In honor of of The Strathmore’s Sci-Fi Spectacular! (the exclamation mark is important, okay) we have an awesome list of the 10 best science fiction soundtracks OF ALL TIME. Let’s get nerdy.
Battlestar Galactica “Admiral and Commander”
Bear McCreary (who did all of Battlestar Galactica’s music) is THE MAN. I mean, first of all, his name is Bear. Second, he composed this absolutely heartbreaking music for the one and only Admiral Adama (played by Edward James Olmos, a god among men who happens to follow me on Twitter). Third, BAGPIPES. I think YouTube commenter sabfleet1985 sums it up best with “Battlestar was not a show. It was a work of art that showed us our flaws and strengths.”
Alien “Main Theme”
What can I say about the Alien score that hasn’t already been said by any fan of good soundtracks ever? It’s some of the spookiest shit I’ve ever listened too. Jerry Goldsmith’s work in this makes me want to curl up into a ball and sob. I’m simultaneously terrified and in awe.
Aliens “Futile Escape”
Looks like I’m terrified again. Except instead of curled up in a ball I’m running for my life. What can I say? I like it when movie score scare me and make me cry. Also, DEM STRINGS.
Sunshine “Main Theme”
This is what I mean when I say I love it when movie soundtracks make me cry. This is the very definition of uplifting, we can make it against the odds, music. Although, it might just be because I keep picturing Cillian Murphy’s beautiful face. Whatever.
Gattaca “The Departure”
I don’t think I can write anything that will do this movie/scene/soundtrack justice, so I’m just going to leave you with this: “For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I’m suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I’m not leaving… maybe I’m going home.”
Solaris “First Sleep”
I feel like the very beginning of this song would make the best iPhone ringtone. It’s beautiful and calming and just the right amount of robotic.
Steven Price, who composed Gravity’s soundtrack, is up for the Best Original Score Oscar this year and you can see (or hear) why. I really do feel like I’m about to be flung into space at any minute.
Blade Runner “Vangelis”
The soundtrack for Blade Runner is the very embodiment of science fiction. It sounds so cutting edge and cold and robotic. It’s perfect. It makes me want to go home and hug my Philip K. Dick anthology.
The Day the Earth Stood Still “Soundtrack Suite”
This is old school classic science fiction music (and cinema!) at its best. Klaatu barada nikto, everyone.
2001: A Space Odyssey “Also Sprach Zarathustra”
Everything Kubrick does is untouchable. 2001: A Space Odyssey is the greatest science fiction movie of all time. I think we’re done here.