It seems like it was just three days ago when we started our Top 25 Movie Instrumental Theme Songs. Now we are officially entering the top 10. This is where it gets serious! Does ET beat out the James Bond Theme, and where does the Star Wars Intro fall? All of these questions will be answered in due time. These testimonials to the treble clef is just amazing how often these songs are reused. All of the top ten can be attributed to commercials and other films. That’s the unbelievable part of it. Think about if you are some classically trained conductor, who instead of spending your time playing Bach in front some pompous old folks, or playing in the park to a capacity crowd of 11 people, you come up with a epic jam that it could out-shine a 50 Cent album. Got to love it. The List:
10.) ET Theme- Listen, if there is life on another planet (Al and I debate this all the time), I hope it’s like ET. This cross-dressing-bike-basket-sitting alien is awesome. Granted, he doesn’t get rid of a cat problem like ALF, but he doesn’t talk a lot like Jar Jar Binx. Also, the whole glowing finger and flying thing could be useful. It’s Friday at 5 o’clock and you are stuck in traffic trying to get to happy hour. Well, with this guy that car just floats up in the air over traffic and you actually get a bar seat for happy hour over that 28 year old restaurant cook that still lives with his parents and shows up to happy hour two hours early.
9.) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Theme- For any western-style gun standoff this is the song. It has been used in everything from softdrink commercials to salsa. This song is perfect for any standoff, even those not involving guns. If I am about to have a street fight standoff with Jean Claude Van Dam (I would whoop his French ass by the way), this song is perfect. Guile from Street Fighter would get a Ryu uppercut in that one.
8.) 2001 Space Odyssey- Ha, I love this intro. Granted, the movie is not exactly the greatest thing I have ever watched but the intro sure helps. I have to laugh every time I hear it. It is perfect to use when panning any all-you-can-eat asian buffet that stretches for about 2 miles and you know you are going to crush about 6 plates.
7.) Darth Vader Theme- Best villain of all time. He is taller than everybody. He has armor and a breathing apparatus. His voice is James Earl Jones. He has the force. There is no comparison to any other bad guy. To top it all off, he became a good guy in the end. That is why Darth has got the best theme song for a villain. Just putting Darth in front of any name makes it more deadly. Like “Darth Hotdog” – betcha that thing will eat your soul from the inside. “Darth Bic Pen” – you’ll be able to write the most villainous stuff known to man.
6.) Chariots of Fire Song- AWESOME! Period. This song is for everything. That athletic catch of the overthrown can of beer at the tailgate. The shopping cart race against some fat lady to get in line at the only checkout counter Walmart has open at 6pm on a monday. They are all perfect examples of the universal nature of the tune.
They Sometimes Call Me Darth Tater,