As if you didn’t know already, the London 2012 Olympic Games kick off tomorrow (July 27), and all eyes will be on glorious, uh, Stratford! But it is not just the sporting world celebrating this spectacular event, but the music world, too.
Artistic director, Danny Boyle, has already hinted at the music that will be played during the Olympic ceremonies, but the beat doesn’t stop there! Artists from all around the globe have been busy writing songs and recording videos in honour of the Games, and today, LyricStatus take a look over some of the best!
PS…go Team GB!
Mark Ronson, Katy B “Anywhere In The World”
Coca Cola approached the ever in-demand Mark Ronson to create a song for their Olympics advertisement campaign. The result was “Anywhere In The World,” featuring London localette, Katy B. Listen closely, and you will also hear the heartbeat of the Russian runner, Kseniya Olegovna Vdovina, the sound of the British table tennis player, Darius Knight, hitting a ball, among other pants, grunts and thuds – all of which were recorded by Ronson himself.
Skepta “Hold On”
Will Skepta’s gargantuan grime anthem, “Hold On,” inspire Team GB to go for gold this 2012? We sure hope! Check out the song’s sportastic video, which features a cameo by the Olympic medallist, Darren Campbell, below.
Elbow “First Steps”
“First Steps,” as brought to you by the ever epic Elbow, is the BBC’s official Olympic theme tune this 2012. Alas, only a taster of the song – which also features the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the NovaVox gospel choir – has been released so far, but it is sounding suitably stouthearted!
Dionne Bromfield, Tinchy Stryder “Spinnin’ For 2012″
Dionne Bromfield teamed up with Tinchy Stryder to record the Olympic Torch Relay official track, “Spinnin’ For 2012.” Since May, this poptastic track has supported 8000 sweaty torchbearers (Billy Mitchell, et al…).
The Chemical Brothers “Theme For Velodrome”
The Chemical Brothers’ “Theme For Velodrome” is the fittingly futuristic official song for the Olympic Games’ most space age of venues. Still, the Brothers are not the first electronica artists to write an ode to two wheels!
O.A.R. and B.o.B “Champions”
O.A.R. and B.o.B may have penned “Champions” in support of Team USA (and, ahem, a Duracell ad campaign), but the song’s uplifting message will resonate among all the athletes taking part in the Games this 2012. Check out the official video, in which multiple sportsmen get their sweat on, below.
And, finally, here we have the London 2012 Olympic Games’ official song, “Survival,” courtesy of Queen, uh, sorry, Muse! The track is intense…outrageous…dramatic…pure and utter pomp…much like the Olympic Games themselves, then! Enjoy!