Top 10: Movie Themes
What are the best of the best Movie Scores?
Another one of my Top 10 lists. This time I will write about the Top 10 Movie Scores. Please note that these are myopinion. There is no point in saying it's an awful list in the comments. Instead, write some constructive feedback including your favourite movie scores! Thanks for reading and ENJOY!




#10 - Theme From 'Poltergeist'
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The movie is as memorable as you can get. Who hasn't heard of this excellent movie?! It follows a young girl who encounters an amount of paranormal occurrences, This movie went on to create a few sequels. The best thing about the score is that it is both happy and eerie - it can be used in any circumstance. For example, in the movie trailer this theme is played while looking over the suburb, making it happy. But while seeing the ghosts, the theme is actually very eerie.
Music by Jerry Goldsmith




#9 - "My Heart Will Go On" (Love theme from 'Titanic')
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The writers of this movie have taken one of the largest shipping disasters of all time and turned it into a great movie with many themes - the main one being 'love'. "My Heart Will Go On" expresses love for those who were lost at sea. So not only does it cope with the movie, it copes with real life as well. Personally, this song is very touching. It is sad and seems to have an 'epic' kind of feeling to it. I think this is because of the way the singer seems to sing the song loud and 'out'.
Sung by Celine Dion, written by James Horner




#8 - "Forrest Gump" Soundtrack
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I adore the writer's ability to turn a simple, light theme into such a beautiful melody. This has stuck in my head and sounds so beautiful. With a number of key changes, the theme is very upbeat. The recurring riff gets stuck in my head. Usually this would be a bad thing, but I find my days are better with this theme stuck in my head,
Composed by Alan Silvestri




#7 - 'Lux Aeterna' from "Requiem For a Dream"
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The theme to "Requiem For a Dream" has been used on countless shows - including the X-Factor! Maybe you've heard the theme and didn't know what it was called. "Requiem For a Dream" is about four ambitious people whose lives fall apart due to their drug addictions. This famous orchestral piece has been recognized by many instrument players. The theme is very epic - even considering that it may not completely fit the storyline.
Composed by Clint Mansell




#6 - James Bond Theme
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One of the most iconic themes. It has been used in almost every single 007 movie, making it one of the most recognized theme. I absolutely love it. It seems to give an equal part to each of the instruments in the song - vibraphone, bass, trumpet, trombone, tuba, french horn are just the few that I can hear. And as if the start wasn't good enough, you have the ending. A riff played by a number of single instruments. Excellent!
Written by John Barry/Monty Norman




#5 - "A Nightmare On Elm Street"
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Who hasn't heard of Freddie Krueger - the iconic dream-killer? Personally, I think Freddie steals all the attention! Not many people have recognized the theme - but I have. It starts with a high note and a low note. But as the theme goes on, it becomes more disturbing. At one point, you can hear a shrill tone which is both scary and alerting.
Composed by Charles Burnstein




#4 - "Psycho"
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As you may have noticed, I think horror movie scores are excellent. As far as I can hear, the whole theme is made using stringed instruments, making this theme such a master work. The notes that are clumped together are extremely chilling. My favorite part of the song would definitely have to be at 0:28 seconds (in the YouTube video above) - a high-pitched string section with lower-pitched creepy notes. There are only a few other songs which behold that beauty.
Composed by Bernard Herrmann




#3 - "Hedwig's Theme" from the Harry Potter series
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It starts with a solo on the celesta (a mix between a piano and a glockenspiel). Then the strings come in. Then the brass. Despite this being one of the first songs I learnt to play, it is definitely very entertaining (whether or not is has accompanying video). I believe this is played at some point throughout each of the Harry Potter movies - maybe ion the trailer for a few.
Composed by John Williams




#2 - Theme from "Star Wars"
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Despite this song lasting over two minutes, I can remember every bit of it off by heart. The song gives an equal amount of playing to each instrument - it highlights everything to do with the movie. I personally find this the best science-fiction score of all time.
Composed by John Williams (again!)




#1 - Theme from "Jaws"
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The two notes that scared the wits out of us! The song starts with two low notes (one semitone apart) played with various stringed instruments. Then the french horn comes in. Listen to yourself and then tell me if this is not the best theme of all time!
Composed by John Williams (AGAIN!)




OTHER CONTENDERS

 • "Harry's Wondrous World" - Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets
 • Theme from "ET"
 • "A Gift of Thistle" - Braveheart
 • "Hymn To The Sea" - Titanic
 • The Pink Panther Theme

TrblyXlent
Posted 04/12/2012
TrblyXlent 10,903 XP
Can someone please tell the guy to the left to shush?

Top 10: Movie Themes Comments

  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 04/12/2012
    I'm happy to hear what your Top 10: Movie Scores are! :D Thanks for reading! =D
  • Milky 52296 XP 04/12/2012 +1
    Maybe I'm just being picky, but a score is a whole film of work, not just 1 song from a film. Whilst this would be a perfect "theme song" list (actually perfect, this is a great list!), it isn't that good for a "score" list.

    An example of a perfect score is Gladiator, sensational from beginning to end... not 1 song is better than the others, they all work together and move together to make the film better.

    Some of the songs you've got are great by themselves, but the whole score package they are apart of isn't that great.

    BUT this list is still awesome. I think it is just titled wrong, Top 10 Movie Themes is more appropriate.
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  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 04/12/2012
    I can change the title, except it still won't show up I think? :) I could ask an admin... :)

    Thanks for the list feedback, I really appreciate it! =D
  • Makra 25427 XP 05/12/2012
    You're not being picky Milky, I thought the same thing. Also 'songs', like 'My heart will go on' arent considered part of a film's score.
  • Milky 52296 XP 05/12/2012

    Makra said: You're not being picky Milky, I thought the same thing. Also 'songs', like 'My heart will go on' arent considered part of a film's score.

    Well thanks for backing me up... but I will say, "My Heart Will Go On" is considered part of Titanic's score because it was written by the scores composer :P
  • Makra 25427 XP 05/12/2012
    Part of the soundtrack, yes. Part of the score, no :P Scores consist of instrumental compositions, not pop songs :P
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 05/12/2012
    I'll probably have to ask an admin to get the title changed for good... :)
  • Gryllis 344432 XP 05/12/2012
    I watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service the other day, and it seems to only have one song in it.

    The opening credits are instrumental, and then that song is just replayed several times at different speeds along with the Bond theme [Shifty]
  • Milky 52296 XP 05/12/2012

    Makra said: Part of the soundtrack, yes. Part of the score, no Scores consist of instrumental compositions, not pop songs

    I agree, except when that 'pop song' is composed and written by the person doing the score :P

    It is similar to Gladiator's score which occasionally features vocals from Lisa Gerrard.

    My Heart Will Go is essentially James Horner featuring Celine Dion. Hence why it is considered part of the score.
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 05/12/2012
    11th on the list would have been the Braveheart song - I've been watching that movie and it is soooo good! =D

    Thanks to the admin who changed the title... :)
  • Milky 52296 XP 05/12/2012 +2
    As I've said, awesome list :)

    Only thing I'd add is the Indiana Jones theme song.
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 05/12/2012
    What should I do next - Iwas thinking something Christmassy, maybe Christmas songs or Christmas movies? What Christmassy Top 10's could I do??
  • sjt333 235350 XP 05/12/2012


    the only movie theme you ever need
  • whaling 20576 XP 05/12/2012 +1

    TrblyXlent said: What should I do next - Iwas thinking something Christmassy, maybe Christmas songs or Christmas movies? What Christmassy Top 10's could I do??


    I vote movies, though it's been done many times before. People tend to hate Christmas songs.
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 05/12/2012

    whaling said:

    TrblyXlent said: What should I do next - Iwas thinking something Christmassy, maybe Christmas songs or Christmas movies? What Christmassy Top 10's could I do??


    I vote movies, though it's been done many times before. People tend to hate Christmas songs.



    Lol, I haven't seen many Christmas movies. But at 3 a day for the next 7 or so days, I should be able to watch a few decent ones... :)
  • whaling 20576 XP 05/12/2012

    TrblyXlent said:
    Lol, I haven't seen many Christmas movies. But at 3 a day for the next 7 or so days, I should be able to watch a few decent ones...


    Don't forget the really old animated short ones.
  • Rashy 37278 XP 05/12/2012
    @Milky is right.

    You missed the theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    Original
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    Ramones Cover
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    Metallica S & M Cover
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  • gammaray13 7379 XP 07/12/2012
    T2 is best for me
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 07/12/2012

    whaling said:

    TrblyXlent said:
    Lol, I haven't seen many Christmas movies. But at 3 a day for the next 7 or so days, I should be able to watch a few decent ones...


    Don't forget the really old animated short ones.



    I won't! ;)
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 08/12/2012
    I'm not gonna move on to the Christmassy stuff yet - I might do Top 10: Scariest Songs...

    Now I've got to listen to heaps of Scary songs! :P
  • Huddo 29733 XP 10/12/2012
    what about indiana jones?? even though i sometimes start humming it and then confuse it with the star wars theme...
  • chucky110 36044 XP 17/12/2012
    You need to take Forrest Gump Soundtrack out, it's called themes and you have forrest gump soundtrack. Good one

    3 of my faves are Batman (1989), Beetlejuice and Gremlins 2.

    As for Titanic, you actually hear that music a lot throughout the whole movie. Just slightly different. The actual song just has more instruments in it
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 17/12/2012
    I found Gremlins 2 an excellent soundtrack as well! =D
  • Tano 340518 XP 17/12/2012
    Ummm....

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    You simply cannot possible look past that. I'm actually sad you haven't included it...

    Great blog nonetheless!

    Gremlins 1 & 2 both have great OST.

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    Great theme that is fitting of the films and material.
  • chucky110 36044 XP 17/12/2012
    And Halloween
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 17/12/2012 +1
    Halloween was okay, but in my view, definitely not enough to make it onto this list.

    Terminator and The Exorcist weren't too bad either, but again I didn't consider them good enough for the list. :P
  • chucky110 36044 XP 17/12/2012 +1
    Here's mine

    Batman
    Beetlejuice
    Gremlins 2
    Jaws
    Indiana Jones
    Starwars
    James Bond
    Jurassic Park
    Willow
    Terminator
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 17/12/2012
    I actually did consider putting Gremlins 2 and Willow on the list, but they were overtaken by the other 15 or so contenders. :P
  • chucky110 36044 XP 17/12/2012
    I have gremlins 2 on my iPod. I prefer the Gremlins 2 version better
  • Olly 32923 XP 17/12/2012 +1

    Beta said: Ummm....
    You simply cannot possible look past that. I'm actually sad you haven't included it...
    Gremlins 1 & 2 both have great OST.
    Great theme that is fitting of the films and material.




    ^This, i've given up on these top tens lol... clueless :P

    Some good ideas for top tens @TrblyXlent but I don't agree with any of them lol =D
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 17/12/2012

    OllyEbbz said:

    Beta said: Ummm....
    You simply cannot possible look past that. I'm actually sad you haven't included it...
    Gremlins 1 & 2 both have great OST.
    Great theme that is fitting of the films and material.


    ^This, i've given up on these top tens lol... clueless
    Some good ideas for top tens @TrblyXlent but I don't agree with any of them lol



    Depends on your own opinion I guess... :P

    These are MY favourite movie themes, and they may not be yours.

    I've been reluctant to do some of them lately because people e idiots in the comments, not that I have anything against people giving their own suggestions. I just get a little frustrated when I try so hard and people correct me on the tiniest of things. :P
  • Olly 32923 XP 17/12/2012

    TrblyXlent said:
    Depends on your own opinion I guess...
    These are favourite movie themes, and they may not be yours.
    I've been reluctant to do some of them lately because people e idiots in the comments, not that I have anything against people giving their own suggestions. I just get a little frustrated when I try so hard and people correct me on the tiniest of things.



    I know what your saying that's why I try to hold back lol but i'm rather opinionated so just take me with a pinch of salt I love you really lolz.
    Your contributing to a great site and that's what matters, good stuff!
  • chucky110 36044 XP 17/12/2012 +1
    DO what I did, just make a list of your own and say these are my top ten. That being your opinion and decent feedback. (Very strange thing coming from me).
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 17/12/2012

    OllyEbbz said:

    TrblyXlent said:
    Depends on your own opinion I guess...
    These are favourite movie themes, and they may not be yours.
    I've been reluctant to do some of them lately because people e idiots in the comments, not that I have anything against people giving their own suggestions. I just get a little frustrated when I try so hard and people correct me on the tiniest of things.


    I know what your saying that's why I try to hold back lol but i'm rather opinionated so just take me with a pinch of salt I love you really lolz.
    Your contributing to a great site and that's what matters, good stuff!



    I don't want to sound like I'm complaining too much, I'm just happy to have people read my stuff. :P
  • Olly 32923 XP 17/12/2012

    TrblyXlent said:
    I don't want to sound like I'm complaining too much, I'm just happy to have people read my stuff.



    Your not complaining too much, I ask for it lol... opinionated can be annoying and that just happens to be what I am [Shifty]

    But no Terminator theme? really? :O :P
  • TrblyXlent 10903 XP 17/12/2012
    I definitely considered it - just didn't make it onto the list :P
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