Rating The Opening Fanfare of All of the Star Wars Movies Episodes 1-9

Three Star Wars fans share their relatively worthless opinion about which Star Wars movie has the best opening crawl fanfare, and why. Because you care about why (Jedi mind trick gesture).

7 months ago   •   2 min read

By Corby Stephens
Table of contents

Episode Timecode Table Of Contents

  • 2:41 Setup
  • 6:46 Episode 4 A New Hope
  • 20:44 Episode 5 The Empire Strikes Back
  • 27:34 Episode 6 Return of The Jedi
  • 40:25 Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
  • 47:23 Intermission
  • 47:56 Episode 2 Attack of the Clones
  • 56:35 Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith
  • 1:02:40 Episode 7 The Force Awakens
  • 1:10:44 Episode 8 The Last Jedi
  • 1:16:42 Episode 9 The Rise of Skywalker
  • 1:25:35 Least Favorite Shootout
  • 1:37:54 Most Favorite Shootout
  • 1:45:30 Conclusions and King’s Row sample.

Welcome to the first of what will be many episodes where my two 20-something sons and I talk about our mutual love of Star Wars. If you aren’t into Star Wars, movie soundtracks, music theory and composition, then this episode of Corby Left The Mic On might not be for you. But it might be for someone you know, so please share this on your social media anyway!

This episode needs some setting up because it involves not just Star Wars nerdery, but musical nerdery. See, both my wife and I are musical. We both have musical dad’s. Both of our sons are musical. They participated in musical theater, they play a variety of instruments, son #1 has been on a record and son #2 is getting his Masters in Music Education. Classical, jazz, rock, you name it. We all especially love movie soundtracks.

Add to this our love of all things Star Wars, and you get the overly analytical and sometimes judgy-sounding conversation dissecting the opening fanfare of all nine Star Wars movies that you are about to hear. We really aren’t as cynical as we might sound from time to time, we just really love Star Wars and music a lot.

The sound might be a little inconsistent because we were in my living room on the couch at two different mics and we weren’t always as close as we should have been. Also, I mention that the soundtracks you can hear on Spotify are different than the ones on Disney+ which may or may not be true. In either case, what I did was plug my laptop into our sound system and recorded the same thing that we heard in the living room, and I overlaid that recording on top of the parts when we are listening to the movies, so you are hearing the same thing we are hearing. Sometimes we stopped and started the music. I didn’t try to match all of that up, just the longer parts. And there was a break in the middle so if there seems like an interruption in the conversation, that’s why.

The Verdict

Here was our final rating from least favorite opening fanfare to our most favorite.

  • Episode 9 - least favorite
  • Episode 7
  • Episode 6
  • Episode 8
  • Episode 3
  • Episode 4
  • Episode 2
  • Episode 5
  • Episode 1 - most favorite

As promised in the episode, here are the referenced links.

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