John Williams' 10 Greatest Movie Themes, Ranked
- 10 Jurassic Park – “Theme from ‘Jurassic Park’”. The theme from Jurassic Park first comes on the soundtrack when Alan...
- 9 Close Encounters of the Third Kind – “Theme from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’”. Steven Spielberg made the...
- 8 Saving Private Ryan – “Hymn to the Fallen”. When he wrote the score for Steven...
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Sep 25, 2019 · John Williams' 10 Greatest Movie Themes, Ranked 10 Jurassic Park – “Theme from ‘Jurassic Park’”. The theme from Jurassic Park first comes on the soundtrack when Alan... 9 Close Encounters of the Third Kind – “Theme from ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’”. Steven Spielberg made the... 8 Saving ...
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- ‘Out To Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue’ from Jaws. It’s been reported that when the clunky mechanical shark malfunctioned during the filming of Jaws,director Steven Spielberg – working on the principle ‘less is more’ – decided to use music to suggest the presence of the creature instead.
- Excerpts from Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. While it is true that composer John Williams has provided the world with some of the most instantly recognisable tunes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, his rigorous training at the celebrated Juilliard School in New York has given him a facility in hundreds of other styles as well.
- ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ from Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone. John Williams has worked with some of the classical world’s foremost musicians in his six-decade (and counting) career.
- ‘Superman March’ from Superman. “You’ll believe a man can fly!” says the poster. Well, you certainly will after hearing John Williams’s iconic march, which suggests the miracle of human flight using the simplest of means.
- An award-winning film composer. Nominated for more than 40 Oscars, and winner of five, John Williams is one of the most famous and most acclaimed composers ever.
- Jaws (1975) John Williams' ominous music for director Spielberg's first major hit, won the composer an Oscar. The threatening shark motif, two low notes played alternately on the tuba, has since become synonymous with sharks in general and imminent danger in the water.
- Superman - The Movie (1978) Hollywood veteran Jerry Goldsmith was originally lined up to compose the music for Richard Donner's Superman, starring Christopher Reeve.
- The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Why The Empire Strikes Back, you may ask, and not Star Wars in our chart of John Williams' Ten Best? Well simply because the second episode (or is it fifth?)
- Star Wars. What else could take the top spot? While Superman or Indiana Jones could conceivably exist with different music, it's impossible to imagine the Star Wars universe without the Imperial March, the Mos Eisley Cantina Band jazz rag, or the romantic strings that swell when Han and Leia kiss before he's frozen in carbonite.
- Jurassic Park. Astonishment, joy and wonder ooze out of Williams' theme song to the original Jurassic Park. And for a film about the delight and terror of a long-extinct species returning to present-day earth, what more could you ask for in a theme?
- Jaws. Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the orchestra... Williams' nervous, suspenseful (and endlessly-parodied) Jaws theme is second only to Psycho in the world of horror movie music (which, incidentally, was scored by Bernard Herrmann, the John Williams of his era).
- Indiana Jones. More rascally, rambunctious and devil-may-care than his work in Superman or Star Wars, the Indiana Jones theme maintains the splendor of Williams' franchise theme music without undermining Indy's rogue spirit.
- Jaws. John Williams created one of the most famous movie themes of all times with just two notes. But of course, the soundtrack to Jaws is far more involved than going back and forth between a half-step.
- Harry Potter. Although John Williams didn’t score all 8 Harry Potter films, he set the tone for what would be an iconic series. His enchanting “Hedwig’s Theme” became the centerpiece of each film, and is now one of the most recognizable movie themes of all time.
- Indiana Jones. Every time the “Raiders March” plays in an Indiana Jones film, you can’t help but smile. Williams encompasses true adventure in the Indiana Jones films, taking you through wild car chases, booby trap filled caves, and mountains of jaw-dropping treasure.
- Star Wars. John Williams has scored eight Star Wars films so far and plans on doing just one more before he passes the torch. There is no doubt that he will be greatly missed, as the music composed for Star Wars is some of the most famous music in the history of film.
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Nov 02, 1999 · Listening to it right now and cannot begin to say how good of a selection these songs are. Totally brings me emotionally back to some of my favorite movie themes which also takes me back to some simpler times in my life. Love this and any John Williams or movie fan will appreciate these selections.
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