The western theme song is a crucial element of any western film. A great western theme song can set the tone for the entire film, while a mediocre one may not be enough to engage and entertain an audience. In this blog post, we will explore what makes westerns theme songs so special and why they are important to western films.
Hail to the western theme songs. They are one of a kind and cannot be compared to any other type of music genre or sound in general. The western film is unique because it has its own western themes that make them different from, let’s say an action movie for example. This particular blog post will focus on westerns theme songs only so you don’t have to worry about anything else but this! If I had to choose my favorite western films with their respective original score then I would pick:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The western theme song from the classic western movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite songs in existence. I have seen this western at least a dozen times but every time I sit down to watch it, I know for sure that I will be hearing an epic western tune before too long.
Another western theme song that has to be on the top of anyone’s list is Theme from High Noon by Dimitri Tiomkin. This western movie was a blockbuster hit in its time and it continues to enthrall audiences even today. The western song for this film captures every aspect of what makes a good western so great, with cowboys
Once Upon a Time in the West
Another western film from the late 1960s that had a great western theme song was Once Upon a Time in the West. This western movie is definitely one of my all-time favorites and it always makes me feel like I am right there on set with some of the best actors to have ever graced the silver screen.
Unforgiven was a western film that came out in 1992 and it is regarded as one of the best westerns to ever come out. The western theme song for this movie should be just as good, right? Well, I think so too!
Another western film that came out in the 1960s and has a great western theme song is Rio Bravo. This western movie had some of the biggest stars at its time including Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and more!
Shane western movie has a western theme song that I think is really good. It definitely helps set the tone for this classic western film and it makes me feel as if I am out there in the old west with some cowboys protecting their town from bandits or evil men.
The western theme song for Red River is definitely one of the best western songs out there. I think this western film was a blockbuster hit at its time and it had some great actors in it, including John Wayne who helped make the movie even more popular!
Stagecoach is another western film that came out in the late 1930s and it has a western theme song with lyrics. The western movie was considered to be one of the best movies of its time, partially because of its great western songs!
John Wayne’s western film True Grit is best known for two things: the Duke and the haunting theme song. The western movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1969, becoming one of only four movies to ever receive three Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Score) without a single win.
The classic western stars John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn alongside Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and Glen Campbell who appears briefly at the end with his hit song “True Grit”. It won over many fans due to its storyline that follows Rooster chasing down Tom Chaney played by Jeff Corey after he killed an old man on Mattie’s.
The Magnificent Seven
This western remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai tells the story of a group of seven gunfighters hired to protect a small town from an impending attack by ruthless bandits led by Calvera.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in this western movie about two outlaws. The film features a western song that won an Oscar for Best Original Song: “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” by Burt Bacharach.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
James Stewart and John Wayne star in this western film about a lawyer who gets involved with gunfighters. The movie’s theme song is “The Ballad of the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” by Gene Pitney, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
Bonanza is a western TV show that ran from 1959 to 1973. The western song, “Bonanza”, appeared on the season one soundtrack album and was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
The Maverick western TV show ran from 1957-1962. The theme song for this western is called “Maverick’s Theme” and was performed by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston, two people who won an Oscar in 1956 for their original score to the film “High Society” starring Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Louis Armstrong.
The Roy Rogers Show
The Roy Rogers western TV show ran from 1951-1957. The theme song for this western is called “Happy Trails” and was performed by Dale Evans, the wife of Roy Roger’s who also headlined her own western series in 1952 titled “The Adventures of Robin Hood”.
The Rawhide western TV show ran from 1959-1965. The theme song for this western is called “Rawhide” and was performed by the all-male group, Sons of the Pioneers who were famous in western movies during the 1930s starring legendary actors like Roy Rogers & Gene Autry.
Sirena in Shanghai
This western TV show ran from 1963-1964. The theme song for this western is called “Sirena in Shanghai” and was performed by the Sons of the Pioneers, a famous all-male group who specialized in western movies during the 1930s starring legendary actors like Roy Rogers & Gene Autry.
The Heavenly Jam Session
This western TV show ran from 1966-1967. The theme song for this western is called “The Heavenly Jam Session” and was performed by the Sons of the Pioneers, a famous all-male group who specialized in western movies during the 1930s starring legendary actors like Roy Rogers & Gene Autry.
In conclusion, these are some of my favorite western songs which I feel really capture what it means to be a cowboy or cowgirl in America. Please let me know your thoughts if you agree or disagree with any of my choices!
Night herding song
The theme song of My Darling Clementine is timeless. Written by legendary composer, Dimitri Tiomkin, this song accompanies its western film with a sense of mystery and longing for something better on the western frontier that still resonates today.
Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Written by western legend, Tex Ritter and sung by the iconic Roy Rogers in his legendary western film of the same name. This song is full of nostalgia for a time when cowboys roamed free on their horses across the vast open spaces of America’s west.
The Darned Old Wheel
This western song was written by the legendary western composer, Ennio Morricone for the western film of the same name. The lyrics are sung with a sense of weary sentimentality that perfectly accompanies this western film about an old man trying to find redemption in his life through music on the prairie frontier.
Westerns are a genre of film that is based on western culture. And western films have some of the best western theme songs ever written, including My Darling Clementine and The Darned Old Wheel. These timeless old western themes capture the spirit of America’s frontier past that still resonates today in our modern lives. =>If you’re looking for western-themed music to play at your next party or event, these three iconic western songs deserve consideration as they beautifully represent what it means to be a cowboy out on the range with their horse and lasso!