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Published on July 28th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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Complete Playlist of Songs Featured in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

That was pretty cool, wasn’t it?  And wouldn’t it be cool to have a full playlist of all the songs Danny Boyle and Co. used in that production?

Here, courtesy The Telegraph, is the most complete playlist I could find–so far.  If anyone has a better one, please post it in the comments below, okay?

From The Telegraph:

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

More of the list here.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



One Response to Complete Playlist of Songs Featured in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies

  1. Mark A. says:

    Pretty wicked playlist! I'd argue though that Enola Gay is more controversial than God Save the Queen.

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