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Fave five movie themes ... my Oscar tribute

I love when I can talk about music on this blog. Of course, I'm always discussing it over on, which is all about opera and classical. But my tastes in music are broader and more eclectic than just opera and classical. I love Broadway and popular music, too.

Movie music gets my blood churning faster than powerwalking because so much of it is just spectacularly good.

Since it's Academy Award Sunday, I wanted to take a minute to share some of my favorite movie themes of all time. Consider the extent to which music enhances, and in some instances makes the film.

5. Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" and The Exorcist

While the movie The Exorcist wasn't nearly as thrilling as the book, the selection of "Tubular Bells" as the movie's theme music was sheer genius. It's utterly atmospheric and chilling.


4. Vangelis' Chariots of Fire theme music

Whenever I hear this soundtrack, I completely forget about how all the athletes in that flick looked like they were racing in their dingy underwear. The music is that inspiring. (And yes, the movie's fantastic, too. But they all look like their wearing Fruit of the Loom if you ask me.) The theme from American Beauty was also considered for this slot, but I guess I'm kicking it old school today.

3. Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk" and Hatari

Though the film doesn't hold up well over time, it's unevenly paced and everyone sits around smoking all the time, the theme music is timeless. I see those baby elephants and smile every time I hear it.

 2. Max Steiner's theme to A Summer Place

Any theme music that can make the listener feel thirty years younger and ready for romance is a winner in my book. It brings me to nostalgic tears every time I hear it.

1. Ernest Gold's Theme from Exodus 

Beauty and majesty to sear the soul. It makes me want to see the movie again. Even if the movie were a stinker (and it clearly wasn't having received 7 Oscar nominations), it is made that much better by this music.


Not in agreement with my picks? Here's a list of 100 Greatest Film Themes to consider. Happy listening.

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Reader Comments (3)

Baby Elephant Walk is the greatest! And Chariot's of Fire, classic. But what about theme from Star Wars? Lord Of the Rings? Course I'm a Sci-Fi and Fantasy geek : ) Oh, by the way, you've been given an award!

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMillie Burns

Hi, Millie! Someone else mentioned Star Wars. It's a winner, too, no doubt. Lord of the Rings not as memorable to me. Now about that award....I mean, I never win anything. What's it all about?

What? Where is the music from The English Patient? Surely!

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher Hegan

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