Top Scores 2008: Critic's Choice

This list is the final version and will not be updated. It is based on the following soundtrack review websites: Soundtrack Geek, Soundtrack Magazine, Scorenotes, Filmtracks, Movie Music UK, Music From The Movies, Tracksounds, Soundtracknet, IGN Music, Movie Wave, MainTitles, Score Blog, Org Scores, BSO Spirit, Scoremagacine, CineYBso, Colonne Sonore, Soundtracks.pl, Filmmusik 2000, Cinemascope, Muzyka Filmowa, FSM and Soundtracks Reviewed.

Each score must have at least 3 reviews to be counted and this list doesn't include game scores since reviews are pretty much non-existent.

Rank Soundtrack Composer
1 Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Joe Hisaishi
2 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Alexandre Desplat
3 Let The Right One In Johan Soderqvist
4 Slumdog Millionaire A.R. Rahman
5 Revolutionary Road Thomas Newman
6 City of Ember Andrew Lockington
7 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull John Williams
8 The Spiderwick Chronicles James Horner
9 Defiance James Newton Howard
10 Wanted Danny Elfman
11 Tropic Thunder Theodore Shapiro
12 Journey to the Center of the Earth Andrew Lockington
13 Wall-E Thomas Newman
14 I Am Legend James Newton Howard
15 The Incredible Hulk Craig Armstrong
16 Surf's Up Mychael Danna
17 The Boy in Striped Pajamas James Horner
18 Speed Racer Michael Giacchino
19 Bolt John Powell
20 The Bucket List Marc Shaiman
21 Milk Danny Elfman
22 The Reader Nico Muhly
23 Che Alberto Iglesias
24 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Harry Gregson-Williams
25 Frost/Nixon Hans Zimmer
26 Bangkok Dangerous Brian Tyler
27 The Forbidden Kingdom David Buckley
28 The Dark Knight Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard
29 Max Payne Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders
30 Quantum of Solace David Arnold
31 The Other Boleyn Girl Paul Cantelon
32 Passengers Edward Shearmur
33 American Gangster Marc Streitenfeld
34 Hancock John Powell
35 Kung Fu Panda Hans Zimmer & John Powell
36 Babylon A.D. Atli Orvarsson
37 Hellboy II: The Golden Army Danny Elfman
38 Untraceable Christopher Young
39 The Express Mark Isham
40 10,000 B.C. Harald Kloser & Thomas Wander
41 The Happening James Newton Howard
42 Rambo Brian Tyler
43 Horton Hears a Who! John Powell
44 The Duchess Rachel Portman
45 Valkyrie John Ottman
46 Appaloosa Jeff Beal
47 Nim's Island Patrick Doyle
48 The Great Debaters James Newton Howard & Peter Golub
49 Eagle Eye Brian Tyler
50 Stop-Loss John Powell
51 The Spirit David Newman
52 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Randy Edelman
53 The Life Before Her Eyes James Horner
54 In Bruges Carter Burwell
55 Get Smart Trevor Rabin
56 Leatherheads Randy Newman
57 Doomsday Tyler Bates
58 Burn After Reading Carter Burwell
59 Meet Dave John Debney
60 Fool's Gold George Fenton
61 The X-Files: I Want To Believe Mark Snow
62 Sleepwalking Christopher Young
63 Death Race Paul Haslinger
64 Vantage Point Atli Orvarsson
65 Changeling Clint Eastwood
66 Marley & Me Theodore Shapiro
67 27 Dresses Randy Edelman
68 Mirrors Javier Navarrete
69 Jumper John Powell
70 Iron Man Ramin Djawadi
81 Sex and the City Aaron Zigman
82 Twilight Carter Burwell
83 Body of Lies Marc Streitenfeld
84 The Day The Earth Stood Still Tyler Bates
85 The Mist Mark Isham
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