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London 2012 Opening Ceremony – Music Playlist

BY Boon Koh
Published 27 July 2012

I’m still so in shock at the amazing Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics, that I’m quickly typing up this article before returning to the TV to watching the end of the Opening Ceremony and see the Olympic Flame enter the stadium!

So without delay, here is a list of all the songs that have been played so far in the London 2012 Olympic Ceremony:

1st part of the British music through the decades:

Captain Algernon Drummond, William Johnson Cory – Eton Boating Song
Elgar, AC Benson – Land of Hope and Glory
The Jam – Going Underground
Muse – Map of the Problematique
Big Ben Chimes
Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
The Clash – London Calling
Simon May – EastEnders Theme
The Shipping Forecast
Sir Hubert Parry, William Blake – Jerusalem
Elgar – Nimrod
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Eric Coates – Dambusters March
Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks
Monty Norman – James Bond Theme
Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
Mike Oldfield – In Dulci Jubilo
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
BBC News 1954
Arthur Wood – The Archers Theme
Winifred Atwell – Black and White Rag

2nd part of the British music through the decades:

Sugababes – Push the Button
OMD – Enola Gay
David Rose – The Stripper
Lionel Bart – Food Glorious Food
Irwin Kostal, Richard Sherman, Robert Sherman – Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Rizzle Kicks – When I Was a Youngster
Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
Colin Tully – Gregorys Girl Theme
William Pitt – City Lights
The Who – My Generation
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction
Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop
The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night
The Beatles – She Loves You
Mud – Tiger Feet
Led Zeppelin – Trampled Under Foot
The Specials – A Message to You Rudy
David Bowie – Starman
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant
Duran Duran – The Reflex
New Order – Blue Monday

3rd part:

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
Soul II Soul – Back To Life
Happy Mondays – Step On
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Prodigy – Firestarter
Underworld – Born Slippy
Jaan Kenbrovin, John William Kellette – Im Forever Blowing Bubbles
Blur – Song 2
Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers [Dizzie Rascal performed live!! Video to come soon]
Tigerstyle – Nacnha Onda Nei (contains Michael Jackson – Billie Jean, Queen & David Bowie – Under Pressure and Ilaiyaraaja – Naanthaan Ungappanda)
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Radiohead – Creep
Muse – Uprising
Kano & Mikey J – Random Antics
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
MIA – Paper Planes
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize

4th part:

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
Roll Deep – Shake a Leg
Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Oasis – The Hindu Times
Oasis – Wonderwall
Emeli Sande – Heaven
William Monk/Henry Francis – Abide With Me
Pink Floyd – Eclipse
The Beatles – The End
The Beatles – Hey Jude
David Bowie – Heroes
Eric Spear – Coronation Street Theme
Ron Grainer – Doctor Who Theme
John Philip Sousa – Monty Python Theme/The Liberty Bell
David Bowie – Absolute Beginners

If you’re looking for the Spotify playlist to listen/stream it now to your iPhone or laptop, here is the Spotify URL link to the playlist.

  • http://twitter.com/thelondoneer The Londoneer

    The question I want answering is who were the – one boy and two girls – who were singing as the young athletes ran around the stadium with the torches.I thought they were great – and am I alone in thinking that Sir Paul was rather superfluous at the end, leading that pub sing-a-long? They should have justed ended with the fireworks…

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucy.pereira Lucy Pereira

    The song is called ‘Caliban’s Dream’ and it’s by Underworld and a whole host of other artists. The guy that was singing is the lead singer from Two Door Cinema Club (Alex Trimble) and the two female singers were Elizabeth Roberts and Esme Smith. I adore Alex’s voice and his vocals for Caliban’s Dream were haunting and beautiful. Here’s a link to the tune:


    I agree with your opinion about Sir Paul completely!