Top 10 soundtracks of 2014

American Hustle Record Store Day Vinyl Limited Edition (compilation soundtrack of 70s music) by Various Artists (including 6 bonus tracks)
Favorite tracks:
A Horse With No Name by America
I Feel Love by Donna Summer
10538 Ovature by the Electric Light Orchestra
Live and Let Die by Wings
Good Times Bad Times by Led Zeppelin
Favorite bonus tracks:
Dirty Work by Steely Dan
Papa Was A Rolling Stone by The Temptations

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mixtape Vol 1 (compilation soundtrack of 70s music) by Various Artists
Favorite tracks: 
Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
Hooked On A Feeling by Blue Swede
I’m Not in Love by 10cc
Cherry Bomb by The Runaways
I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

Pride (compilation soundtrack of 80s music) by Various Artists (2 discs)
Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) by Dead Or Alive
Temptation by Heaven 17
Pale Shelter by Tears For Fears
Our Lips Are Sealed by Fun Boy Three
Making Plans For Nigel by XTC
Familiar 80s hits: Love Will Tear Us Apart, West End Girls, I Want to Break Free, Blue Monday,etc.

Mommy (compilation soundtrack) by Various Artists
On Ne Change Pas  by Céline Dion
Counting Stars  by One Republic
White Flag by Dido
Colorblind  by Counting Crows
Childhood by Craig Armstrong
Experience by Ludovico Einaudi

Inherent Vice (compilation soundtrack) by Various Artists
Vitamin C by CAN
Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
The Throwaway Age by Bob Irwin
Les Fleurs by Minnie Riperton
Journey Through the Past by Neil Young
Spooks by Jonny Greenwood (feat. Joanna Newsom)
Any Day Now by Chuck Jackson

Palo Alto (compilation soundtrack of contemporary music) by Various Artists
Palo Alto by Devonté Hynes
Champagne Coast by Blood Orange
You're Not Good Enough by Blood Orange
Ode To Viceroy by Mac DeMarco

Begin Again: Music From and Inspired By The Original Motion Picture by Various Artists
Lost Stars by Adam Levine
A Step You Can't Take Back by Keira Knightley
Thinkin' About Your Love  by Skipworth and Turner (from the dance scene)
Drowning Pool  by The Walls

Boyhood (compilation soundtrack) by Various Artists
Hero by Family of the Year
Summer Noon by Tweedy
Hate To Say I Told You So by The Hives
Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
Band On The Run by Paul McCartney

Divergent (compilation soundtrack of contemporary music) by Various Artists
I Need You by M83
My Blood by Ellie Goulding
I Won't Let You Go by Snow Patrol
Big Deal by Dream Machines
Lost and Found by Pretty Lights (ODESZA Remix)
Run Boy Run by Woodkid

Other notable soundtracks and scores from 2014:
Under The Skin score by Mica Levi (Love) (Death)
Big Eyes soundtrack  (Big Eyes by Lana Del Rey) and (I Can Fly by Lana Del Rey)
Frank (I Love You All) (Frank's Most Likeable Song Ever)
Amazing Spiderman 2 by Hans Zimmer, Johnny Marr and Pharrell (Here by Pharrell) (That's My Man by Liz) (My Enemy)
Interstellar soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (First Step aka Main Theme) (No Time For Caution) (Stay) (Mountains)
The Knick by Cliff Martinez (Son of Placenta Previa)
The Fault in Our Stars by Various Artists (Boom Clap by Charli XCX)
Only Lovers Left Alive by Various Artists (Funnel Of Love (by SQÜRL feat. Madeline Follin)
Destiny soundtrack (Hope For The Future by Paul McCartney)
Beyond The Lights by Various Artists (Blackbird by Noni)
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (No Fate Awaits Me by Son Lux feat. Faux Fix)
Cold in July by Various Artists (Cosmo Black by Dynatron) (Father And Son by Jeff Grace)
Lego Movie (Everything Is Awesome by Tegan and Sarah feat. The Lonely Island )
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (The Hanging Tree by James Newton Howard feat. Jennifer Lawrence) (Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde)
Edge of Tomorrow Trailer Soundtrack (This Is Not The End by Fieldwork)
Selma soundtrack (Glory by John Legend feat. Common)
Whiplash - Selections from the Soundtrack
White Bird in Blizzard (compilation soundtrack of 80s music) (Sea Swallow Me by Cocteau Twins) (Heartbreak Beat by The Psychedelic Furs) (Dazzle Glamour Mix by Siouxsie and the Banshees) (Living In Another World by Talk Talk) (Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode)
The Guest soundtrack (Anthonio Berlin Breakdown Version by Annie)
The Grand Budapest Hotel score (Mr Moustafa by Alexandre Desplat)
You and the Night soundtrack by M83 (Un Noveau Soleil)

Which are your favorite soundtracks of 2014? Agree or disagree? Did I miss anything great? As always, comments are welcome. Next, I will share my top 10 non-soundtrack albums of 2014. Stay tuned!


  1. Nice list! My favorites are the one from American Hustle, Guardians of the Galaxy and Gone Girl with the track Technically Missing which I really like. I am also fond of the one from Under The Skin but that one it's not that enjoyable just very well made.

    You selected most of the OST that caught my attention. I still haven't seen some of the films on the list like Mommy, Inherent Vice and Pride which I heard were very good.

    1. @Cristi B: Thanks, I agree Technically Missing is good too. Under The Skin I decided to not include in the top 10, I feel a similar way to you, unique and admirable, just Gone Girl I would play more often.

      I see you've been busy with year-end lists! So I'll stop by your site soon

  2. Love these picks! Some great mix of songs and score here.

    1. @Fisti: Thank you! Only I wish I had waited a week or so because I just discovered mojo magazine's top 10 soundtracks of 2014 (in Jan 2015 edition) and I had only listened to 2-3 of them /:

  3. Awesome to see Gone Girl here! I'm not very into compilations albums but Guardians' OST was amazing

    1. @Sati: Film scores can be good, I think I prefer compilation soundtracks, just because I love uncovering gems from the past!

  4. Gone Girl is my favorite of the bunch as I also love the Guardians soundtrack as my mom loves the songs from that film even though neither of us had seen it.

    1. @thevoid99: Great when a soundtrack can appeal to different generations, the 70s compilation is my favorite thing about Guardians of the G. And you’re right, the soundtrack even works without the movie.

  5. Great to see Gone Girl, Pride and Boyhood on here. Think my fave was probably Interstellar.

    1. @Pete Turner: I think I heard about Pride from your top 100 at letterboxd, so thanks for that! The main theme is the music from Interstellar that got stuck in my head

  6. Glad to see Guardians of the Galaxy so high on your list :) Interstellar is a score I've been listening to of the best accomplishments of that film.

    1. @onthescreenreviews: Guardians of The G is an awesome compilation! Agree Hans Zimmer did a fine job with Interstellar soundtrack, which for me helped give the space adventure an epic feel

  7. Great stuff here Chris! Guardians of the Galaxy is definitely awesome, nice to see Begin Again & Gone Girl which are both excellent. I actually have a penchant for more classically-tinged scores, so naturally Belle makes my list. LOVE that Beyond the Lights got a mention too, yay!

    1. @Ruth: Good to know we agree on some of those! Belle I haven’t listened to, I’ll give it a try.
      Thanks to you, Beyond The Lights managed to get a mention on the list :)

  8. Brilliant picks! I especially love the Begin Again, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Palo Alto soundtracks. Also thrilled that you mentioned the Cold in July soundtrack. Just watched the film recently, and it's probably going to be my Original Score winner.

    1. @Josh: Glad you liked the picks! Palo Alto album is quite haunting, and I think the music fits well with the mood of the film(which I've watched). Cold in July, I might want to see it for the soundtrack.

  9. Can't wait to see Inherent Vice, and it's great that it made your list of best soundtracks. PTA has always had a knack for playing the right songs at the right times. "Vitamin C" is an amazing track, too.

    1. Eric @ The Warning Sign: Magnolia is one of my favorites soundtracks, I couldn't imagine the film without it.
      Vitamin C is a great track, which I had not encountered before. Can’t wait to see Inherent Vice, although I’ve heard his latest is divisive


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