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Composer: Danny Elfman
Credentials: Elfman started his career as frontman for Oingo Boingo and rode out the 80s new wave experience before becoming director Tim Burton's go-to composer.
Why it's awesome: I mean…it's the "Batman" score. Yeah, the central theme may take some heavy cues from Bernard Herrmann and Gottfried Huppertz, but it was instantly iconic, and the rest of his ominous work on the film is delicious and outside the box. He may have even one-upped it with the choir additions and harmonic fiddling on "Batman Returns" … Naaaaahhhh.
Best track: "The Batman Theme"