9 films we can’t believe aren’t in the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame
22 September 2015, 20:01 | Updated: 6 January 2017, 14:45
Every year we ask you to vote for your three favourite films scores to create an ultimate chart of the public’s 100 favourite pieces of movie music. Here are nine absolute classics that we can’t believe didn’t make it last year.
Once you've decided which three movie scores you want to support, head to the voting site – and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win a trip to London and a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the iconic Abbey Road Studios.
“Play it again, Sam”. Except he can’t, because this iconic score by Max Steiner didn’t make it into last year’s chart.
2 Grand Budapest Hotel
The Oscar-winning score by Alexandre Desplat for Wes Anderson’s quirky film surely deserves an entry in the top 100.
3 Spirited Away
Joe Hisaishi’s wonderful music is a large part of the appeal of the famous and much-loved Studio Ghibli films, including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and My Neighbour Totoro.
4 Memoirs of a Geisha
It may be one of his less well-known scores, but the music for this film is still by that master of movie music, John Williams…
Remember that opening sequence that chewed up your emotions and spat them out in a crumpled mess? That wouldn't have been anything like as effective without Michael Giacchino's wonderful music.
6 Toy Story
This has surely one of the greatest scores of all the Disney Pixar films. Why not give Randy Newman's music a vote?
7 The Ipcress File
This film has arguably the greatest opening sequences ever made – and it's the music that makes it. One of John Barry's finest scores. Click on the picture below to watch a clip:
8 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jon Brion's music for this futuristic sci-fi-esque romantic comedy (yeah, it really doesn't fit happily into one genre…) is central to the sense of claustrophobia and heartbreak as Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet's characters begin to realise the truth about their past…
9 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Here's another iconic movie opening – with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, the flighty New York socialite. Henry Mancini's score conjures an elegant world of stay-up-til-dawn parties and oh-so-sippable champagne.
You can explore the whole of last year's top 100 here