Thought this might be interesting reading.
A UK classical music radio station has had a listeners vote on the Top 50 Movie Soundracks. 44,000 people voted.
Here are the results;
1 The Lord of the Rings Howard Shore
2 Gladiator Hans Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard
3 The Star Wars movies John Williams
4 Schindler’s List John Williams
5 Out of Africa John Barry/Mozart
6 The Mission Ennio Morricone
7 Titanic James Horner
8 Dances with Wolves John Barry
9 Lawrence of Arabia Maurice Jarre
10 Jurassic Park John Williams
11 Gone with the Wind Max Steiner
12 The Harry Potter movies John Williams
13 The Piano Michael Nyman
14 The Magnificent Seven Elmer Bernstein
15 Brief Encounter Sergei Rachmaninov
16 Doctor Zhivago Maurice Jarre
17 West Side Story Leonard Bernstein
18 Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
19 Saving Private Ryan John Williams
20 Braveheart James Horner
21 Blade Runner Vangelis
22 Last of the Mohicans Trevor Jones
23 Chariots of Fire Vangelis
24 The Indiana Jones movies John Williams
25 The Godfather Nino Rota
26 The Big Country Jerome Moross
27 Death in Venice Gustav Mahler
28 2001 – A Space Odyssey Richard Strauss
29 ET – John Williams
30 The Great Escape Elmer Bernstein
31 Fantasia Various composers
32 Dangerous Moonlight (Warsaw Concerto) Richard Adinsell
33 The English Patient Gabriel Yared
34 The World is Not Enough David Arnold
35 The Hours Philip Glass
36 The Shawshank Redemption Mozart/Thomas Newman
37 The Third Man Anton Karas
38 Platoon Samuel Barber
39 The Dambusters Eric Coates
40 The Deer Hunter Stanley Myers
41 The Good the Bad and the Ugly Ennio Morricone
42 Star Trek movies Jerry Goldsmith
43 Once Upon a Time in America Ennio Morricone
44 Sense and Sensibility Patrick Doyle
45 Edward Scissorhands Danny Elfman
46 Once Upon a time in the West Ennio Morricone
47 Ben Hur – Miklos Rosza
48 Amelie – Yann Tiersen
49 1492 Conquest of Paradise Vangelis
50 Much Ado about Nothing Patrick Doyle
Most of those are certainly great but I was missing a few titles too (though not Armageddon precisely [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] ), plus some of those movies seem to be voted just for having populat main themes more than the actual soundtrack itself.
My main surprise was no Basil Poledouris. Both Conan and The Hunt FRO should be there. And no Bernard Herrmann either!
Yeah, I was hugely disappointed withthe list and the show ... so I\'m not going to fall in the trap of trying to defend it. But still it makes interesting reading as to what this particular group of listeners \"like\".
The only observation I\'d make is that it was made by listeners to a classical radio station, not necessarily film-composition enthusiasts (like many on this forum).
I think they should also tighten the rules, and make it original compositions. Theres a blatant difference between musical written for film, and music chosen to accompany a film.