11 “Audrey’s Dance” Twin Peaks
Composer: Angelo Badalamenti
Weird, but enchanting. Like the show.
12 “The Sunlit Garden” Revolutionary Girl Utena
Composer: Shinkichi Mitsumune
In the anime, Miki describes this as, “a song about how I can’t express the eternal beauty I feel inside.” Shinkichi Mitsumune brilliantly captures that with this achingly delicate piano piece.
13 “A Haunted House” My Neighbor Totoro
Composer: Joe Hisaishi
In the West regular Hayao Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi is better know for his more sumptuous, pastoral pieces for Ghibli, but he’s actually an incredibly eclectic composer who works happily in all sorts of musical styles, as this bonkers, synth-led cut from My Neighbor Totoro reminds us.
14 “007” From Russia With Love
Composer: John Barry
Not the James Bond theme that everybody knows (the one that accompanies the gunsights opening of most Bond movies) but John Barry’s alternate theme for the superspy which made its debut in From Russia With Love. It’s Holst’s “Mars, The Bringer Of War” meets The Magnificent Seven and truly, utterly awesome.
Neon Genesis Evangelion composer Shiro Sagisu was clearly a fan…
15 “The Planet Krypton” Superman The Movie
Composer: John Williams
Okay, we haven’t quite finished with John Williams. His emotive riff for Krypton in Superman The Movie is a clear nod to classics such as Richard Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra” (used in 2001: A Space Odyssey) and Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare For The Common Man” which have come to musically define man’s first ventures into space to the general public. Somehow, William’s simple, repeated refrain manages to sound both grandiose and yet melancholic at the same time, befitting a ancient society that doomed.