The 2010s brought us a richly engaging array of scores and soundtracks in the film and TV world. I’ve written about a fair number of the electronic-leaning releases in the latter half of the decade, but the 2010s were stacked with great music tied to episodic and certainly cinematic experiences.
With that in mind, here are 30 of my favorite soundtracks and scores from the 2010s that received an official release. It was extraordinarily difficult to narrow these down — extraordinarily. However, by focusing largely on the electronic scores, I was at least able to keep some semblance of focus. (That said, not all on the list are electronic.)
The releases are listed in alphabetic order by composer. Scores with multiple volumes, such as Mac Quayle’s brilliant offering for Mr. Robot, which has seven parts, are treated as a whole for the purposes of the list. Here we go.
Daft Punk and Joseph Trapanese — TRON: Legacy
Electric Youth — Breathing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From A Lost Film) // —interview— and —review—
James Newton Howard — Nightcrawler
Junkie XL — Mad Max: Fury Road
M83 (Anthony Gonzalez) and Joseph Trapanese — Oblivion
Mica Levi — Under The Skin
Nicholas Britell — Succession
Oneohtrix Point Never — Good Time
Sinoia Caves — Beyond the Black Rainbow
Steve Moore — The Guest
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross — The Social Network