I've written the Best Movie Music Moments column for Cinema Blend since 2009, and I can tell you that this year was an incredibly special year from music in film. It helps that we got a shocking number of dazzling musicals, as well as new features from filmmakers like Richard Linklater and the Lonely Island crew, but even with just straight soundtracks I'd say that this was the best year for the meeting of the two mediums since the auditory bliss that was 2010. Of course, this also made it incredibly hard to settle on a Top 10 list.
Hard as it was, I've carved out my selections of what I believe are the 10 Best Movie Music Moments of 2016. Read on for my picks as well as my reasoning, and then hit the comments section to tell us what you think! And, of course, be sure to stay tuned for more of our year-end Top 10 lists here on Cinema Blend!
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for some of the movies featured on this list. If you have not seen one of the titles on this list, we recommend making a mental note of it (because it's awesome), but then clicking on to the next page!
"Sabotage" in Star Trek Beyond
Like many of you, I hated the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond. Not only did the footage feel very slapdash and thrown together, but the use of "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys made it feel like the marketing department was just going for a song associated with Star Trek (J.J. Abrams having used the same track in his 2009 movie). Truth be told, I still don't think much of that debut preview for the sci-fi blockbuster... but the use of "Sabotage" in the actual film totally redeems its usage in the spot.
Sure, it may not add to the overall pop culture soundtrack of the Star Trek universe (Chuck D's "Fight The Power" served that purpose), but it's a chilling and thrilling moment when the Enterprise cranks up the volume to annihilate Krall's swarm of ships. It's both a brilliant movie music moment (I love it when songs are used both diegetically and create consequences), and one of the best action sequences of the year. Hint: this won't be the last time you hear about this climactic battle in Cinema Blend's Top 10 lists.