The Empire Strikes Back
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Best Movie Soundtracks - 1980s
4. The Empire Strikes Back
The second Star Wars film would go on to become one of the most memorable moments in cinema, not just for THAT ending, but also the introduction of yet another superb John Williams theme. In the Imperial March, Williams created the ultimate theme for one of cinema's greatest ever villains, and it's since been used by politicians, comedians, musicians and TV presenters the world over. The work was premiered on April 29, 1980, three weeks before the opening of the film, on the occasion of John Williams' first concert as official conductor-in-residence of the Boston Pops Orchestra.