The heart and soul of a movie can best be conveyed by the theme music chosen as a symbol of the film. In some cases more than one song is strongly associated with that title. Music is such a powerful force, especially when combined with cinema. The first movies relied heavily on music to communicate atmosphere, mood, emotion. We feel this is still quite true today. Therefore, we present a list of our most beloved movie themes.
1. THE WIZARD OF OZ
From the iconic yearning for adventure in Judy Garland’s Over The Rainbow to the humorous Scarecrow ditty If I Only Had A Brain, we will exuberantly frolic or march or skip “off to see the wizard” forever.
2. INDIANA JONES
The all-time heroic anthem — embodying the zest and bravado and witty charm of our favorite larger-than-life matinee idol.
3. PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
A classic organ chiller — the recognizable brooding majesty of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” — and assorted pipe organ refrains, from the fearsome notes of the masquerade scene to the unmasking melody.
4. STAR WARS
The ultimate Good Guys Versus Bad Guys theme and the Darth Vader fanfare.
Double mention to Gonna Fly Now and Eye Of The Tiger (ROCKY III).
A basic yet hauntingly evocative tune composed by John Carpenter himself to save bucks.
The epitome of ominous dread.
8. LORD OF THE RINGS
Concerning Hobbits, part of a collection of touching compositions by Howard Shore, also including May It Be performed by Enya; The Breaking Of The Fellowship; and Into The West performed by Annie Lennox.
9. THE PINK PANTHER
A playfully sneaky, often vibrant orchestration accompanied by captivating cartoon images.
A quirky fun catchy tune for the granddaddy of all paranormal investigations.
20 More Movie Theme Favorites (Alphabetically)
A Whole New World, conveying a Disney magic-carpet ride of wondrous emotions.
TIM BURTON’S BATMAN
The dark-alley dramatic lurking melody of a city in need of salvation.
I Will Always Love You performed by Whitney Houston, penned by Dolly Parton.
The oh-so sinister spine-tingly anti-hymn of all that is unholy.
THE HANNAH MONTANA MOVIE
From beautiful inspiring Miley Cyrus ballad The Climb to Billy Ray Cyrus crooning Back To Tennessee, Taylor Swift’s Crazier and Rascal Flatts’ Bless The Broken Road, the movie brims with sweet sounds.
A memorable piece; the mob anthem.
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
You’re A Mean One, Mister Grinch performed by Jim Carrey, and Where Are You Christmas? performed by Faith Hill.
Humorous and zany, a screwball composition much like the title character.
The ultra-cool and classic secret-agent theme.
An adventurous compelling introduction.
THE LION KING
Elton John’s Circle Of Life and Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
An orchestral and piano composition blending modern sounds with classical.
The unforgettable fuse-burning composition combining rhythm and suspense.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
A series of delightfully wicked Halloween carols by Danny Elfman.
NINE TO FIVE
Dolly Parton’s peppy workplace anthem.
The much-loved Disney theme, When You Wish Upon A Star.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
The anthem of high-adventure and swashbuckling.
The soaring ballad of superheroes.
My Heart Will Go On performed by Celine Dion; a sweeping majestic ode to lost love.
Last but not least: a peculiar thought-provoking paranormal paean amplified on the big screen.
We have to include a version of Wake Up by Arcade Fire from the trailer for WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. We don’t know at this point if the song will be included in the film version of Maurice Sendak’s storybook classic, but we’re hopin’!!!