May the Force — and great Star Wars music — be with you.
Star Wars Day, or "May the 4th" to Jedi lovers everywhere, is today, and whether you're building Star Wars LEGO sets, whipping up some blue milk or otherwise celebrating George Lucas' sci-fi universe, a soundtrack can be put to good use.
So in honor of the fan holiday, here is the Jek Porkins Memorial Star Wars Day Playlist, a mix that even Jabba the Hutt would spin on his sail barge. (Porkins, for the uninitiated, was a burly Rebel Alliance pilot — call sign "Red Six" — who sacrificed his life heroically piloting one of the X-Wing Fighters that made a bombing run on the Death Star in 1977's Star Wars.)
John Williams' themes were signatures of the six movies, so there's a wide range of musical cues in the playlist, from the cult-classic Cantina Band to the emotional Yoda's Theme. The prequel The Phantom Menace left a lot to be desired, but at least the powerful Duel of the Fates track was a highlight.
More recently, Kevin Kiner has scored more of the recent Star Wars animated series — Meet Ahsoka is tied to Anakin Skywalker's young apprentice in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and teases the music that fans will hear when Kiner composes for the upcoming Star Wars Rebels cartoon.
Star Wars also inspired a lot of good music, too. Trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson does a disco version of the Star Wars main theme, and Epica put a heavy-metal spin on Darth Vader's Imperial March.
Bounty hunters are big in Star Wars lore, and the reptilian Bossk inspired a rock band's name while another gets namechecked in the title of MC Chris' Dengar's Dumptruck.
And "Weird Al" Yankovic did quite a few Star Wars spoofs, though one of his most classic was The Saga Begins, a little ode to The Phantom Menace set to the tune of American Pie.