This continues where I left off with Part V of of My Favorite Top 10 Movie Theme Songs and we will move through the next ten songs here.
This odyssey started last summer when I was discussing the best movie themes with my close buddy, Hendrix. As I delved into it there was absolutely no way I was able to narrow down my choices to one Top 10 post. So, we continue on with the five-part series of my top 10 favorite movie theme songs.
The list kept expanding and it was a disservice to myself and the post itself to cut it off at just ten movie themes. So, I decided to not set any boundaries and see where it went. As you will see it was a mammoth project but a helluv alot of fun! The overall list will showcase 50 movie themes in five parts over six weeks in descending order.
This was also my biggest research project to date to maintain as much as accuracy as possible. Even at that I may have made a couple mistakes and if so I would enjoy hearing of any corrections.
Thank you to You Tube, Wikipedia, Google Images and IMDB for their assistance and I included trivia for each, as always. So, here is My Top 10 Favorite Movie Themes Part IV!
40 The Godfather (1972)
Performed by Andy Williams and Nino Rota
Question – The cat that Marlon Brando held was so content that it’s purring muffled some of his dialogue. What else was ironic about the cat?
Al Pacino, Marlon Brandon and the all star cast invite us reluctantly into the dark, secretive and very powerful world of the mob. The music makes me think of all the old school beginnings in Sicily and the mafia came to our country.
Answer – It was actually a stray cat that Brando found in the parking lot at Paramount and was not originally called for in the script.
39 The Pink Panther (1963)
Performed by Henry Mancini
Question – Peter Sellers’ portrayal of Inspector Jacques Clouseau was so loved by the crew and later by audiences that his character became the focus for all of the films. Who was original supposed to be the star?
It’s a fun, whimsical song that portrays the persistence of an detective in his sometimes unorthodox ways.
Answer – David Niven and his Sir Charles Lytton character.
38 Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Night Fever peformed by the Bee Gees
Question – Who won an 1978 Oscar and for what in this film?
I had to beg my bio mom and step father to take me to see this rated R movie. The music was already blasted off into our booming disco music era culture. I still remember how pumped when the early riff comes on with “Listen to the ground, there is movement all around…” I actually learned how to dance to some of this music! (yes, I have a pic of me in my dance night outfit – later, be patient).
Answer – Garrett Brown’s invention of the Steadicam in one of it’s very first uses.
37 Ghost (1990)
Unchained Melody performed by the Righteous Brothers
Question – Ok, this is even more creepy than I would have thought. How are the horrific sounds of the “dark shadows” made?
Oh gawd, who doesn’t watch this and get absolutely shredded to tears. To have that deep, pure, honest love with another only to have it ripped away from you *sniffles*.
36 The Exorcist (1973)
Tubular Bells performed by Mike Oldfield
Question – What happened to Ellen Burstyn in the scene where she thrown away from the bed by her possessed daughter?
This remains to this day my all time most scariest movie. Tubular Bells is a creepy undertone taking us to a place that is beyond horror and imagine of the devil and exorcism. I still get chills anytime I hear this music.
Answer – The harness jerked her away too hard and her painful scream is real as she fell on her coccyx and received a permanent spinal injury.
35 The Sound Of Music (1965)
Prelude/Sound of Music performed by Julie Andrews
Question – In the background of the picnic in the mountain pasture when Maria and the children start singing “Do Re Mi”, you can dimly make out a castle on top of a hill. This castle would appear again two laters in what film?
This beautiful prelude into the Hills Are Alive leave me yearning to be running and playing with Phoenix atop that plateau with the Alps set as a background.
Answer – Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood’s thriller Where Eagles Dare.
34 The Sting (1973)
The Entertainer performed by Scott Joplin
Question -The movie was filmed on the backlot of Universal Studios and the diner in which Hooker meets Lonnegan. When would this diner appear again in a film?
Though it’s rated PG this was yet another movie that I went to see with my parents. It wasn’t like my buddies at a young age were aching to go. Wow, did they miss out because it was a classic and I totally was old enough to get the jest of it. The name of the song, The Entertainer, is perfect because it is definitely entertaining.
Answer – In the movie Back to the Future in which Marty McFly first meets his father and calls Doc Brown.
33 Footloose (1984)
Footloose performed by Kenny Loggins
Question – What did 24 year old Kevin Bacon do to get into his role?
As we moved from the disco era this help capitulate a new music genre that was here to stay and that we would all dance to. Several of the events of this movie are based on a true story.
Answer – With the Principal’s knowledge he attended Payson Utah High School as “Ren McCormack”, a transfer student from Philadelphia to get into his role. With his narrow tie and new-wave haircut, he was treated pretty much like in the film. Bacon gratefully left with the location scouts on the afternoon of the first day.
32 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Also Sprach Zarathustra Theme From 2001: A Space Odyssey performed by The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and by Stuttgart Schola Cantorum
Question – The was last movie made about men on the moon before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked there in real life. What conspiracy came of this 40 years later?
For me, this theme personifies the booming space race between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. It encapsulates all that we dreamed to be possible and then achieved it.
Answer – That all of the footage of Armstrong’s voyage was a hoax film directed by Stanley Kubrick using leftover scenes and props from this movie.
31 Pirates Of The Caribbean (2003)
He’s A Pirate performed by Klaus Badelt
Question – What is the substance sprayed on William Turner after the sword fight between him and Captain Jack Sparrow is actually what?
I absolutely love how majestic this song is and lifts me up to fantasizing about being out of the seas swashbuckling and fighting pirates with a merry maiden at my side.
Answer – Powdered chocolate.
We are not even at the halfway point in the countdown yet but I hope some of these brought back good memories.
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