The composers behind the most iconic movie soundtracks

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Japanese pop pioneer and Oscar-winning composer of 'The Last Emperor,' dies at 71

Stars Insider

03/04/23 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Film soundtracks

Some of the most memorable movies have been cemented into our minds with the help of a sensational soundtrack, but the names of those responsible for composing some of the most popular, recognized, and critically acclaimed film music often go unsung. 

Ryuichi Sakamoto, the pioneering Japanese electronic musician and Oscar-winning composer behind films like 'The Last Emperor,' has died at the age of 71. The wide-ranging musician and Yellow Magic Orchestra co-founder passed away on March 28 of cancer. His first ever film score was for 'Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence' in 1983, which he also starred in alongside David Bowie—known to be one of Sakamoto's biggest fans. His film score for 'The Last Emperor' (1987) won him an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe, and he later famously worked on 'The Revenant' (2015). He'll be remembered for his early and lasting influence in pop music, as well as his experimental approach that constantly pushed the envelope. 

Browse the gallery and find out whose work you've been whistling. 

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