Olympics Opening Ceremony Soundtrack Revealed

By Ines Novacic

Jun 27, 2012 8:09am

Most Olympics opening ceremonies are kept secret–but it apparently wasn’t enough to share visions of a neo-idyllic countryside, now the entire playlist to Danny Boyle’s “Isles of Wonder”ceremony, allegedly leaked, is available for public scrutiny.

If you thought sheep in east London’s Olympic stadium was weird, imagine the Queen bopping to the Sex Pistols.

The 86-song playlist, first published by the Telegraph, boasts several bold choices, namely the punk classic “God Save the Queen,” and “London Calling” by the Clash. Some wonderfully random Brit-pop-culture tracks are in the mix, including “I Predict a Riot” by the Kaiser Chiefs, the Sugababe’s “Push the Button,” Dizee Rascal’s “Bonkers,” and “Paper Planes” by MIA.

Forget national monuments, the soundtrack to the $42 million extravaganza is a true testament to British culture across the ages, from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and The Eton Boating Song, to 1960s old-school and 1990s cool Britannia.

Notably missing, however, is everything and everyone from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert. No Tom Jones charm, Robbie Williams cheek, or Kylie Minogue hot-pants.

The usual suspects are in the line-up, including The Who with “My Generation,” several Beatles golden oldies like “She Loves You,” Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Heroes” by David Bowie, and the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”

The anticipated one billion spectators can also look forward to ’80s and ’90s favorites such as “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Simon May’s “EastEnders Theme.”

A one-million-watt sound system will blast the lyrical entertainment, using 500 speakers.

Entire playlist listed below:


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



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



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
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



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


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