The word goosebumps will be meaningless if a movie doesn’t have a captivating soundtrack. The advent of modern cinema, sound, and camera have worked together to entangle the audience with a stellar experience inside a theater for its running time. It is a fine example of how one art form completes the other.
Here in this list of Hollywood’s Greatest Music Composers, I intend to shine some light on those passionate Music Composers who sweat endlessly to bring out the best tunes for their reels and make Hollywood a thrilling experience for us.
Hollywood’s Greatest Music Composers
8. Junkie XL
Here is one of Hollywood’s greatest music composers. Okay, first of all, that’s not his real name. Junkie XL aka Tom Holkenborg is a seasoned DJ who has now crossed realms to become a Music composer, and currently, everyone needs him and his DJ box. He began his career by remixing tracks of other popular artists, and now he has scored some epic tracks for Mad max: Fury Road, Divergent, and 300: Rise of the empire.
He is a very busy man and has been writing music for Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and Black mass, to name a few. So, let’s not disturb him, we could enjoy ourselves by listening to this very disturbing but awesome track.
7. Ramin Djawadi
Meet the Amit Trivedi of Hollywood, young, and talented, and his music scores are just enticing. In his short career, he has spawned tracks for both television and movies, including Person of Interest, Ironman, Pacific Rim, and of course everyone’s favorite: Game of Thrones. He is one of Hollywood’s greatest music composers.
6. Danny Elfman
If you are a 90’s kid, then you might have probably watched the classic animated series, BATMAN. It was pure greatness and introduced us to the cape crusader. The most memorable thing about the show was its theme music. It became so popular that TIM Burton invited him to score for the live-action adaptation of it. Now an Elfman score is a compulsory element in most Burton movies. One of Hollywood’s greatest music composers without a doubt.
5. Michael Giacchino
A legend in the making. This guy is probably known as the REBOOT master. He has re-imagined tracks for JURASSIC WORLD, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, and STAR TREK. He often collaborates with J.J Abrams. His original pieces are just as great as the reboots. Check this one out for an example. He is one of Hollywood’s greatest music composers.
4. Alan Silvestri
Two-time Oscar nominee and Primetime Emmy winner Alan Silvestri is a Hollywood household name. Remember that opening scene of FOREST GUMP, a feather making its way to Tom Hanks while the opening credits roll in. That one piece is enough to make this guy a legend. One of Hollywood’s greatest music composers. He often collaborates with Hollywood’s visual magician Robert Zemeckis.
3. James Horner
“Every night in my dream, I see you.” Celine Dion??? Titanic? How many times have you heard that!! That was this guy’s masterpiece. TITANIC can never be complete without its majestic score. James Horner, one of Hollywood’s greatest music composers; often collaborates with James Cameron. Too bad he passed away this year in a harrowing plane crash, but still, his music remains immortal.
2. Hans Zimmer
My personal favorite, one of Hollywood’s greatest music composers, and a revelation to Hollywood’s music fraternity. He has an impressive track record starting from Lion King to the recent sci-fi epic Interstellar and currently composing for BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
He composes music for video games. CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE would never be the same without him. Hans Zimmer often collaborates with Christopher Nolan. Your ears would now be familiar with INCEPTION & DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY sounds, so let me share something that I hope you have not heard for a while.
1. John Williams
If there were an Olympics for music composers, then John Williams would win gold medals in every event. A musical genius who had made path-breaking soundtracks for Hollywood blockbusters and won 5 Oscars for it.
He is one of Hollywood’s greatest music composers, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T. You name it, he has done it all. He often collaborates with movie moguls Steven Spielberg & George Lucas. Well, where can I begin, listen to this one; I hope this reminds you of your childhood cinematic experience… Wait, you have watched JURASSIC PARK at theaters, right?
The music industry wouldn’t be the same without these legends, and that was the list of Hollywood’s greatest music composers and they deserve all the attention and recognition in the world.