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It has been covered by numerous performers and used for various television programmes and sporting events. On the film's soundtrack albumthe piece is called "Titles" because of its use in the movie's opening titles sequence, but it widely became known as "Chariots of Fire".
A CD single release also gave the title of the piece as "Chariots of Fire". The new title made it easier for both listeners and radio DJs to identify the piece. Vangelis was accused of plagiarising "Chariots of Fire" from a piece by fellow Greek composer Stavros Logaridis called "City of Violets". Vangelis won in court by a persuading the judge that he had had no opportunity to hear Logaridis's piece before he composed "Chariots of Fire"; and b demonstrating to the judge's satisfaction that the key musical sequence described as "the turn" which consisted of the four notes F-G-A-Gthe only sequence where the judge noted a clear similarity between the two compositions, was already common in music, and had previously been used by Vangelis in a piece "Wake Up" by Aphrodite's Child Heaven And Hell (Theme From Cosmos) / Chariots Of Fire - LOrchestre Electronique - Sound Waves predated "City of Violets.
The single spent 64 weeks on the Australian charts, although it only peaked at In Japan"Chariots of Fire" was the biggest-selling single of The Heaven And Hell (Theme From Cosmos) / Chariots Of Fire - LOrchestre Electronique - Sound Waves reached 31816 position on the Billboard Classical Digital Songs chart.
A music video was made for "Chariots of Fire," consisting of Vangelis playing a piano in a concert hall, with scenes from the film projected on a screen behind him. Many cover versions of "Chariots of Fire" have been recorded in all styles by all manners of artists, including the orchestral sounds of John Williams and the Boston Popsthe electric guitars of The Shadowsthe soft piano of Richard Claydermanthe pan flute of Zamfirand the jazz of The Bad Plus.
It was played when Apple Inc. Owing both Untitled - Various - Ono Turbo D its sweeping tune and the content of the movie in which it first appeared, "Chariots of Fire" has become somewhat synonymous with Andante - Bellini* / Vivaldi* / G.P.
Telemann* / Maurice André / Orchestre De Chambre Franz Liszt De Olympic Games. It was also used as a theme for the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo,  and it was played prior to the start of the men's m race final at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. It became prominent leading up to, and during the Summer Olympics in London. Runners in a test event at Olympic Parkwhose route ended at the grand opening of London's Olympic Stadiumwere greeted by the piece as they finished their route into the new stadium.
The piece, and other remixes of it, was also used during each medal ceremony of the Games. The piece was also performed by the London Symphony Orchestra during the opening ceremony of the games, as part of a skit starring comedian Rowan Atkinson reprising his role as Mr. Beanseen playing a repeated note on a synthesizer whilst using a cellphone, and later an umbrella to play the note while trying to grab a tissue to blow his nose, and then falling into a daydream parodying the opening "beach run" scene from the "Chariots of Fire" film itself.
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