My Superman composer picks

by MikeSeravello-233-985397 | created - 08 Jun 2016 | updated - 25 May 2017 | Public

1. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

2. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

3. John Murphy

Composer | Sunshine

John Murphy is a British film composer from Liverpool. He began composing music scores for films in the early 1990s, working on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtracks to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).

Since 2000, Murphy has ...

4. Steve Jablonsky

Composer | Transformers

Steve Jablonsky was born on October 9, 1970 in the USA. He is known for his work on Transformers (2007), Desperate Housewives (2004) and Deepwater Horizon (2016).

5. John Ottman

Composer | The Usual Suspects

John Ottman holds dual distinctions as a leading film composer and an award winning film editor. Ottman has often completed both monumental tasks on the same films. Such remarkable double duties have included The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, and Jack the Giant Killer. He has...

6. Tyler Bates

Composer | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It's anything but typical for the realms of film or music... Tyler Bates regularly transitions from scoring some of the world's biggest film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick, to rocking massive audiences with Marilyn Manson and back to the studio again ...

7. Brian Tyler

Composer | Iron Man Three

Brian Tyler is known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Eagle Eye (2008).

8. Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer | Shrek

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...

9. Marco Beltrami

Composer | I, Robot

Marco Beltrami was born on October 7, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on I, Robot (2004), World War Z (2013) and Knowing (2009).

10. Christopher Young

Composer | Sinister

Composer Christopher Young was born on April 28, 1957 in Red Bank, New Jersey. After graduating from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Young went on to pursue his post-graduate studies at North Texas State University. Christopher moved to Los Angeles, ...

11. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

12. Michael Wandmacher

Composer | Underworld: Blood Wars

Michael Wandmacher was born on October 29, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is known for his work on Underworld: Blood Wars (2016), Bloodborne (2015) and Voice from the Stone (2017). He has been married to Leslie since December 2, 2000.

13. Alan Silvestri

Composer | The Polar Express

In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...

14. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

15. Bill Conti

Composer | For Your Eyes Only

Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He is known for his work on For Your Eyes Only (1981), Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986).

16. Thomas Newman

Music_department | Skyfall

Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...

17. John Debney

Music_department | The Jungle Book

John Debney's career seemed destined for Hollywood, the son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John grew up in nearby Glendale, California where he got early inspiration for film and music growing up on the Disney Studio lot. The child of two musicians, John showed an early aptitude for music...

18. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...

20. David Arnold

Soundtrack | Casino Royale

David Arnold was born on January 23, 1962 in Luton, England. He is known for his work on Casino Royale (2006), Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998). He has been married to Ellie Pole since June 8, 1996. They have three children.

21. Don Davis

Composer | The Matrix Reloaded

Don Davis was born on February 4, 1957 in Anaheim, California, USA as Donald Romain Davis. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). He has been married to Megan Jeanne MacDonald since May 25, 1986.

22. Trevor Jones

Composer | Cliffhanger

As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career...

23. Mike Patton

Soundtrack | Body of Lies

Michael Allan Patton was born on January 27th 1968 in California. He formed the band Mr Bungle at the age of 15, and after Jim Martin (of Faith No More) heard Mr Bungle, Mike was asked to join Faith No More as a permanent full time vocalist. After a turbulent career which lasted until April 1998, ...

24. Daft Punk

Composer | Tron

Electronical music duo whose members are Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo.

25. Philip Glass

Soundtrack | The Truman Show

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...

26. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Moon (2009).

27. Jean-Michel Jarre

Soundtrack | Nine 1/2 Weeks

JeanMichel Jarre is a French composer, performer, music producer and designer. He is regarded as a pioneer in the electronic, synth-pop, ambient and New Age genres, as well as an organizer of spectacular outdoor events and concerts, which feature the latest and most innovative in lights, laser ...

28. Sam Hulick

Composer | Mass Effect 3

Sam Hulick is a Los Angeles based, BAFTA nominated and NBC News award winning composer for film, television and interactive media, best known for creating the signature music for BioWare's blockbuster sci-fi franchise Mass Effect as well as original music for the fantasy role playing games Baldur's...

29. Ed Sheeran

Soundtrack | Yesterday

Ed Sheeran was born on February 17, 1991 in Yorkshire, England as Edward Christopher Sheeran. He has been married to Cherry Seaborn since December 2018.

30. John Powell

Composer | Solo: A Star Wars Story

John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Rio (2011). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner.

31. Nathan Johnson

Composer | Knives Out

Nathan Johnson is a multidisciplinary artist best known for his work as a film composer and director. His innovative music (acclaimed scores for Knives Out (2019), Looper (2012), and Brick (2005), among others) and short films (videos for Son Lux, Lucius) consistently blur the lines between stage, ...

32. Cliff Martinez

Composer | Only God Forgives

Cliff Martinez was born on February 5, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a composer, known for Only God Forgives (2013), Drive (2011) and The Neon Demon (2016).

33. Jonny Greenwood

Soundtrack | The Master

Jonny Greenwood was born on November 5, 1971 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood. He has been married to Sharona Katan since 1995. They have three children.

34. Nick Cave

Soundtrack | The Proposition

Nick Cave is a man of many talents. Musician. Songwriter. Screenwriter. Novelist. Actor. The Australian was born in Warracknabeal, Victoria in 1957, and would go onto form the alternative rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, who have since successfully released a string of hit albums.

In film, Nick ...

35. Joseph Trapanese

Composer | The Greatest Showman

Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like "Tron: Legacy," "Straight Outta Compton," "The Greatest Showman," "Oblivion" and the "Raid" series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with...

36. Junkie XL

Composer | Mad Max: Fury Road

Junkie XL was born on December 8, 1967 in Lichtenvoorde, Gelderland, Netherlands as Antonius B. Holkenborg.

37. Warren Ellis

Composer | Hell or High Water

Has worked extensively with Nick Cave on multiple projects.

39. Vangelis

Composer | Blade Runner

Vangelis is a composer and performer who works almost exclusively with electronic instruments. He is probably most well known for his Chariots of Fire (1981) and Blade Runner (1982) soundtracks or for the tracks used in the Cosmos (1980) television series. He has been involved in many musical ...

40. Patrick Doyle

Composer | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer.

His first film score, the acclaimed adaptation of "Henry V" with Kenneth Branagh for Renaissance films was scored in 1989. He has subsequently worked with Kenneth Branagh, a long time collaborator on numerous pictures including "Dead Again", "Much Ado...

41. Gustavo Santaolalla

Music_department | Brokeback Mountain

Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, ...

42. Joseph LoDuca

Composer | Le pacte des loups

By the age of 15 (1973), Joseph LoDuca was opening for rock legends Bob Seger and Ted Nugent in smoky Detroit clubs and sneaking into Jeff Beck concerts. He was hooked. He went on to train formally in classical music at the University of Michigan and in New York City. He plugged into the jazz scene...

43. Marc Streitenfeld

Composer | Prometheus

Marc Streitenfeld was born in 1974 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany. He is known for his work on Prometheus (2012), American Gangster (2007) and Robin Hood (2010).

44. Roque Baños

Composer | Evil Dead

Roque Baños was born in 1968 in Jumilla, Murcia, Spain as Roque Baños López. He is known for his work on Evil Dead (2013), Don't Breathe (2016) and In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

45. Anton Sanko

Soundtrack | Philadelphia

Anton Sanko is a composer, known for Philadelphia (1993), Ouija (2014) and Rabbit Hole (2010).

46. Nathan Barr

Composer | Cabin Fever

Nathan Barr is a unique breed of composer. In addition to writing his scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in many of his compositions. Skilled in many styles and genres, ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments...

47. Brian Reitzell

Soundtrack | Lost in Translation

Brian Reitzell was born in 1966.

48. Christophe Beck

Composer | Frozen

Christophe Beck was born in 1972 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Jean-Christophe Beck. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Ant-Man (2015) and The Muppets (2011).

49. Mark Isham

Composer | Blade

From his days as one of the pioneering icons of electronic music to his current status as a world-renowned legendary film composer, Mark Isham continues to be one of the most prolific and provocative artists on the scene. His gift for creating unforgettable melodies and his love of fresh, ...

50. Graeme Revell

Composer | The Saint

Graeme Revell was born in New Zealand in 1955. He was graduated from The University of Auckland with degrees in economics and politics. He is a classically trained pianist and French horn player. Revell worked for as a regional planner in Australia and Indonesia and as an orderly in an Australian ...

51. David Newman

Composer | The Nutty Professor

In his 25 year career, David Newman has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, Serenity, and Alvin and the Chipmonks: The Squeakuel. Newman's music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and...

52. Carter Burwell

Music_department | Carol

Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since ...

53. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

54. Anthony Gonzalez

Soundtrack | Oblivion

Leader of electronic dream-pop band M83.

55. M83

Soundtrack | Oblivion

56. Kevin Kiner

Composer | CSI: Miami

Kevin Kiner was born on September 3, 1958 in San Bernardino, California, USA as Kevin David Kiner. He is known for his work on CSI: Miami (2002), Narcos: Mexico (2018) and Star Wars Rebels (2014).

57. Robert J. Kral

Composer | Justice League Dark

Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Robert J Kral moved to Los Angeles in 1991 where he attended the prestigious USC Scoring for Motion Pictures & TV Program. He is best known for scoring 5 seasons of the hit TV series Angel, and is well known for his super hero scores for WB animation such as ...

58. Christopher Drake

Composer | Creepshow

Christopher Drake's music empowers a diverse array of projects, transcending medium and genre. Drake has shown mastery composing across different formats with film, television and video games. Drake has collaborated many times with beloved cult filmmaker Kevin Smith, including music for Smith's ...

59. John Paesano

Composer | The Maze Runner

John Paesano is an Emmy-nominated composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. John studied classical music with Professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris, and continued his studies at Berklee College of Music where he focused on composition...

60. Jeremy Zuckerman

Composer | The Legend of Korra

Jeremy Zuckerman is a Los Angeles-based Emmy Award-winning composer. His work covers a wide range from music for picture to computer music. Jeremy has composed for modern dance, theater, concert, narrative and documentary film, hundreds of episodes of television, and once made a record with David ...

63. Jay Gruska

Soundtrack | Little Shop of Horrors

Jay Gruska was born on April 23, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is a composer, known for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Adventures in Babysitting (1987) and Commando (1985).

64. Mark Snow

Composer | The X Files

Mark Snow became a good friend with Michael Kamen while they were studying music at New York's Art and Music High School. After graduation, they became roommates at Juilliard (an elite music school). After studying at Juilliard, he became very fond of pop music. He, Michael Kamen and 3 others ...

65. Blake Neely

Composer | Arrow

Blake Neely was born on April 28, 1969 in Paris, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on Arrow (2012), The Flash (2014) and The Mentalist (2008).

66. Shane Carruth

Composer | Primer

Writer-director Shane Carruth, a former software engineer, burst onto the independent movie scene with his extremely low-budget science-fiction film Primer (2004) in 2004. Carruth also played one of the two leads in the film and composed its music. "Primer" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P...

67. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer | Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

68. Alexandre Desplat

Composer | The King's Speech

Composer and conductor Alexandre Desplat, Oscar winner and seven-time Academy Award nominated, for his prolific filmography and his collaborations with Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski, George Clooney or Matteo Garrone is one ...

71. Ólafur Arnalds

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games

Ólafur Arnalds was born on November 3, 1986 in Mosfellsbær, Iceland. He is a composer, known for The Hunger Games (2012), Taken 3 (2014) and Broadchurch (2013).

73. Mychael Danna

Composer | Life of Pi

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores for ...

74. Jeff Rona

Composer | Homicide: Life on the Street

Jeff Rona is an accomplished and award-winning contemporary composer for film, TV, and video games, as well as a recording artist and producer. He studied music, art, and photography, but left school to pursue music as his life's work.

Rona became an in-demand studio musician, arranger, sound ...

75. Jeff Danna

Composer | The Good Dinosaur

Jeff Danna was born in 1964 in Canada. He is known for his work on The Good Dinosaur (2015), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004).

76. Atli Örvarsson

Composer | The Hitman's Bodyguard

Atli Örvarsson is an Icelandic composer for film and television. He scored the award-winning feature Rams (Hrútar), winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, which featured "a wonderfully minimalist score [that] lends a mournful solemnity to the [film]" -Mark ...

77. Scott Shields

Composer | Strike Back

Scott Shields is a composer, producer and songwriter from Glasgow in Scotland. He has been living and working in London for over 20 years. Known in the UK and the US for his work in feature film, television drama and album recordings, Scott has firmly established himself as one of the best ...

78. Dario Marianelli

Composer | Atonement

Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa and studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent 3 years at the National Film and Television School, from which he graduated in 1997. Dario's film scores include '...

79. Marcelo Zarvos

Composer | Wonder

Marcelo Zarvos was born in 1969 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. He is known for his work on Wonder (2017), Fences (2016) and Enough Said (2013).

80. Jeff Beal

Composer | House of Cards

Jeff Beal is one of the most prolific and respected composers working in Hollywood today. He grew up studying the trumpet in the San Francisco Bay area, where he was immersed in the sounds of the 70's jazz, classical, rock & pop music scene. His prodigious talent in composition lead to many works ...

81. Dickon Hinchliffe

Composer | Winter's Bone

Founder member of the band Tindersticks.

82. Matthew Margeson

Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Margeson was born on June 9, 1980 in Brick, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Skyline (2010) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

83. Jim Dooley

Composer | Obsessed

Jim Dooley is a graduate of New York University where he majored in Music Composition. Upon completion of his degree, he moved to Los Angeles to study the art of film composing with such prolific scoring legends as Christopher Young, Elmer Bernstein and Leonard Rosenman. He joined Media Ventures (...

84. Wendy Melvoin

Soundtrack | Purple Rain

Wendy Melvoin was born on January 26, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Wendy Ann Melvoin. She is a composer, known for Purple Rain (1984), Dangerous Minds (1995) and Crossing Jordan (2001).

85. Lisa Coleman

Composer | Heroes

Lisa Coleman was born on August 17, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a composer, known for Heroes (2006), Nurse Jackie (2009) and Dangerous Minds (1995).

86. Stewart Copeland

Composer | Rumble Fish

Stewart Copeland was born on July 16, 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Stewart Armstrong Copeland. He is known for his work on Rumble Fish (1983), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999). He has been married to Fiona Dent since 1993. They have ...

87. Laura Karpman

Composer | Underground

Four-time Emmy winning composer and composer of the Grammy-winning album Ask Your Mama, Laura Karpman maintains a vibrant career in film, television, video-game and concert music. Her distinguished credits include the series Underground, in collaboration with Raphael Saadiq and John Legend, Step, a...

88. Jason Moran

Composer | Selma

Jason Moran is a composer, known for Selma (2014), Hollywoodland (2006) and 13th (2016). He is married to Alice Hall. They have two children.

90. Steve Moore

Sound_department | Defendor

91. Atticus Ross

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Atticus Ross was born on January 16, 1968 in England. He is married to Claudia Sarne.

92. Leopold Ross

Composer | The Book of Eli

Brother of model-actress Liberty Ross.

93. Randy Edelman

Music_department | The Last of the Mohicans

Randy Edelman was born on June 10, 1947 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Anaconda (1997) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). He has been married to Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. They have one child.

94. Mark Mancina

Composer | Speed

Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day (2001), is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely...

95. Trevor Rabin

Composer | Deep Blue Sea

Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in ...

96. Mark Mothersbaugh

Composer | Thor: Ragnarok

Graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio.

Attended Kent State University (1970-73) in Kent, Ohio, to focus on attaining an art degree. While at Kent State Mothersbaugh met Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis, who ultimately joined him in forming the 1970-80s avant-garde band Devo.

Awarded an ...

97. J. Peter Robinson

Composer | Cocktail

J. Peter Robinson was born on September 16, 1945 in Fulmer, Buckinghamshire, England. He is known for his work on Cocktail (1988), Wayne's World (1992) and The World's Fastest Indian (2005). He has been married to Denise Hudson since 2000.

98. Craig Armstrong

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.

From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...

99. Mark Bradshaw

Composer | Bright Star

Mark Bradshaw is a composer, known for Bright Star (2009), Top of the Lake (2013) and The Daughter (2015). He has been married to Ben Whishaw since 2012.

100. Antony Partos

Composer | Animal Kingdom

Antony Partos is one of Australia's most awarded film composers. His passion lies in creating scores that blend both acoustic and electronic elements with an eclectic mix of exotic instruments.

His feature film credits include 'Jasper Jones' and '99 Homes' (winning the AGSC Award for Best Feature ...



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