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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 1970s
The sounds of mods, galaxies far, far away, Satanic children, zombies and a certain shark...

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The Exorcist – Krzysztof Penderecki (1973)

 


The Exorcist
Composer: Krzysztof Penderecki
One of the few categories in which William Friedkin’s terrifying horror movie didn’t get Oscar-nominated was Best Score – hardly surprising, considering The Exorcist mostly used pre-existing music to conjure up its menace. And boy does it work, with Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki contributing a few cues, including the magnificent Polymorphia, a track which sounds like all the nails in the world being dragged down all the blackboards in the universe at the exact same time. Kubrick clearly thought so, as he used it several years later for The Shining. And then there’s the song that launched a thousand ringtones: Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, a cascading clash of riffs that just might have influenced John Carpenter’s Halloween theme. Oldfield and Penderecki, together at last. Who can possibly resist?

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1 Animal House
Was disappointed to not see Animal House on this. Some great songs in that. Pleased to see American Graffiti though. That is the best soundtrack ever More

Posted by Sam elder on Thursday June 6, 2013, 20:14

2 MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
Midnight Express could have made the list perhaps? More

Posted by Siddharth on Sunday May 12, 2013, 01:47

3 where's CARRIE??
Assault on Precinct 13..?? seriously..?? i can agree on Carpenter's Halloween music, but, Assault..?? what about De Palma's Carrie..?? the memorable score's recently been used in tv's American Horror Story, WHICH should say something bout its legacy. and Get Carter..?? where's Rocky Horror Picture Show..?? Dirty Harry? SUPER FLY..?? The Deer Hunter or Midnight Express..or how about the original ALIEN..?? LOVE STORY...?? c'mon...there're TOO MANY more deserving MISSING here. More

Posted by Avengers12 on Thursday May 9, 2013, 10:21

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No Taxi Driver? Seriously??? More

Posted by frankie on Friday May 3, 2013, 17:33

5 Wot no CE3K?
At the risk of over-doing the John Williams presence, wot no Close Encounters? Five notes every bit as essential as Jaws's two. More

Posted by Erzig on Friday May 3, 2013, 08:46

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Where was Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack for Star Trek: The motion picture. the Main Theme is awesome. Just as good as the Star Wars Main Theme. More

Posted by NCC1701A on Thursday May 2, 2013, 12:57

7 Haircut
C'mon Empire, full circle and all that; Luke Skywalkers haircut is way back in vogue now. And since when was Han Solo anything but the coolest icon going (See 500 Days Of Summer) More

Posted by echofalls on Tuesday April 30, 2013, 19:26

8 Goblin - Suspiria
Where is Goblin's soundtrack for Suspiria? It's one of the greatest soundtracks, let alone horror soundtracks ever done. Hell, it's scary listening to it on it's own! More

Posted by Kev2012 on Tuesday April 30, 2013, 08:03

9 RE:
The description for The Exorcist is the same one as for Rocky. Still. Sort it out, Empire web-monkeys! More

Posted by DancingClown on Tuesday April 30, 2013, 07:59

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Imho the Enter the Dragon soundtrack deserves an honourable mention. Lalo Schifrin is up their with the best of them. More

Posted by empiregers on Monday April 29, 2013, 18:53

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Whoever thought of using Tubular Bells in The Exorcist was a genius. More

Posted by bretty on Monday April 29, 2013, 16:45

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That Superman-turkey was totally unnecessary. More

Posted by Pelle on Monday April 29, 2013, 15:55

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