'Lord of the Rings' voted the nation’s favourite film score for sixth year in a row

7 November 2015, 18:49 | Updated: 4 January 2017, 17:20

Howard Shore’s iconic score tops the chart, while James Horner’s soundtracks see a surge in popularity following the composer’s tragic death earlier this year.

The iconic music for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings has topped the Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame for the sixth year in a row – narrowly beating John Williams’ score for Schindler’s List and, in third place, Hans Zimmer’s music for Gladiator.

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We spoke to Elijah Wood who plays Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He said:

“The music is a huge part of the identity of those films. Think about the Hobbiton theme – it’s really iconic, the music transcends the films themselves. We hear those pieces of music, we know those films.”

He spoke exclusively to Classic FM:


John Williams retained his position as the composer with the most pieces in the top 100. As well as Schindler’s List, his music for the Harry Potter films, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan and Raiders of the Lost Ark all appeared.

The music of James Horner, who tragically died in a light aircraft accident earlier this year, saw a surge in popularity. His scores climbed a total of 23 places, with Braveheart reaching No. 20 – a rise of eight places since last year’s chart.

The highest new entry was Hans Zimmer’s music for Interstellar, which entered the chart at No.43.

Find out more about the facts and figures behind this year's chart here >