Top 5 Independent Film Soundtracks

Published: August 29th, 2016

Written by: Emilie

1. Henry Escott for Shame (2011)

Shame soundtrack

With an integrated mix of classical music, singer-songwriter tunes and an unbelievable score, this soundtrack is simply a masterpiece. Though we can’t look past Carey Mulligan’s rendition of Sinatra’s “New York New York”, Escott composes a beautiful score to underlie the torment in Brandon’s day-to-day life.

Key Songs: Unravelling and Brandon


2. Clint Mansell for Black Swan (2010)

Black swan soundtrack

Again, mixing the old with the new, Mansell manipulates the original classic themes of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to make a new, dark, twisted version of this psychological thriller. The score is truly terrifying, and really assists the film in its suspenseful scenes.

Key Songs: A New Swan Queen and Perfection


3. Yann Tiersen for Amélie (2001)

Amelie soundtrack

Tiersen creates an incredibly soft yet quirky soundtrack for this beautiful French film. The soundtrack allows you to listen to the same track with different instrumentation, so you can experience it either full orchestra, or with a stripped-down solo piano.

Key Songs: Comptine d’un autre été, L’après-Midi and Les Deux Pianos


4. Michael Nyman for The Piano (1993)

The Piano Soundtrack

This is one of my all-time favourite soundtracks, like ever. Michael Nyman can combine a piano with strings so effortlessly in all of his scores, but The Piano is on another level. He moves through movements so smoothly that you almost don’t realise the tempo has changed 4 times within one song.

Key Songs: The Heart Asks Pleasure First and The Promise


5. Clint Mansell for Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Clint mansell soundtrack

Yep, I’m going to chuck in another Clint Mansell soundtrack in an Aronofsky film; they just kick ass. The soundtrack is so full of every emotion, from the character’s Summer, the Fall, and their Winter. With a film as disturbing and revealing as Requiem for a Dream, you can only imagine the soundtrack. It’s a beautiful disaster; tragic and unsettling, but you can’t help but love it.

Key Songs: Lux Aeterna and The Beginning of the End


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