Billboard #1 Hits: #515: ‘Chariots Of Fire’- Vangelis. May 8, 1982. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single:’Chariots Of Fire’- Vangelis
- Record Company- Polydor
- Genre: Film Score. Electronic
- Written by Vangelis
- Time: 3:32
- B-side: ‘Eric’s Theme’
- Album-Chariots Of Fire
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #12 in UK Singles Chart.
This has to be considered a surprise #1 hit- the theme from a surprise hit movie- Chariots Of Fire. The movie ended up being nominated for seven Oscar’s winning four including Best Picture- the first British picture to win that since 1964’s My Fair Lady. Every time I hear this music I think of the runners running on the beach. I usually watch the movie every four years- in the Olympic year- so I reckon I will be watching it again soon. Vangelis is a Greek musician of electronic and ambient music. Vangelis is still active having released an album in 2020. This was hit only hit- and it went to #1.