Thursday 26 July 2012

My Top Ten Olympic Songs

So the Olympics are here, and even I can't avoid them...

But I promise, you won't find any songs specifically written for the Games here... because songs written for sporting events are usually pretty dreadful. As Muse have confirmed.

I'll get onto songs about specific sports - running, jumping, Top Ten Songs About The Shot Put, et al. - in the next few posts. First though, a random smattering of Olympic themed tunes...

10. Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last

Green Day finish last... could this be the nicest song of the ten?

9. The Hives - Dead Quote Olympics

Yes they were smart but they're dead
And you're repeating all that they said
You know it don't make you clever like you thought it would

8. The Donnas - The Gold Medal

7. Lush - Olympia

Will I ever be Olympia?

6. Soft Cell - Torch

5. Kurt Vile - Runner Ups

If it ain’t workin’, take a whiz on the world

Come on, Kurt - have some dignity in defeat.

4. Peter Gabriel (with Kate Bush) - Games Without Frontiers

And the medal for whistling tunes and kissing baboons in the jungle goes to...

3. The Decemberists - The Sporting Life

Everyone had hopes for Colin Meloy's sporting prowess... his dad, his coach, his girlfriend... but he lets them all down in championship style here. An anthem for those of us who were always last to be chosen for the team. (See also Billy Bragg's The Boy Done Good, though I'm saving that for if I ever do a football Top Ten. However unlikely that may be.)

2. Belle & Sebastian - The Stars of Track and Field

Could I write a piece about you now that you've made it?
About the hours spent, the wilderness in your training
You only did it so that you could wear
Your terry underwear
And feel the city air
Run past your body

1. Gene - Olympian

If they were handing out medals for underrated bands, Gene would get the gold.

Which Olympic tune gets your gold medal?


  1. Kate Bush and Peter G... they don't write 'em like that anymore. Alas.

  2. Jeux Sans Frontières... or It's A Knockout to you and I.

  3. I'd got a tenner on Spandau Ballet - Gold when I read the title.

  4. International Bright Young Thing.
    Animal Farm
    Play The Game

    Oh What A Circus!

  5. I can think of better Top Tens that each of those songs will fit in... even the David Essex. ;-)

  6. No Spandau Ballet?! Only joking...very pleased to see an excellent choice for number one.

  7. That's two "votes" for Spandau... and yet, Shed Seven came closer.

  8. All I've got is Phantom of the Opera by Iron maiden, which is the tune Daley Thompson used to run along to in that old Lucozade ad (other than that, it's got nothing to do with the Olympics).


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