5) No musicals. ‘Birth Of The Cool’: How Miles Davis Started A Jazz Revolution, Fania Records: How A New York Label Took Salsa To The World, Pride Of The Opry: Charley Pride Makes Musical And Cultural History. Picture: An unconventional soundtrack to the very unconventional interpretation, the touching piano theme for the Balcony Scene has become the standout moment. Certainly, there is not. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have a knack for producing great cinematic adventures, and this was certainly the case with Raiders of the Lost Ark, which introduced Indiana Jones to delirious audiences around the world. I cannot think of another film where the soundtrack so comprehensively delivers the viewer to a time and place in history. Terrible score & movie. BTW, Schlinder’s list is clearly missing. Even though I live John Williams, there is too much of him on this list. From the wah-wah-enhanced guitar groove to his own baritone vocals, Hayes proved that he was a force to be reckoned with in modern American soundtracks. Though not as playful as some of his work, this is where Elfman stretched a bit towards romance and gothic fairytale, paving the way towards his next project, The Nightmare Before Christmas. What a load of crap! Not just emotionally, but literally. There were Horner's trademark traditional Celtic and Scottish influences, and not a few eyebrows were raised at the inclusion of some Irish themes, and a Kena flute from the Andes. No shame there because Williams excels. As in, when the main theme peaks and the listener can actually hear the word “superman” – even though it isn’t there. Like the amazing effects and the dark mood of the cult classic movie, this score seems to ooze along the wet sidewalks with everything else in the film. Even before his trailblazing work for Blade Runner, the Greek composer Vangelis applied his synth skills to the period film Chariots Of Fire, set amid the 1924 Olympics. John Williams's blistering ‘Raiders March’, first heard on Raiders, went on to symbolise the reckless antics of Harrison Ford's Indy for three more cinematic outings. These are the films with reviews so abysmal, it's hard to believe anyone made it through them at all. Another John Williams and Steven Spielberg joint masterpiece, this has all the hallmarks of a classic Williams score: soaring strings, dramatic brass, and a childlike sense of wonder that’s inherent to what is, at its core, a fantasy adventure tale. What a joke. With a single melody, famed composer Elmer Bernstein created a score that has come to epitomize the idea of the American West. Criteria: 1) The movie had to have at least 30 minutes or more of score. Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann were constant collaborators and this was one of their best soundtracks. Rota's score for Francis Ford Coppola's gangster epic was removed at the last minute from the list of 1973 Academy Award nominees when it was discovered that Rota's famous 'Love Theme' used the same melody as one he had used previously in Eduardo De Filippo's 1958 comedy Fortunella. Why in the fuck is Queen’s Flash Gordon on here? Here, then, are our 50 favorite movie scores since the year 2000. Though a bit on the nose, this swirling, manic take on the subject matter also works as a brilliant piece of music in its own right. The broad and – yes – cartoonish theme perfectly accentuates the slapstick comedy of this classic. Planet of the Apes, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, Logan’s Run, Patton…. A Hard Days Night should be here!! It’s difficult to find modern film scores that don’t feel derivative, but George Miller knew what he was doing when he hired the Dutch multi-instrumentalist and composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, who’s been a close collaborator with Hans Zimmer. Why isn’t “theme of a summer place” up there? Figuratively, of course. It’s foreboding, filled with adventure, and almost makes Al Capone look like a hero. Thought “the shining” might have got a look-in.. This film’s main theme could not be more heartbreaking, grand, and epically tragic, thanks to the legendary composer Max Steiner, who used music as a tool to develop characters. Not even on the list. Set in picturesque 1930s Cornwall, the sweeping, lyrical score perfectly matches the stunning scenery and ocean vistas. Maximum effect comes when Reeves and Bullock finally break free from the bus, with a masterful action score sending them on their way,. Is there anything more ethereal than the elves in this movie? New Star Trek, LOST, Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up (basically the entire sound of Pixar Studios sans Toy Story), Spider-Man. While Moross’s Oscar-nominated score is somewhat reminiscent of the wild west ballets of Aaron Copland, The Big Country became his most important contribution to film music, clearly influencing many of the great western scores that followed. Best of Rotten Tomatoes. 2 September 2020, 14:15 | Updated: 3 November 2020, 15:58. Vangelis won an Oscar for his soundtrack. Howard Shore’s score seems to have hatched from a celestial bubble of creativity that has been traveling the cosmos ever since JRR Tolkien slipped this mortal coil. Beetlejuice is one of director Tim Burton and Danny Elfman’s early collaborations, resulting in one of their best film scores, capturing the whimsical and ominous tones that color most of their work. Part cataclysmic, part terror, all fun. I wouldn’t put any of their scores on this list either. Painstakingly composed over two years, Zimmer visited London’s Temple Church to record its historic organ. Tasked with using a popular song at the time, “As Time Goes By,” Steiner expertly picks apart a simple 30s tune and turns it into a dramatic device that scores one of the greatest romances on film. Junkie XL’s Mad Max 4 is ranked higher then The Empire Strikes Back LOL! You can thank Bernard Herrmann for creating the ultimate cultural touchstone of terror with just a shriek of strings. David Shire’s The Taking of Pelham 123 and Alan Silvestri’s Predator are missing. An integral part of the film, with various leitmotifs relating to each of the main characters, the ‘Man with the Harmonica’ cue is particularly recognisable and has been put to use in other productions. As someone else wrote, this makes the whole list irrelevant. Silvestri’s score flits around Marty McFly’s increasingly wacky adventures, but among all the chaos and the pop culture references that run throughout the movie, at its heart it still all comes back to that one main theme. Producers of the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight had their eyes on Rachmaninov to write their score. The movie and the special effects may have dated since Christopher Reeve’s Superman first flew onto our screens in 1978. Also the new genius of music is Ludvig Gorennson, we all hope great things from him. Spielberg wanted to keep much of the film silent, to concentrate on the true horrors of war and to make sure that the harsh and real atmosphere was heard (and it clearly worked, hence winning the Best Sound Oscar). I like Elfman as much as anyone, but he can’t hold a candle to Goldsmith in my book or many others’. Danny Elfman at his most impish, dancing in the middle of the street, beckoning you to the deep and mysterious forest. Here are the 20 best-selling movie soundtracks of all time—many of which have been on the list for decades. No.1 seems right to me. 4) Sequel scores: Only one representative from each franchise. Picture: Universal Pictures/New Line Cinema/United Artists The main theme can make a person feel as if they are perched atop a rooftop thousands of feet above a fictional city. Alien & Predator tracks so good I use on XCom games as background music…. The music from Brian De Palma’s gangster classic will ring through your head any time you find yourself in an old train station. Composer Alan Silvestri, who had collaborated with director Gore Verbinski on Mouse Hunt and The Mexican, was set to provide the score, but the producers went with Badelt instead. ‘Born Free’ even pops up in the 2012 video game Silent Hill: Downpour. Lists of recent good movies and award winners. John Barry's popular theme song for the true story of Elsa the lion cub nearly didn't make it into the film. Your email address will not be published. At a time when space flights had become routine to the American public, the impending tragedy and heroism of the astronauts and scientists suddenly grabbed headlines again. Using the piano sonatas of Beethoven as his springboard, Marianelli set about writing a soundtrack that sounds as if it could actually have been heard by any of Jane Austen’s characters. The mandolin is central to the story and, in an unusual move, composer Stephen Warbeck conceived the score before shooting even began, making the music the basis around which the film was edited. Full of indulgent harmonies and grand Romantic gestures, the piece remains hugely popular today. Alan Silvestri’s Back To The Future is right up there with Star Wars and Indiana Jones as one of those iconic Hollywood themes – brassy, bombastic and thrilling. Are you serious? An Oscar-nominated score for the epic that revived the sword and sandals blockbuster. Lame list. 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