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Magnificent Seven Theme


If you stay for the credits of Antoine Fuqua’s Western The Magnificent Seven (which opened at No. 1 this weekend), you’ll hear a rousing anthem that sounds familiar for good reason: It’s the theme song to the original The Magnificent Seven, John Sturges’ 1960 film starring Yul Brynner, Charles Bronson, and Steve McQueen as its heroes. Composed by Elmer Bernstein, who received an Oscar nomination for his score, “Theme from The Magnificent Seven” took on a life all its own. Here’s a brief history of the song as it appears in movies, commercials, and other artists’ covers, from 1960 until today.

The Aaron Copland-inspired Magnificent Seven theme, below, was a personal favorite of composer Bernstein, who wrote it for the film in 1960.  “Every once in a while — it doesn’t happen often — you hit on something really feel quite thrilling,” Bernstein, who passed away in 2004, once said in an interview. “I remember being very excited when I found that opening rhythm. It was like a surge of energy.”
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