War Horse has been named the nation’s favourite film score of the last decade. War Horse has been named the nation’s favourite film score of the last decade.
Despite having lost out on both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score to ‘The Artist’ in 2012, the 2011 movie’s music... War Horse has been named the nation’s favourite film score of the last decade.

Despite having lost out on both the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Score to ‘The Artist’ in 2012, the 2011 movie’s music is considered the best among film fans.

A tenth of the population picked the moving film score by John Williams as their favourite, leaving Hans Zimmer’s Inception score in second place.

Another score by John Williams, for The Book Thief, also featured in the top 30 list of greatest original film scores over the last 10 years, which did not take into account sequels or franchise extensions such as Star Wars or Jurassic Park.

Hans Zimmer’s work is also a clear favourite among film fans, with three scores from the Christopher Nolan collaborator placing within the top five, with The Dark Knight Rises at four and Interstellar at five.

The poll, commissioned by classical station Scala Radio, saw six films from the Marvel and DC Universes make the cut, despite recent controversial comments from director Martin Scorsese claiming that superhero films are ‘not cinema’.

Avengers Endgame was in seventh place, with Joker, Spiderman Homecoming, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel also making the list.

Scala presenter and UK film critic, Mark Kermode said: “When we think of films, music is often the first thing that comes to mind.

“As the presenter of a weekly film music show on Scala, I’m particularly aware how much people remember movies through their scores.

“Every week we get emails from listeners describing their experience of listening to the soundtrack of a favourite film, which can be as intense and emotional as actually watching the movie.

“It was interesting to see the variety of films on our list – with scores from historical dramas, musicals, childhood fantasies, animation, superhero movies, science fiction, social satire and much more.”

The poll of 2,000 adults found one in five have bought a film score, and a third of the population have watched a film specifically because someone told them the music was so enjoyable.

One in five have even enjoyed a film’s soundtrack so much they’ve made the effort to see it performed live.

Just under two thirds of those polled via OnePoll believe film scores are a great way to encourage someone to get into classical music.

And 38 per cent have been encouraged to listen to a genre of music they’d normally avoid, due to hearing it in a film.

The majority of Brits (50 per cent) believe classical tracks make for the best film scores followed by pop (33 per cent) and rock (27 per cent).

Mark Kermode added: “While many film scores are classical in nature, others can be very experimental, using modern arrangements and instrumentation to startling effect.

“My own favourite scores featured on our list Rachel Portman’s haunting music for the underappreciated Never Let Me Go; Jo Yeong-Wook’s music from The Handmaiden; Clint Mansell’s music for Moon; and Hildur Gudnaddotir’s brooding score for Joker.”

Mark Kermode hosts a weekly programme on movie music on Scala Radio, airing every Saturday at 1pm.

THE TOP 30 MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS OF THE LAST 10 YEARS

1. War Horse (2011) – John Williams

2. Inception (2010) – Hans Zimmer

3. The King’s Speech (2010) – Alexandre Desplat

4. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Hans Zimmer

5. Interstellar (2014) – Hans Zimmer

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) – Alexandre Desplat

7. Avengers Endgame (2019) – Alan Silvestri

8. Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – Marc Shaiman

9. La La Land (2017) – Justin Hurwitz

10. Joker (2019) – Hildur Gudnaddotir

11. Alice In Wonderland (2010) – Danny Elfman

12. Up (2009) – Michael Giacchino

13. Spiderman Homecoming (2017) – Michael Giacchino

14. If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) – Nicholas Britell

15. The Theory of Everything (2015) – Johann Johannsson

16. The Shape of Water (2018) – Alexandre Desplat

17. How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – John Powell

18. The Book Thief (2013) – John Williams

19. Captain Marvel (2019) – Pinar Toprak

20. Wonder Woman (2017) – Rupert Gregson-Williams

21. Coco (2017) – Michael Giacchino

22. Mary Queen of Scots (2019) – Max Richter

23. Never Let Me Go (2011) – Rachel Portman

24. The Imitation Game (2014) – Alexandre Desplat

25. Moon (2009) – Clint Mansell

26. Arrival (2016) – Johann Johannsson

27. Steve Jobs (2015) – Daniel Pemberton

28. Mary Shelley (2018) – Amelia Warner

29. Phantom Thread (2018) – Jonny Greenwood

30. The Handmaiden (2017) – Jo Yeong-Wook

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A film journalist, writer and a filmmaker in business for over 20 years. I am passionate about movies, television series, music and online games.