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Legendary film music - 15 famous soundtracks

Be it extreme thrills, emotional romance, restlessness, oppressive silence or whatever feeling: The music is the catalyst that really brings stories from horror to drama to life. Here we have listed a few of the most legendary films for you, which would be inconceivable without their special soundtracks. #ThePowerOfMusic

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1. The great white shark

Iconic and masterful is the soundtrack by John Williams to Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic “Jaws”. Pure excitement; and somehow one always gets the feeling that the pauses seem even more threatening than the suggestive sound passages and the asymmetrical rhythm. Williams composes a scenario in which the instrumentation with winds, strings and percussion becomes more and more complex. Until the disaster of the sharp prehistoric monster teeth approaches - in the original it is not a shark at all!

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2. Psycho

The thriller “Psycho” by Sir Alfred Hitchcock begins almost idyllically. During the prologue you can even hear the happy twittering of birds. The idyll is deceptive. A crime happened in the small hotel off the highway and the director played all of his nerve-wracking skills. The cinematic attacks on the spectator psyche are accompanied by dissonant strings. There are no long melodies over several bars. Harmonies are simply not resolved: inconsistent, uncomfortable and disturbing, you won't have to wait long for goosebumps.

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3. Star Wars

Off to the intergalactic worlds it goes with "Star Wars". George Lucas wanted something big - and got it! The first film won the Oscar. There are as many impressive musical themes as there are episodes. We all particularly remember the Main Theme by John Williams. Do you still remember what grabbed you when this powerful melody of brass and timpani was not at all restrained from the first moment and the fully orchestrated sound became more and more complex? Mood of optimism, galactic curiosity, interstellar pioneering spirit? Probably a good portion of everything.

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4. Mission Impossible

"Mission Impossible" with Tom Cruise offers spectacularly aggressive and adrenaline-filled action. A dramatic entanglement from the agent world, where at some point you hardly believe yourself. Even with the powerful staging of the music, no questions were left unanswered: Here it’s straight to the point, no food for people with unstable nerves. By the way, interesting facts in terms of film music: The original jazz orchestra music from Lalo Schifrin's TV original has been translated from the former 5/4 time into the mass-compatible 4/4 time. Sounds easier.

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5. James Bond

There are now numerous soundtracks for the various James Bond films. It all started with the main theme from “James Bond - 007 is chasing Dr. No “: You are already gripped by the tension with the first notes. When the string sounds, accompanied by vibraphones, are rhythmically garnished by the brass and then the electric guitar riff is sent afterwards, it is clear to everyone that there are quite a few adventures to be faced again. Bond does that with his left hand and of course the martini is served shaken and not stirred.

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6. 2001 A Space Odyssey

"2001 A Space Odyssey" is about the quantum leaps in the development of mankind. The flick is known among science fiction fans for the most famous cut in cinema history: The leader of the herd of monkeys hurls a bone into the sky on the dark side of intelligence, which reappears as a spaceship in a distant future. And the time-traveling cuboid is accompanied in 3/4 time with “On the beautiful, blue Danube” by Johann Strauss. This is so beautifully paradoxical that it becomes science fiction reality again.

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7. The Lion King

When an imaginative plot takes place in Africa, the typical music must not be missing. In "The Lion King" you can hear an extraordinary mixture of classical and traditional African sounds. A Zulu choir provided the African elements - and Hans Zimmer finally got his long-awaited Oscar. Elton John composed further melodies, for example with "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" running over the credits. This “animal” melancholy cannot be heard or seen without being deeply moved. Just to love.

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8. American Beauty

The plot of "American Beauty", the Oscar-winning feature film by Sam Mendes, takes place somewhere between frustration and self-awareness. The lived “midlife crisis” of the main protagonist Lester keeps driving us openly laughing, grinning gleefully and sometimes shaking our head in our face. Perhaps the American dream of unlimited possibilities is a myth after all. The music for the film is minimalist. Soft piano tones, atmospheric and quiet sounds give the scenes a particularly soulful note. With the calm main theme, which is interrupted by constantly beautiful piano tones, it lets you suffer so wonderfully in front of the canvas or the screen. Has to be too.

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9. Apocalypse Now

In the anti-war film "Apocalypse Now", the music by Richard Wagner contributes martial sounds. The manipulative effect that unfolds through the powerful sounds of Wagner during the “Ritt der Valkyries” is almost painfully impressive. The composer uses the leitmotif technique to excess, the red thread with which he takes the cinema audience by the hand. The scenarios were also emotionally pimped with collage-like synthesizer sounds, sound effects, war and environmental noises. No less a person than Mickey Hart, the drummer of "The Grateful Dead", was responsible for the improvised percussion parts.

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10. Back to the future

Marty travels back to 1955 with a rickety time machine. A great film with a must-see factor and music by Alan Silvestri. There was also the title track "The Power of Love" by Huey Lewis and the News. The up-beat just really pushes you forward. The film makes for probably planned curiosities. Marty rocks and impresses at a dance ball with a special electric guitar that is supposed to be reminiscent of Chuck Berry. It is a Gibson 1963 ES-345TD. The paradox: the guitar was only built eight years later.

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11. Top Gun

Tom Cruise is again the star of a movie with an amazing soundtrack. Tony Scott's action drama Top Gun was # 1 on the US charts for five consecutive weeks in the summer of 1986. Anyone who loves rock and pop of the 80s will surely like this movie with its music. The action of the film goes hand in hand with the mighty rock drum, synth and guitar sounds of the 80s. A nice example is the movie's theme song, which was composed by Harold Faltermeyer, a real rock anthem of the 80s:

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12. Saturday Night Fever

The disco wave of the 70s should really take off with the dance film "Saturday Night Fever". Pure romance with a mixture of kitsch and danceable social criticism determines the plot around main actor John Travolta. The Bee Gees were more than popular back then and provided the perfect setting with songs like “Stayin‘ Alive ”or“ How Deep Is Your Love ”. You couldn't stay seated in the cinema armchairs without fidgeting your arms and legs and grooving your head.

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13. The boat

The German monumental film “Das Boot” was really depressing, because it was told based on real war events. The music split into two different strands. On the one hand, it was composed by the German jazz giant and band leader Klaus Doldinger. On the other hand, traditional songs were mostly played via the on-board radio program such as “La Paloma” or “Must i because, must i then go to the city center”. The result: Together with the crew, we repeatedly held our breath when the enemy appeared in the sonar.

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14. Titanic

The tune that we all remember most from “Downfall of the Titanic” is the song “My Heart Will Go On”. With the perfect voice of Celine Dion, curiously enough, he only appears in the credits. Curious because the final song became the musical figurehead of this film drama. And it really takes melancholy, drama and fateful love to extremes. Admit it, you also had pee in your eyes.

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15. Rocky

Film fans look into the eye of the tiger in the incomparable boxing spectacle "Rocky". The cult film starring New Year's Eve Stallone has raked in around 225 million euros with a budget of US $ 1 million since 1976. To the film music of Survivor with a classic mainstream rock line-up, many people have certainly been running up and down endless stairs in the past few decades. The music should become a symbol for people when they get up again. Even if it is only to declare war on the Christmas pounds while jogging in the spring.

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Which film score do you think deserves an Oscar and why? We would be happy to receive your comments! ✍

Franziska started her musical career on the violin and today is musically at home between Smetana and In Flames. In her free time, she is involved in all kinds of cultural areas and lives her passion - art - in all its facets.