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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: The Most Recognizable Movie Music by Lukas Kendall
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   DANTONIORONNIE   (Member)

The scores most memorable to me would be Miklos Rosza's "King of Kings",& "Ben - Hur "

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   scoreaholic   (Member)

You didn't say the most memorable film score to your self, you said the most recognizable. I would have to go with Star trek:TMP, Superman (1978), and Batman (1989).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 5:57 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

The answers would be the same as the most recognizable themes so add CASABLANCA, PINK PANTHER, JAMES BOND, ROCKY, RAMBO, TITANIC, LORD OF THE RINGS, etc.

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

It depends on what time period you're talking about.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

What happened to Star Wars?

For my money that, James Bond and Jaws are the only themes to have truly penetrated contemporary consciousness. Play Gone with the Wind, Exodus, Three Coins in the Fountain, Whatever, to the man in the street and he'll look at you funny. But those three themes...oh yeah, the space movie, the shark, 007. Hell, even rappers would recognise them. Personally I don't think they're great themes, but that's not the question.

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Singin' in the Rain

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 7:36 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2013 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

If we're talking the most recognizable to an average American -- not a film student, not a score collector, but what is known in the parlance of test marketers as "movie non-avoiders" -- I think the acid test is whether that theme could be used as a punchline on "The Simpsons" or "Saturday Night Live" (or maybe be played by Paul Shaffer during a Letterman bit) and get a laugh of recognition.

There really aren't that many, and I think some here overestimate the recognizability among the general public of such themes as Elfman's "Batman" or Goldsmith's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." Maybe the "history of the ring" theme from "Lord of the Rings," if used in the proper context. Maybe.

A lot of these themes are also receding from our collective consciousness. "Tara's Theme" probably resonates more as "big old fashioned film theme" than as the main melody from "Gone With The Wind." "The Magnificent Seven" is similarly "Hollywood western" but not necessarily associated with that film. Even the five note theme from "Close Encounters" doesn't seem to have that much recognition anymore.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2013 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I just realized this was in a response to a 16-year-old article! Cool.

 
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