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 Posted:   Sep 12, 2018 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Lewya   (Member)

I am curious what your top 5/10/25 film music tracks of all time would be. I am really interested in what people consider the best individual film music tracks of all time. First mention your top 5 film music tracks of all time, then five more for a top 10, and finally 15 honorable mentions for a top 25. Please take your time, I know that this is hard. We are limiting ourselves to one track per composer. Also if possible, try to rank your top 3 tracks of all time - who would you give the gold, silver and bronze medal to when it comes to writing the best individual film music track of all time?

Ryuichi Sakamoto made a list of what he considers the best film music tracks of all time to be - most of them I have included on my list since I agree with him so much - Sakamoto seems to have impeccable taste. He carefully narrowed hundreds of favourite film music tracks that he had been collecting down to just 22 tracks. The only three tracks that he selected for his list that I didn't were the tracks Ferdinand from Pierrot le Fou composed by Antoine Duhamel, Today It's You from A Man and a Woman composed by Francis Lai and Tema di Aziza from Arabian Nights composed by Ennio Morricone; I limited myself to one track per composer, that is why I didn't include the last track. When it came to two first tracks, I prefered some other tracks over them. He also only mentioned 22 tracks, I added three more tracks to make it a top 25. He also only listed his top 22 film music tracks in no particular order (it had to fit one CD that is why he didn't pick more), I decided to try to pick my 5/10 most favourite film music tracks out of the top 25 too.

These are the five tracks that I added for my top 25 that Sakamoto didn't include in his list (although the track from Close Encounters of the Third Kind seemed to have been among his runner ups):

Love Theme from Chinatown composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Outstretched Hands from Close Encounters of the Third Kind composed by John Williams
The Battle on the Ice: April 5, 1242 (Peregrinus expectavi) from Alexander Nevsky composed by Sergei Prokofiev
Duel and Death of Hamlet from Hamlet composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
Always Returning from For All Mankind composed by Brian Eno

These 5 film music tracks represents the best film music of all time according to me:

I Fill This Room With the Echo of Many Voices from Blue composed by Simon Fisher Turner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFYMhKIepQ0
Belle Reve from A Streetcar Named Desire composed by Alex North - This is both mine and Sakamoto's favourite film music track of all time - he only singled out his top 2 film music tracks of all time - first the North track, then the Takemitsu track from Jose Torres and he also said that that North was a genius - he didn't rank the 20 other tracks on his top 22. North defeated everyone else when it came to writing the best individual film music track of all time, Takemitsu took the silver medal. I agree with the statement made by Sakamoto that Takemitsu wrote the second best film music track of all time after North. The bronze spot is for me is very difficult to decide on since I love all of the other tracks too. Maybe the Honegger track would have been my pick right now, but really, I don't want to pick between them. I do feel pretty confident about what my top 5 film music tracks of all time are though - the Auric would be my 6th pick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpSuIh1fH0o
Jose Torres from Jose Torres composed by Toru Takemitsu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAMOiTjHkFU
Prelude from 49th Parallel composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjndKjFoFg0
Les Ombres from Napoleon composed by Arthur Honegger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKBAGlnSAcQ

5 more tracks for a top 10 would be:

Beauty and Avenant from Beauty and the Beast composed by Georges Auric
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw2fBO8gBII
East of Eden Main Title from East of Eden composed by Leonard Rosenman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4d98XsGu7A
Olmo E Alfredo from 1900 composed by Ennio Morricone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb3fv4zQtH0
Train from Stalker composed by Eduard Artemyev
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYMWXJIrpwQ
American Beauty from American Beauty composed by Thomas Newman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2Sv9wP61Sw

15 honorable mentions for a top 25 film music tracks of all time would be:

Always Returning from For All Mankind composed by Brian Eno
Maybe You're My Puppet from Solaris composed by Cliff Martinez
Love Theme from Chinatown composed by Jerry Goldsmith
Outstretched Hands from Close Encounters of the Third Kind composed by John Williams
Rochester from Jane Eyre composed by Bernard Herrmann
Gelsomina from La Strada composed by Nino Rota
Camille from Contempt composed by Georges Delerue
Journal De Bord from Les Aventuriers composed by François de Roubaix
Grey Waltz from Life Dances On composed by Maurice Jaubert
Overture from The Alamo composed by Dimitri Tiomkin
A Boat in the Fog from King Kong composed by Max Steiner
Kings Row Main Title from Kings Row composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Best Years of Our Lives Main Title from The Best Years of Our Lives composed by Hugo Friedhofer
The Battle on the Ice: April 5, 1242 (Peregrinus expectavi) from Alexander Nevsky composed by Sergei Prokofiev
Duel and Death of Hamlet from Hamlet composed by Dmitri Shostakovich

20 out of these 25 tracks are on Sakamoto's list.

Notable rejections/omissions on his part is that he didn't include any Williams, Goldsmith etc on his sole film music CD among his top 22 film music tracks of all time.

What would your top 5/10/25 film music tracks of all time look like? Thoughts on Sakamoto's/my list (mine and Sakamoto's list are almost the same save for five or so tracks and aside from the fact that he didn't pick his top 5/10 - except his top 2 - like I did)?

Imagine what someone like Giacchino for instance would have selected as the best film music tracks of all time (is he even familiar with North, Takemitsu, Auric, Fisher Turner etc?), a frightening thought...

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2018 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Right up front I'll have to violate your rule about one track per composer since I don't believe I have 25 different composers in my admittedly small collection. So, with that out of the way, here are my choices....

1) GOLD The Enterprise from Star Trek TMP by Jerry Goldsmith
2) SILVER The Hand of Fate Part II from Signs by James Newton Howard
3) BRONZE The Land Race from Far and Away by John Williams
4) The Phorarhacos from Mysterious Island by Bernard Herrmann
5) Overture from Ben-Hur by Miklos Rozsa

6) Atlantean Sword from Conan the Barbarian by Basil Poledouris
7) The Reunion from AI Artificial Intelligence by John Williams
8) Rose fromTitanic by James Horner
9) Rooftop Chase from The Enforcer by Jerry Fielding
10) The Dream - Main Title from Total Recall by Jerry Goldsmith

11) End Title from Predator 2 by Alan Silvestri
12) Prelude and Main Title from Superman by John Williams
13) The Big Chase from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome by Maurice Jarre
14) Wrath from Se7en by Howard Shore
15) Into The Hole from The Black Hole by John Barry
16) Break Out from Capricorn One by Jerry Goldsmith
17) Blade Runner Blues from Blade Runner by Vangelis
18) Desert Chase from Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams
19) Half an Equal from The Challenge by Jerry Goldsmith
20) Two Socks - The Wolf Theme from Dances With Wolves by John Barry
21) Klendathu Drop from Starship Troopers by Basil Poledouris
22) Prelude - Main Title from The Ten Commandments by Elmer Bernstein
23) The Departure from ET The Extra-Terrestrial by John Williams
24) The Battle of Yavin from Star Wars by John Williams
25) The Boot from Rambo III by Jerry Goldsmith

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2018 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Where is Sakamoto's list?

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2018 - 5:02 PM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

http://www.cinematicsound.net/top-10-favourite-tracks-of-all-time/

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2018 - 12:22 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I don't usually "do" film music on a track-by-track basis this way, so this would be a Herculean task to me and kinda outta my league. But thanks for the Sakamoto tip! I'll have to echo Onyabirri -- do you have a link? I know he did a playlist for restaurants recently (that also included some film music), but I'm assuming that's not it.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2018 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

I can’t fault any Top 25 that contains music from Delerue’s Contempt.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2018 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

These are what I just came up with. If I do it tomorrow, it will probably be different.
And I also broke the rule and used composers more than once.

1. Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven Main Title
2. Bernstein: To Kill A Mockingbird Main Title
3. Bernstein: Walk On the Wild Side Main Title
4. Goldsmith: Rio Conchos Main Title
5. Goldsmith: Capricorn One Breakout
6. Moross: The Big Country Main Title
7. Moross: The Big Country The Welcoming
8. Moross: The Big Country The Major Alone
9. Howard: Signs Hand of Fate Part 1
10. Friedhofer: Between Heaven and Hell Main Title
11. Friedhofer: Between Heaven and Hell Desperate Journey
12. Williams: The Cowboys Main Title
13. Williams: The Reivers Main Title
14. Waxman: Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man Prelude
15. Waxman: Peyton Place Main Title
16. Steiner: The Adventures of Don Juan Main Title
17. Poledouris: Conan The Barbarian Main Title
18. Montenegro: Hurry Sundown Main Title
19. Montenegro: The Undefeated Happy Hour
20. Herrmann: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir The Passing Years/The Late Sea
21. Holdridge: Buffalo Girls: The Great Ride
22. Small: Comes A Horseman Ramuda
23. Small: The Parallax View Main Title
24. Rozsa: Moonfleet Prelude/Forword
25. Kraemer/Schifrin: Mission Impossible Rogue Nation The A400

Edit: Well, Hell, I have already thought of 10 more to put on here. Film music can't be narrowed down to 25 tracks.

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2018 - 9:08 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

Damn. You'd think I would know how to do this by now.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2018 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   Lewya   (Member)

I don't usually "do" film music on a track-by-track basis this way, so this would be a Herculean task to me and kinda outta my league. But thanks for the Sakamoto tip! I'll have to echo Onyabirri -- do you have a link? I know he did a playlist for restaurants recently (that also included some film music), but I'm assuming that's not it.

No, this was from a number of years ago. I wasn't aware of it until recently. Here is the link, although it is in Japanese, I used Google translate to find out which tracks he selected for his CD:

https://www.commmons.com/schola/schola10.html

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2018 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   Lewya   (Member)

Where is Sakamoto's list?

This is his list - these are the 23 film music tracks he selected for his CD:

Ferdinand from Pierrot le Fou composed by Antoine Duhamel
Today It's You from A Man and a Woman composed by Francis Lai
Tema di Aziza from Arabian Nights composed by Ennio Morricone
I Fill This Room With the Echo of Many Voices from Blue composed by Simon Fisher Turner
Belle Reve from A Streetcar Named Desire composed by Alex North
Jose Torres from Jose Torres composed by Toru Takemitsu
Prelude from 49th Parallel composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Les Ombres from Napoleon composed by Arthur Honegger
Beauty and Avenant from Beauty and the Beast composed by Georges Auric
East of Eden Main Title from East of Eden composed by Leonard Rosenman
Olmo E Alfredo from 1900 composed by Ennio Morricone
Train from Stalker composed by Eduard Artemyev
American Beauty from American Beauty composed by Thomas Newman
Maybe You're My Puppet from Solaris composed by Cliff Martinez
Rochester from Jane Eyre composed by Bernard Herrmann
Gelsomina from La Strada composed by Nino Rota
Camille from Contempt composed by Georges Delerue
Journal De Bord from Les Aventuriers composed by François de Roubaix
Grey Waltz from Life Dances On composed by Maurice Jaubert
Overture from The Alamo composed by Dimitri Tiomkin
A Boat in the Fog from King Kong composed by Max Steiner
Kings Row Main Title from Kings Row composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Best Years of Our Lives Main Title from The Best Years of Our Lives composed by Hugo Friedhofer

He also included Schoenberg's Accompaniment to a Cinematic Scene as a 24th track, but I don't count it as film music, he himself wasn't sure if he should include it, yet he did.

20 out of his top 23 are on my top 25 since I agreed with him so much.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2018 - 12:52 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, it's a great list. As I wrote in your twin thread over on JWFAN:

Cool shout-out to PIERROT LE FOU, my favourite Godard (even though Godard's tinkering with Duhamel's material left the composer baffled).

I'm surprised he picked a cue from Artemiev's STALKER rather than SOLARIS (opting to include the Martinez SOLARIS instead), since he's such a big fan of Artemiev's work on Tarkovsky's space sci fi. But maybe it's first and foremost Artemiev's Bach variations he's fond of. He goes into this in some detail in the brilliant documentary CODA, which everyone should see!

 
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