2010 was a year of many noteworthy film soundtracks, ranging from lush scores to clever collaborations to unique choices in music supervision.
Below, a short list of some of the most notable - and inspiring - collections of the year!
One of the most unexpected and captivating soundtracks in 2010, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross teamed up to create music that speaks volumes to the electric energy of the film based on the social networking site Facebook.
The original score integrates seamlessly with the pacing and mood of the film, seemingly making it an unseen character in itself.
Starring the quirky and beloved Michael Cera, Scott Pilgrim must battle to the death with seven ex-lovers to win the affection of his latest love interest.
The film features an all-star soundtrack curated by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Godrich recruited Beck to create music for fictional band Sex Bob-omb, with tunes for rival band Crash and the Boys penned by Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene with Brendan Canning.
Other music featured in the film comes courtesy of rockers Black Lips, Metric, Plumtree, and T-Rex.
See Metric Perform "Black Sheep" live at the 2010 Comic-Con Conference:
Scored by legendary electronic music duo Daft Punk, this soundtrack gave us a taste of what it's like when a venue-packing, genre-bending duo venture into the orchestral and cinematic world of film scores.
See a special trailer of Daft Punk's "Derezzed", the title track for the film:
iTunes: TRON: Legacy - Daft Punk
Produced by Stephen Bruton & T Bone Burnett, the soundtrack for the poignant tale of Crazy Heart includes songs actually performed in the film by leading actor Jeff Bridges.
If that weren't enough, it also features a bevy of stellar country artists like Ryan Bingham, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, and Lucinda Williams.
Watch Ryan Bingham perform the title track from the film, "The Weary Kind":
Okay okay, so I haven't actually seen this movie! However, once I learned that it was assembled by the tastemakers over at Chop Shop Music Supervision (Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, Gossip Girl, Mad Men) I couldn't help but pick up the compilation - and haven't looked back since!
Alongside Atlantic Records, the good folks at Chop Shop created a stellar mix of songs from upcoming acts (Fanfarlo, Eastern Conference Champions, Anya Marina) to those we know and love (Vampire Weekend, Metric, Muse, The Bravery).
The eclectic mix uniquely stands on it's own - whether or not you've actually seen the film! And that's what makes the ultimate soundtrack, right?
See the music video for Anya Marina's "Satellite Heart":
Which soundtracks did we leave out? Which ones are you looking forward to 2011?
Tell us in the comments section below!
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