Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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"Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind" is a 1978 instrumental hit single by composer John Williams. It is the main theme of the soundtrack of the movie of the same name. The song became a hit in the United States (#13) and Canada (#12) during the winter of that year.

A few months before the release of the song, Williams had released a competing version of Star Wars theme music, "Star Wars (Main Title)," which reached number 10 on the US Billboard chart, while "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" was a number one hit for Meco. Both artists simultaneously again issued competing versions of scores from the Close Encounters movie. +more This time Williams' original score came out on top, peaking at number 13, while Meco's version reached number 25.

In 1979, "Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind" won a Grammy award for best instrumental composition. {{Image frame|content={bes' c aes' aes ees'2}|caption=Five-note phrase featured in the story}}

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (1977-78)Peak position
Australia (Kent Music Report)47
Canadian RPM Top Singles12
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary19
Italy (FIMI)21
US Billboard Hot 10013
US Billboard Adult Contemporary13
US Cash Box Top 10013

Year-end charts

Chart (1978)Rank
Canada RPM Top Singles97
US (Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual)97

Gene Page cover

In 1977, Gene Page recorded a disco version of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." His version peaked on the R&B chart at #30 in 1978.

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