One of the most iconic things about Star Wars are its sounds — particularly its scores. When you hear Star Wars music, you know it’s Star Wars music. And while the franchise’s main theme would seem like the song that’s replayed the most, a recent study found that a different song is actually Star Wars’ most popular.
According to an analysis by Voices.com, “Duel of the Fates” has over 77 million plays on Spotify, making it the most popular Star Wars composition to date. “The Imperial March,” also written by famed composer John Williams, also ranked in the top 5 from the artist.
“Duel of the Fates” has become one of the most iconic pieces of music across the franchise despite debuting at the beginning of the prequels. But it has since made surprise appearances in the trailers for The Rise of Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The addition of “Duel of the Fates” in the Kenobi trailer sparked major excitement among prequel fans especially — not that they needed another reason to be excited about the upcoming show. It’s a song built to thrill. Even those who hear it and don’t recognize it’s from Star Wars probably still know some of the song by heart.
Though many other composers have touched Star Wars in addition to Williams, and many more will continue to do so as it continues to grow, there likely won’t be another piece of music quite like “Duel of the Fates” in our lifetime.
Star Wars music has appeared in shows and movies through the decades — including The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, Ferris Buellers Day Off, The LEGO movie, and more. It may be music created specifically for a galaxy far, far away. But its impact on pop culture spans across genres and generations.
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