Spotify released a playlist titled Best of Star Wars, and we thought that it’s the perfect day to listen to this kickass playlist. May the 4th is the official Star Wars Day–so if your boss hasn’t permitted you to take a holiday to commemorate this religious holiday, quit. Or don’t. The economy is pretty shit right now, you need your job.
So how can you celebrate Star Wars Day when you’re slogging away at work, crunching down numbers and preparing for presentations? Well, the only way to do it is to listen to some EPIC, groundbreaking music that has defined the series of cult classic films, STAR WARS.
John Williams is an American composer, musical director and pianist. He is most famous for the epic soundtrack that he composed for the STAR WARS saga. I could go on about how his compositions are melancholic and grand, melodious and paradigm-shifting, but the only way to truly celebrate his evocative music, is to listen to it. Spotify’s playlist is actually great for this purpose, and I thought I’d make your job easier by listing down the Top 10 Star Wars tracks here.
Cantina Band – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: A New Hope
Cantina Band starts off with a jumpy, jolly jazz tune, and transports you to a speakeasy pub in 1920s New York City. You’re there in your flapper dress and Gatsby is in front of you, and you’re just having a good time. Totally different from the regular dramatic, epic symphony feels of other Star Wars scores.
Battle of the Heroes – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Oh, this is battle music alright. You immediately feel like you’re one of the soldiers on the Millenium Falcon fighting against the Sith, and you’re tearing up because it just might be the last time you breathe. It’s fucking epic and grand, and reminds you of why STAR WARS is still one of the greatest sagas of all time.
Across the Stars – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Super romantic and soft, Across the Stars is as beautiful, musically, as it is visually, in the film. The orchestra takes you on a journey where you’re flying through the cosmos, just like they do in Episode II, Attack of the Clones. Dreamy and gorgeous, this music has the power to tear you up. Listen, cry, smile, and enjoy.
Finale – John Williams | Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker
I mean, it’s perfect. The violins, cellos, piano, and multi-instrument collaboration gives birth to a finale song that is only befitting to a film at such a grand scale. Not only is it conclusive, it lifts you up, tears you down, takes you through a rollercoaster midway, around 5:22, and then ends with all the instruments merging into one extraordinary climax.
Anakin vs Obi-Wan – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Blood-rushing, heart-pumping, endorphins-gushing, adrenaline-thumping, Anakin vs Obi-Wan is the PERFECT duel battle song. As the two of them battle over a burning ship, their blue Lightsabers shining through their duel, we watch while biting our nails and cringing throughout. John Williams perfectly captures this emotion through a music that is as nerve-wrecking as the scene unfolding before our eyes. What a genius.
Duel of the Fates – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Starting with a choir and then merging these voices with a rapid, hungry orchestra whose violin takes us on an emotional journey, Duel of the Fates feels out of this world. It is grand, it is angry, it is demanding, but it is also extremely melodious at the same time.
Rey’s Theme – John Williams | Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rey is a survivor; a scavenger, but she’s also kindhearted and is shaped immensely by the mysterious power of the ‘force’. She believes herself to be a nobody, but is much more than that. She is headstrong, brave, hedonistic but fiercely loyal. John Williams does justice to her complex character with this theme that is youthful, soft, but also evocative of courage and nobility.
The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Imperial March is everything that captures the Darth Vader accurately: military and commanding, proud and chilling, authoritarian and epic beyond regular proportions. It concludes in a military-style salute to the Darth Vader, imbibing a submissive tone towards him, while also explicitly showing the fear that he commands.
The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
The Rise of Skywalker seems to take you on a journey through Rey’s life–from an innocent, softer beginning to a grand middle where realisation of who she is hits her, to a slow ending that seems to imply that she has awareness of his responsibility, and has chosen to take the ‘Skywalker’ surname as her own. This is the first time in the Star Wars universe that someone has CHOSEN their dynasty, and only adds to Rey’s conviction. Through this score, she has risen as a Skywalker, and is ready to fight for what that means, with both Luke and Leia’s blessings.
Star Wars (Main Theme) – John Williams, London Symphony Orchestra | Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
I mean, John Williams established himself as one of the greatest musical geniuses through this main theme song. First releasing in 1977, this song warned the theatre audiences that their world was about to change. It welcomed them into the intergalactic, larger-than-life universe of Star Wars, the battles that they must fight, the technology that will awe them, and the very relatable interrelationships between characters. The London Symphony Orchestra proved their skill and finesse, and since then, John Williams became a musical legend.