Saturday, August 31, 2013


I want to start a new feature on this blog that is akin to the You Tube Film Music Cue of the Day, in that it deals, once again, with one of the great passions of my life:  FILM MUSIC.

I have a huge document called My Top Scores List in which I have picked the Top 5 Film Scores for each year since 1980 along with some commentary on my choices.
You can imagine that by now the list is fairly long and contains a lot of info that I think is blog-worthy so I'm going to start publishing excerpts from the list right here on my blog.

without further ado
Here is Film Music Musings

A good friend of mine (yep, Frank, this is for you) asked me about the Top Scores of the 1960s, so here are my picks for both the 1960s and 1950s.
Now these scores are in no particular order so consider them a group and I only have a Top 10 list for the 50s but there are 20 scores for the 60s.

Top Scores of the Decade: 1960s
No Particular Order

Spartacus - 1960 Alex North
Goldfinger - 1964 John Barry
The Magnificent Seven - 1960 Elmer Bernstein
Lawrence of Arabia - 1962 Maurice Jarre
To Kill a Mockingbird - 1962 Elmer Bernstein
Romeo and Juliet - 1968 Nino Rota
Planet of the Apes - 1968 Jerry Goldsmith
Psycho - 1960 Bernard Herrmann
Cool Hand Luke - 1967 Elmer Bernstein
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - 1967 Ennio Morricone
The Lion in Winter – 1968 John Barry
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 1969 John Barry
The Agony and the Ecstacy - 1965 Alex North
How the West Was Won - 1962 Alfred Newman
Fall of the Roman Empire - 1964 Dimitri Tiomkin
Becket - 1964 Laurence Rosenthal
The Alamo - 1960 Dimitri Tiomkin
Doctor Zhivago 1965 - Maurice Jarre
The Great Escape -1963 Elmer Bernstein
Mutiny on the Bounty – 1962 Bronislau Kaper

Top Scores of the Decade: 1950s
No Particular Order

Ben-Hur - 1959 Miklos Rozsa
A Streetcar Named Desire - 1951 Alex North
On the Waterfront - 1954 Leonard Bernstein
Sunset Boulevard - 1950 Franz Waxman
Quo Vadis - 1951Miklos Rozsa
High Noon - 1952 Dimitri Tiomkin
The Ten Commandments - 1956 Elmer Bernstein
Vertigo - 1958 Bernard Herrmann
The Big Country - 1958 Jerome Moross
North by Northwest - 1955 Bernard Herrmann


  1. For the 1950s, I would add Duke Ellington's jazz score for ANATOMY OF A MURDER and Henry Mancini's score for TOUCH OF EVIL.

  2. I'd also had Bernard Herrmann's score for JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS to the 1960s list.

  3. Just one more: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. Ennio Morricone. Some of the most beautiful film music ever. In my opinion.