Time to officially put a bow on the prior year as it pertains to film scores. A Part 6 would have been a little too short to warrant a full-on entry, so the move has been to make this a Top 35 of 2018. Of course, this list is personal preference, and no way takes into account everything released in the calendar year of 2018, just everything yours truly was able to see; obviously not every film warrants a place on the list. Again, all subjective, and just because a film may have been generally deemed great or awful by the masses, I could really love one or two, or hell, maybe three or more, of the tracks on its score and the film may be stellar or poor. These are a combination of the tracks I have found myself listening to often; whether that be:

  1. Working out to
  2. Falling asleep to
  3. Humming randomly,
  4. Or just thinking a lot about as they accompany a scene that left a real imprint

(Reader’s note: Moving forward, this may be the format employed moving forward instead of periodic installments throughout the year. Takes a lot of extra work to do these, and the personal site data says these aren’t looked at much compared to other pieces. Love doing these, though condensing may be the better and more logical, play. Nonetheless, we’ll see).

If you missed Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, they can be seen here, here, here, here, and here.

Top 30 of 2018

30. “Simon and Blue,” Rob Simonsen (Love, Simon)

29. “Low Calorie Shootout,” Cliff Martinez (Den of Thieves)

28.  “Flee,” Mogwai (Kin)

27.  “For Those That Follow,” Ben Salisbury/Geoff Barrow (Annihilation)

26. “What’s Wrong with Me,” Ludwig Göransson (Venom)

25. “A Better Place,” Jed Palmer (Upgrade)

24. “End Titles,” Lustmord (First Reformed)

23. “We Have A Job To Do,” Hans Zimmer (Widows)

22. “Convoy,” Hildur Guðnadóttir (Sicario: Day of the Soldado)

21. “OYAHYTT,” The Coup/LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You)

20. “You Have to Try This Cheese,” Cliff Martinez (Game Night)

19. “Michael Kills Again,” John Carpenter/Cody Carpenter/Daniel Davies (Halloween)

18. “Mourning,” Colin Stetson (Hereditary)

17. “Infinity War,Alan Silvestri (Avengers: Infinity War)

16. “Agape,Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)

15. “Blut Und Boden,Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansman)

14.  “Ice Cold,” Ludwig Göransson/Vince Staples (Creed II)

13. “Runnin,” Ludwig Göransson/A$AP Rocky/Jacob Banks (Creed II)

12.  “Three Day Bank,” Daniel Hart (The Old Man & the Gun)

11.  “The Start of Things,” Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross (Mid90s)

10.  “We Are Never Free,” Lorne Balfe (Mission: Impossible-Fallout)

9.  “Conclusion-The Transplant,” Nicholas Britell (Vice)

8. “Shallow,” Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

7. “Photo Opps,” Terence Blanchard (BlackKkKlansman)

6. “New User,Torin Borrowdale (Searching)

5. “Killmonger,” Ludwig Göransson (Black Panther)

4. “The Landing,” Justin Hurwitz (First Man)

3. “The Lineman-Prelude and Development,” Nicholas Britell (Vice)

2. “The Exchange,” Lorne Balfe (Mission: Impossible-Fallout)

1. “I’ll Never Love Again,” Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)


Composer of the Year: Nicholas Britell (Vice, If Beale Street Could Talk)

Runner Ups: Lorne Balfe, Ludwig Göransson

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