By WILL WILLCOXSON
“Star Wars” has returned, and John Williams is back at the helm producing music for one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. With that, it’s time to celebrate some of the greatest musical pieces assembled for the silver screen.
10. End credits song
This song always plays at mixed peaks of emotions because the film is over, but what send-off theme could be better to the theater audience?
9. “Princess Leia’s Theme”
Princess Leia is the first ally we meet. This soft and gentle theme follows Leia along with Han Solo and company to show the true power of friendship.
8. “Across the Stars”
The overlaying theme of the daunting prequel films shows the power of love and the actions it can drive another to commit. The great love song of Anakin and Padmé is placed lower on this list due to the poor portrayal of the characters in the film.
7. “Cantina band”
The first scene that shows off the creative alien culture and costume design of the “Star Wars” universe is of the famous cantina scene, featuring this toe-tapping piece from Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes. Along with the catchy tune are the character introductions Han Solo and Chewbacca.
6. “Yoda’s theme”
Yoda is the ideal Jedi and represents the true power of the force. He is wise, calm and never lets emotions take control of his actions. This theme empowers everything our favorite puppet has to offer.
5. “Duel of the Fates”
John Williams was still at his best 16 years after the “Return of the Jedi” when he reprised his role as composer in the new trilogy. “Duel of the Fates” stood out as the crowning gem from this new body of work, and featured a dramatic choir to add to the effect.
4. “The Asteroid Field”
One of the most engaging space fight songs, as Han Solo and company flee from Darth Vader and a fleet of tie fighters while navigating through a massive asteroid field.
3. “Binary Sunset”(The Force Theme)
Back in 1977 when we first meet Luke Skywalker, there is much uncertainty in the young man’s future. This theme is first heard when Luke is immature and follows him to the climatic finale when he becomes a Jedi Master, giving a whole new meaning of the Force.
2. “The Imperial March”
Darth Vader, a dark intimidating mysterious figure who is one of the greatest villains of all time, is represented by a powerful military theme. It strikes fear into the audience whenever this theme is heard, because something bad is coming towards the heroes.
1. “Opening Theme”
The song that started it all. In 1977, unsuspecting movie-goers experienced the exciting brass hit followed by the iconic scroll text and the tone-setting theme. This timeless wonder can be experienced by anyone on first watch and is yet to be experienced by future generations.
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