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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire - Single

'Chariots of Fire' is an instrumental theme written and recorded by Vangelis for the soundtrack of the 1981 film of the same name. The recording has since been covered by numerous performers and used as theme music for various television programmes and sporting events.

On the film's soundtrack album, the piece is called 'Titles' because of its use in the movie's opening titles sequence, but it widely became known as 'Chariots of Fire'.

According to Allmusic, the track title was listed as 'Chariots of Fire - Titles' on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and simply as 'Chariots of Fire' on the Adult Contemporary chart.

A 1989 CD single release also gave the title of the piece simply as 'Chariots of Fire'.

When the single debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week ending December 12, 1981, it was known simply as 'Titles.' Seven weeks later, when it moved to number 68, the Hot 100 chart dated Jan. 30, 1982, the single was now listed as 'Chariots of Fire' and stayed with that name for the remainder of its chart run. Radio listeners and radio DJs could now better identify with the song.

Vangelis was accused of plagiarising 'Chariots of Fire' from a song by fellow Greek composer Stavros Logaridis called 'City of Violets'. Vangelis won in court by convincing the judge to allow him to bring his setup to the court and demonstrate his method of composing by improvising new music.

'Chariots of Fire' stayed for one week at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1982, after climbing steadily for five months (it made number 1 in its 22nd week on the chart), and to date remains the only song by a Greek artist to top the U.S. Charts.

The single spent 64 weeks on the Australian charts, although it only peaked at number 21. In Japan, 'Chariots of Fire' was the biggest-selling single of 1981. The track proved moderately successful in the UK, where it reached number 12, but its parent album peaked at number 5 and spent 107 weeks on the album chart.

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Single Version
Eric's Theme - B-Side


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