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Memorable Theme Songs

  • Dec 5, 2010
Paul's list inspires this list when I was lamenting on writing reviews about a few excellent theme songs from movies. I mean even though I've been putting up as many as 10 reviews in a row the last 24 hours, I don't fancy writing a review on a song. So here it is, a list of some of the most wonderful theme songs!
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Nadia's Theme
A song from the 70s. Nadia's Theme was originally named "Cotton's Dream". Composed & written by De Vorzon and Botkin Jr in 1971. The music was rearranged in 1973 for the soap opera The Young & The Restless. In 1976, it was renamed Nadia's Theme lent the music to Nadia Comaneci, a gymnast in the 1976 Summer Olympics.

I love the music and even though it has been playing for decades, I never did get tired of hearing it. It is one of the finest in the music industry!


2
As Time Goes By
Written by Max Steiner, this wonderful piece dated as far back as the 40s. Max Steiner also wrote the score for Gone With The Wind. 

This is a song that resonates with me, despite its age. It is an everlasting melody which most of us who are born before the 80s would be able to enjoy. Casablanca the film would not have been as great if not because of this melody, imho.


3
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Theme song from the movie Somewhere in Time. This is classic and renders the movie one of the best of its times. Jane Seymour was heavenly in this movie while Christopher Reeves was not his usual Superman self.



I do believe this is one theme song that complements the story so well so that most of us will remember it as a theme song from this movie rather than Rachmaninoff's composition!
4
Forrest Gump Piano Theme
Forrest Gump Suite is the name of the song. It is simple yet touching, just like Forrest Gump. One of the many melodies which stay with us, despite that it's from the 90s.



Composed & conducted by Alan Silvestri in 1994.
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Love is a Many Splendored Thing
One of Frank Sinatra's best, imho. Love is a Many Splendored Thing is not only a great movie but has a great music score. Love it!!! My dad introduced me to this song as a child hence whenever I hear it, it takes me back to my childhood. What a marvelous conditioning!



The original version was by The Four Aces.



Andy Wiliams & Connie Francis did their versions as well. Which one do you like best?


6
Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
The Theme Song from St. Elmo's Fire. I had forgotten all about the film, but the song remains clearly in my mind. Awesome! Bravo to David Foster who wrote this song in 1985.


7
Through The Eyes of Love
This song was by my bedside for months when I first came across it. I had to listen to it before I sleep every night! Having loved the movie which revolves around ice-skating, I love the song as much as the sport today!



Love Theme from Ice Castles originated from 1978 was composed by Marvin Hamlisch & sung by Melissa Manchester. This piano version is played by Richard Clayderman.
8
My Heart Will Go On [Love Theme from Titanic]
Celine Dion hits it big with this theme song from the Titanic in the 1997 blockbuster. It might not even be a blockbuster had it not for the song. It has become Celine Dion's signature song, hasn't it? 

Music by James Horner, the melody is one of the greatest and I do love the song more than the film. This song was the world's best singles in 1998 and one of the best singles of all time!



If you had somehow missed this song, you must have been an alien all these years!!!
9
Judy Garland
The signature song of Judy Garland & the theme song from Wizard of Oz as far back as 1938.
Music by Harold Arien.


See the full review, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".
10
Lara's Theme
As Orn pointed out, I missed out on this one. Well, I agreed. It's before my time but I heard it on one of my parents' collection as a child and it's a great one. So here it is, Love Theme from Doctor Zhivago. I never did see the film so I don't really know how well it tied in with the movie. In any case, the melody is fantastic!


11
Speak Softly Love
Love Theme from The Godfather, a movie that stars Al Pacino, Marlon Brandon & Robert Duvall.
For a gangster movie, it certainly has the most amazing music. Composed by Nino Rota.


12
Dances with Wolves (soundtrack)
Award winning score from the movie Dances with Wolves. Composed by John Barry. I recognized the melody despite the fact that sometimes I'm not too sure which movie it comes from. Anyhow, this is another great one from the 90s!

Pope John Paul II once mentioned that this is one of his favorite pieces of music.


13
Can You Read My Mind?
Love theme from the 1978 Superman film. It was a popular song in the 70s right into 80s. 
Music by John Williams.


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December 06, 2010
Nice, Sharrie! Love some of these older ones. Hmmm, you may have inspired to make a similar list of my own... :)
December 07, 2010
Many of these are from my parents' collection & I first heard them as a child. So, it may mean more to me than you :-) Nonetheless, they are some of the very best from the last century! They don't seem to write songs like these anymore! What a pity! It'd be interesting to see what you come up with! But be quick, I won't have access to Youtube after I returned to China next weekend!
 
December 06, 2010
wow. very nice list. but where's the theme for Fearless? ;)
December 06, 2010
That's on your list, not mine ;p
December 06, 2010
:P
 
December 05, 2010
Ok fine but you missed a few, how about Lara's theme from Doctor Zivago (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yd2PzoF1y8 ) and Darth Vader theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8ZTTsiJupo) Brideshead Revisited (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7obvsi-gFQ) And Docto Who theme is fabulous (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J_3rsEwYVE) and where would we be without these classic Looney themes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jTHNBKjMBU) And live would be meaningless without Monty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNpkQhaXnC0) I see my comment is begining to be like a list in itself so I better stop now.
December 05, 2010
Why don't you build your own instead of picking on what I missed?
December 05, 2010
Doctor Zhivago is a good choice. It's a bit before my time, hence it slips my mind. But a good idea is always a good idea no matter what. I'll add that one in. Thanks! :-)
December 05, 2010
Ha Ha perhaps, it's just that I have 14 list drafts already.
 
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