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Star Wars named nation's favourite movie soundtrack

Director and writer of "Star Wars" George Lucas (C) poses with cast members. Photo: Reuters

The theme tune to sci-fi hit Star Wars has been named the nation's favourite movie music.

The iconic composition by score veteran John Williams beat the accompaniment to films such as Grease and Lawrence of Arabia.

Runner-up in the BBC poll to find the greatest soundtrack of all time was Ennio Morricone's score for The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

Viewers and listeners from across the BBC's services chose the original Star Wars movie, which later became known as Episode IV: A New Hope.

Williams landed an Oscar for his work on the film, which also included the well-known jazz-style Cantina Band scene.

John Williams composed music for all of Lucas' "Star Wars" films. Credit: REUTERS/Chris Pizzello CP/SA

Although much of the music in the list was specially written for the screen, the soundtrack at number ten Apocalypse Now is best known for its inclusion of Ride Of The Valkyries which featured in Richard Wagner's Ring cycle and was written in the mid 19th century.

The shortlist of soundtracks was put together by broadcasters and movie music experts.

The top ten is:

  • 1. Star Wars - John Williams
  • 2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Ennio Morricone
  • 3. West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
  • 4. Lawrence of Arabia - Maurice Jarre
  • 5. Vertigo - Bernard Herrmann
  • 6. The Third Man - Anton Karas
  • 7. Dark Knight Rises - Hans Zimmer
  • 8. Grease - Various
  • 9. The Sound of Music - Rogers & Hammerstein
  • 10. Apocalypse Now - Richard Wagner