"When You Believe", the duet of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. Especially the multilanguage version, which features 27 versions of When You Believe from around the world. It really shows how music is the universal language.
"Deliver us! / Send a shepherd to shepherd us / and deliver us / to the Promised Land!" And the Call Back at the very, very end to Ofra Haza's One-Woman Wail of "Deliver us!".
All the songs. But Plagues is especially so. Yahweh is a scary, scary god. There's the part of that song with the Dark Reprise duet between Moses and Rameses. Definitely one of the all-time highlights of animated musicals. The fact that Ralph Fiennes actually sings Rameses' part is awesome! And the choir speaking for God. "I send the swarm / I send the horde / Thus saith the Lord!" The song is so good it actually makes you sympathize with the pharaoh. His brother has turned against him. Now an all-powerful deity rains fire down on his land. The pharaoh's response is to refuse surrender, no matter what the cost. Sure, it hurts everyone involved, but one cannot help but admit that Rameses has got style.
Say what you will of dubbed films, but "The Plagues" in Japanese is pretty awesome too. Especially Japanese!Rameses.
After the 'Through Heaven's Eyes' scene, when Moses walks out of his and Tzipporah's tent to go a-shepherding, the piece of music that accompanies "this is my home" in 'All I Ever Wanted' plays as he looks out at the landscape.
Instrumentally, Goodbye Brother is the most epic piece of music in ages from a movie. The ominous choir and orchestra combo at the beginning, the mournful cello solo, the single woman's voice — it has it all.
"The Mission", the score that plays right after the Burning Bush scene.
Sticks and Stones, the song for the credits. Mmm, delicious Icelandic prog-rock performed by the lead of Sigur Ros.
Several tracks have multiple internal moments of awesome, Battling the Green Death has some: Stoick and Gobber initiating their Heroic Sacrifice, The Big Damn Heroes arrival of the Dragonriders of Berk, Stoick saving Hiccup and Toothless, and finally Hiccup and Toothless saving Astrid.
"New Tail" starts out quiet ...then turns into pure EPIC.
Chicken Run has a wonderful soundtrack. Particularly the Main Titles, Flip Flop and Fly, and every piece of music in the movie after and including Rocky, A Fake All Along. One would be surprised how awesome the soundtrack to a film about chickens can get.
Most if not all of the music from Titan A.E.. Not just the songs in the movie ("Over My Head", "Cosmic Castaway", "It's My Turn to Fly", all awesome); the score of the movie, composed by Graeme Revell. In particular, the music playing during the scenes near the death of Earth and the birth of Planet Bob, which underscore the scenes perfectly. Unfortunately, the soundtrack was never released.
For those who would like to purchase the score CD, here
And for those who want to hear the most awesome music ever, here (but beware the spoilers that piece of music will bring).
The orchestral piece that plays over the beginning when Littlefoot is born, The Great Migration. Childhood in 7:58 minutes.
Say what you will about the sequels, but they certainly had their musical moments. The odd one or two of the musical numbers fall into this (Best examples being "When You're Big", "Very Important Creature" and the magnum opus of LBT songs, "Bestest Friends", sung to Littlefoot by his friends as he faces the choice of staying with his grandparents and friends, or leaving with his long-lost father. Even better, an orchestral reprise of the song plays later in the film during a very heartwarming ending.
"Things Change", as sung by Cera. Granted the lyrics aren't spectacular, but still, it's the only song that Cera gets to herself. And being arguably the best singer in the gang, she gives us a touching lament over how she wishes things could go back to how they used to be.
And to a lesser extent, "Flip Flap and Fly" simply because of the scale. It probably holds the record for most characters singing in one musical number. And that slick piano intro.
"Always There", besides being a huge tearjerker, is simply one of the most beautiful songs in the whole series. Just those words, "Always there...like a green, green valley...you can come home to..." Beautiful.
And then there's "Standing Tough", the closest thing to a rock song these films will probably ever get.
"Who Needs You?" is one of the best villian songs.
"Beyond the Mysterious Beyond" is also a wonderful song.
"Big Water", no matter how you feel about it, is pretty darn catchy! Its Disney Acid Sequence, where the cast imagines a bunch of sea creatures grabbing them, is particularly cool.
Depending on your mood, "Peaceful Valley" and "You're One of Us Now" are enjoyable, and (again depending on your mood) "Bad Luck" is a killer number.
"Chanson D'Ennui", despite the strange French title (which translates as "Song of Boredom"), is an enjoyable song.
"Kids Like Us" is really great, too.
"No one Has To Be Alone". It gets a beautiful orchestral reprise during a very heartwarming (to the point of being a tearjerker) ending in which the gang are shown returning home.
"Friends For Dinner" is actually pretty funny, particularly with tone the kids are singing it in (they sound almost like the kids in 'Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)').
"All Sorts" is a very pretty piece with a suprising amount of texture.
Hell, even the opening theme to the TV series is really good with its African spiritual vibe.
"Yer Beautiful, Baby" from Don Bluth's Thumbelina. Yeah, yeah, the movie's a shallow Disney rip-off and it reeks of sweetness, but godammit if that opening bass line isn't awesome. Then the vocals kick in...
Everything from "Aftershock Part 2". Seriously. Just... just listen to it.
There's a gorgeous bit of piano music during the scene in "How Long Is Forever?" where Nightwing calls the Titans on their communicators, and it seems like all three of them are unable to come to his aid. It's just heartbreaking.
Terra's theme (especially the rendition that plays during her run through the obstacle course) is pretty darn awesome.
The scene in "Sisters" where Starfire launches her attack against Blackfire is accompanied by some awesome music.
The music that plays as Raven marches towards her destiny in "The End Part I".
The music for both of the chase scenes involving The Mad Mod (in "Mad Mod" and "Revolution") - respectively a hyperactive Puffy Ami Yumi number and the crazed "(Raining Down On) The Fourth Of July Parade" - definitely qualifies here.
Some of the best TV watching memories were when that Warner Bros. logo faded away, the police headlights came on, and those horns started blaring. One of the best themes to a television show. Ever.
Just to give an idea - this theme was so awesome, that even the staff of the show didn't realize that the title of the show didn't appear during it. Go ahead and rewatch if you don't believe that fact.
A great piece of music plays during the climax of "A Better World", when the tide of battle against the Justice Lords is turned by none other than Lex Luthor. The DVD commentary for the episode recalls the challenge in creating a heroic theme for Superman's most iconic villain. They succeeded.
And another one plays in the episode of the Justice League where Mongul trapped Superman in a fantasy Krypton which he had to see explode to escape. The moment when he heard Wonder Woman getting mauled by Mongul and turned to fight had the most awesome reprise of the theme song ever.
This list isn't complete without "Powerhouse", the "assembly line" music from the classic Looney Tunes shorts.
Bonus points for Rush doing their own rendition of it as part of their 1978 instrumental "La Villa Strangiato". Awesome on top of awesome, especially when heard live.
Admittedly, Quest for Camelot isn't really... an expectional piece of animation from this studio, but you gotta admit that as much of a Soundtrack Dissonance this song is when shown in the film, "Prayer" almost won the best soundtrack song of the year for a reason.
The music that plays during the final between Ozai and Aang, after the latter goes into the Avatar State, more specifically the part after Azula's complete breakdown. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any high-quality version (without the background noise) online...
Even the end credits music for the final episode was awesome. Throughout most of the series, the end credits were accompanied by a fairly neutral-mood, tribal-sounding percussion and flute piece. This was replaced for the Grand Finale with a fully orchestrated, epic variation on the show's main theme that really hammered home the fact that yes, it's finally over, and it was good. Now if they'd only release a soundtrack...
The music that plays as Aang goes into the Avatar State and merges with La the Ocean Spirit, and then proceeds to annihilate the Fire Nation Navy. Hear it here.
The remix used in the sequel series trailer: Pure Awesomeness. It actually turns out that the "remix" was simply a video speed error that sped up the original song, but the "wrong" version is still pretty cool
In subsequent airings of Sozin's Comet, the four parts were broken up, with a "Previously on Avatar" recap for each. The music playing during the recap for Part 4: Avatar Aang, is pure, distilled awesome, and you just know that whatever happens from there on out is going to be spectacularly EPIC. There's a short, high-quality version and a full-length, low-quality version. Prepare to feel the AWESOME.
"Building Montage", "In the Beginning", "One Big Video Game", "Carne Beat", "Source Music of Doom", "Gear Fight", "Tak's Theme", "It's On!", "Kitty Rally"... is there one song in this show that doesn't deserve a spot on this page?
One particular score during "Fanning the Flames". When Danny is flying Sam towards the Monster of the Week, the series plays a relaxing rendition of the theme's song. It makes the scene all the more poignant and remains one of the most convincing moments of the Danny/Sam pairing.
The scene in" My Brother's Keeper". After so much doubt and misery, Danny is shown flying happily as that particular rendition plays as Jazz comes to terms with knowing her brother is a hero.
The various heroic (and villainous) renditions of the main theme are all amazing! Just watch any scene with Vlad being especially villainous.
The geniunely stirring anthem of the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen.
In German it's even better. God, that harmony!
The classic musical stings (i.e. the "dun dun") that have appeared in just about every single show in the world.
Kablam! has many. Mainly the awesome ska opening.
And the first ending theme. Listen to the full version (on Retrojunk).
That doesn't mean the second end title was bad. It was awesome!
In fact, all of Henry and June's background music was amazing.
June's song in "Won't Stick To Most Dental Work". That little girl (referring to June, her VA was actually 15 at the time, and still has a great voice) had a great voice. To bad there was never a musical episode with June being the lead.
The incidentals and montages. "The Greatest Danger is Love" and "Graveyeard 8".Jeff Bennett, John DiMaggio, and Fred Stoller pulled off an amazing banjo folk song that was completely unexpected and awesome.
The Transformers Prime intro theme is one of the most epic Transformers themes yet. There are no words whatsoever, yet they somehow manage to fit all the epicness of the series, no, the ENTIRE TRANSFORMERS MULTIVERSE in one 44 second long song. Even if you don't like the show itself, there's a pretty good chance you'll like the song anyway.
And that five-note pattern repeated in the song? It's the goddamn classic transformation sound. It's the godamn classic transformation sound, turned into a song.
The Unicron Medley is perhaps the polar opposite of the Transformers theme, being slow, sinister and mysterious in contrast to the upbeat, to the point nature of the main theme. And it is AWESOME.
Thundercats. The awesome opening theme music. In fact the entire soundtrack by Bernard Hoffer is full of awesome and each of the 'Cats has their own highly memorable signature tunes. Hell, even the Thundertank has a rockin' tune for itself (which purposely shares some similarities with its driver Panthro).
There's a certain piece of music (piano) that is always playing in the background whenever Scott and Rogue are on-screen alone.
Apocalypse's theme. It's a very regal, kingly piece that is absolutely appropriate for the resurrected pharaoh (particularly early on, when Apocalypse would just casually own whoever was fighting him without even lowering himself to speak as the music played).
The opening theme. The music that usually accompanied an attack by Storm was also rather awesome.
The main theme was a remix of the 90's cartoon theme. They even played the 90s theme in a more straightforward way (albiet with acoustic Spanish guitar) in the episode where Spyke joined.
The original opening theme for the X-Men animated series in the '90s deserves a mention as well.
The 1990s Silver Surfer opening sequence, short as it was, is awesome enough to contain its own Ominous Latin Chanting. Hear it for yourself here, if you can tune out all the swooshing-in-space sounds that are layered on top of it.
Woody Woodpecker got one in the short The Barber of Seville.
The intro to Woody's cartoons is pretty memorable as well.
Aside from all the death metal, Charles Foster Offdensen has his own sweeping, heroic instrumental that's heard during the Siege of Mordhaus during the S2 finale, as well as the S3 premier where it blends perfectly with Dethklok's song at the end of the ep.
The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera. Brendon Small sings for 13 different characters, included guest appearances by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Jack Black, and featured a 50 piece orchestral score composed by Bear McCreary (who were all apparently dressed like Klokateers during the recording). It's 45 minutes of melodic/symphonic death metal, and is as awesome as it sounds.
In Home Movies, Brendon Small works in some cool garage band music with the band SCAB, including a Franz Kafka rock opera. Front man Duane, in a guitar competition, takes Brendon's trashed, untuned rental guitar and makes it sing. (He doesn't win. He was robbed.) Doubly awesome in that the people behind Home Movies are the same people responsible for Metalocalypse.
The Venture Bros. has quite an epicsoundtrack that manages to have quite a bit of variety to it, even the occasional classical piece sneaked in for good measure. The usage of "Mars, Bringer of War", in the episode "Hate Floats", for example... Or compare/contrast the main theme for the show with the theme for Rusty Venture, as an example of the talent of J.G. Thirlwell.
Meatwad's solo. That's on the list for one of the best guitar solos ever.
Mastodon's "Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife", in which various pieces of movie snacks present a death metal version of a movie theater policy trailer. Even the people at Adult Swim thought that was the main highlight of the Aqua Teens movie.
The Cult ClassicTwice Upon a Time has two great songs: for its opening Dramatis Personae segment there's "Heartbreak Town" (sung by Bruce Hornsby), and the title song (sung by Maureen McDonald) plays over the lovely closing sequence and credits.
Which is saying a lot, since most fans thought the concept of music in the show was going to be worse than all the fart jokes. But with a little auto-tuning and actually a nice beat, even Ezekiel and Noah of all people are probably the best singers in the song!
Despite its strange subject matter, Wake Up is a very awesome song, most notably at the very end.
This Is How We Will End It deserves a special mention. Muppets have never been so hardcore! Followed by Versus, which captured the denouement of Heather's and Alejandro's relationship. The two bitterly criticize each other while viciously competing (the only way those two know how to compete). Watching This Is How We'll End It and Versus back to back is simply epic.
"Down, Down to Goblin Town" and "Fifteen Birds in Five Fir Trees" are very catchy examples of the Villain Song, a catchiness that also grabs hold of the light-hearted "In the Valley, Ha Ha!" and "Rolling Down the Hole". The best of the soundtrack is when Glenn Yarbrough sings "Roads" and "The Greatest Adventure."
The one Lucky Luke song almost everyone knows: I'm a poor lonesome cowboy a long way from home.
The opening theme to the animated versions of Soul Music and Wyrd Sisters. Not only is it epic, it fits the whole 'disc on the back of four elephants on the back of a turtle' thing. Listen to it with headphones on for added awesome.
The "Fix It" song from The Iron Giant, which plays whenever he uses his homing device to put himself back together. It's very cute and memorable, and gets a Triumphant Reprise at the end of the movie that never fails to make you smile.
While the Redwall cartoon was... Well, opinions vary, but the theme tune had a lovely Mediaeval feel to it.
The early Peanuts animated specials were gloriously blessed by the jazz scores by Vince Guaraldi. The first one, A Charlie Brown Christmas is even more awesome for its breakthrough innovation; the idea of using jazz for an animated family TV special was unthinkable, but Guaraldi changed everyone's mind instantly.