Live Poll: Iconic Scores of the '60s

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Among the greatest cinematic contributions of the 60's, the musical one might be the most notable; indeed, so many iconic themes were born in that glorious decade and the following choice might be tougher than you'd expect.

Which of these scores from the '60's would you say is the most iconic?

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(series or franchises were limited to one score, the most instantly identifiable one)
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Great Escape, Magnificent 7, Exodus & hon mention: 633 Squadron, Zulu
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ElM,

I grew up with this music. It's a hard choice, but I would have to say that I consider this the most Iconic score: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

2nd Choice: Psycho (1960)

3rd Choice: The Pink Panther (1963)

4th Choice: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

5th Choice: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

6th Choice: Dr. No (1962)
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I think it says a lot that you grew up with this music and they've always been part of the musical background the following generations grew up with. There's not a single score among the six you listed that I wasn't familiar with many years before actually watching the film. 
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Tough choice. I'd probably go with Magnificent Seven or Pink Panther.
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Added composers' names (and a few other things)
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It is indeed tougher than I would have expected. 'Probably Lawrence of Arabia or Psycho but I'm not sure. 'Another good poll, my friend (I hope you're still around!).
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Perception of music is very different from cinema. This poll is outrageous. It's like choosing between Messi and Ronaldo. I can put out both Pink Panther and 007. But you can't expect people to choose between Morricone and Barry. Both were very underrated in the past. Today they are godlike for everyone. Harmonica is the winner of the poll. Please do not continue for the upcoming decades.

Now, serious. Best 60's score ever Nino Rota: "The Leopard". You can close this.

I don't even need to see the 70's decade poll, the winner is again Mr. Nino Rota.
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Which is the most iconic. 
Not which is the best.
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Congratulations ElMaruecan82. This is the 12th time your poll has been featured at IMDb Home Page (http://www.imdb.com) since July 28, 2015.

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How do you do a list of iconic scores from the 1960's and not include 2001 A space Odyssey.
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The problem here is that 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) has little to no original music, reusing classical music from commercial recordings. Original score by Alex North was actually commissioned but never used in the final cut, of which North become aware only after seeing the film at the premiere.
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At that time, there was an Oscar category for Best Adapted Score and "2001" wasn't even nominated, I would have included it otherwise.

It might seem arbitrary but I thought that there should be a reasonable amount of certitude that the score owes its iconic value to its exploitation in the movie rather than being a classic classical piece of music in its own right. I guess it's debatable whether we're talking about "Blue Danube" or "Zarathustra" but then again, the "Zarathustra" music is played in the beginning and opening, while overarching the film, it can't be regarded as a main score.

For instance, in the 70s version of the poll, I did include "Barry Lyndon" and "The Sting" although they were based on previous material, they were Oscar nominated and it's fair to assume that the composers this time worked on the music and made enough arrangements to divide it into many musical leitmotifs fitting the plot, instead of just using the original material.
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Psycho is very memorable, and the Magnificent 7 also contained a beautiful score, however, the Ecstacy of Gold probably holds up the best for the intensity and feeling of hype it ensues in listeners. 
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Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre), How The West Was Won (Alfred Newman), Ice Station Zebra (Michel Legrand), The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein)...