10 Best Western Movie Soundtracks
There were a lot of western movies made and here is our list of 10 Best Western Movie Soundtracks. Western movies romanticized the old West to make the experience larger than life. Novels and newspaper accounts of the Wild West had done the same generations earlier, but the Wild West continues to live in the hearts of fans worldwide. The moving pictures brought it closer to home though, and soundtracks from those movies made it even more real feeling.
- "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," by Ennio Morricone heads our list of 10 Best Western Movie Soundtracks. The movie itself, from 1966, is a classic and one of the best western movies of all time. The soundtrack is unique sounding for the era it was written in, offering haunting sounds like that of a crying hyena. The movie made Clint Eastwood into a mega-star, and was the crown of the Spaghetti Western
- "Pat Garret & Billy the Kid," by Bob Dylan, makes our list just because it is so unique. Dylan, the icon of folk-rock music and a legend in his own right, wrote a rock classic (Knocking on heaven's door) for the movie, as well as his first musical score. The sound is Dylan-ish throughout, and Dylan has a minor part in the film.
- "Blazing Saddles by Mel Brooks," John Morris and others, is here because of its struggles and because of the statement it made. Blazing saddles was a hilarious western comedy, which is rare in itself, but captured the imaginations of fans when it was released in 1974. Even 30-some years later classic lines from the movie are still quoted. The music was also pretty good, and finally, in 2008, a CD of the music was released.
- "A Fistful of dollars by Ennio Morricone," released in 1964, was the first part of the man with no name trilogy of movies that made Clint Eastwood famous. This is another Spaghetti Western classic with Morricone writing the score for the sound track.
- "For a Few dollars More," by Ennio Morricone is the second part of the man with no name trilogy, staring Clint Eastwood. We are not sure whether the soundtrack made the movie famous, or whether the movie made the soundtrack famous. Either way the sounds are great and listening brings back images from the movie.
- "Once Upon a Time in the West," by Ennio Morricone came a couple of years after the Clint Eastwood movies, but maintained that Spaghetti Western flavor. The music of Morricone is easily recognizable and gives the westerns a slightly European sound. The haunting harmonica sound, from the song "A Man with Harmonica," is a classic in the Western Genre.
- "Dances with Wolves," by John Barry, came a bit later than classic westerns, released in 1990, but still provided outstanding music. The soundtrack is more modern as you might expect, but still has that special flavor of the wild west. The setting is just after the Civil War, which was the beginning of the Wild West era.
- "The Assassination of Jesse James by Coward Robert Ford," by Nick Cave is a very modern release, 2007, and breaks new ground with its music. The story is the oft told tale of the death of the outlaw Jesse James. The film itself is good but offers no surprises or new information. The music has a certain mournful appeal, and is more a true score than a simple collection of songs.
- "High Noon," by Dimitri Tiomkin is an early Western movie, made in 1952. This was when exactly what a Western movie would entail was still being worked out, so it broke new ground when it was released.
- "The Alamo," by Dimitri Tiomkin, is another Western classic that will make sure you remember the Alamo. Tiomkin blends Spanish and Western themes into his musical score that makes the movie even more enticing.