List of Music heard during the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

Posted by Job O Brother, July 31, 2012 11:18am | Post a Comment

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Like many Earthlings, I watched the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, as directed by Danny Boyle – along with four guests and not enough wine.

Humanity is divided on the spectacle’s merits and failings; some feel it’s quirky whimsicality was “particularly British” and a welcome change from the Borg-like precision of Beijing’s previous efforts; others thought it was… well, bollocks. (I’ll reserve my own opinions for those unlucky enough to spend time with me in person.)

Like many music geeks, the tribute to British popular music quickly became a game of “how many song titles/artists can I identify before anyone else sitting here.” For those of you curious, as I was, to see all the music that was highlighted, here’s a list of what was heard:


  • Eton Boating Song: Captain Algernon Drummond, William Cory
  • Land of Hope and Glory: AC Benson Elgar
  • Going Underground: The Jam
  • Map of the Problematique: Muse
  • God Save the Queen: Sex Pistols
  • London Calling: The Clash
  • EastEnders Theme: Simon May
  • Jerusalem: Sir Hubert Parry, William Blake
  • Nimrod: Sir Edward Elgar
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba: George Frideric Handel
  • Dambusters March: Eric Coates
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks: George Frideric Handel
  • James Bond theme: Monty Norman
  • Tubular BellsMike Oldfield
  • In Dulci JubiloMike Oldfield
  • Chariots of Fire themeVangelis
  • The Archers theme: Arthur Wood
  • Black and White Rag: Winifred Atwell
  • RelaxFrankie Goes to Hollywood
  • Back To Life: Soul II Soul
  • Step OnHappy Mondays
  • Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: Eurythmics
  • Bittersweet Symphony: The Verve
  • Firestarter: Prodigy
  • Born Slippy: Underworld
  • I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles: Jaan Kenbrovin, John Kellette
  • Song 2: Blur
  • BonkersDizzee Rascal
  • Nacnha Onda Nei [Medley: Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”; Queen & David Bowie : “Under Pressure”; Ilaiyaraaja: “Naanthaan Ungappanda”]: Tigerstyle
  • I Bet You Look Good on the Dance floorArctic Monkeys
  • Valerie: Amy Winehouse
  • CreepRadiohead
  • Uprising: Muse
  • Random Antics: Kano & Mikey J
  • Pass Out: Tinie Tempah
  • Paper Planes: M.I.A.
  • Viva La VidaColdplay
  • Galvanize: The Chemical Brothers

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