21 “Blues & Love Theme” Blade Runner
While the rest of Hollywood was going all orchestral in the wake of Star Wars, Ridley Scott invited a Greek with a synth to score Blade Runner. The result was as stylish and cool as the visuals.
22 “The Kitchen/The Orgy” Conan The Barbarian
Composer: Basil Poledouris
Hieronymus Bosch in musical form.
23 “Time” Inception
Composer: Hans Zimmer
This has been described as the “Stairway To Heaven” of film scores, as it slowly builds into musical behemoth, all the time based on a simple four-chord progression. It was the prefect audio accompaniment to the final moments of an extraordinary film.
24 “Ice Dance” Edward Scissorhands
Composer: Danny Elfman
This is the musical equivalent of relaxing in a spa. Elfman may be best known for bombastic pomp (which he does well) but here he produces something full of genuine emotion and (ironically) warmth.
25 “Amok Time – The Ritual” Star Trek
Composer: Gerald Fried
The iconic moment from classic Trek when Spock and Kirk face each other in a gladiatorial showdown, and the percussion section – clearly being drip-fed caffeine – picks a fight with the rest of the orchestra. Although not the most melodic music on the list it deserves it place here, because for decades after it was the musical shorthand for “TV fisticuffs”.
BUBBLING UNDER “Taxi Chase” Sherlock
Composer: Michael Price
We’d love to have included this, but it riffs off the main theme just a little too closely. Great piece though!