10 Best Western Movie Theme Songs

What are the 10 best western movie theme songs of all time? There are many from which to choose, but only a few select themes earn a spot on the list. Read on and see if you agree with these choices for the ten best western movie theme songs ever.

  1. "Blaze of Glory" – Bon Jovi. This song from the Emilio Estevez 1990 western "Young Guns II" went to Number one on Billboard's Hot 100 charts. It also received a Golden Globe and was nominated for Oscars and Grammys. It's one of the ten best western movie theme songs ever.

  1. "Theme from 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.'"-Ennio Morricone. The opening whistling trill from this song echoes in the minds of western movie lovers everywhere and has become a cultural icon. How could it not be on the list of the ten best western movie theme songs of all time?

  1. "Theme from 'The Magnificent Seven.'" – Elmer Bernstein. Back when movies had real soundtracks, the music really fit the action. This can't be exemplified any better than watching and listening to music from "The Magnificent Seven." The music's ups and downs follow the good and evil in the film, helping it to become one of the ten best western movie theme songs.

  1. "Do Not Forsake Me: The Ballad From 'High Noon'" – by Ned Washington and Dmitri Tiomkin. The theme of the 1952 western was sung by Tex Ritter and won the Oscar for Best Song that year. It also wins a spot on the list of the ten best western movie theme songs.

  1. "Theme from 'A Fistful of Dollars'"- Ennio Morricone. Clint Eastwood portrayed the "Man With No Name" in this classic spaghetti western. The song was recorded without lyrics for the film and with lyrics after the film's release. It's a classic, and one of the ten best western movie theme songs ever.

  1. "The Green Leaves of Summer" – Dmitri Tiomkin & Paul Francis Webster. Taken from the movie "The Alamo," this song won the Academy Award for Best Song in 1961. It provided the perfect backdrop for the recreation of the famous battle in the film, and is one of the ten best western movie theme songs of all time.

  1. "Theme from 'Silverado'"-Bruce Broughton. This work represents Broughton's first major film score, and one for which he was Oscar-nominated. The song easily qualifies as one of the ten best western movie theme songs ever.

  1. "Claudia's Theme" – Lennie Niehaus & Clint Eastwood. This song from the movie "Unforgiven"has lyrics by Eastwood and music by Niehaus. Eastwood also conveniently stars in the film, and co-wrote one of the best western movie theme songs of all time.

  1. "Theme from 'Dances With Wolves'"-John Barry. The famous British composer wrote this haunting theme from the 1990 film, which won Oscars for Best Music, Original Score. Apparently the Academy agrees that this is one of the best western movie theme songs of all time.

  1. "Theme from 'Tombstone'"-Bruce Broughton. The theme from the 1993 film "Tombstone" is another Broughton-penned western theme, and the second of his to find its place on the list of the ten best western movie theme songs ever.

 

 

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