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The 24 theme is the main title music of 24. It features in the end credits of every episode, and in various refrains through certain episodes.

The theme was composed by Sean Callery, along with the other incidental music heard on 24, most of which has been released on the 24 soundtracks. The theme has been included on the Original Television Soundtrack and the Seasons 4 and 5 Soundtrack. When the theme was first included on the original soundtrack, it had never been played in full before, having been edited to accommodate the final cut of the first episode.

The theme was rerecorded as a five minute piece, played by a full orchestra, for 24: The Game, which was released on the Original Game Score. It was known as the "24 Symphonic Suite". This theme was played over the end credits of 24: Redemption to account for its lengthy nature.

Several remixes of the theme have been composed, notably by Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren. His few remixes were collected on the album 24: The Longest Day. It was also remixed by Benny Benassi, Crystal Method and Towa Tei, each separately. These three remixes were included on the 24: Remixed album.

The theme is also heard as the background music for all DVD menus (albeit with slight variations on each), as well as the introductory screen on 24: The Game. Two DVD special features at looked at the 24 theme (along with other music from 24); "Music by Sean Callery" (pictured, right) and "The Fimucité Festival Presents: The Music of 24".

Sean Callery refers to the song as "Jack Bauer's theme".

RefrainsEdit

SoundtracksEdit

These are instances of the 24 theme being mixed in to incidental music used in episodes of the show.

Episode Song title Album Time refrain first appears
"Day 1: 9:00am-10:00am" "L.A. at 9:00 AM" Season 1-3 Soundtrack 1:19
"Day 1: 4:00pm-5:00pm" "Amnesia" Season 1-3 Soundtrack 2:06
"Day 1: 11:00pm-12:00am" "Jack's Revenge at the Docks" Season 1-3 Soundtrack 2:22
"Day 1: 11:00pm-12:00am" "Season One Finale / Terry's Death" Season 1-3 Soundtrack 3.38
24: The Game (Storming the Ship) "Storming The Cargo Ship" The Game Soundtrack 0.24
"Day 5: 9:00pm-10:00pm" "Jack Storms the Gas Plant" Season 4-5 Soundtrack 1.33
"Day 5: 6:00am-7:00am" "Logan's Downfall" Season 4-5 Soundtrack 5.29
24: Redemption "Jack and Benton" Redemption Soundtrack 1.37
24: Redemption "Don't Let Them Take My Kids" Redemption Soundtrack 0.52

EpisodesEdit

At points, the refrain has been heard but not included in music on the soundtracks.

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Season 1 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"Day 1: 12:00am-1:00am" Day 1: 12:20am Richard Walsh tells Jack Bauer that there may be someone within CTU operating as part of the threat against Senator David Palmer
"Day 1: 12:00am-1:00am" Day 1: 12:55am Jack Bauer learns that Teri is in the car with Alan York, and attempts to leave before learning that the 747 exploded.
"Day 1: 8:00pm-9:00pm" Day 1: 8:03pm Melanie is escorted back to the women's cell at the prison.
"Day 1: 9:00pm-10:00pm" Day 1: 9:02pm Kim Bauer is gagged and restrained after being kidnapped.
"Day 1: 10:00pm-11:00pm" Day 1: 10:32pm Jack Bauer helps David Palmer to his feet after a failed assassination attempt.
"Day 1: 10:00pm-11:00pm" Day 1: 10:46pm Jack Bauer hangs up after his last conversation with Teri.
"Day 1: 10:00pm-11:00pm" Day 1: 10:58pm Final splitscreen.
"Day 1: 11:00pm-12:00am" Day 1: 11:57pm Jack goes to find Teri.

Season 2 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"Day 2: 8:00am-9:00am" Day 2: 8:07am Jack Bauer gets in his car at the start of the day.
"Day 2: 8:00am-9:00am" Day 2: 8:35am Jack arrives back at CTU.
"Day 2: 8:00am-9:00am" Day 2: 8:42am Jack comes back into CTU and agrees to help stop the bomb.
"Day 2: 8:00am-9:00am" Day 2: 8:45am Jack tells Michelle Dessler to bring Marshall Goren in to CTU: his plan to get undercover with Joseph Wald is underway.
"Day 2: 8:00am-9:00am" Day 2: 8:59am Jack looks at himself in the mirror after shaving off his beard.
"Day 2: 9:00am-10:00am" Day 2: 9:06am Jack look out over Los Angeles from the chopper after telling Michelle to make sure that no CTU agents can be seen from his cover with Wald.
"Day 2: 10:00am-11:00am" Day 2: 10:45am Jack convinces Cam Strocker to go and warn Tony Almeida of the upcoming attack on CTU.
"Day 2: 11:00am-12:00pm" Day 2: 11:01am Jack, Eddie, Chris and Scott listen to police radio frequencies about the casualties from the attack at CTU.
"Day 2: 11:00am-12:00pm" Day 2: 11:10am Jack sets off for Joseph Wald's house after killing Eddie, Chris and Scott.
"Day 2: 12:00pm-1:00pm" Day 2: 12:30pm Jack Bauer watches as Nina Myers is brought into CTU Los Angeles.
"Day 2: 2:00pm-3:00pm" Day 2: 2:02pm Jack Bauer leads Nina Myers onto a plane to Visalia.

The Game Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"24: The Game"; Jack Heads into Madsen's Base The Game: 7:20pm Jack Bauer prepares to go into Peter Madsen's base to look for Kim.

Season 3 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"Day 3: 2:00am-3:00am" Day 3: 2:09am Kim Bauer watches as Nina Myers is brought into CTU Los Angeles.

Season 4 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event

Season 5 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event

Season 6 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"Day 6: 1:00pm-2:00pm" Day 6: 1:08pm Jack Bauer lands a CTU helicopter to continue the chase of Darren McCarthy

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Season 7 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"Day 7: 8:00am-9:00am" Day 7: 8:05am Jack Bauer states his name at the Senate hearing.
"Day 7: 10:00am-11:00am" Day 7: 10:10am Jack Bauer agrees to work with Buchanan, Chloe and Tony.
"Day 7: 10:00am-11:00am" Day 7: 10:41am Jack Bauer puts Renee Walker in the sleeper hold.
"Day 7: 10:00pm-11:00pm" Day 7: 10:45pm Jack Bauer breaks into the truck and steals the bioweapon.
"Day 7: 11:00pm-12:00am" Day 7: 11:01pm Jack Bauer is checked by the CDC.
"Day 7: 1:00am-2:00am" Day 7: 1:36am Sunny Macer tells Jack that he may go through personality changes as a result of the prion variant.

Season 8 Edit

Episode In-episode time of refrain (approx) Event
"Day 8: 5:00pm-6:00pm" Day 8: 5:33pm Chloe O'Brian asks Jack for help in finding the true insider working against President Omar Hassan.
"Day 8: 11:00pm-12:00am" Day 8: 11:35pm Jack manages to break free of the bar that is holding him captive and knock out his interrogator.
"Day 8: 12:00am-1:00am" Day 8: 12:50am Jack agrees to stay working at CTU until the threat is over, in exchange for Renee Walker's freedom.
"Day 8: 2:00pm-3:00pm" Day 8: 2:26pm Jack knocks out Jason Pillar.
"Day 8: 3:00pm-4:00pm" Day 8: 3:30pm President Allison Taylor watches Jack's recording.
"Day 8: 3:00pm-4:00pm" Day 8: 3:59pm Jack realizes he has to leave the country. He looks up at the aerial drone one last time before running away.

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