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.
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.
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.
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)
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.