The 10 Most Iconic John Williams Scores Ever

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"RARRR!": Composer John Williams during tracking sessions for the Jurassic Park score. Maybe.
Today John Williams turns 80 years old, and the prolific composer has packed in a lot of work in the past five decades as one of the most iconic movie music makers to lead an orchestra. No doubt you have been enthralled, enraptured and enfrightened (not a word) by his collaborations with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone.

He's sort of like a one-man Beatles of magic and majesty. Did you know that he also did the music for the first season of Gilligan's Island and wrote the theme song for television's Lost in Space?

Even his lesser known works, like his scores for Hook, Empire of the Sun and The Sugarland Express, have their cult followings.


Jurassic Park

Who else was going to write the music to go with dinosaurs brought back to life to kill us all and teach us a lesson about letting sleeping raptors lie?


Superman

Our suggestion is to put this on your iPod for when you go to the gym. It will give that extra push when you start running out of fuel. Cheaper than steroids.


Jaws

The simple opening was enough to destroy the bathtub industry in the '70s.


Star Wars

This, along with "The Imperial March" written for Darth Vader, is now shorthand for awesome, and one of the most heard ringtones at sci-fi conventions and comic book shops. All of his work in the Star Wars universe is worth owning. Especially Phantom Menace stuff.


E.T.

Williams's music helped us fall in love with a lovable alien from another world. Today, the little guy would have been sent to Gitmo and never seen again.


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emma
emma

Used to love Close Encounters as a kid. Think every kid I knew in the 70s who ran across a piano or keyboard would attempt to play the 5 note keyboard song. Happy Birthday! Had no idea he was 80, would have guessed he'd be in his 60s or something.

KidBoom84
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"Cadillac of the Skies" from the Empire of the Sun soundtrack is still my favorite.

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