It comes down to a single score dominating them all, as Howard Shore’s stirring epic soundtrack demonstrates The Lord of rings The trilogy was voted Britain’s most popular film score.
Shore’s score for the rings The film, which has won three Oscars, three Golden Globes and four Grammys, beat out some of the greatest and most iconic soundtracks of all time, including John Williams’ music for Schindlers List And war of starswho took second and third place respectively.
The list of the 100 best film scores was compiled by popular British radio station Classic FM as part of its annual Movie Music Hall of Fame. More than 10,000 people voted for this year’s edition and the winner was announced on Sunday by former BBC presenter Jonathan Ross Movie Program.
“Thank you all Classic FM listeners,” Shore said Classic FM when he found out about his victory. “I’m delighted that I was able to bring you a little closer to JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth.”
Shore’s score for The Hobbit Trilogy placed 80th.
While Williams isn’t at the top of the list, he can take comfort in the knowledge that he’s Britain’s most popular composer. Williams boasts five entries in the top 20 and 11 in the top 100 overall, inclusive Schindlers List (2); war of stars franchises (3); Jurassic Park franchises (8); Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (11); Indiana Jones franchise (13); The soldier James Ryan (21); ET the extraterrestrial (30); Jaw (39); superman (47); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (58); And warhorse (87).
Hans Zimmer was the second most popular film composer overall, with ten entries in the top 100 including gladiator (5); Interstellar (17); The Lion King (23); beginning (29); Pirates of the Caribbean franchises (31); The holidays (52); The dark knight trilogy (61); Dunkirk (70); No time to die (77); And The da Vinci Code (85).
Six of his film scores made it into British composer John Barry’s Top 100, including Far away from Africa (4); Dance with wolves (7); Sometime (56); Born free (69); On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (72); And golden finger (76).
The late great Ennio Morricone also had a significant presence in the Top 100, five of his scores making the list, including The good the bad and the ugly (9); The mission (10); Paradise cinema (26); Once upon a time in the west (49); Once Upon a Time in America (82).
The full list is male-dominated, with the highest-ranked score by a woman coming in at number six (Debbie Wiseman’s Music for savages). Among the other women on the list is Angela Morley Watership Down (55); Germaine Franco for Enchanted (59); Hildur Guðnadóttir for joker (83); and Rachel Portman for Chocolate (ninety-two).
The Top 20 from the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame 2023:
- Lord of the Rings – Howard Shore
- Schindlers List -John Williams
- war of stars -John Williams
- Far away from Africa -John Barry
- gladiator – Hans Zimmer
- savages – Debbie Wiseman
- Dance with wolves -John Barry
- Jurassic Park -John Williams
- The good the bad and the ugly – Ennio Morricone
- The mission – Ennio Morricone
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone -John Williams
- fire truck – Vangelis
- Indiana Jones -John Williams
- Ladies in Lavender – Nigel Hess
- Doctor Zhivago – Maurice Jarre
- The glory seven – Elmer Bernstein
- Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
- The Godfather – Nino Rota
- titanic – James Horner
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Klaus Badelt