No composer has changed how we listen to movies quite like John Williams. Over the course of his 50-year career, the man behind the iconic sounds of "Star Wars," "Harry Potter," and "Indiana Jones" has been responsible for more classic scores than anyone else.
So in honor of his 81st birthday today, throw in your earbuds or crank up the speakers, and take a trip back through some of John Williams' most memorable scores in the playlist embedded after the jump.
And for more Williams goodness, check out the video above, an exclusive look at the "E.T." Blu-ray in which he and Steven Spielberg work through the film's main theme.