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Happy Music Monday! Everybody has one or two favorite movie themes, don't they? Maybe they're the ones you hum in your head to get you pumped up for the day, or maybe they're the ones that make you stop when you're flipping channels. Scott's done some thinking, and he's come up with his five. And if you're like him, you'll agree with pick number one:

Conan The Barbarian

 

Maybe- maybe -John Williams at the height of his powers could have come up with a better theme. But you know what? Basil Poledouris did it just fine. "Anvil Of Crom" is so hard-core that it has inspired D&D sessions for almost three decades and it still shows no sign of stopping. California, I hope this played every time your governor walked into the room to discuss policy with his rivals.

Even though no other movie theme can compare with Conan, we've still got four more coming after the jump. See you there?

Please remember our new Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Songs About Home. But before you start reminiscing, check out our current Music Monday. See you after the jump?

The Theme From "Shaft"

 

Naturally this much-beloved funk masterpiece has been adored and parodied and even covered but never once does it lose its trademark swagger. Not many themes become a sign of cultural cool, but when they do, they're always held up against this baaaad mother- what? I was just talking about Shaft!

The Raiders March

 

I admit it, I almost left this one off JUST to provoke a million comments about how stupid I was. But when the horns started, I just couldn't leave it out. I just COULDN'T. No other piece of music says "Let's get out there and see where we end up" like the theme to Indiana Jones. Even if every other part of the movie had failed, the soundtrack would still be well remembered.

Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger

 

Ironic listening began on one day in 1982 when Queen rejected Sylvester Stallone's request to use Another One Bites The Dust in Rocky III. Survivor's theme is forever linked with the 80s, with beating an adversary, and with the Cold War … and maybe that's the problem. The song was SO good at what it did that now, years later, it's often remembered as a joke! Maybe the next generation can look back at this movie theme without any baggage and treat it for what it is: a little slice of history.

The Theme From Team America: World Police very NSFW

 

Yes, it's better known by a different name. Yes, it's 100% offensive South Park style humor straight through. But it is a very succinct summary of what's at the heart of nearly every action movie ever made. Maybe that's why this puppet movie destroyed the live action version at the box office. Maybe it was just laughing with instead of laughing at.

Now it's your turn, dear movie lovers. Throw in all those fantastic themes Scott somehow overlooked. Could be just music, could have words, as long as it's from a movie, go nuts! Then maybe stop by our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.



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optia


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How could you forget the disco funk version of the Star Wars theme?
My mom used to play that on an old LP...

mossygreen


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What, no Flash Gordon?

Here is a trailer. I know it's the same song, but the first video is more Queen-oriented, while the latter is all about the magnificent red-and-yellow-ness of that ridiculous movie.

I mean, I'm not even a Queen fan, but damn.

cjhughes


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My favorite movie theme has got to be from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H.G. Wells
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CowboyDann


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cjhughes wrote:My favorite movie theme has got to be from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.



Aheeaheeahhhh Wah wah wa~ah

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I hope I'm not being too much of a pleb picking the obvious, I'll think up a good one to make up for this I swear Who doesn't like The Ghostbusters theme though?



here we go. I've never actually seen this movie but the theme is *amazing* I might spend the rest of the day listening to it now.
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miken927


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Gotta love the Top Gun theme!


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I Bet on Sky

miken927


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And:


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I Bet on Sky

vigilante1987


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You mentioned John Williams but didn't include the Star Wars theme?



ROGETRAY


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Ummmm...HELLO?! Why has no one mentioned the greatest song to the greatest movie in cinematic history?!?!?

Mannequin

Moueska


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Main themes only, or other bits and peices from movies that took our breath away?

Slydon


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ROGETRAY wrote:Ummmm...HELLO?! Why has no one mentioned the greatest song to the greatest movie in cinematic history?!?!



I'm going to walk across the room and punch you

Hi, I'm one of the writers. My powers are limited but I'll do what I can.

Slydon


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Moueska wrote:Main themes only, or other bits and peices from movies that took our breath away?



FOLLOW YOUR HEART

Hi, I'm one of the writers. My powers are limited but I'll do what I can.

Moueska


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Slydon wrote:FOLLOW YOUR HEART



HOW DID YOU KNOW I WAS GOING TO PICK SOMETHING FROM DISNEY?!

(link to be posted later - Hint: it's not an "actual" princess movie.)

LarryLars


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miken927 wrote:And:
"Live And Let Die"


Excellent !!!

Speaking of Bond, I love the theme from the 1967 Bond spoof "Casino Royale". It was composed by Bacharach & David and performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.



Of course the one Bond theme that set the gold standard for the rest: "Goldfinger", performed by Shirley Bassey.






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LarryLars


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ROGETRAY wrote:Ummmm...HELLO?! Why has no one mentioned the greatest song to the greatest movie in cinematic history?!?!?

Mannequin


Slydon wrote:I'm going to walk across the room and punch you



Scott, you definitely have been listening to "Eye Of The Tiger".


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tslothrop


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A theme, a title, and a Panther:

Moueska


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I remember when this was in theatres. Yes, it dates me, I know. But if you've ever had a moment in a movie with a sharp intake of breath, followed by a barely-suppresed "woah", this was mine. And I blame the music.

I was a tweenager, and was incredibly upset that it wasn't on the cassette soundtrack when Disney released it. Maybe they felt it was too short, or a waste of cassette space. Regardless, I eventually hunted it down, and still find it to be a breathtaking short peice.

inkycatz


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Moueska wrote:I remember when this was in theatres. Yes, it dates me, I know. But if you've ever had a moment in a movie with a sharp intake of breath, followed by a barely-suppresed "woah", this was mine. And I blame the music.

I was a tweenager, and was incredibly upset that it wasn't on the cassette soundtrack when Disney released it. Maybe they felt it was too short, or a waste of cassette space. Regardless, I eventually hunted it down, and still find it to be a breathtaking short peice.


This is so awesome, thank you.

I'm just hanging out, really.

Dex15


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I'm way too late for this, but I just watched Back to the Future (again) and found I liked the theme a lot.
Back to the Future Theme
This metal cover is also good.

Some great choices have been mentioned already so far. I have a few more themes to add that I liked, though maybe not as much as some of what has already been suggested.

The "real" James Bond Theme

While not a theme, this is the song I always primarily associate with the Peanuts movies (even though it was really just the one movie).
Linus and Lucy

Theme from Superman

A classic: Mission Impossible
Although that is the TV Show version. Here is the movie version: Mission Impossible Theme

And just for fun:
Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop Theme)
Mortal Kombat Theme

-Dex