The Lord of the Rings has the best music in the history of movies, at least according to a recent survey in England.
Earlier this week, the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame announced its class for 2023 and the likes of Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Out Of Africa, and Gladiator joined The Lord of the Rings in the Top 5.
Rounding out the top 10 is the music from Wilde, Dances With Wolves, Jurassic Park, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and The Mission. The final ten films to make the cut are Harry Potter, Chariots of Fire, Indiana Jones, Ladies In Lavender, Doctor Zhivago, The Magnificent Seven, Interstellar, The Godfather, Titanic, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Of the legendary composers on the list, John Williams leads the way with five entries. Similarly, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, and John Barry each have two films on the list, as well.
Check out the entire Top 20 Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame 2023 class below, via Sky News:
1. The Lord Of The Rings – Howard Shore
2. Schindler’s List – John Williams
3. Star Wars – John Williams
4. Out Of Africa – John Barry
5. Gladiator – Hans Zimmer
6. Wilde – Debbie Wiseman
7. Dances With Wolves – John Barry
8. Jurassic Park – John Williams
9. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Ennio Morricone
10. The Mission – Ennio Morricone
11. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – John Williams
12. Chariots Of Fire – Vangelis
13. Indiana Jones – John Williams
14. Ladies In Lavender – Nigel Hess
15. Doctor Zhivago – Maurice Jarre
16. The Magnificent Seven – Elmer Bernstein
17. Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
18. The Godfather – Nino Rota
19: Titanic – James Horner
20. Pirates Of The Caribbean – Klaus Bedelt
Sound was first introduced in movies in the late 1920s when Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer, the first feature-length film to incorporate sound for sequences of dialogue, ending the “Silent Film” era.
Prior to The Jazz Singer, movies with sound were called “talkies” and were exclusively shorts. By the 1930s, however, talkies became the standard in cinema, paving the way for the art form to be enjoyed in an entirely new sense.
Since then, the sounds, dialogues, and music of movies have become as important to the final vision as anything the camera captures.