What's on Your Playlist for the London Olympics?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Giant Olympic rings floating down the River Thames (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

The playlist for the July 27 Olympics opening ceremony in London has been leaked. The 86-song list is the brainchild of opening ceremony director Danny Boyle, of Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours fame.

Although most of us are not going to win a medal in the 2012 London Olympics, we're all going to be watching as the U.S. competes against the world's greatest. In partnership with our friends at The World at WGBH in Boston, we asked our listeners for suggestions for songs to be added to an Olympic playlist.

Here is what you came up with:

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [18]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Oh and Tom Petty's "Running Down A Dream" Just about every song he wrote works for the Olympics

Jul. 28 2012 07:45 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

If you'll pardon the pun, you can get a lot of mileage out of Tom Petty for the Olympics... "Free Falling" for pole vaulting or the javelin...

"I won't back down" - for just about any event

"American Girl" - for when some young woman wins... The lyrics fit well

Jeez, just about every Tom Petty song works, "I'm learning to Fly," "Room At The Top," "Don't Have To Live Like A Refugee" "Don't Come Around Here No More

Well, I'm going with the Tom Petty Box set when I watch the Olympics this week

Jul. 28 2012 07:41 AM
fuva from harlemworld

"Ali In The Jungle", by The Hours. Hands down.

Jul. 27 2012 09:07 AM
Cliff from Denver, CO

"Lose Yourself" by Eminen. "- "You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity only comes once in a lifetime..." Perfect.

Jun. 25 2012 09:30 AM
zach from Chile

SHOCK - Ana Tijoux. Need more Latin music!

Jun. 24 2012 01:03 PM
Laurie Lewis

Extra fun-fact for john hockenberry...
Kyle Patrick (and a bunch of us) run the NYC Marathon for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to support people with spinal chord injuries. !!! :)

Jun. 23 2012 12:37 AM
guest from Brooklyn

"Go For Gold!" by Kyle Patrick!

Jun. 22 2012 11:20 PM
Martha Dee from NY, NY

Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears For Fears

Jun. 22 2012 04:10 PM
Leah from NYC

Try A Little Harder by The Rolling Stones!

Jun. 22 2012 03:59 PM

"Heart Like A Lion" by Pressure Point

Jun. 22 2012 03:56 PM

"Go For Gold" by Kyle Patrick www.kylepatrickmusic.com Great Olympic Anthem!

Let's Celebrate and "Go For Gold" in London!


Jun. 22 2012 10:07 AM
ewin from SRQ, FLA


Jun. 22 2012 09:52 AM
pjc from nyc

One of the best all time rock and roll songs is Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes "This Time It's For Real". It drives you to move!

Jun. 22 2012 09:22 AM
Cheryl from Detroit

Music for the Queen, from the Queen of Soul,Aretha Franklin "Respect"

Jun. 22 2012 09:19 AM
Misha from Detroit, MI

Till I Collapse by Eminem is a great song for any athletic event. It just gets you in the zone to push yourself as hard as possible.


Jun. 22 2012 08:54 AM
Elaine Springer


Kyle Patrick's "GO FOR GOLD!"

Jun. 22 2012 07:53 AM
Kyle Patrick from Brooklyn, NY

Definitely "Go For Gold" by Kyle Patrick


It's a FREE download too. Such an inspiring song, and great experience writing it. It helped me through a lot. I wrote it while training for the NY Marathon!


Jun. 22 2012 07:50 AM
Laurie Lewis


Kyle Patrick's "GO FOR GOLD!"

Jun. 22 2012 06:34 AM

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