John Carpenter composed a minimalist, keyboard-based score in a style that's often imitated, but rarely bettered.
John Williams' shark theme is barely a melody, but it contains what may be the eight most memorable notes in movie history.
Bernard Hermann's nerve-jangling works for this Alfred Hitchcock pic are the pretty much the epitome of music that says what words can't.
Mike Oldfield's tinkling melody "Tubular Bells" wasn't written for the iconic pic, but it's all anyone remembers from the soundtrack.
Harry Manfredini's score is built around eerie whispers that foreshadow the killer's identity and make use of Manfredini's own voice.
Composer Jerry Goldsmith won the only Oscar of his long career for this score, whose highlight is the chant "Ave Satani," or "Hail Satan."
John Murphy took a cue from John Carpenter when crafting the weirdly appropriate, spare score for this chaotic zombie flick.
Polish jazzman Krzysztof Komeda scored many Roman Polanski films, but he never surpassed this movie's lyrical "Lullaby."
Dario Argento's candy-colored imagery and Goblin's complex, insinuating score make this gem a high-water mark in Italian horror.
Manfred Hubler and Sigfried Schwab's music is perfect for the Euro-art aesthetic: Funky, freaky, and just plain weird.