1973, I got to know it in “Inglourious Basterds” from Quentin Tarantino.
7. Dead Reckoning (Clint Mansell)
Dead Reckoning (appeared in “Smokin’ Aces”) contains a little more action than the other pieces of music here, yet I think it is really beautiful. Overall, Clint Mansell is my favorite composer of movie scores, you probably all know his popular theme from “Requiem for a Dream”.
8. Row (Jon Brion)
Row from the movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, starring Jim Carrey (which is probably the best romantic movie there is), is a very down-to-earth, calm and happy theme, a climax in the movie.
9. Dreaming of Fiji (Burkhard Dallwitz)
“The Truman Show” (another movie with Jim Carrey) generally has a very nice score from which my favorite piece is Dreaming of Fiji – a place where the main character unfortunately cannot go.
10. Where Is My Mind? (Emily Browning, Yoav)
You might have heard the song Where Is My Mind? (originally performed by The Pixies) in the popular movie “Fight Club”. However, I personally like this new version from “Sucker Punch” a lot more, the first three minutes are really beautiful. Although it’s rather a song and not an actual piece of movie score, I’d like to include it here. Oh, please cancel listening after the first three minutes, it’s getting bad there – rather go start over again.
The Spotify playlist
11. The Whole Nine Yards (Ryo Yoshimata)
And there’s another song which I didn’t include in my Top Ten for continuity reasons (it isn’t on Spotify): The Whole Nine Yards from the Asian movie “Between Calmness and Passion” which I haven’t seen yet either. Regard this as a replacement for Where is my Mind? if only this was on Spotify…
I got strange story with this piece of music: While I was searching music from the comedy movie “The Whole Nine Yards” (starring Matthew Perry and Bruce Willis), I accidentally stumbled accross this, and I immediately loved it. Some time later my computer’s hard-drive broke down… Then, about five years later I found an old CD I had created a long time ago, containing some film music – and there it was. I didn’t even know what it was at first, but after a few days of thinking I remembered. Don’t know what that’s story is supposed to mean, but I like it. Long story short, here it is: