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Top Scifi / Fantasy Movie Soundtracks

  • Mar 5, 2011
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
There is just something about this soundtrack that sticks with me. Long after I've watched the movie, the music is still in my head - I whistle it on occasion. James Horner brought us the music that set the tone for what many people argue is the best of the Original Cast movies - The Wrath of Kahn. It's the only Star Trek move soundtrack I own and I always have a couple of tunes from this in my playlists.
Star Wars
This is probably the most iconic soundtrack of all time. Who doesn't recognize the Imperial March as soon as it begins? It conjures images of Darth Vader, the Emperor and massive Star Destroyers filling the skies.
Lord of the Rings - The Motion Picture Trilogy
Difficult enough to bring the lands of Middle-Earth to life, but the people involved in those films not only did it well, they also managed to fill that world with music. Like the books and the films, the music is epic.
Some may argue that James Bond does not belong on a SciFi list - I would disagree. Strongly. LASERS, people! Anyway, this is also the soundtrack that really sets the tone for Bond for quite a while Shirley Bassey's redition of 'Goldfinger' is amazing.
Stargate Poster
Talk about setting a tone - the soundtrack for the original Stargate movie is just fantastic. It's creepy melodies, sharp contrasts and sultry use of wind instruments blows me away every time... (Pun intended)
The Crow
How do you set the tone for a movie about a man who comes back from the dead to avenge the brutal rape and murder of the love of his life? You assemble a list of songs from The Cure, Machines Of Loving Grace, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Violent Femmes, Rollins Band, Helmet, Pantera, For Love Not Lisa, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Medicine and Jane Siberry, that's how.
Poster for the movie
This movie came out when Huey Lewis & The News were kings and the soundtrack reflects that. There's a lot of whimsy as well, a cross between 80's and 50's that works better than you'd think.
Flash Gordon (Soundtrack)
bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum FLASH! *thunder crack* Ahh-ahhhh!
Movie poster
This was the 1st movie that convinced me that classical music had something to offer me. I never really cared for that kind of music before this movie.
DVD front
Another example of movie and music going hand in hand to set a tone and enhance an experience. Ground breaking movie? Sure. So the soundtrack had to keep pace, which it did.

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March 07, 2011
Hmm. Tough category, if you ask me. Agree that James Horner's work on KHAN deserves the love. Also, Williams work on the original STAR WARS trilogy is phenomenal up until JEDI, which I thought was a disappointing film, overall. Personally, I think John Williams best work was in SUPERMAN - THE MOVIE, but E.T. is a very close second. And Howard Shore's work on the RING films definitely clocks in toward the top. The rest? Meh. I loved much of John Barry's score on THE BLACK HOLE, and how can you leave out Jerry Goldsmith's STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE? Some of the other choices on your list -- FLASH GORDON, THE CROW, THE MATRIX -- deserve nods mostly for their clever 'use' of music, but I wouldn't say that they have greatness in them. I'd also be remiss if I didn't throw out some love for John Carpenter's synthesizer stylings on much of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK as deserving a nod, and the title track from BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS is great but everything else on that album was passable.
March 05, 2011
Solaris & Alien
March 05, 2011
How do you feel about the Back to the Future soundtrack, Patrick?
March 06, 2011
I like it! Always been a fan of Huey Lewis. :)
March 05, 2011
I would definitely add Daft Punk's new Tron Legacy soundtrack. Eminently listenable. And great for background music while tibitting!
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