Best soundtracks by year

Here’s an updated version of this list. I have added soundtracks that I heard first in 2018. The big winner of 2018 is Lorne Balfe for his masterpiece Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

Year Winner Runner Ups Honourable Mentions
2018 Mission: Impossible — Fallout Avengers: Infinity War Freaks
    Ocean’s Eight Soul
    Solo: A Star Wars Story  
2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Justice League Blade Runner 2049
    Pitch Perfect 3 Murder on the Orient Express
    Spider-man: Homecoming Thor: Ragnarok
    War for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman
2016 Star Trek Beyond Captain America: Civil War Batman v Superman
    La La Land Captain Fantastic
    Passengers The Light Between Oceans
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Race
    Zootopia X-Men: Apocalypse
2015 Tomorrowland The Good Dinosaur Ant-Man
    Inside Out Avengers: Age of Ultron
    Jurassic World Mr. Holmes
    Mad Max: Fury Road Pitch Perfect 2
    The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Spectre
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens  
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes The Imitation Game
    Guardians of the Galaxy Interstellar
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Maleficent
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 The Penguins of Madagascar
      X-Men: Days of Future Past
2013 Saving Mr. Banks Despicable Me 2 About Time
    Frozen The Croods
    Man of Steel Snowpiercer
    Star Trek Into Darkness Thor: The Dark World
2012 Skyfall The Avengers Cloud Atlas
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Moonrise Kingdom
    Brave Pitch Perfect
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Sherlock — Series 1
    Prometheus Snow White and the Huntsman
2011 The Way Back Captain America Hugo
    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol The King’s Speech
    One Day Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    X-Men: First Class Thor
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Alice in Wonderland Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
    Inception Iron Man 2
    Lost — The Final Season RED
    Robin Hood Salt
    Toy Story 3 True Grit
2009 Star Trek Avatar An Education
  Up Coraline The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    Lost — Season 4 Moon
    Sherlock Holmes Where the Wild Things Are
2008 WALL-E Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Score Changeling
    The Dark Knight Hancock
    Lost — Season 3 Quantum of Solace
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa The X-Files: I Want to Believe
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Atonement The Bourne Ultimatum
    Enchanted Juno
    Stardust Ocean’s Thirteen
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest The Illusionist Casino Royale
    The Incredibles The Da Vinci Code
    The Lake House Lady in the Water
    Lost — Season 2 Wah-Wah
      X-Men: The Last Stand
2005 Inside Man Batman Begins Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    Firefly Memoirs of a Geisha
    Madagascar Mr. & Mrs. Smith
    Serenity Never Let Me Go
    Water Pride & Prejudice
2004 A Very Long Engagement Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind The Bourne Supremacy
    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events National Treasure
    The Village Ocean’s Twelve
      The Terminal
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Finding Nemo The Last Samurai
    The Italian Job Matchstick Men
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl School of Rock
    The Triplets of Belleville X-Men 2
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling The Bourne Identity
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Catch Me If You Can
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Spider-Man
      Star Trek: Nemesis
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 Chicken Run O Brother, Where Art Thou? Cast Away
    Requiem for a Dream Chocolat
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace American Beauty Instinct
    Star Trek: Insurrection The Matrix
    Toy Story 2 The World is Not Enough
1998 Dark City Antz Circle of Friends
    A Bug’s Life Crusoe
    Life is Beautiful Highlander
    Pleasantville The Mask of Zorro
    The Truman Show Shakespeare in Love
      The X-Files
1997 The Sweet Hereafter The Fifth Element Alien Resurrection
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park Air Force One
    Titanic Contact
    Tomorrow Never Dies Men in Black
      The Winter Guest
1996 Star Trek: First Contact The Rock Mission: Impossible
1995 Apollo 13 Babe Batman Forever
    GoldenEye Mr. Holland’s Opus
    Toy Story Sense and Sensibility
1994 Star Trek Generations Don Juan DeMarco Black Beauty
    Forrest Gump It Could Happen to You
    Maverick Legends of the Fall
    Stargate The Shawshank Redemption
1993 Jurassic Park The Nightmare Before Christmas Benny & Joon
    Sommersby Dave
      Groundhog Day
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 Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
1990 Dances With Wolves Back to the Future Part III Dick Tracy
    Edward Scissorhands Gremlins 2
    Quigley Down Under The Russia House
1989 Batman Back to the Future Part II The Abyss
  Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Field of Dreams Dead Poets Society
    Henry V Driving Miss Daisy
    The Mission Licence to Kill
1988 Willow Beetlejuice Hot to Trot
    Powaqqatsi Scrooged
      Working Girl
1987 Crocodile Dundee La Bamba The Untouchables
    The Living Daylights  
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 The Goonies
    Witness Out of Africa
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Ghostbusters Footloose
    Gremlins Supergirl
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Octopussy Never Say Never Again
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 1941
    The Great Train Robbery Moonraker
1978 Superman: The Movie    
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope The Spy Who Loved Me Close Encounters of the Third Kind
      Saturday Night Fever
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again    
1975 The Return of the Pink Panther Jaws  
1974 The Man with the Golden Gun    
1973 Live and Let Die Battle for the Planet of the Apes  
1972 The Godfather Conquest of the Planet of the Apes  
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Escape from the Planet of the Apes Wild Rovers
1970 Beneath the Planet of the Apes    
1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Midnight Cowboy  
1968 Planet of the Apes The Lion in Winter  
1967 You Only Live Twice Casino Royale  
1966 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Born Free  
1965 Thunderball    
1964 Goldfinger A Shot in the Dark Zulu
1963 The Pink Panther From Russia with Love The Great Escape
1962 Hatari! Dr. No  
1961 West Side Story    
1960 The Magnificent Seven Never on Sunday  
1959 Peter Gunn    

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