4. Howard Shore – The Bridge of Khazad Dum (Lord of the Rings)
There are a lot of Lord of the Rings tracks that could be on this list, but this is my favorite. Perhaps this is cheating because there’s technically singing, but whatever, I’m counting it. It’s recently seen a spike in popularity because of its use in the new Man of Steel trailer.
3. Charles Yaman – The Cloud Atlas Sextet (Cloud Atlas)
I only recently watched this film a few weeks ago, but I’m confident enough in my love for this song to say that it deserves a place this high on the list. When your entire three hour film revolves around a singular song, it had better be a damn good one. And it is.
2. Hans Zimmer – Time (Inception)
Hans Zimmer is more or less our new John Williams (note no Williams tracks on this list), and his work with Christopher Nolan has produced some incredible tracks. There’s just such a powerful emotion attached to “Time” that I can listen to it for hours on repeat without growing tired of it, and I’ve done so many times. A truly incredible track.
1. John Murphy – The Surface of the Sun (Sunshine)
Not to go all hipster here, but I was in love with this track years before every single movie started using it in their own trailers and soundtrack. Sunshine is already a beautiful film, and it’s only fitting they found a perfect soundtrack to match. It’s one of the most epic pieces of music I’ve ever heard, and will outlive any film that appropriates it for their own. Listen to it right now if you don’t believe me.