Listen to the best tracks from 2014’s most epic original scores.
By Troy-Jeffrey Allen
When we aren’t watching movies or playing video games we’re listening to them. And much like the films and “vidya” of 2014, the scores of this past year were filled with pleasant surprises that delivered unexpected range and diversity.
Below is Action A Go Go’s year-end “mixtape,” a collection of some of the most emotionally affecting and just plain badass tracks released between January and December. These selected compositions emboldened their stories, taking already great moments and injecting them with excitement, menace, and/or bravery. To us, this is what 2014 sounded like…
(Want to download these? Then click each album’s purchase link after the playlist.)
300: Rise Of An Empire (Junkie XL)
Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Hans Zimmer and the Magnificent Six)
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Harry Gregson-Williams)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Henry Jackman)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Michael Giacchino)
Edge of Tomorrow (Christophe Beck)
Gone Girl (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Tyler Bates)
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Howard Shore)
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (James Newton Howard)
Nightcrawler (James Newton Howard)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Marcin Przybyłowicz & Percival)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (John Ottman)
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Troy-Jeffrey Allen writes about action/adventure for Action A Go Go. He is a comic book writer whose works include BamnComics.com, The Magic Bullet, Dr. Dremo’s Taphouse of Tall Tales, and the Harvey Award nominated District Comics. In addition, Allen has been a contributing writer for ComicBookBin.com, OfNote Magazine, and ForcesOfGeek.com. His work has been featured in the City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, Bethesda Magazine, The Examiner, and The Washington Post. Yes, he wrote this bio.