The Ecstasy of Gold

"The Ecstasy of Gold"
Song by Ennio Morricone
from the album The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
GenreFilm score, western
Songwriter(s)Ennio Morricone

"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

By other musicians



  • 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).[8]

Video games


  • A commercial for Nike entitled "Fate" used the song within an overall "immovable object vs. unstoppable force" theme.[10]
  • A commercial for Modelo Especial beer using the Bandini remix has been circulating since at least 2015.[11][12]
  • A commercial for L.L. Bean entitled "The Pitch", showing friends playing wiffle ball in the rain, used the song in 2018.[13]
  • A commercial for KFC showing a Mexican Standoff between a Chicken and a Turkey used the song. [14]
  • A commercial for Dolce & Gabbana released in 2019 promoting their K fragrance features the Bandini Remix version of the song. [15]

Radio and podcasts


  • The first half of "The Ecstasy of Gold" is played before every home game of Los Angeles FC, right before the players take to the pitch.
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