"Theme of Exodus"
Single by Ernest Gold
from the album Exodus
B-side"Summer In Cyprus"
GenreEpic, film score
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Ernest Gold
Producer(s)Ernest Gold
"Theme of Exodus"
Single by Ferrante & Teicher
from the album Golden Piano Hits
ReleasedOctober 1960
GenreEasy listening, film score
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)Ernest Gold
Producer(s)Don Costa
Ferrante & Teicher singles chronology
"Theme from The Apartment"
"Theme of Exodus"
"Love Theme from One Eyed Jack"

"Theme of Exodus" is a song composed and performed by Ernest Gold. It serves as the main theme song to Otto Preminger's epic film Exodus, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Leon Uris, which tells the story of founding of the modern State of Israel. The song was released on the soundtrack album for the picture. All music was written by Gold, who won both Best Soundtrack Album and Song of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards for the soundtrack and theme to Exodus respectively. It is the only instrumental song to ever receive that award.[1]

Following its initial film appearance, the theme has been recorded by many artists in both instrumental and vocal versions, and has also appeared in a number of subsequent films and television programs. The best-known cover version of the theme is an instrumental version.[2] This version was accompanied by the Sinfonia of London orchestra.[3] Bob Marley incorporated portions of the theme into his song "Exodus".[4]

An instrumental version of the song by Ferrante & Teicher made No. 1 on the Cashbox Top 100 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1961,[5] No. 6 in the UK in April 1961[6] and No. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report charts also in April 1961.[7] It reached No. 1 in New Zealand.[8]

In 2012, American animator Nina Paley released a satirical animated music video set to the song (as performed by Andy Williams).[9]


  1. ^ "Here is a List of Every GRAMMYs Song of the Year Winner Ever". CBS.com. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Theme of Exodus by Ernest Gold - Samples, Covers and Remixes". Whosampled.com. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Ernest Gold – Theme Of Exodus". Discogs.com. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ Friedwald, Will (2017-11-07). The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 9781101871751.
  5. ^ "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits".
  6. ^ "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits".
  7. ^ "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits".
  8. ^ NZ Lever Hit Parade, 25 May 1961
  9. ^ Paley, Nina (2017-01-13), This Land Is Mine revised, retrieved 2022-08-10