Star Wars Named BBC's Best Movie Soundtrack
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.30.2013
In a new poll...
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the theme to Star Wars was voted the UK's favorite movie soundtrack in a new poll from the BBC.
The BBC said: "With almost a quarter of the audience votes, John Williams' Star Wars Theme topped a list that spans 64 years of cinema soundtrack history. Williams' soundtrack remains to this day the highest-grossing orchestral film music recording of all time and secured him his third Academy Award in 1977."
It beat the soundtracks to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Ennio Morricone) and West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein). Bernard Herrman's Psycho didn't make the top ten, but his work on Vertigo got #5. The highest ranking modern film goes to Hans Zimmer's Dark Knight Rises suite at #7, and the Django Unchained soundtrack at #12.
The shortlist was put together by experts of movies, music and more. It is part of the BBC's Sound of Cinema, a theme dedicated to "exploring the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen."
Here are the top twenty:
1. Star Wars (John Williams)
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Ennio Morricone)
3. West Side Story (Leonard Bernstein)
4. Lawrence Of Arabia Main Theme (Maurice Jarre)
5. Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann)
6. The Third Man (Anton Karas)
7. Dark Knight Rises Suite (Hans Zimmer)
8. Grease (various)
9. Sound Of Music (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II)
10. Apocalypse Now (Wagner)
11. Psycho (Bernard Herrmann)
12. Django Unchained (Bacalov/Morricone)
13. Mary Poppins (Sherman brothers)
14. Billy Elliot (Swan Lake music, Tchaikovsky)
15. The Wizard Of Oz (Harold Arlen, EY Harburg, Herbert Stothart)
16. There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood)
17. Planet Of The Apes (Jerry Goldsmith)
18. 8 ½ ‘Otto e Mezzo' (Nino Rota)
19. Sholay (RD Burman)
20. Bombay (AR Rahman)