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The Best Film Score Composers

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Film score artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good film score bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top film score bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Film score groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all film score bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest film score bands of all time, since the most famous film score artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best film score music.

You can click on the film score band names to see more information about that particular notable film score group. If they're near the top of the best film score artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top film score bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the film score band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different artists, including Marvin Gaye and Paul Oakenfold. Rank your favorite artists to see them get to the top of the list. Is Trent Reznor better than Leonard Bernstein?

All important, significant and iconic names in film score music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new film score bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of film score, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into film score music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good film score bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent film score bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best film score bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest film score musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular film score bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    John Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Romance, Classical music, Jazz

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    Lounge music, Classical music, Easy listening

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    Film score

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    Electronic music, Film score, Video game music

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    Danny Elfman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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    Soundtrack, New Wave, Alternative rock

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    Easy listening, Jazz, Film score

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    James Horner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Film score

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    Opera, Film score

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    Thomas Newman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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    Film soundtrack, Film score

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    Film score

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    New Age music, Electronic music, Classical music

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    Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

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    Opera, Film score, 20th-century classical music

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    Film score

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    added by Tom Islava

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    Disco, Film score

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    Dmitri Shostakovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Opera, Ballet, Art song

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    Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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    Opera, Ballet, Minimal music

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    Alexandre Desplat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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    Film score

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    Maurice Jarre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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    Film score

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    Film score

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    The Sherman Brothers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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    Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

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    Alan Menken is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

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    added by Tom Islava

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    Soundtrack, Film score

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    Soundtrack, Bollywood, Indian classical music

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    Randy Newman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Pop music, Rock music, Soft rock

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    Rock music, Electronic music, Industrial rock

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    Film score

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    Randy Edelman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Pop music, Film score

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    New Age music, Progressive rock, Film score

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    Film score, Video game music

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    Klaus Badelt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Film score

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    Film score

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    Film score

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    Opera, Classical music, Contemporary classical music

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    Choral music, Electronic music, Chamber music

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    Film score

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    Tan Dun is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Film Score Composers

    Opera, Contemporary classical music, Film score

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    Film score

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    Film score

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    Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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    Ballet, Ballet, Incidental music

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