Having just turned 90 years of age on 8th February 2022 John Williams is the most successful composer of film scores with an immense number of awards and to celebrate his landmark birthday he was asked what are the Top Ten favourite film scores of his
Crowned number one in the vote was the iconic soundtrack for the film E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Released in 1982, the film was directed by Steven Spielberg, with music composed and conducted by John Williams. The score was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat of winning the Academy Award , Golden Globe , Grammy and BAFTA.
The 1993 historical film Schindler’s List took the runner up spot. Also directed by Steven Spielberg, the original score features an awe-inspiring solo by famous violinist Itzhak Perlman. The album also won the Academy Award for best original Score , the BAFTA award for Best Film Music and the Grammy Award for Best Score soundtrack along with a Golden Globe nomination. Jurassic Park came in at number three, with Jaws at number four and Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) at number five.
The top 10 features six of John Williams’ collaborations with Steven Spielberg including the top three along with Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In total Williams and Spielberg have collaborated on 28 films together with Spielberg as director.
As a composer, John Williams has won 25 Grammy Awards, seven BAFTA’s, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globes. With 52 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.
The full top ten are listed below. Scala Radio will be revealing the top ten tomorrow across the day from 10am.
1. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
2. Schindler’s List
3. Jurassic Park
5. Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV)
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
10. Home Alone