Movie Theme Songs

What are the best movie theme songs?

A movie theme song is usually referred to as the song played during the opening or closing credits. But a good theme song is more than simply background music for the credits. Instead, it is the music that represents the overall theme of the movie itself.

Choosing the best movie theme songs was not an easy task. First, we had to decide what classified as a “theme” song and what didn’t. Then, we had to pick the absolute best of the songs before listing them here. In doing so, we found we had enough songs to create separate pages for both James Bond Songs and Disney Songs. So we created a special page for each of them instead of listing them here. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song. A detailed listing of each song is provided below the playlist.

 “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton from 9 to 5 (1980)

“Against All Odds” by Phil Collins from Against All Odds (1984)

“Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

“Arthur’s Theme” by Christopher Cross fromArthur (1981)

“Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis from Chariots of Fire (1981)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Main Theme by John Williams from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (1985)

E.T. Main Theme by John Williams from E.T. (1982)

“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor from Rocky III (1982)

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins from Footloose (1984)

“Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio from Dangerous Minds (1995)

“Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. from Ghostbusters (1984)

“Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti from Rocky (1976)

“Grease” by Franki Valli from Grease (1978)

“Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams from Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith from Armageddon (1998)

Jaws Main Theme by John Williams from Jaws (1975)

Jurassic Park Main Theme by John Williams from Jurassic Park (1993)

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem from 8 Mile (2002)

“Men in Black” performed by Will Smith from Men in Black (1997)

“Mission Impossible” by Danny Elfman from Mission Impossible (1996)

“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion from Titanic (1997)

“Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison from Pretty Woman (1990)

The Pink Panther Theme by Henri Mancini from The Pink Panther (1963 & 2006)

“Raiders March” by John Williams from Indiana Jones (1981)

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King from Stand by Me (1986)

Star Trek Main Theme by from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams from Star Wars trilogy (1977)

“Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees from Saturday Night Live (1977)

“Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen from Philadelphia (1993)

Superman Main Theme by John Williams from Superman (1978)

“The Sound of Music” performed by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)

“The Way We Were” by Barbra Streisand from The Way We Were (1973)

Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hays from Shaft (1971)

“Tubular Bells” by from The Exorcist (1973)

“What A Feeling” by Irene Cara from Flashdance (1983)