The theme to E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial is a classic tune, that can immediately invoke a wave of nostalgia for a generation of Steven Spielberg fans. But, before it was tugging our heart strings, Spielberg and composer John Williams were banging that sucker out on a piano to make it sound just right.
We're all guilty of unconsciously humming the Star Wars theme sometimes. Admit it, you even imagine the text crawl is describing the epic events of your work day. Well, vocalist Nick McKaig took geeky humming to a whole new level when he recorded himself mimicking every single instrument from John Williams' iconic theme song, then put them all together.
In a very real sense, composer John Williams - 80 years old, today - is responsible for the sound of modern genre entertainment, given that he wrote the music for so many films that have been enshrined as sci-fi and fantasy classics: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, etc. Here are 10 of his best...and one non-genre score we couldn't do without.