The Ecstasy of Gold
|"The Ecstasy of Gold"|
|Song by Ennio Morricone|
|from the album The Good, the Bad and the Ugly|
|Genre||Film score, western|
"The Ecstasy of Gold" (Italian: L'estasi dell'oro) is a musical composition by Ennio Morricone, part of his score for the Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It is played while Tuco (Eli Wallach) is frantically searching a cemetery for the grave that holds $200,000 in gold coins. Sung by Edda Dell'Orso, it stands as one of the most well known of Morricone's themes.
Appearances in other media
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By other musicians
- American Thrash Metal band Metallica has used "The Ecstasy of Gold" as the introductory music for its concerts since 1983; it is included on the live albums Metallica Through the Never, S&M and Live Shit: Binge & Purge. An instrumental metal cover by Metallica (with minimal vocals and lead guitar work by lead singer James Hetfield) appears on the 2007 Morricone tribute album We All Love Ennio Morricone. This metal version was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Instrumental Performance. It was also used in the trailer for and appears in Guitar Hero: Metallica, in its original form as composed by Morricone; however, it is not a playable track. It reached #21 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock charts in April of that year.
- New York City-based punk rock band Ramones used "The Ecstasy of Gold" as the outro music for their concerts since 1991. This can be heard at the end of their live albums Loco Live, Greatest Hits Live and We're Outta Here!. The band uses "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", another one of Morricone's compositions at the beginning of their concerts since the same year.
- Famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma recorded this song in his tribute album, Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone.
- Sampled by Jay-Z in the song "Blueprint2" in his album by the same name released in 2002.
- Remixed by Bandini for the Ennio Morricone Remixes 2 album released on February 10, 2004 by Compost Records.
- Sampled by rapper Immortal Technique in the song "Land of the Gun".
- The 1975 film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show uses an excerpt as incidental music during the climax when Rocky grieves and carries the dead Dr. Frank-N-Furter up the RKO Tower. 
- Appears in the 2014 film The Book of Life as Manolo fights a bull
- The opening scene of Jackass Number Two (2006), in which the cast is chased through a suburban neighborhood by bulls, is accompanied by this piece.
- Appears in the 2015 film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
- Is used during a climactic scene in the 2017 Korean period film The Battleship Island.
- The song is used as incidental music in The Simpsons episode Super Franchise Me, the third episode of the show's 26th season.
- The episode "XCIII" in Samurai Jack's 5th season pays homage to the cemetery scene when Jack hides from the Daughters of Aku in a stone coffin within a ruined temple (complete with a reimagining of The Ecstasy of Gold).
- Bandini's remix is used in the introduction sequence of the 2010 Activision racing game, Blur.
- Used in Ubisoft entertainment's 'Free to play weekend's trailer for the game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.
- A commercial for Modelo Especial beer using the Bandini remix of "The Ecstasy of Gold" has been circulating since at least 2015. 
- A commercial for Nike entitled "Fate" uses the song within the overall "immovable object vs infinite force theme."
Radio and podcasts
- The theme music for Daniele Bolelli's "History on Fire" Podcast. 
- Used as the opening theme song for The Opie & Anthony Show on WNEW radio (1998-2002) and XM Satellite Radio (2004-2014)
- "We All Love Ennio Morricone". Metallica.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-24. Retrieved 2007-03-11.
- "Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone". Yo-yoma.com. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
- "Remixes 2: Ennio Morricone: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- Ennio Morricone - Remixes Vol. 2 (2-CD) . "Ennio Morricone - Remixes Vol. 2 (2-CD)Compost Records". Compost-rec.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
- Cletus Hunnicutt (2015-07-19), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - Super 8mm Digest - Film Print from the 1970s? (2 of 2), retrieved 2017-03-19
- "Movie connections for Jackass Number Two (2006)". Imdb.com. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
- "Clip from 'Sponge Out of Water'".
- Fashwath _07 (2017-03-18), Samurai Jack Season 5 Episode 2 - XCIII, retrieved 2017-03-19
- "Modelo Especial commercial".
- "About History on Fire".