What are your top 5 favourite James Horner scores?

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    We’ve had two James Horner reviews on our site recently. So I thought I’d ask: What are your top 5 Horners?

    I think mine are:

    2. Avatar
    3. Aliens
    4. Braveheart
    5. Titanic

    Yeah, I know. All very predictable, except maybe no. 1. But I have about 70 Horner scores, and I could mention tons of runner-ups.


    I don’t make lists but Braveheart would be very close to the top, if not at the top.

    Malte MüllerMalte Müller

    Maybe Aliens, Braveheart, Brainstorm, Star Trek II and Willow, Legends of the Fall is nice although a bit very saccharine. Titanic is probably one of my less favorite ones 😉


    My list would probably be something like this:

    1. Krull
    2. Living in the Age of Airplanes
    3. Sneakers
    4. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
    5. Aliens

    Why Star Trek III and not II, you may wonder, with II being many people’s favorite? Well, I never really liked the main theme from II, for one thing. I always thought it sounded uninspired an forced. I remember being very disappointed with it, after having been spoiled at that point with all the great Williams themes from the first two Star Wars films, as well as Goldsmith’s wonderful Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Of course, Horner’s ST II theme IS used quite a bit in III also, but III has a lot of other material that I think surpasses a lot of what II has to offer: The Klingon action material, and the music for Spock and Vulcan, particularly the Katra Ritual sequence.


    Interesting that you have KRULL as no. 1. I’ve had the 2CD forever, but except a track or two, it’s never done anything for me (it’s exasperating; and too much ‘horror’ material). But I’ve recently re-programmed the tracks into the old Southern Cross programme (the short, original one), and have high hopes that this new presentation will lead to a new appreciation of this score.

    Malte MüllerMalte Müller

    How could I forget KRULL, that’s a favorite Horner of mine as well. Only know the Southern Cross version.


    You’re right, Thor – the KRULL 2CD IS a bit too much to get through in one sitting. I don’t think I’ve ever done that myself! But in appropriate doses, I really enjoy the wonderful energy and vigour in Horner’s writing here. And he was barely 30 at the time!

    Jon AanensenJon Aanensen

    1. Field Of Dreams
    2. Braveheart
    3. Commando
    4. Titanic
    5. Flightplan

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