2014 Movie Music Hall of Fame: what do you think?

25 August 2014, 19:55

We've just announced the nation's favourite movie music – and we want to know what you think. What should have been in this year's chart? Why aren't there more women composers? Where are the new film scores?

What a day! Since 6am, we've been counting down your top 30 all-time favourite film scores and I've just had the pleasure of revealing the nation's number one.

And it was...? Howard Shore's monumental score for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in the top spot for the fifth consecutive year. 

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It's a stunning achievement for the Canadian composer, who's still very much inhabiting Middle Earth; he's currently working on the final episode of The Hobbit. (And stay tuned to Classic FM because Jane Jones is currently playing Shore's Lord of the Rings symphony.)
 
So no surprises then when it comes to the top of the chart. But I think there are some very interesting things about this year's poll which I'd like to hear your thoughts about:
  • The most successful composer in the chart is John Williams. This living legend has four scores in the Top 10 and a further six in the Top 50. But the No. 1 spot still eludes him. Why do you think that is?
     
  • There are a number of notable omissions. Which absent scores do you think should have made it into the Top 100?
     
     
  • The British composer Steven Price has made the biggest impact on film music in the past year. His critically-acclaimed score for Gravity won him an Oscar and a Bafta, and is the highest new entry at no. 33. But other great new scores are nowhere to be seen. Why aren't they grabbing our attention so much?
     
  • And where are the women film composers? Debbie Wiseman's music for Wilde is the only score by a female composer in the top 100.  
So why not tell me what you think of the 2014 Movie Music Hall of Fame? Post your comments below. 
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