1. Duel of the Fates
Forget Anakin Skywalker. Forget Obi-wan. Forget Luke. Master composer John Williams is the greatest hero of all of “Star Wars.” His score for the original “Star Wars” to this day holds some of, if not THE most memorable bits of music in movie history, and he knocked it right out of the park again when he came back to compose for the prequel trilogy. “Duel of the Fates” joins the ranks of the greatest bits of hummable classics like the main theme and the Imperial March. The booming choir sings an old Welsh poem in Sanskrit, making every listening an old-world, near-religious experience – absolute perfection for mythic essence that surrounds “Star Wars.” The brass and orchestra go from creeping and crawling to frantic and frenzied, truly capturing the chaos and tension of battle. It’s sweeping. It’s epic. It’s the best thing to come out of the “Star Wars” prequels.
There’s so much from the original trilogy that is coming back in one form or another for “The Force Awakens,” but if there had to be one thing from the prequels to return in the new movies, it’s this masterpiece. Go ahead, give it another listen. I bet it still gives you goosebumps.