Howard Shore’s soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings Trilogy has been voted the number one film score for the sixth year in a row.
The music at the heart of Jackson’s now-iconic films has been honoured once again by the listeners of the UK’s Classic FM, who vote annually on their favourite motion picture scores.
This year’s list placed soundtrack heavy-hitters John Williams and Hans Zimmer in the top three, with John Barry, Ennio Morricone and Klaus Badelt rounding out the rest of the top 10.
#1 The Lord of the Rings (Shore)
#2 Schindler’s List (Williams)
#3 Gladiator (Zimmer)
#4 Star Wars (Williams)
#5 Out of Africa (Barry)
#6 Dances with Wolves (Barry)
#7 Harry Potter (Williams)
#8 The Mission (Morricone)
#9 Jurassic Park (Williams)
#10 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Badelt)
In an interview with Classic FM Elijah Wood, who played Frodo in the Lord of the Rings movies, said of the scores that they “transcend the films themselves”, comparing them to the works of Williams.
“The pieces from Star Wars are so iconic. We hear the music, we know the films, and I think to a certain degree that’s the case with Rings, too,” he said. “Those pieces of music – you think about the Hobbiton theme – they’re really iconic.”
Lower down the list, the compositions of James Horner (Avatar, Titanic, Braveheart, Apollo 13) saw a surge in popularity following his tragic death in a plane crash earlier this year, while Zimmer’s work on Interstellar ranked as the highest newcomer at #43.