Best soundtracks by year

Here are what I think are the best soundtracks of the year, along with runner ups and honourable mentions. I’ve got a tie for winner twice, in 2009 and 1989.

I stopped at 1977 because I don’t have anything for 1976. Prior to that notable soundtracks include The Pink Panther, The Godfather, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Great Escape, and several James Bond movies — Casino Royale, Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

All of the soundtracks below have tracks that are great, but the winners are ones where you’d want to listen to the whole soundtrack.

The big winners are:

  • John Williams, with 7 wins
  • Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, and Howard Shore, each with 4 wins
Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Man of Steel The Croods
Despicable Me 2
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Avengers Brave
Prometheus Cloud Atlas
2011 The Way Back Captain America Hugo
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol The King’s Speech
One Day X-Men: First Class
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Alice in Wonderland Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Inception Robin Hood
Lost — The Final Season Salt
2009 Star Trek Avatar Coraline
Up Lost — Season 4 An Education
Sherlock Holmes The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
2008 Wall-E Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score Changeling
Lost — Season 3 The Dark Knight
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Hancock
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Enchanted The Bourne Ultimatum
Stardust Juno
Ocean’s Thirteen
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest The Incredibles Casino Royale
The Lake House Lady in the Water
Lost — Season 2 Wah-Wah
2005 Inside Man Batman Begins Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Firefly Memoirs of a Geisha
Madagascar Never Let Me Go
Water Serenity
2004 A Very Long Engagement Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind National Treasure
The Village Ocean’s Twelve
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Finding Nemo The Last Samurai
The Italian Job School of Rock
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl X-Men 2
The Triplets of Belleville
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling Spider-Man
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Amelie Donnie Darko
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Legally Blonde
Monsoon Wedding Moulin Rouge!
Monsters, Inc. Ocean’s Eleven
Shrek Planet of the Apes
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Requiem for a Dream Cast Away
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Chicken Run American Beauty
Star Trek: Insurrection The Matrix
Toy Story 2 The World is Not Enough
1998 Dark City Antz Circle of Friends
Life is Beautiful Crusoe
Pleasantville Highlander
The Truman Show The Mask of Zorro
The X-Files
1997 The Sweet Hereafter The Fifth Element Alien Resurrection
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Air Force One
Men in Black Contact
Titanic The Winter Guest
1996 Star Trek: First Contact The Rock Mission: Impossible
1995 Apollo 13 GoldenEye Batman Forever
Toy Story Mr. Holland’s Opus
1994 Star Trek Generations Forrest Gump Black Beauty
Maverick Don Juan DeMarco
Stargate Legends of the Fall
The Shawshank Redemption
1993 Jurassic Park The Nightmare Before Christmas Benny & Joon
Sommersby Dave
1992 Medicine Man Batman Returns Alien3
Strictly Ballroom Scent of a Woman
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Backdraft Awakenings
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
1990 Dances With Wolves Back to the Future Part III Dick Tracy
Edward Scissorhands Quigley Down Under
1989 Batman Back to the Future Part II The Abyss
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Field of Dreams Driving Miss Daisy
Henry V Licence to Kill
The Mission
1988 Willow Beetlejuice Hot to Trot
Powaqqatsi Scrooged
Working Girl
1987 The Living Daylights Crocodile Dundee La Bamba
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Aliens The Delta Force
1985 Brazil Back to the Future A Chorus Line
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure Cocoon
A View to a Kill Out of Africa
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Ghostbusters Gremlins
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Octopussy
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Blade Runner
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark For Your Eyes Only
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Alien Moonraker
The Great Train Robbery
1978 Superman: The Movie
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Saturday Night Fever The Spy Who Loved Me

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