Turner Classic Movies this week listed what it calls the 15 most influential film soundtracks, and we’re pleased to see that sci-fi/fantasy scores are well represented, starting with Max Steiner’s score for the original King Kong and culminating in John Williams’ famous score for the first Star Wars.
In chronological order, here’s TCM’s listing of the sci-fi/fantasy soundtracks (we include the James Bond movie because of its fantastical laser weapons and other sci-fi trappings):
♦King Kong (1933) – Composer: Max Steiner
♦The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) – Composer: Bernard Herrmann
♦Goldfinger (1964) – Composer: John Barry
♦2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Musical Consultant: Patrick Moore; Music Editor: Frank J. Urioste
♦Star Wars (1977) – Composer: John Williams
Of course, we can argue endlessly about the omissions, such as Howard Shore’s lush Lord of the Ringssoundtrack or Vangelis’ Blade Runner or Michael Giacchino’s The Incredibles or The Matrix or even Clint Mansell’s minimalist score for The Fountain.
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Do you agree with the list?