“Harry Potter” Is the Most Recognizable Film Score of All Time, New Poll Suggests
In a recent study conducted by OnePoll, 2,000 participants were tested by their recognition of iconic film scores. Out of the study, Harry Potter landed on top as the most recognizable film score of all time at 36%.
The study involved playing small bits of film scores, with participants choosing which movie the score belonged to. It was not specified which Harry Potter scores were included in the study. Followed by Harry Potter on the list were Titanic at 32% and Inception at 23%. Also in the top ten were West Side Story, Gone with the Wind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Psycho, Star Wars, and Rocky.
A good chunk of participants were confident in their knowledge of film scores yet struggled to guess even some of the more well-known film scores. In fact, 45% mistook John Williams’s Star Wars for something else or surrendered by saying they didn’t know. The Inception theme by Hans Zimmer was often mistaken for Harry Potter, while Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Dark Knight seemed to be confused for one another.
The study was conducted to promote the smartphone OPPO Find X3 Pro. Along with this promotion, iconic film composer Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Interstellar, Pirates of the Caribbean) had this to say about creating a great film score:
You’re supposed to do something new, and you’re supposed to do something inventive. You’re supposed to put all these things together into two notes.
A majority of participants agreed that a great film score can make or break a movie viewing experience. Similarly, respondents agreed that a poor movie can be improved with a great film score.
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