BBC launches vote for the greatest film soundtrack of all time

The BBC’s Sound Of Cinema season kicks off with a vote for the greatest movie soundtrack

classical music news
Published: September 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm


The BBC has invited audiences to vote for their favourite film soundtrack of all time as part of its Sound Of Cinema season.

The poll marks the beginning of the Sound of Cinema season, which celebrates the composers, performers and film scores that have been bringing film to life since the earliest sound-synced pictures.

Audiences have been given a shortlist of soundtracks including the music for Mary Poppins, Psycho, Star Wars and The Third Man. The list was compiled by a panel that includes BBC Radio 3’s Matthew Sweet, BBC Radio 4’s Francine Stock and conductor Robert Ziegler.

Sound of Cinema starts with Neil Brand’s three-part series, Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies, which begins today, Thursday 12 September, on BBC Four at 9pm. There will be programmes on Radio 3, BBC Four, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Asian Network.

The full soundtrack shortlist is:

8½ ‘Otto e Mezo’ – Nino Rota
Apocalypse Now (Ride of the Valkyries) – Wagner
Billy Eliot (Swan Lake theme) – Tchaikovsky
Bombay – AR Rahman
Dark Knight Rises Suite – Hans Zimmer
Django Unchained – Luis Baclov, Riz Ortolani and Ennio Morricone
Grease – various
Lawrence of Arabia (main theme) – Maurice Jarre
Mary Poppins – Sherman Brothers
Planet of the Apes – Jerry Goldsmith
Psycho – Bernard Herrmann
Sholay – RD Burman
The Sound of Music – Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein II
Star Wars (main theme) – John Williams
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Ennio Morricone, arr. David Arnold
The Third Man – Anton Karas, arr. Cox
The Wizard of Oz – Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg and Herbert Stothard
There Will Be Blood – Jonny Greenwood
Vertigo – Bernard Herrmann
West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein

The vote closes at midnight on Friday 20 September. The top track will be announced on Friday 27 September and performed live on BBC Radio 3 by the BBC Concert Orchestra. Vote now at


For more details about the Sound of Cinema season, visit the BBC website.

Sponsored content