Monday, June 15, 2015

Top 5 - Movie Theme Music

Here are my choices for the best movie theme music of all-time.

1. The Godfather
2. The Exorcist
3. Patton
4. Jaws
5. (tie) The Last of the Mohicans (tie) Rocky

Honorable mention to The Sting.

Other movies have had some great songs but when you hear these instrumentals - your brain automatically thinks of the movie. 

Interesting to note that all of the movies except Last of the Mohicans (1992) were from the 1970's. Also all the songs except The Exorcist (Tubular Bells) and The Sting (The Entertainer) were original scores. Do movies these days need hit songs associated with them to help increase profits and marketability? An exception to this was the Harry Potter theme music (which has a good argument to be in the Top 5). Did the folks producing Harry Potter (knowing they already had a guaranteed jackpot) feel they needed music more to suit the movie and not to suit the suits (producers and marketing folk)?


  1. I thought that the music in Lord of the Rings was excellent

  2. LOTR's music was excellent but if you recall they still felt the need to include a song from Annie Lennox and it was that song that won an Oscar. Do you recall that song at all? I can't

  3. "Into the West". Good song.

  4. Anonymous8:41 PM

    huh. no star wars or Indiana jones...anti-Williams?

  5. Not anti-Williams at all. Jaws is on the list - that's by Williams and I almost put the Harry Potter theme on the list - that's another piece by Williams. I don't disagree with either Indiana Jones or Star Wars and it it was a top 10 list - they would probably be the list.