List: TOP 20 Spaghetti-Western Soundtracks

The music is a big part of every movie, and in many of them the soundtrack is often more recognisable than the images. Even so, in the spaghetti-westerns they are a big part of the picture, and they’re awesome! Here’s a list of Martin’s favourite soundtracks, counting down from 20. Hope You’ll find something You like! Cheers!

20. Kill the Wicked! (1967)

Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino/Roberto Matano

The intense and “cool” 60’s style music sung with a horrible Italian accent is somehow charming. Enjoy the groovy guitar and sing along on “That’s the price of gold”…

19. My Name is Nobody (1973)

Music: Ennio Morricone

A catchy tune which incorporated a bit of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valküre”. And yes, there’s a bit of whistling in this as well.

18. Navajo Joe (1966)

Music: Ennio Morricone

As this is a movie about struggling Indians, Morricone uses the title of the movie in an Indian chanting way. A strike of brilliance once again by the composer.

17. Ace High (1968)

Music: Carlo Rustichelli/Bruno Nicolai

A little piece of music I stumbled over and fell in love with it at once. It’s a touching and well built piece of spaghetti with a side order of olives.

16. Sabata (1969)

Music: Marcello Giombini

Listen to this little rascal of a song a couple of times and You’ll hum along and shout out: “Ehi amico… c’è Sabata”!!!

15. The Hills Run Red (1966)

Music: Ennio Morricone

A more classical western soundtrack where you get the feel of the 2.35 : 1 aspect ratio…

14. Face to Face (1967)

Music: Ennio Morricone

Maestro Morricone again. A good score which burst into power after the long intro. Play loud!

13. Payment in Blood (1967)

Music: Francesco De Masi

This is a beautifully crafted score, that sets the tone of the picture perfectly. I like the instrumental bit better than the vocal version though.

12. Compañeros (1970)

Music: Ennio Morricone

Wait for it… When Franco Nero cries out “Compañeros”, it’s GO time. A soundtrack perfectly suited for the film. It’ll make you wanna start a revolution yourself. Good tempo and good fun!

11. Land Raiders (1969)

Music: Bruno Nicolai

Well, this is technically not a spaghetti-western, it’s a Spanish-American production, but it has all the elements and most importantly an Italian composer with a great score. Lots of cool instrumental fill throughout the theme.

10. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Music: Ennio Morricone

How can you make a cowboy tune so good starting of with whistling, Jew’s harp(I think), bell and a pan-flute? Well, You can’t! Morricone can!

9. Return of Halleluja (1972)

Music: Stelvio Cipriani

This is probably not the best of spaghetti-westerns, but the soundtrack is awesome. As this is a movie with soldiers in it, Cipriani has granted us with a great march. So march along with Halleluja to these tunes…

8. Django (1966)

Music: Luis Bacalov/Rocky Roberts

And now, a song. With a tempo that fits a man dragging a coffin, and a ballad about that man this has become a classic (much thanks to the revitalisation by Tarantino in his great “Django Unchained”).

7. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Music: Ennio Morricone

A beautiful and atmospheric soundtrack that put Morricone’s name in the frontlines of spaghetti-westerns together with Sergio Leone. The whistling on most of Morricone’s soundtracks is done by composer Alessandro Alessandroni.

6. Johnny Hamlet (1968)

Music: Francesco De Masi/Maurizio Graf

A lovely soundtrack by composer De Masi and well sung by the great Maurizio Graf. I want to ride along the beaches and shoot as well while listening (I’m just kidding, but this is massive! ). Love it!

5. The Return of Ringo (1965)

Music: Ennio Morricone/Maurizio Graf

Another one with Graf on vocals. I like Maurizio Graf’s voice, and when Morricone is the composer it can’t go wrong! We’re way past the point were the music lifts the films to new heights. Morricone and Graf collaborated on the first Ringo film as well “A Pistol for Ringo”. Check out the soundtrack if you want more.

4. Massacre Time (1966)

Music: Lallo Gori/Sergio Endrigo

My jaw dropped the first time I saw this movie/heard the title song. For me this is a perfect western song, in a massive horse-riding tempo. Director Lucio Fulci, mostly known for his gory movies later on, did a couple of cool spaghetti-westerns. This is one of them!

3. The Big Gundown (1966)

Music: Ennio Morricone

Oh, man! The intense build up on this song makes this one of my favourite Morricone soundtracks. The vocals and music is fantastic, both in English and Italian.  I get goosebumps everytime I listen to it. Incredible!!

2. Cemetery Without Crosses (1969)

Music: André Hossein/Scott Walker

My favourite western song. The power. The energy. The vocal. The melody. This is how you’ll make an up-tempo western ballad with your typical lyrics. Fantastic!!

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Music: Ennio Morricone

This came hardly as a surprise? One of the reasons is that there are two sets of scores that are equally superb. The intro on this Leone flick is probably THE theme that defines spaghetti-western. So innovative, original and amazing. The other one is…well, it should be enough to say that there is a reason Metallica opens all of their concerts with it. The first place had to go to one of the greatest movie composers there are (…the Oscar was well deserved…). Morricone has scored almost half on this list, and that’s just amazing both in quality and quantity.

You might ask why the music of “Once Upon a Time in the West”(1968), “The Great Silence”(1968), “They Call Me Trinity”(1970) amongst others was not on this list. Well, that’s how much good soundtracks there are, and…this is my list!