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Johann Johannsson - Arrival makes THE WRAP '10 best film scores of the 2010s'

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Not all movie scores have the potency to stick with viewers long after the credits rolled. But a great film score not only stands out in our minds, it can bring back the emotions we felt during a particular scene. We can relive the thrill of danger or adventure, tears can well up in our eyes over romantic or mournful notes. Without looking, some scores can even conjure up images from the movie, clear and crisp as when we first watched it, because the music pinned those moments to our memories. There have been hundreds of scores that have had this effect on us over the decade. Here are just a handful of some of our most unforgettable favorites:

"Arrival," Jóhann Jóhannsson For a movie about communicating with other lifeforms from outer space, some of the most poignant moments of Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" are actually more terrestrial. As Amy Adams' character struggles to complete her mission -- figure out why aliens have landed on earth and keep the world's most powerful armies from attacking them -- she must also deal with the memory of losing her young daughter. Jóhann Jóhannsson's compositions melded the sounds of the visiting extraterrestrials into his music, complementing their attempts to communicate with his ambient score. Max Richter's stirring composition "On the Nature of Daylight," a pre-existing work, elevated the characters' emotional journey through loss and uncertainty to hope.

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