Quite possibly the music that got me hooked on music...
Somewhere In My Memory makes me feel just like a 6 year old kid again.
:o) So John's got 2 of my most favorite childhood movie memories -- Home Alone, and then Raiders of the Lost Ark... of course we all know which one is better. (and more exciting) ... but then we all know which one is more touching... (just in time for christmas, too...)
I'm certainly no fan of Williams' songs, which I always find sappy, but I will say that this is one of the few scores I have where I have not cut the songs out completely. I generally hate source music in scores, but the carols are well-performed and I even enjoyed Southside Johnny's "Please Come Home for Christmas" (although the inclusion of Chuck Berry's "Run, Run, Rudolph" and Brenda Lee's "Jingle Bell Rock", both used in the film, would have been too jarring).
I still think Elfman's "Edward Scissorhands" is the best Christmas score ever (even though the film isn't set at Christmas and most of it takes place in sunny Florida), but this is probably a close second. One can hear a warm-up for Tinkerbell's theme from "Hook" in the main title...considering the way it's presented in the film, one wonders if Chris Columbus was so enamored by the main title that he allowed it to play with almost no images, as compared with the rest of the score, which has to play second fiddle to a lot of dumb gags (can anyone BELIEVE this is still one of the most successful movies ever?) and soppy sentiment.