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Which of the Star Wars Saga scores are your favorites?

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Strilo , Jan 28, 2020.


Which of the Star Wars Saga scores are your favorites?

  1. The Phantom Menace

    33 vote(s)
  2. Attack Of The Clones

    11 vote(s)
  3. Revenge Of The Sith

    28 vote(s)
  4. A New Hope

    25 vote(s)
  5. The Empire Strikes Back

    58 vote(s)
  6. Return Of The Jedi

    14 vote(s)
  7. The Force Awakens

    4 vote(s)
  8. The Last Jedi

    3 vote(s)
  9. The Rise Of Skywalker

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Dec 20, 2015
    The Empire Strikes Back. It's operatic, for the most operatic episode.

    One thing to try is this. Play "The Rebel Fleed / End Credits" track, and try to imagine it is the end of a stage opera. As each motif is played, imagine the character whose motif it is walking back out onto the stage for the end-of-performance cast gathering, each waving to the audience until they are all there. Yoda, Vader, Leia etc

    That's how it makes me feel, as if it is a grand opera.
  2. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 9

    May 18, 2017
    Yes ESB is perfect to me. The ending left me so sad as a kid. Those kind of movies just didn't have sad endings back then.
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  3. themoth

    themoth Force Ghost star 5

    Dec 5, 2015
    TESB, ANH and ROTS stand out for me.
  4. Iceblazer

    Iceblazer Jedi Padawan

    Sep 7, 2020
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
    Every track on there is some of William's best.
    I can almost assume he had fun making that one.
    Close runner ups are tracks.
    Jawa sancrawler
    Rebel Fleet/End credits because of the former SW galaxies online game.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2020
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  5. CampOfSorgan

    CampOfSorgan Jedi Master star 4

    Apr 27, 2020
    Probably Episode V’s soundtrack.
    I love all the music on Bespin. Plus it has “The Asteroid Field”, Imperial March, “Yoda And The Force”...

    All the soundtracks on Episodes 1-6 are great. Episode 7’s soundtrack is really good as well.

    I can’t say I find myself listening to much from Episode 8 & 9. “The Battle of Crait” from TLJ does a great job using the Falcon’s theme though.
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2020
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  6. Darth Buzz

    Darth Buzz Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 25, 2018
    Revenge of the Sith. Padme's Ruminations, I'm so Sorry, Anakin's betrayal, need I say more?
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  7. wobbits

    wobbits Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Apr 12, 2017
    It's hard to choose between the first 6 films but ROTS as a whole is just beautiful.
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  8. Bia Surik

    Bia Surik Jedi Youngling

    Sep 22, 2020
    Very difficult choice between The Empire Strikes Back and The Phantom Menace, John Williams don't be indicated to Academy Awards for a last one was a absurd!
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  9. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    Did you folks choose your top 3? The poll allows that.
  10. Trev Elyt

    Trev Elyt Jedi Knight star 2

    Mar 22, 2019
    It’s really hard to choose one, but I really think The Empire Strikes Back just takes the cake. It incorporates some of my favorite themes from A New Hope (Binary Sunset, Princess Leia’s Theme, The Throne Room, etc.) and introduces so many iconic new ones — The Imperial March, Han Solo and the Princess, Yoda’s Theme, etc. (Not to mention, The Rebel Fleet/End Title might be my favorite piece of finale music out of all nine films in the saga.)

    I think my top three (out of all the films) would probably be The Empire Strikes Back, A New Hope and MAYBE Revenge of the Sith? It’s so hard to choose, though, they’re all so brilliant.
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  11. R.D.

    R.D. Jedi Knight star 3

    Nov 26, 2015
    Ooh, choosing between the OT is insanely hard for me...I suppose, yeah, I'll have to go for Empire, with ANH running up for iconic themes. ROTJ definitely has some good tricks too, and in this case, John William's theme for the ending scene in the SE definitely beats Yub Nub I have to say!

    PT, I think I'll choose TPM, ROTS comes up behind it. ST, TFA also wins, with the other two mostly borrowing the best leitmotifs from that really.
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  12. MrJ3ST3R

    MrJ3ST3R Jedi Padawan star 1

    Nov 30, 2020
    I remember when the Phantom Menace premiered...Duel of Fates was on the top ten on TRL (Total Request Live) on MTV. Super cool experience.
  13. Lixir

    Lixir Jedi Youngling

    Dec 14, 2020
    ESB , but ROTJ is not far behind
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  14. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

    Oct 4, 1998
    RotJ reprises all the great themes from ANH and ESB, plus it has the Into The Trap theme, which doesn't get nearly enough love.
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  15. MatthewZ

    MatthewZ Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Sep 21, 2003
    This has always been my take.
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  16. HolyKenobi93

    HolyKenobi93 Jedi Knight star 1

    Nov 15, 2020
    TPM is definitely my favorite. Williams use of leitmotif throughout the saga is the thing I love most about his music and Episode I features the most ambitious and consistently brilliant use of leitmotif then any other film in the saga. The way he re-works the imperial march into Anakin's theme and sneaks Palpatine's theme into the victory celebration is just brilliant and the new material is great as well (Duel of the Fates, Qui-Gon's theme, etc.).

    ESB is a close second. As others have said, it takes the already brilliant score from the first film and builds on it beautifully.

    It's hard to pick a third favorite. I really love the ROTJ score but its a little less cohesive then some of the others. Same goes for ROTS. I think I'll have to go for ANH, because it was the first and everything else builds on it. Also the binary sunset is one of the greatest fusions of music and visuals in the history of film.
  17. CISMestizo

    CISMestizo Jedi Knight star 1

    Jun 14, 2020
    I just really like the The Phantom Menace soundtrack. Just like the movie it just sounds really fun and epic. Droid March is definitely one of my farvorites and true match for the Imperial March, but Duel of Fates is great and pushes what kind of music can be in Star Wars, and the song in the lead up to the Podrace is just epic, the song when they go to Otoh Gunga is whimsical. One score that I really wished they'd use more was Qui-gonn's theme. You hear it when he first fights Darth Maul and a more melancholic version right after he dies. I think part of why I like it so much is just like the movie it has an adventurous kind of light hearted feel to it. The soundtrack just has a lot of memorable pieces in it and is kind of the basis for the rest of the Trilogy.
  18. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    Qui-Gon's theme is underrated for sure.
  19. DBPirate

    DBPirate Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 20, 2015
    My three favorites would be Revenge of the Sith, The Phantom Menace, and The Empire Strikes Back. I find the TPM score to be the most underrated. Duel of the Fates is usually the only track singled out there when the entire score has so many excellent moments -- the Naboo space battle, the Jedi Council meeting, the arrival on Coruscant, Qui-Gon's theme, Otoh Gunga, the Trade Federation theme, and of course, Anakin's theme.

    Following those three would be Return of the Jedi and then either of ANH or AOTC. TFA would be the best in the sequel trilogy for having the most memorable new themes of the three. TLJ and TROS are easily the weakest score-wise.
  20. R_W 7567

    R_W 7567 Jedi Youngling

    Jan 19, 2021
    I liked the scores in the order the movies were produced, but tbh i don't like any of the new scores (2014 and down)
  21. Sith Lord 2015

    Sith Lord 2015 Jedi Master star 4

    Oct 30, 2015
    While the Ewok theme gets WAY more attention. Hell, it gets more play time in the ROTJ end titles than all the other themes.
  22. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    That has always annoyed me...
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  23. Jimbing

    Jimbing Jedi Padawan star 1

    Oct 15, 2020
    Empire when Han gets put on ice. Love it.
    Phantom Menace...strong dislike for that quick trumpet they hammered to death during every battle scene. Patapappappappappapa! Patapappappappappapa! Patapappappappappapa! Worst. I bet the trumpeter who played that looked at the music sheets and was like, "Da heck? Ok...whatever."
  24. Strilo

    Strilo Manager Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Aug 6, 2001
    Uh what?
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  25. Awushi Awere

    Awushi Awere Jedi Knight star 1

    May 11, 2020
    Each three fav scores:

    01. Duel of the Fates
    02. Anakin defeats Sebulba
    03. The Droids Attack

    01. Across the Stars
    02. Return to Tatooine
    03. Finding Kamino

    01. Battle of the Heroes
    02. Padmé's Remunitions
    03. Battle over Coruscant

    01. The Hologram / Binary Sunset
    02. Imperial Attack
    03. The Battle of Yavin

    01. The Imperial March
    02. Yoda's Theme
    03. The Battle of Hoth

    01. A Jedi's Fury
    02. Luke and Leia
    03.The Emperor's Throne Room

    01. Rey's Theme
    02. The Jedi Steps and Finale
    03. March of Resistance

    01. The Spark
    02. Ahch-To Island
    03. The Last Jedi

    01. The Rise of Skywalker
    02. A New Home
    03. Journey to Exegol

    Honorable mentions:
    I - Swimming to Otoh Gunga
    I - Qui-Gon's Theme
    I - The Parade
    II - Zam Chase Pt. I
    III - Execute Order 66
    III - The Immolation Scene
    III - Padmé's Funeral / Rise of the Empire
    IV - The Moisture Farm
    IV - The Cantina Band
    IV - The Throne Room
    V - The Astroid Field
    V - The Clash of Lightsabers
    V - The Rebel Fleet / End Titles
    VI - Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
    VI - The Battle of Endor I
    VI - Vader's Redemption
    VI - Anakin's Death
    VI - Victory Celebration / End Title
    VII - Finn's Confession
    VII - The Starkiller
    VII - Kylo Ren arrives at the Battle
    VIII - The Rebellion is Reborn
    IX - Anthem of Evil
    IX - Battle of the Resistance
    IX - The Force Is With You
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