Here is a list of my Top 10 Movie themes. These lists are subjective so please list your Top 10 Movie themes and whether you agree/disagree with these choices.
1. Main Title – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Music composed by Ennio Morricone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly does not have that many spoken lines. The music is an integral component and adds to the mystery and the suspense especially in the action scenes. The music is like another character here and it takes the movie to another level and the music by Ennio Morricone has become synonymous with westerns.
“The score is composed by frequent Leone collaborator Ennio Morricone, whose distinctive original compositions, containing gunfire, whistling, and yodeling permeate the film. The main theme, resembling the howling of a coyote, is a two-note melody that is a frequent motif, and is used for the three main characters, with a different instrument used for each one: flute for Blondie (Man With No Name), arghilofono for Angel Eyes and human voices for Tuco.” (From Wikipedia)
2. James Bond Theme
Music composed by Monty Norman
I don’t think there is anything left to be said. One of the most iconic signature themes ever created.
3. Also Sprach Zarathustra – 2001: A Space Odyssey
Music composed by Richard Strauss
“Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra) is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical treatise of the same name. The composer conducted its first performance on 27 November 1896 in Frankfurt. A typical performance lasts half an hour. The work has been part of the classical repertoire since its first performance in 1896. The initial fanfare – entitled “Sunrise” in the composer’s program notes – became particularly well known to the general public due to its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.” (From Wikipedia).
This is what Stanley Kubrick, the director had to say about the use of classical music in a interview.
“However good our best film composers may be, they are not a Beethoven, a Mozart or a Brahms. Why use music which is less good when there is such a multitude of great orchestral music available from the past and from our own time? ”
4. Titles – Chariots of Fire
Music composed by Vangelis
One of the most inspiring themes ever composed the movie won an Oscar for Best Original Score. This was the inspiration for the ad that used to come up on Doordarshan with celebs running with the torch. This is from an interview of Hugh Hudson, the director.
‘A huge factor in the film’s success was the outstanding soundtrack composed by Vangelis – which is still used slavishly in just about any TV running sequence. Hudson decided he wanted Vangelis, an old friend of his, to produce something modern. “I knew we needed a piece which was anachronistic to the period to give it a feel of modernity. It was a risky idea but we went with it rather than have a period symphonic score. It’s become iconic film music – perhaps in the top 10 famous soundtracks of all time – which is good because the music is about 30 per cent of a film.”‘ Hugh Hudson Interview Link
This is what Hugh Hudson said in another interview.
‘The Chariots of Fire theme, composed by Vangelis, was so critical to the feel of the movie that Hudson says “it was almost like another character in the film.” The original idea was to use Vangelis’s “L’Enfant”—which would underpin the romantic tension in The Year of Living Dangerously a few years later—but the Greek composer swore he could do better and went away to try.
“David and I gave him the chance,” says Hudson, “but then he would have to come and play it to David. It was a kind of challenge.” Shortly after, says Hudson, Puttnam and his wife were dining out in London when an excited Vangelis, who had tracked them down to the restaurant, “tipped up in his big Rolls Royce and asked them to come out. They climbed into the Roller, and he played his music over its big speakers. It blew them away.” Hudson adds that “Vangelis told David, ‘My father is a runner, and this is an anthem to him.’ So there was a personal reverberation running through it.” It was one of the first electronic sound tracks, and it won Vangelis an Oscar.’ Link
And what’s even more amazing is that the composer can neither read nor write music. Link
5. Main Title (The Godfather Waltz) – The Godfather
Music composed by Nino Rota
Interestingly the score was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score and removed at the last minute.
‘the Academy’s decision has also come, in part, due to a situation which arose with Nino Rota’s score for “The Godfather” in 1972, which was pulled from the list of nominees after it was discovered that the film’s love theme was used in another film, 1958’s “Fortunella.” The Academy would like to right a wrong now rather than withdraw a nomination further down the road. “The Godfather Part II” won the original score Oscar and featured the same love theme which rendered Rota’s initial score ineligible.’ Link
6. Dead Already – American Beauty
Music composed by Thomas Newman
This one has a stop-start feel to it. The music rises likes a crescendo one moment and then goes silent at another. What I love most about this one is the use of the tabla. The score was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Music Score.
7. Lara’s Theme – Doctor Zhivago
Music composed by Maurice Jarre
The movie won an Oscar for Best Original Score. Here is what Maurice Jarre said about the theme in a 1984 Interview.
“Thinking about your question, David did use a temp track for DOCTOR ZHIVAGO. He fell in love with a supposedly old Russian folk song, a very nice piece of music. When I viewed the rushes, he said that he wanted this theme to be incorporated into the score. However, when MGM tried to clarify the copyright situation, it turned out not to be a traditional folk tune, but an original piece of music for which MGM could not get worldwide clearance; so they did not want the theme used.
When I heard about this decision, I had to start to write something completely new with only a few weeks to go to the recording sessions. Up until then, I had been relaxed because I knew that I was going to use this folk song as the main theme. So when writing a new theme, subconsciously or not, I tried to go around this melody that I had heard so many times before to get the same kind of feel and phrasing. Every time I presented a new theme to David, he rejected it and said that I could do better. I wrote four different themes in this time, but none of them was quite right. By this stage I was not only getting depressed, but also panicking because time was running out. Then, one Friday, David told me to stop work, to stop thinking about the film or the music and go away for the weekend to the beach or mountains, to clear my brain and start afresh on the Monday. So I did this, which was very hard because of the pressure and with the days running out. Anyway, Monday arrived and I realized that the stupidity was this temporary track. I should try to write something totally different, and I wrote a kind of waltz. After those 2 days of clearing the brain, in one hour on Monday morning I had found “Lara’s Theme, which was the opposite of the original temp track.” Link
8. Dream Is Collapsing – Inception
Music composed by Hans Zimmer
‘The score for Inception was written by Hans Zimmer, who described his work as “a very electronic, dense score”, filled with “nostalgia and sadness” to match Cobb’s feelings throughout the film. The music was written simultaneously to filming, and features a guitar sound reminiscent of Ennio Morricone, played by Johnny Marr, former guitarist of The Smiths. Édith Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien” appears recurringly throughout the film, and Zimmer reworked pieces of the song into cues of the score. A soundtrack album was released on July 11, 2010 by Reprise Records. Hans Zimmer’s music was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Score category in 2011, losing to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of The Social Network.’ From Wikipedia.
9. Theme From Mission: Impossible
Composed by Larry Mullen & Adam Clayton
One more iconic signature tunes. One can feel the adrenaline rush just listening to this and conjures up images of Tom Cruise
in that final scene from Mission Impossible.
10. The Pink Panther Theme – The Pink Panther
Music composed by Henry Mancini
Now this classic theme has been copied and parodied in numerous movies and TV shows whenever there has been a fumbling detective.Tags: 2001: A Space Odyssey Adam Clayton Also Sprach Zarathustra American Beauty Chariots of Fire Dead Already Doctor Zhivago Dream Is Collapsing Ennio Morricone Exclusive Hans Zimmer Henry Mancini Inception James Bond Lara's Theme Larry Mullen Maurice Jarre Miklós Rózsa Mission Impossible Monty Norman Nino Rota Oscar Richard Strauss Stanley Kubrick The Godfather The Good the Bad and the Ugly The Pink Panther Thomas Newman Tom Cruise Top 10 Movie Themes Vangelis
Agree on first two 🙂
Please list any favorites of yours that you think should have been here.
Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Starwars
Indiana Jones one is very good but I don’t like the Back to the Future one that much.
I considered Star Wars but left it out for 2001: A Space Odyssey which was an earlier release and the Star Wars theme seems inspired or similar to that. Now the 2001 One is a classical piece.
I googled just now and found this.
“When you think about science fiction theme tunes, chances are there are a few that are especially stirring and heroic. Star Wars. 2001: A Space Odyssey. Star Trek: The Next Generation. Superman: The Movie. And all of these theme tunes have something in common: They rely on the same basic intervals.
We talked to music experts — including legendary composer Bear McCreary — to find out why so many famous theme tunes use the “perfect fifth” for their hook.
Most people will instantly recognize the first few notes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was originally known as “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss. It starts with a low C, and then goes up five notes to a G — that’s a perfect fifth right there. And then the next note is another C, up an octave from the first C.
But the Star Wars theme, by John Williams, relies on a similar progression. The first few sustained notes in Star Wars are a G, going up a perfect fifth to a D, and then a higher G.”
The Star Wars theme is plagiarized from the theme from Kings Row. Go to 1 min 34 sec for the Kings Row theme.
The link below also has the Jaws theme but I think its not a copy as much as the Star Wars theme.
sputnik – i heard good,bad and ugly BGM ,it is good but repetitive.Scarface BGM is hyped a lto on youtube but i dotn find it that great.
The Graduate,Rainman,Gladiator?? What do you think about them sputnik dear?
I took 2-3 weeks to come up with this post and damn how did I forget The Graduate. The songs “The Sound of Silence” and “Scarborough Fair” are all my all time favorites.
Gladiator theme was good too but I prefer these.
Leaving Hallbrook from Rain Man is also a personal favorite but I had to leave it for the Inception one.
Fabulous Themes but u can add 5 more themes.
4.The Last of the Mohicans.
5.Pulp Fiction .
Pulp fiction BGM is great indeed
gr8 post. brilliant choices .
rainman and gladiator can make a entry in top 10. one more theme i heard in ytube(haven’t seen the film though) :requiem for a dream. loved that. i also liked lawrence of arabia,jaws,magnificent seven,rose theme from titanic,dirty dancing
Thanks aryan and cr7.
If I had added 5 more themes it would have become Top 15 😉
I like rainman, gladiator, lawrence of arabia, magnificent seven too and It was very hard to leave one for another. This is why I have never made any Top 10 list before and this is my first 😉
Rcoky theme – it motivates me to work out
Terminator theme – somehow it gives me a feeling that the world is gonna end 😀
Tai Chi Theme – originated from the Chinese.Great for mental peace.used extensively in Van Dammes kickboxer
Great and Unique Post Sputnik – No doubt your two weeks paid off…
Out of your post i would include Terminator 2’s theme (posted above by baba) and Lord of the Ring theme (posted below). The music is brilliant at the end. Check it out
I have a very limited knowledge on HW movies….Here is my pick
And offcourse Terminator & Gladiator 🙂
When it comes to Bollywood, Its DON (1978) for me
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Mere Hisse ka Chanda 🙂
1. The Good,The Bad,The Ugly
2. The Graduate
5. Mission Impossible
6. Bridge on River Kwai.[ S.D, Burman had copied it like anything]
7. Doctor Zhivago
8. The Pianist
10. Chariots on Fire
Love the Rocky theme. It’s a classic.
Thanks. Lord of the Rings one is very good too.
Braveheart and Lion King themes are great too. Agree with you that when it comes to Bollywood it is Don theme.
Thanks for the Requiem one. It is very good too.
Good list. The Bridge on the River Kwai is a favorite too.
On second thoughts I should have probably posted Top 20 Themes. 😉
superb theme from old boy (used in fight scene)
Sputnik, Baba, FS, Milind…
What’s your take on ‘Titanic’ & ‘Clockwork Orange’???
Not the their Themes But abt the Movie itslf.
Have not seen Clockwork Orange but liked Titanic when I saw it back then. The love story was like any Indian rich girl poor boy story and may be that’s why it did so well in India back then.
I liked L.A. Confidential (which released the same year starring Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce)_more than Titanic.
@Serenzy – I had considered Titanic as one of the best Romantic Movie ever made during my Teenage (as i was hardly exposed to hw movies during that time of my age) but even now i will consider it in TOP 5 Best Romantic Movie i have ever seen.
Not seen clockwork orange and even if i see it now i might not like it as it may look cliched.
Sputnik – If I had seen LA Confidential during its release then even I would have liked it more than Titanic.
Thnx fr ur Views.
And, Why hvent u Seen Clockwork Orangé till now btw??,
hmm. Don’t know for some reason I have not watched many of Stanley Kubrick’s movies. I think I watched Spartacus and liked it – not sure though. Liked Eyes Wide Shut too. Did not like 2001 A Space Odyssey. This was all more than 10 years ago.
For some curious reason I dared to watch A Clockwork Orange and felt I should have never watched it… Such a Horrible film and i see it has good imdb ratings.
I Suggest u to Rewatch it and Undrstnd it’s Essence vich says that u Just Cannot Impose a Person to Behave Good OR Improve/Cleanse his Personality.
Yes, the Visuals r Shocking but I completely picked up it’s Flow being a 20yr Old.
The Movie has a Larger Meaning vich many Fail to Grasp in the 1st Watch given the Graphic Violence/Sex and Hard Hitting Story.
CO is the only Kubrick Movie I hv seen till date & I Love it!
‘Alex’ is an Iconic Character…The Movie is Highly Rated at IMDb/RT and by many Movie Lovers/Critics.
Milind included it in his Top20 in Best 100 Movies.
I had considered this theme Man With A Harmonica from Once Upon A Time In The West but then chose against it as I had one Ennio Morricone score already in my Top 10.
I love this music – its so haunting and powerful especially from 1:10
Great post Sputnik!
You stole the post which I had always wanted to post 🙂
The top 1 is undoubtedly the best. Here are some of my personal favorites –
1. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
2. Titanic Love Theme
3. Terminator (Judgement Day)
4. Mission Impossible
5. James Bond
6. Bourne Series
7. Armageddon whistle theme
8. Batman Series (Nolan’s)
9. Lord of the Rings
Did you see the number of views on your post. It has got 1571 views and its a cult post.
Quite a surprise, dint knew it 🙂
That post is special for me because it lists my favorites, from my favorite genre 🙂
copied in srk’s josh
Love that music. I heard that in a Enigma album.
‘”O Fortuna” is a medieval Latin Goliardic poem written early in the thirteenth century, part of the collection known as the Carmina Burana. It is a complaint about fate and Fortuna, a goddess in Roman mythology and personification of luck.
In 1935–36, O Fortuna was set to music by the German composer Carl Orff as a part of movement “Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi” of his cantata Carmina Burana, which it opens and closes. It opens on a slower pace with thumping drums and choir that drops quickly into a whisper building slowly into a steady crescendo of drums and short string and horn notes peaking on one last long powerful note and ending abruptly. A performance takes a little over two and one-half minutes.
Orff’s setting of the poem has become immensely popular and has been performed by countless classical music ensembles and popular artists. It can be heard in numerous movies and television commercials and has become a staple in popular culture, setting the mood for dramatic or cataclysmic situations. “O Fortuna” topped a list of the most-played classical music of the past 75 years in the United Kingdom.’
enigma? you are talking about this? this was copied in big b’s aakhein and humraaz (akshaye khanna BGM)
No O Fortuna is different. That is Sadeness song. I had posted it as SOTD and you had commented in that post 😉
Read what I wrote for The Good, Bad and the Ugly BGM in the post. It is cult music and it symbolizes the whole western genre.
Yes Pulp Fiction BGM is great but QT reused old music as he normally does.
‘”Misirlou” (Greek: Μισιρλού, “Egyptian Girl”; from Turkish: Mısırlı, “Egyptian”; from Arabic: مصر, Miṣr, “Egypt”) is a folk song dating back to 1927, originally as a Greek rebetiko composition influenced by Middle Eastern music. The song then gained popularity among Middle Eastern audiences through Arabic (belly dancing), Jewish (klezmer) and Turkish versions.
The song eventually gained worldwide popularity through Dick Dale’s 1962 American surf rock version, which was responsible for popularizing the song in Western popular culture. Various versions have since been recorded, including other surf and rock versions by bands such as The Beach Boys and The Ventures as well as international orchestral easy listening (exotica) versions by musicians such as Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Dick Dale’s surf rock version later gained renewed popularity through its use in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction and again through its sampling in The Black Eyed Peas song “Pump It” (2006).’
Very good theme from TDKR.The sequence in the film to which this BGM belongs is also good.One of the better things in the film.
hmm sounds like Basha Basha from Rajnikanth’s movie Basha 😉 Listen to the starting part before the song starts.
There is a hand pump scene ala Gadar but this released way before Gadar in 1995.
sputnik – kuch bhi! it doesnt sound one bit like basha. 😛
My fav rajni theme is Baba from the film Baba 😀
btw this is what desi basara in tdkr means (its some language from morocco i read) deshi means “he” and basara means “rises”.
Crowd: [chanting] Deshi basara! Deshi basara!
Bruce Wayne: What does that mean?
Blind Prisoner: You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.
Bruce Wayne: Why?
Blind Prisoner: How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.
Bruce Wayne: I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.
Blind Prisoner: Then make the climb.
Bruce Wayne: How?
Blind Prisoner: As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.
I was only talking about similar sounding words Basara and Basha and the way they are being chanted.
I have not seen Baba but my roommates who saw Baba kept saying “B to the A to the B to the A” for months.
No wonder Baba was the only flop for Rajni in last 2 decades.
Btw @Sputnik – the TDKR theme doesnt sound a bit like Baasha. The pronounciation just sounds “Baasha”.
Love the American Beauty theme in the original post here.
Love this too. Its evergreen.
Both the above I like more because of the movies they were. Ofcourse the themes are also good.
Like this theme. Its very good.
As for the other theme don’t remember the Karan Arjun theme.
Karan arjun theme is copied from this:
Good catch Baba. Here is a better and longer clip of that same scene from Karan Arjun. One can notice the copy better. Ah you added that clip too.
Keeping srk-arjun rampal- Kjo and all gay jokes in perspective.
Mere Karan Arjun aayenge translates to- My Karan and Arjun shall CUM 😛
violin cover of the fantastic requiem for a dream theme.
two great themes from oldboy
Both the themes are good.
had missed listening to the american beauty BGM when you posted it. excellent. one of the many reasons that the film becomes more engaging to watch.
Wow… i will like to contribute on this post.. as i am huge fan of theme’s
Btw sputnik one can add only theme’s here or any piece of music which is there in a film?
I would like to start sharing with this one:-
Thanks shinji. I liked the Lord of War one and the Hero one.
Technically the post is about themes but you can post any piece of music which is there in a film.
Roger! Happy u liked, have u seen Hero by any chance?
Please listen to entire Tan Dun album of Hero. it’s haunting!
I will keep on posting what i find pleasant to my ears here. I have great no. of theme’s which i listen to start the day or during jogging!!
Yeah I have seen Hero and I liked it.
Good to know. Thanx! it’s one my fav movies 🙂
Btw have u seen Lord of War, if not specially recommend the opening sequence where how a bullet is created is shown, i like it pretty much, but as this is a music thread not pasting it here.
ps- please check my pukar query, below, if u can find that music!! i love it… and m sure you guy might like it too… i have failed to find a link to listen to it.
This one from Hans Zimmer i listen on Big Day’s of my life, to motivate:
The Red Warrior ( Last Samurai) (note- Idyl’s End is also a close fav)
wow ! just excellent! gonna download this.
I believe chinese movies have amazing music, they give much peace to oneself.
Hero main theme by Tan Dun (Jet Li) ( one of the best majestic movies i have seen)
@baba, sputnik and ritz
has anyone of you listened to Pukar (Anil Kapoor) title sequence music? i heard it sometime back on youtube, but now i cant find link since ages, i guess they have removed it.
It is one of the best theme Pieces you will find in Indian Cinema, by A R Rahman
Tan Dun ( For the World) i prefer this to main theme version, it is bit more fast and more peaceful and soothing… with a tragic sense
If anyone has watched movie called spygame might have heard this…
it appears in climax sequence, and frankly i am always mesmerised by the first part of this music. It uses special Latin Lines ( i may be wrong) forgot the meaning of those had googled them once… it’s evokes so many emotions!!
Operation Dinner Out by Harry Gregson Williams
I have found that pukar music! but problem is that pasting the link would lead to Dailymotion video where the entire first 60 mins of the film is available.
So as per your rules it shouldnt be permissible? do inform whether allowed or not, as i only want to paste link to show the music in opening credit and title sequence, which is a movie theme.
Its ok you can post the link to that Pukar video. Have seen Lord of War too. It was a good movie. Bombay theme by Rahman is also used in the movie.
The Spy Game theme reminded me of Black Hawk Down. I cant believe I missed posting these themes by Hans Zimmer before. It has great themes and the movie is very good too.
Well i hadnt checked but i had assumed black hawk down would have been there, it’s one of the iconic Zimmer tracks.
Actually one can have entire top 10 of Zimmer himself!
Other Zimmer favs:
THE DA VINCI CODE – Chevaliers de Sangreal
ANGELS AND DEMONS
160 FROM ANGELS AND DEMONS
GLADIATOR: NOW WE ARE FREE
@SPUTNIK (one of my extensive links comment on Zimmer is under moderation)
PUKAR FILM opening sequence ( please listen to it!! Highly Recommended!! )
JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
Solomon Vandy from Blood Diamond.
INJECTION by Zimmer
Mission Impossible II
Listen from 1.29
Zimmer again ( MI II)
Hunt for Red October
rooney – just listened to some of the tunes you posted. all are good especially last samurai ,hero is just great. you clearly have a great ear for music. i am downloading it.
hehe.. thanx babaji…
actually i just returned to this thread to find peace, m in my office, on x’mas night, and need something to give peace to my mind, and just as i am tying it i remember a great theme/music which deserves to be here from where i shall beginning to listen.
Rang De Basanti: AIR Scene Music
Did anyone like Man of Steel Trailer music, here is it decoded for you 🙂
Beginning music. “Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy 04 Elegy”
Epic Music, when Superman Flies… etc “Elizabeth: The Golden Age 19 – Storm”
very good themes,especially the first one. i had posted a video from unfaithful which has similar music to the first one but sputnik has kept it under moderation as it had adult content 😀
i actually prefer the trailer music where both are fused together!! that way i can enjoy it better…
this days after work, i keep playing man of steel score (trailer) to unwind, and get some peace!
1) Hans Zimmer
2) John Williams
4) John Barry
5) Thomas Newman
favourite scores and themes:
1)Journey t the line- The Thin Red Line
3) The Jurassic Park Theme
4) End Credits-The Dark Knight Trilogy
5) The Raiders March- Indiana Jones
6) Main Theme- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
7) The John Dunbar Theme- Dances With Wolves
8) Star Wars main theme
9) Main Theme- Mission Impossible
10) Carter Takes A Train- Get Carter
@baba, ritz & sputnik
Have u heard this, it’s a video Baba might like 😉
Life in Mono from Great Expectations.
Yes have heard it and like it a lot. Had got it recorded on a audio cassette 😉
lol sputnik it should have been a video cassette 😉
I knew the song from the music video. Did not know that it was later used in the film Great Expectations. I may have seen parts of the movie but not in full.
ohkk, i havent seen the movie, but i am trying to get a DVD, i like the actress Gwyneth, she looks beautiful and seductive.
Also the Movie is based on same titled Charles Dickens Novel.
very good video. i needed that after batman begins.
Film: The American
Music: The Tunnel
it’s a very moody music, and it has a distinct appeal. Helps me to generate creative thoughts for my morning, when i have various briefs to attend to.
Ya when hearing to music theme, i often use Youtube Repeater. It keeps the mood going without the break.
You should see this Movie “the American” it has got some pretty interesting scenes. 😉
From day one of your post i wanted to post this theme but couldn’t recall the name of the film… this was a ringtone in my phone for almost 2-3yrs… Just love this theme/music
Love that “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve. They were sued by The Rolling Stones for using too much of their song “The Last Time”.
‘Although the song’s lyrics were written by Verve vocalist Richard Ashcroft, it has been credited to Keith Richards and Mick Jagger after charges by the original copyright owners that the song was plagiarized from the Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of The Rolling Stones’ 1965 song “The Last Time”.
Originally, The Verve had negotiated a licence to use a sample from the Oldham recording, but it was successfully argued that the Verve had used “too much” of the sample. Despite having original lyrics, the music of “Bitter Sweet Symphony” contains bongo drums sampled from the Oldham track, which led to a lawsuit with ABKCO Records, Allen Klein’s company that owns the rights to the Rolling Stones material of the 1960s. The matter was eventually settled, with copyright of the song reverting to Abkco and songwriting credits to Jagger and Richards.
“We were told it was going to be a 50/50 split, and then they saw how well the record was doing,” says band member Simon Jones. “They rung up and said, ‘We want 100 percent or take it out of the shops, you don’t have much choice.'” [sic]
After losing the composer credits to the song, Richard Ashcroft commented, “This is the best song Jagger and Richards have written in 20 years”, noting it was their biggest UK hit since “Brown Sugar”.
On Ashcroft’s return to touring, the song traditionally ended the set list. Ashcroft also reworked the single for VH2 Live for the music channel VH1, stripping the song of its strings. Ashcroft is quoted as saying during the show: “Despite all the legal angles and the bullshit, strip down to the chords and the lyrics and the melody and you realise there is such a good song there.”
In a Cash for Questions interview with Q magazine published in January 1999, Keith Richards was asked (by John Johnson of Enfield) if he thought it was harsh taking all The Verve’s royalties from “Bitter Sweet Symphony,” to which he replied, “I’m out of whack here, this is serious lawyer shit. If The Verve can write a better song, they can keep the money.”‘ (From Wikipedia)
Here is The Last Time for comparison.
I think this adele song also deserve recognition in these famous themes of background score/song
from my favorite tv series SHERLOCK
Where can one see Indian Telecast of this TV Series?
my favourite theme from shawshank redemption
i have bad net! so cant view the media stuff.
But is it Mozart’s piece? that was played, if so you beat me as i was just gonna post it soon, it was in my to do list!
no,it is the bgm when the warden comes to know about the tunnel
oh lemme listen to it now!
As I said in the Movies you watched this Month thread Into the Wild had a great background score. I love these songs from the movie and are by Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam. Love his voice.
Irrespective of what these films were:
The thump of daud: (ignore the Mr Bean steps and video but this one i find really nice)
And last one for what this film was:
climax fight BGM from raid 2
Good one. Loved it.
Game of thrones Season 4 Episode 10 -The Children – Ending theme
Don’t know how it will sound as an individual theme . But in an intense conspiracy thriller It sounds kickass
Sounds interesting !
theme used in raid 2
Loved “The Shire” theme from LOTR .
Today is Isaac Hayes birth anniversary. Here is the Oscar winning Theme from Shaft composed by him.
Watched Schindler’s list recently . Masterpiece ! Loved the theme .
This one is awesome .
Most of the themes in this post were from a CD I had burned way back in 2001 or so. Three songs on that CD got corrupted and used to never play in my car. I knew two of them were the James Bond theme and the Pink Panther theme but I did not remember which theme the third one was. Today I played that CD in a different car and it turns out that the other theme I recorded was Stanley’s Theme from Swordfish.
Liked this song Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada from The Constant Gardener.
Opened this thread to post this song . Haunting theme .Liked the movie too .
A fantastic medley of Game of thrones,TDK & LOTR . I’m a big fan of this guy .
Love the song Tomorrow by Salif Keita from Ali. Great scene too.
James Horner, Film Composer for ‘Titanic’ and ‘Braveheart,’ Dies in Plane Crash
The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three James Cameron films, two ‘Star Trek’ movies and classics like ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ ‘Field of Dreams’ and ‘Apollo 13.’
James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner’s film music page as his assistant.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.
For his work on the 1997 best picture winner Titanic, directed by James Cameron, Horner captured the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he nabbed another Academy Award for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings) for “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Celine Dion.
“My job — and it’s something I discuss with Jim all the time — is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart,” Horner said in a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears — at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”
His score for Titanic sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide.
His fruitful partnership with Cameron also netted him Oscar noms for original score for the blockbusters Aliens (1986) and Avatar (2009). The pair reportedly were also at work on Avatar sequels.
The Los Angeles native earned 10 Oscar noms in all, also being recognized for his work on two other best picture winners: Braveheart (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He also received noms for An American Tail (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Apollo 13 (1995) and House of Sand and Fog (2003).
Always busy, Horner has three films coming out soon: Southpaw, the boxing drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams and is due in theaters in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem, out in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that’s set for November.
His lengthy film résumé includes The Lady in Red (1979), Wolfen (1981), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983), Red Heat (1988), Glory (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Jumanji (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Troy (2004) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
His father was two-time Oscar-winning art director/set designer Harry Horner (The Heiress, The Hustler).
“I’m much choosier,” he said.’ “I don’t want to be doing these movies that now 85 or 90 composers want, as opposed to six. And now all these movies, action movies. I don’t get offered all the movies obviously, but I see a lot of them and I do get asked to do a lot of them, and I just know they’re not asking me to do something that I can do something original, they’re asking me to do a formula and I’m too rebellious.”
Great movie compilations you have here! I love Da Vinci Code as its very informative and at the same time intriguing. Nice to follow sequel like that, hope they can produce more.
The good the bad and the ugly, theme is indeed a classic, i always remember my grandpa watching these movie every weekend. Great list, nice blog.
Some more themes that I really liked recently.
Theme from Contagion