Star Wars tops the Classic 100 chart: Music for the screen – News
John Williams’ soundtrack for the star wars is Australia’s favorite music for the screen, according to the most popular Classic 100 poll of all time.
The top 100 as voted by the public in Australia and around the world covers beloved music for film, TV and video games across genres and generations. Choices ranged from period dramas like Sense and sensitivity (#92) to video game music including The Legend of Zelda (#23), classics like psychology (#84), and recent blockbusters such as 2021 Dunes (#73).
Audiences shared their love of the soundtracks as they tuned in across the country. A listener found himself spending “a whole weekend listening to classical” for the first time, including a coastal walk near Broome with Interstellar screaming on the ABC Listen app. Seven-year-old Ezra was so inspired that he learned “Hedwig’s Theme” from Harry Potter in anticipation of hearing his favorite music.
John Williams, who turned 90 in February, has featured in the countdown eight times, with four titles in the top 10: star wars (#1), the Harry Potter series (#4), Schindler’s list (#5), and jurassic park (#8). Howard Shore’s epic music for The Lord of the Rings the trilogy took second place, with Ennio Morricone’s much-loved score for The missionfeaturing “Gabriel’s Oboe”, in third place.
Despite being in her forties, Williams star wars the scores are a coherent and singular musical project. ABC Classic’s Screen Sounds presenter Dan Golding described the music’s timeless appeal: “John Williams’ music emphasizes what is emotionally familiar about this young boy who dreams of saving the galaxy. It is much more a myth than a metaphor, more Camelot that The best of worlds.”
Composer Hans Zimmer has also featured prominently in the countdown, appearing nine times, including for the 2021 Oscar-winning film Dunes. Ennio Morricone took three spots and Vangelis, who died earlier this year, appeared twice with his score for 1982’s Bladerunner (#36) and Chariots of Fire (#7).
Scores by Australian composers were also prominent, including Joff Bush’s music for hit sensation Bluey, which came in at No. 83. Nigel Westlake’s music for the baby movies (#24), Antarctic (#38), and Miss Potter (82) appeared in Countdown alongside classics like the Bruce Smeaton soundtrack for Picnic at the hanging rock (#68) and Bruce Rowland’s score for The Snowy River Man (#33), as well as the superb work of Lisa Gerrard with Hans Zimmer for Gladiator (#19). Australians Barrington Pheloung (Inspector Morse#44) and Ron Grainer (Doctor Who#12), both of whom worked primarily in the UK, were also featured.
The pandemic has seen billions of people around the world turn to movies, TV and video games for entertainment, comfort, solace and connection. This year’s Classic 100 paid tribute to the power of screen music to build our resilience during unprecedented times. This year, for the first time, voters were able to vote for soundtracks from video games and TV shows alongside film scores.