John Barry's classic score is this year's highest climber, going up 37 places
John Barry might be known for a heavy reliance on strings and brass in his film soundtracks, but Midnight Cowboy is evidence of an experimental side. The strings make an appearance eventually, but the most striking aspect of the tune is the meandering harmonica solo. In 1970, the theme (sans harmonica) was covered by Ferrante & Teicher and reached number 10 in the US pop chart.
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Discover the 2014 Movie Music Hall of Fame
Wondering which pieces of great film music made it into last year’s top 100? You can explore the whole of the 2014 Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame right now, starting with John Barry’s wonderful music for ‘Midnight Cowboy’.