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  • Pick an R&B or Soul tune made from the mid 50's to the late 70's. Any R&B or Soul tune made during that time. Chances are it was written by Smokey Robinson, and if not, then it was probably written by Curtis Mayfield, both of which wrote dozens to possibly hundreds of songs, and started when they were teenager, and both of which who were innovative bandleaders who inspired artist after artist for decades, from tunes of the pains and wonders of love, to deep songs about the anguish of poverty. It's no wonder they're considered two of the greatest songwriters and composers of the 20th Century.
  • Duke Ellington, and his Man Behind the Man Billy Strayhorn.
  • Art Tatum. There's a reason why many consider him the best pianist of the 20th Century, and the best jazz pianist of all time. Hell, there's even a scientific term named after him (the fastest tempo possible that is still recognizable as a rhythm).
  • Koji Kondo is a strong candidate for best video game composer ever.
    • Or else Kenji Yamamoto, solely on the merit that he gave us the Phendrana Drifts music from ''Metroid Prime'', which is quite possibly one of the greatest and best-fitting video game songs ever.
    • By that logic, we should also mention Mahito Yokota, who did the majority of the soundtrack to both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2.
    • Keich Kobiyashi deserves mention among this crowd for his masterful work in the Ace Combat Series
    • Several composers for the Sonic series could deserve a mention. Among several others:
      • Jun Senoue (Crush 40 guitarist; and one of, if not the main composer for the series since Sonic 3)
      • Tomoya Ohtani (Sonic Adventure 2 onward; the lead composer for the Sonic '06 and Sonic Unleashed soundtracks)
      • Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Tokoi (both Sonic Adventure onward, as well as Unleashed, the Sonic Riders games, and the NiGHTS series)
      • Mariko Nanba (Knuckles Chaotix, and several games from Sonic Heroes onward; as well as other SEGA gamesnote )
    • Tommy Tallarico deserves a spot here.
    • Junichi Masuda should get an Oscar for the soundtrack to Pokemon Red/Blue. Honestly, is there a single gamer who grew up in the 90's that DOESN'T have the Battle Theme branded on the inside of their skull?
      • Or else the [[Earworm Pokecenter theme]].
      • Go Ichinose, who also did the series, is rather under-appreciated.
    • Hideki Naganuma. Jet Set Radio series. Sonic Rush. That is all.
    • Jun Ishikawa, the mastermind behind the soundtrack to most of the Kirby games.
    • Arata Iyoshi, composer for the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series, which (especially the Explorers series) rivals some, if not most, Final Fantasy games in quality.
    • Yuzo Koshiro managed to work wonders with the Sega Genesis, creating the techno-inspired soundtracks for the Streets of Rage series. He has also composed music for Namco X Capcom, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Kid Icarus: Uprising, and his contributions to those games are a joy to listen to.
  • Michael Giacchino is quickly becoming the Heir-Apparent to John Williams' Awesome Music throne. Lost, Alias, Cloverfield's "ROAR!", the Medal of Honor series, The Incredibles, Up, even Star Trek, though the track titles, err...
  • John Barry and his damn Out of Africa and Somewhere in Time scores, and that doesn't include all the amazingness that is the James Bond music...
  • John Carpenter. Not only did he direct some of the scariest damn movies ever, he composed fantastic scores—the chilling Halloween theme, the insanely badass Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) theme, and more. [1] and of course [2].
  • Rob Dougan. Clubbed to Death alone would have given him immortality, but then add Furious Angels, Chateau, and whatever else he's got coming for us.
  • Technical excellence piano-wise doesn't make up nearly half of what Tom Lehrer will forever be remembered for: anyone who doesn't laugh on first hearing "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park", not to mention most of his other works hasn't a funny bone in their body.
  • Harry Gregson-Williams. Responsible for the soundtracks of Armageddon, the Metal Gear Solid series, and more.
  • John Powell, especially his scores for the Bourne movies. "To The Roof" from The Bourne Supremacy, is enough to make anyone want to engage in some international intrigue.
  • Frank Klepacki, composer of the Hell March songs (essentially THE song for Armies Are Evil and for the Command & Conquer: Red Alert series.
  • Kristin Chenoweth. You might know her as Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies. Her moment of awesome of choice (and she has a wide range from which to choose) is "Glitter And Be Gay," from Candide. Watch. Just watch. This is the woman who sang a few notes before going on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and received a standing ovation.
    • "If You Hadn't, But You Did." See ya later, Joe!
  • Charles Mingus. He inspired Yoko Kanno's work on Cowboy Bebop. An incredible bass virtuoso, the greatest jazz composer after Ellington, and a man who truly lived and loved through music. Try for yourself!
  • Imogen Heap is a legend. Not only does she have a fantastic voice, but her songs are so frickin' awesome. "Hide And Seek" is just amazing, "The Moment I Said It" is incredible, and the stuff she did while part of Frou Frou is just as good.
  • Tim Minchin. His songs... his piano... and his hair...
  • Toshiro Masuda. Especially Grief and Sorrow.
  • U2 manage to pull off an Awesome Trifecta with the song "Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad". Not only is it an incredibly awesome (not to mention out-of-character for U2) song in its own right, Bono wrote it as a gift for Frank Sinatra on his 80th birthday. And if that isn't enough, the original intention was for Sinatra to sing it himself, but he was not well enough.
    • Hell, U2's entire catalogue is a lot like that. How did they advertise the release of a U2 Greatest Hits album? Just a title card with the album cover ... over which the Edge's opening guitar riff from "Where the Streets Have No Name" is playing. The crowd goes wild.
    • Larry Mullen Jr. When his drumming is particularly powerful, it's the equivalent of a Let's Get Dangerous moment for the lads. For validity's sake, here is @U2's Top 10 U2 Drum Songs.
  • Howza bout Eric Whitacre? He writes achingly beautiful choral pieces and then he goes and writes a freakin' techno-opera about fallen angels engaging in gladiatorial battle!
    • Godzilla Eats Las Vegas. 'Nuff said.
    • His two "Youtube Virtual Choirs" were created by Whitacre posting a video of himself conducting, while contributors posted videos of themselves singing accordingly. Hours of careful video-editing later, and voila: Sleep and Lux Arumque, consisting of singers from all over the world.
    • Water Night is probably Whitacre's signature piece, showcasing his dense, luscious harmonies, ability to set text, and tendency to write insanely complicated songs. Most choral songs are written with a maximum of four notes at once (soprano alto tenor bass). This one is written for fourteen.
  • Oh, and one word: Chanticleer. Listen to their Christmas Spiritual Medley. Now.
    • Likewise, Chanticleer's performance of "Loch Lomond".
    • Their signature song, Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria". (It is a tad repetitive, but you can safely skip from 1:55 to 3:38 without missing anything critical.)
    • For those unfamiliar with the world of choral music (and let's face it: who isn't?), Chanticleer is an ensemble that does choiring as a day job. While no hard-and-fast figures exist, it's likely that there are no more than ten choirs in the world who can claim that.note 
  • Anthony Warlow's voice is almost unparalleled in theatre. He's well known for playing the Phantom in Australia, and was Jekyll & Hyde on the 1994 studio recording, so he's definitely done softer and creepier stuff, but combine "This is the Moment" with his performance as Enjolras in Les Misérables and his incorporation of "Anthem" from Chess into his concert performances, and you cannot help but be awed and inspired by the man's voice.
  • Inon Zur has been quietly accumulating awesomeness under the radar. just check that discography!
  • Bear McCreary. BEAR. FRAKKING. MCCREARY.. His music is possibly some of the most original sci fi TV music ever written. Taiko drums, erhu, violin and orchestral yodeling galore. His fan following for the Battlestar Galactica music is massive.
  • Ron Jones is an unsung hero of TV and video game music. The man got sacked from Star Trek: The Next Generation cause Rick Berman thought his music was too epic. Still managed to rack up an impressive amount of credits, including the incredible score for Starfleet Command, as well as Family Guy and American Dad!. Have a listen''.
  • Steve Vai.
  • George freakin' Strait. Find one country music fan who doesn't worship him.
  • Lisa Gerrard. Not only does the woman have amazing vocal talent, she invented her own language and sings in it. You really have to hear it to understand. It sends shivers up your spine. She performs in "Dead Can Dance" and has worked on several films. [3].
    • Hey, Enya did the same thing! She calls her language "Loxian", and sings many of her songs in it. And that's not even mentioning all the other songs she's known for, like this one, and this one!
  • Bill Conti deserves a nod, for his theme to the original "American Gladiators." Oh, and a little thing he did for a movie in 1977, too.
  • Buckethead is the greatest guitar player ever. Ever.
  • Bruno Coulais. Nominated several times for the French equivalent of the Oscars. Often uses Mickey Mousing with the lighting. You might know him from the impossibly awesome soundtrack of Coraline.
  • Edward Lodewijk Van Halen. He popularized tapping and created shred guitar. So you think that Steve Vai, Buckethead and all of the other guitarists are great? Well, that is because of Eddie Van Halen. There was one man who did make that possible though.
  • Eric Clapton. Nowadays not as cool as in the 60's. But how cool was he then? Well his album with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers was the first album to feature modern rock guitar and he played in the first supergroup. The sunburst Les Paul, today considered a classic became that after Clapton started using one (it had been discontinued for years before he bought it). There's a reason people wrote Clapton is God all over London. How big of a god? Jimi Hendrix considered him to be the best guitar player ever and the reason he wanted to come to England. Eddie Van Halen mentioned above? To put it simply, Eddie Van Halen said that besides tapping (which came from Jimmy Page) his playing was based around Clapton's.
  • Clint Mansell. Apart from his well known offering in 'Lux Aeterna', there is also the brilliant gem of 'Dead Reckoning' from, the movie Smokin' Aces. Other things to look at are his work on the films Moon and Fountain.
  • The comedy-music group 'Axis of Awesome' have a brilliant song, 4 Chords Watch it now.
  • John Mackey. Full Stop. Asphalt Cocktail, for example. Another example, you say? How about some Redline Tango?
  • Lalo Schifrin, active in over three decades of music, just TRY to pick a film that he hasn't composed a score to.
  • Video game composer Jack Wall. Need an example? Look no further than the Suicide Mission piece from Mass Effect 2. Need another example? How about the Main Theme from Jade Empire? Clearly he belongs here.
  • How about Christian praise and worship musicians? Robin Mark deserves a mention here because of his two Awesome Music hits: "Days Of Elijah" and "You're The Lion Of Judah".
  • Vangelis is the king of all electronic and new age music. For proof, listen to "Ask the Mountains", "Echoes", "Hymne", and any number of others.
  • Akira Yamaoka, best known for the Silent Hill, is the king of Electronic Video Game Music. He's also down work on Dance Dance Revolution and beatmania. Oh and he's a great guitarist.
  • Jimi Hendrix. One of the greatest artists to pick up an electric guitar.
  • Yoko Shimomura, best female composer alive.
  • Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for the first ten Final Fantasy games and part of Chrono Trigger. He's considered on par with Koji Kondo.
  • Hans Zimmer whose ability to mix Electronic Music, Rock, and symphonic music is unparalleled. Just listen to the soundtrack to The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean, or The Lion King.
  • Danny Elfman, king of Dark Film Score.
  • Yoko Kanno whose work for Anime like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell is legendary and eccentric.
  • John Williams, composer for Star Wars and various Steven Spielberg movies, is considered one of the greatest composers of our time.
  • David Gilmour and Roger Waters, the chief writers and members of Pink Floyd. The former is one of the greatest guitarists in Progressive Rock, and the latter is an awesome writer and singer.

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  • For fans of English Premier League club Everton the opening drum beat of Z Cars, which plays whenever the team come onto the pitch. An example of the fans' reaction.
  • For Liverpool, Everton's rivals across the park, it's Gerry and the Pacemakers' cover of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
    • Members of the Spanish government were so inspired by the sight and sound of a crowd of Liverpool fans singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" that they made an (ultimately ill-fated) attempt to put lyrics to Spain's purely instrumental national anthem to give Spanish crowds a similar song behind which to rally.
    • "You'll Never Walk Alone" was central to a seminal Heartwarming Moment and Moment Of Awesome. Liverpool and Everton FC have been long time rivals. A few years ago, a 13 year old was murdered by an Everton fan because he was wearing a Liverpool shirt. That weekend Liverpool played Everton in the Premier League. A one minute silence was called in memory of the boy. A few Liverpool fans started singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" and the Everton fans joined in.
  • "Marching On Together", the team anthem of English football team Leeds United. Alex Ferguson (Manchester United manager) says that to this day despite Leeds' financial troubles and demotion to the lower leagues there is no more intimidating moment in football than when "Marching on Together" is played at the start of games at Elland Road.
  • Edinburgh side Heart of Midlothian FC's anthem, the "Heart's Song". Doubly so since they won the Scottish Cup in 2012.
  • A CFL example. For Saskatchewan Roughriders fans "Green is the Colour".
  • Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" famously became an unofficial anthem for the Philadelphia Flyers (ice hockey). The song's effect on the Flyers is legendary; the team has won 77 out of 102 times when the song is played before the game. They even placed a statue of her outside their stadium as a memorial after she died.
    • Her rendition is also used during the seventh-inning stretch of all New York Yankees home games. Keep in mind that all other MLB stadiums do this only on Sunday games or national holidays.
  • Not quite a team anthem, but Constable Lyndon Slewidge who sings the national anthems at pretty much all the Ottawa Senators home games is an outstanding singer, among the best to sing anthems at hockey games. Plus, all Sens fans know his trademark salute, blown kiss, and thumbs up.
  • And, of course, the University of Michigan's "(Hail to) The Victors", "the greatest college fight song ever written" - according to John Phillip Sousa, for crying out loud!
  • If you ever go to a baseball game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, make sure to get there early enough to watch the roof open. It's accompanied by a truly awesome soundtrack, including a CHOIR. The roof-closing music is equally awesome.

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  • Disney Theme Parks
    • The Space Mountain rides have all had great music over the years, but none of them can hold a candle to "Space Mountain: De La Terre A La Lune". It was the first roller coaster in the world to have an onboard synchronised audio system (SOBAT), and a fully orchestrated soundtrack truly completed the experience.
    • A few attractions (such as Space Mountain, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and California Screamin') have on-board sound systems that play music through the duration for the rides. They all sound really good.
    • The Main Street Electrical Parade has always been awesome. During its original run from 1972 to 1996, more floats have been added to the parade, which also resulted in longer parade music. This compilation manages to round up as many float songs as possible in one single music medley. For those who have enjoyed the original parade, time to relive your childhood. Ditto for MSEP's successor Spectromagic.
    • The original version of "Illuminations" was pretty awesome in its own right, mixing together some of the best-loved classical music from the World Showcase countries — and even including a version of "It's a Small World" that's pretty cool!
    • The Theme from Soarin' Over California. Absolutly beautiful. So beautiful that when Jerry Goldsmith (the composer of the song) came down from his first ride on Soarin' with the music he composed, he was in tears.
    • At this point, we should probably just direct your attention to Mouseworld Radio, where you can often hear this music.
    • Several, including the scores to Illuminations, Tapestry of Nations, Fantasmic!, "Horizons", and the Jeremy Irons version of Spaceship Earth.

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  • During the Falklands War, the crew of the sinking HMS Sheffield, freezing and wounded in the southern Atlantic, passed the time to their rescue by singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
  • During the Battle of the Black Sea, US pilot Michael Durant was captured. After 10 days in captivity, he was released. On the way to the medevac plane, the US Ranger Batallion stationed there started singing "God Bless America". That's right: The first music Durant heard after his stint in captivity was "God Bless America" as he's being evacuated. Boo-freakin'-yah.
  • This moment at the 2008 Macy's parade.
  • As The War Approaches.
  • Barack Obama became President while the John Williams composition Air and Simple Gifts, was performed by Itzhak Perlman on violin, Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Gabriela Montero on piano, and Anthony McGill on clarinet.note 
  • The Youtube Symphony Orchestra. Not just for the music, but for the global auditioning done on Youtube of all places.
  • Ben Folds playing Chatroulette at a concert. Can double (triple?) as a Funny Moment and a Momentof Awesome.
  • "Stand By Me" as produced as part of the Playing for Change project.
  • A Drum Corps' rendition of Mozart's Symphony #40. Not Mambozart. Energetic and just effing awesome.
  • The 1999 Academy Awards.
  • The Lavender Song. It sounds like a (catchy, cabaret-swing-style) pissed-off gay-rights anthem - and it is. It was first sung in Berlin, in 1920. "We're not afraid to be queer and different - and if that means hell, hell, we'll take the chance!"
    • Becomes a Tear Jerker when you see the line "Round us all up, send us away, that's what you'd really like to do" and remember that German homosexuals were first arrested, then deported to concentration camps, then sent to death camps, and finally, when WWII ended and the camps were liberated, were released only to be immediately sent back to prison for violating sodomy laws (with the notable exception of East Germany, which did not uphold Nazi-era sodomy laws and eventually rendered all anti-homosexuality laws redundant by the 1960s).
  • This acappella version of Flight of the Conchord's "The Humans Are Dead".
    • Or this techno/dubstep version. Of course.
  • "Layla" by itself probably could use a mention here, but when you include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra...
  • The Voyager Golden Record, basically a mix tape for the entire planet.
  • Conan's last night on The Tonight Show. That is all.
  • Weather Report's album Heavy Weather. In particular, Birdland. Keep in mind that as of that recording the band had five members: Manolo Badrena on percussion, Alex Acuña on drums, Jaco Pastorius on bass, Wayne Shorter on sax... and Joe Zawinul on synth making it sound like an actual bid band. In this live video you can see Zawinul's synths.
  • "The Sacred War", one of the most famous Soviet songs from World War II. One can practically feel the utter fury of the lyrics, which called upon Mother Russia to rise up and give the Nazis hell for all it was worth — which the Soviets did over four years of the bloodiest fighting of the entire war.
  • Even a computer virus can provide Awesome Music. Case in point, the techno.com virus.
  • "Abysmalaria", an original composition by one 8BitDanooct1 of Youtube, was created with FamiTracker, a music maker designed to faithfully emulate the Famicom's sound capabilities (which includes the default 2A03 sound chip; and the Nintendo MMC5, Konami VRC6, and FDS expansion chips). This song is quite possibly the crystallization of pure 8-Bit awesomeness.
  • The 2010 Emmy Opening Number. Also doubles as a Funny Moment.
  • "No Motherland Without You".
  • "Der Heimliche Aufmarsch" by Ernst Busch, a German actor who was a communist, certainly is this. The fact that he was able to record this song before World War 2 and keep it away from Nazi attention just makes this song all the more awesome!
  • "All You Need Is Love", as performed by people in over 156 different countries at the same time.
  • Say what you will about the bad rep circuses have for animal abuse, but the song "Put A Little Circus In Your Life" is so damn awesome.

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