Dec 222013

The Sound Of Music

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!

You can check out Part V here.

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*.

Answer – It is the sounds of babies played at really slow speed.

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.

We wanted to give a nice shout out to our friend, Krystle! Her blog is for moms and moms to be. She provides so many wonderful suggestions on helpful products, recipes and good to know information in general! Most of all she recognizes the true “payment” for a home mom is the love she gets to share with her kids. So check out her blog here at HomeJobsbyMOM! Thank you for all of your support always, our friend!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 50+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories and commentary.

  28 Responses to “My Top 10 Favorite Movie Theme Songs Part IV”

  1. I must say that some of my favourite songs are actually movie themes.
    And some of the old classics I still know all the words!
    Great post – and thanks for the clips which help relive these movie theme greats.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for stopping by my blog over the year and for your comments.

    • How awesome to hear from you, Jill! I’m so jazzed that you liked the post and hopefully you’ll like the whole series. I’m right with you on my favorite songs being movie themes too. Very cool on that you know the words! A very Merry Christmas to you and your’s from Phoenix and I! 🙂

  2. But if every song is a favorite— doesn’t that contradict the word “favorite”? Still fun. I admit I was looking for Maria (a/k/a Julie Andrews) while visiting the Alps.

    • LOL oh our dear friend! You make me laugh always. I would defer it being 10 songs (albeit this is a Top 50 all told in the end of the series). I read where they have Sound of Music tours and you can visit all of the places where the Von Trapps were. I’ve always wanted to have a picture of Phoenix and I atop one of those beautiful mountain plateaus with the Alps as a backdrop. Virtually impossible to make happen but that’s my biggest wish 🙂

  3. Tubular Bells is absolutely haunting! One of my brothers had the album and even though I hadn’t seen the movie, the album scared me. I saw the movie for the first time unedited and all the way through about 10 years ago. Top scariest movie I’ve ever seen! Interesting movie trivia you’ve shared.

    • “Haunting…”, that is the PERFECT description, Lisa! And you and I are on the exact same page. It is to this day still the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. I own it on DVD. It’s even better to me because it’s old school w/o all of the CGI technology. Awesome to find another fan! 🙂

  4. Oh my gosh, Mike. The Righteous Brothers get me every time when I watch “Ghost”. I love this movie! And of course, no movie soundtrack list would be complete without “The Sound of Music” – such a classic. Great list, Mike!

    • Unchained Melody is so difficult for me to listen to because of the sadness it draws out of me. Yet, that same powerful emotion is why I absolutely included it, Dana. Then on the complete flip side is the upbeat, happy Sound of Music soundtrack! You can’t help but be in a happy mood listening to it 🙂

  5. How did I miss the rest of this series? I will need to go back and have fun listening. You’ve including two of my favorite themes here – Sound of Music and Footloose.They seem to not make great soundtracks as they used to. Thanks for the walk down memory lane and all the awesome trivia, Mike. Wishing you and Phoenix a very Merry Christmas!

    • Oh you didn’t miss the series at all, Mary! This is the second installment and I’m posting them in descending order each week working towards the fifth week with Part I. Obviously I like Footloose but you’re right on it not being the blockbuster soundtrack it once was though the movie them is still popular. But, I still love the Sound of Music! Thank you for the compliment on the trivia too. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🙂

  6. I guess the Pink Panther is just an epic song! It’s in my head right now!! 😀

    • That is so ironic, Agness! When I was assembling this group of the ten I got that song in my head too. Then, I was thinking about it for the rest of the day! That would be a good post – How Do You Get A Song Out Of Your Head? Whenever that’s happened I’ve tried listening to another song but it hasn’t always worked 🙂

  7. Oooo, Mike.
    all of these movies
    bring back sweet MEMORIES.
    Saturday Night Fever gave me Fever! Travolta ROCKKkks the moves.
    The Godfather makes me think of my Italian Daddy.
    And Ghost. OMGosh, Ghost makes me cry cry cry.

    btw, I just watched the Sound of Music for the first time this week. Can you believe it?!

    Wishing YOU and dear Phoenix LOVE LOVE LOVE.


    HUG HUG HUG. ooooxxxx

    • I mean,
      MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I hope you liked The Sound of Music, Kim! I absolutely love that movie. And thank you for sharing that your daddy is Italian! That obviously attributes to your good looks! Yes, Unchained Melody is a huge tear inducer but Night Fever is still awesome. I played that on a loop to write a post this weekend. All of our love, hugs and kisses to you from us as well, our dear friend! 🙂

    • And Merry Christmas to you and your family, Kim! 🙂

  8. Another great 10 picks. I like all of these theme songs. I can’t wait to see what the next three weeks hold.

    • Oh excellent, Ed! Yes, still 30 more selections to go and it actually gets just as exciting for me too 🙂

  9. Years ago I read a book about the VonTrapp family and it was quite interesting. But like Hollywood does so well, the production took a lot of liberties and as such things were not accurately portrayed. Still, a lovely movie though.

    This is a good list, but I’m sticking with “The Last of the Mohicans.” 🙂

    • I read up on that too, Patti! I enjoy all of the trivia but sometimes I would rather not know some things for movies in general so that I can enjoy the escapism of them vs dissecting. Ok, got ya locked in for “The Last of the Mohicans” We’ll see if I can tempt you otherwise with the remaining 3 weeks. Merry Christmas to you and Abi!! 🙂

  10. Sorry I missed this post!!
    My favourites off your list are The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini, that was once a ring tone on my phone. Night Fever by the Bee Gee’s, that song is iconic just like John Tavolta’s hair. Long time ago I attempted to learn how to play “The Entertainer” on the piano. I got the first few notes done but gave up on learning the entire song. I do remember my Grandpa playing it when we would vacation in Maine during the summer. My brother has always enjoyed science fiction movies, books, etc. I first heard the opening theme song to “2001 Space Odyssey” when I was probably 8. Can’t help but to “conduct” when the music plays. Ahh, the memories. Even “Footloose” brings back memories.
    Great list Mike!

    • I attempted to learn how to play “The Entertainer” on the piano too in my very brief stint on the piano. Stayin’ Alive will always remind me of my bio mom and step father and seeing it with them. Loved the story of your Grandpa and Maine vacations, Jenn! I bet your brother and I have some similar interests in sci-fi movies. Like you said my favorite part of so many of any Top 10 I publish is the memories 🙂

  11. Thanks so much for the shout out Mike. It’s very appreciated and SO sweet. Can’t wait to read more about Phoenix in the New Year!!

    • You are very welcome and we were thrilled to do it for you, Krystle! Phoenix and I will undoubtedly have some more entertaining stories and adventures to read. Happy New Year to all of you as well! 🙂

  12. I know before I said I was going to pick one from each list. I lied. I had to take two form this group. Unchained Melody. Thinking of that song and the scenes from Ghost, the love they had froe ach other. They made us watching really feel it. Absolutely beautiful.

    Satursday Night Fever. I remember my Mom had a huge crush on John Travolta. And I saw a lot of this movie at an early age. I still enjoy it to this day and think the 70’s would have been kind of fun. lol. (I was born in ’74) Love all the Bee Gee songs as well. All those songs I used to dislike, I love now.

    • Ahhh yes, music like food gets better and better as the mind matures like a fine wine, Tony! Unchained Melody is very powerful emotionally as it swoons through the movie Ghost, I agree. And yes, the 70’s were fun, smarty pants 🙂

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