Soundtrack Geek Year In Review 2013 – Part 5

Welcome to the final part of my massive Soundtrack Geek Year In Review 2013. This time it’s all about lists! First up we have the final Top Scores 2013 Critic’s Choice (as chosen by a number of soundtrack review sites):

Top 10 Scores As Chosen by Soundtrack Reviewers

1. Doctor Who Season 7 by Murray Gold
2. Tomb Raider by Jason Graves
3. Jack The Giant Slayer by John Ottman
4. Remember Me by Olivier Deriviere
5. Africa by Sarah Class
6. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon by Power Glove
7. Green Lantern The Animated Series Volume 2 by Frederik Wiedmann
8. Saving Mr. Banks by Thomas Newman
9. Beyond: Two Souls by Lorne Balfe
10. Kon-Tiki by Johan Soderqvist

Top 10 Scores As Chosen by Soundtrack Reviewers With 10 or more reviews

1. Jack The Giant Slayer by John Ottman
2. Hobbit, The: The Desolation Of Smaug by Howard Shore
3. Evil Dead by Roque Banos
4. Book Thief, The by John Williams
5. Europa Report by Bear McCreary
6. Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler
7. Lone Ranger, The by Hans Zimmer
8. Star Trek Into Darkness by Michael Giacchino
9. A Good Day To Die Hard by Marco Beltrami
10. Oz The Great And Powerful by Danny Elfman

See the full list here: Top Scores 2013 Critic’s Choice

Now for the part where I tell you what my score winners of 2013 were in film, tv and video games. I must clarify this section a bit, I have made two top 10 lists for each category, one for scores and one for score albums. The list for scores is simply my top 10 list based on the number of 5 star cues for each score and each one of those 5 star cues have a total length, which means the score with the most minutes of fantastic music wins! As for the album list, this is purely about album presentation and listening experience, basically the percentage of 5 star cues on an album.

Here we go!

Top 10 Film Scores 2013

1. Hobbit, The: The Desolation Of Smaug by Howard Shore
2. Man Of Steel, The by Hans Zimmer
3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Christopher Drake
4. Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler
5. 47 Ronin by Ilan Eshkeri
6. Jack The Giant Slayer by John Ottman
7. Dead In Tombstone by Hybrid
8. Kick-Ass 2 by Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
9. Croods, The by Alan Silvestri
10. Oz The Great and Powerful by Danny Elfman

Top 10 Film Score Albums 2013

1. Hobbit, The: The Desolation Of Smaug by Howard Shore
2. Man Of Steel, The by Hans Zimmer
3. Dead In Tombstone by Hybrid
4. Kick-Ass 2 by Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson
5. Thor: The Dark World by Brian Tyler
6. Paranoia by Junkie XL
7. Butterfly’s Dream, The by Rahman Altin
8. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Christopher Drake
9. Oz The Great and Powerful by Danny Elfman
10. 47 Ronin by Ilan Eshkeri

Top 10 TV Scores 2013

1. Tron: Uprising by Joseph Trapanese
2. Doctor Who Series 7 by Murray Gold
3. Green Lantern The Animated Series Volume Two by Frederik Wiedmann
4. Game Of Thrones Season 3 by Ramin Djawadi
5. Patriot Yue Fei, The by Nathan Wang
6. Bible, The by Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe & Lisa Gerrard
7. Revolution Season 1 by Christopher Lennertz
8. Grimm Season 1 & 2 by Richard Marvin
9. Spartacus: War of the Damned by Joseph LoDuca
10. Copper Season 1 by Brian Keane

Top 10 TV Score Albums 2013

1. Game Of Thrones Season 3 by Ramin Djawadi
2. Legends Of Chima by Anthony Lledo
3. Tron: Uprising by Joseph Trapanese
4. Green Lantern The Animated Series Volume Two by Frederik Wiedmann
5. The Patriot YHue Fei by Nathan Wang
6. Last Resort, The by Robert Duncan
7. Bible, The by Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe & Lisa Gerrard
8. Hour, The – Season 1 & 2 by Kevin Sargent & Daniel Giorgetti
9. Dexter Season 7 by Daniel Licht
10. Luther by Paul Englishby

Top 10 Video Game Scores 2013

1. Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate by Oscar Araujo
2. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon by Power Glove
3. Grand Theft Auto V by Various Artists
4. God of War: Ascension by Tyler Bates
5. Call Of Duty: Ghosts by David Buckley
6. Lost Planet 3 by Jack Wall
7. Soul Sacrifice by Yasonuri Mitsuda & Wataru Hokoyama
8. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag by Brian Tyler
9. Saints Row IV by Malcolm Kirby Jr.
10. Batman: Arkham Origins by Christopher Drake

Top 10 Video Game Score Albums 2013

1. Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate by Oscar Araujo
2. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon by Power Glove
3. God of War: Ascension by Tyler Bates
4. Soul Sacrifice by Yasonuri Mitsuda & Wataru Hokoyama
5. Grand Theft Auto V by Various Artists
6. Call Of Duty: Ghosts by David Buckley
7. Batman: Arkham Origins by Christopher Drake
8. Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien by Gaijin Games
9. Beyond: Two Souls by Lorne Balfe
10. Remember Me by Olivier Deriviere

Top 10 Score Cues 2013

1. I’m Sending You Away by Anthony Gonzalez & Joseph Trapanese (Oblivion)
2. What Are You Going To Do When You Are Not Saving The World? by Hans Zimmer (Man Of Steel)
3. I Believe In Fitness by Steve Jablonsky (Pain & Gain)
4. Senior Year by Henry Jackman & Matthew Margeson (Kick-Ass 2)
5. Hanging Drop by Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring)
6. Ashes To Ashes by Nathan Furst (Waiting For Lighting)
7. Go Big Or Go Extinct by Ramin Djawadi (Pacific Rim)
8. After Earth by James Newton Howard (After Earth)
9. Thor, Son Of Odin by Brian Tyler (Thor: The Dark World)
10. Standing Up Main Theme by Brian Tyler (Standing Up)

Here’s a Grooveshark playlist:

This final part is about limited editions of soundtracks that I have listened to over last year.

Top 10 Scores 2013 (Limited Editions Only)

1. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Collection by Various Artists (1993 – La-La Land Records)
2. Superman Returns by John Ottman (2006 – La-La Land Records)
3. Beastmaster, The by Lee Holdridge (1982 – Quartet Records)
4. Matrix, The: Reloaded by Don Davis (2003 – La-La Land Records)
5. Wyatt Earp by James Newton Howard (1994 – La-La Land Records)
6. Day Of The Dead by John Harrison (1985 – La-La Land Records)
7. Miracle, The by Elmer Bernstein (1959 – Intrada)
8. Poltergeist II: The Other Side by Jerry Goldsmith (1986 – Kritzerland)
9. Buck Rogers In The 25th Century Season One by Various Artists (1979 – Intrada)
10. Into The West by Geoff Zanelli (2005 – La-La Land Records)

Top 10 Score Albums 2013 (Limited Editions Only)

1. Days Of Thunder by Hans Zimmer (1990 – La-La Land Records)
2. Police Academy by Robert Folk (1984 – La-La Land Records)
3. Can’t Buy Me Love by Robert Folk (1987 – Intrada)
4. Superman Returns by John Ottman (2006 – La-La Land Records)
5. Cocoon by James Horner (1985 – Intrada)
6. Dave by James Newton Howard (1993 – La-La Land Records)
7. Hammersmith Is Out by Dominic Frontiere (1972 – Quartet Records)
8. Miracle, The by Elmer Bernstein (1959 – Intrada)
9. Tinker Bell by Joel McNeely (2008 – Intrada)
10. Day Of The Dead by John Harrison (1985 – La-La Land Records)

That’s it for me! Comments are welcome! What are your favorite scores of 2013?

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