London 2012 Olympics Playlist Leaks

British director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) was tasked with picking a playlist for the upcoming Olympic opening ceremony in London, and his 86-track playlist has leaked online, according to The Telegraph. Notable: It’s probably a deliberate choice that members of the Queen’s Jubilee Court — knighted folks like Elton John and Paul McCartney — were left off. Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, the playlist doesn’t jive with a certain Spice Girl. “We literally flew the flag — and Geri even wore it — around the globe,” Mel C, AKA Sporty Spice, told The Mirror. She’s got a point. Check out the full playlist 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 – “I’m 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”
M.I.A. – “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”

Comments (23)
  1. “BBC News 1954″ is a criminally underrated track.

  2. It’s kind of like an introduction to british pop music playlist

  3. The choice of OMD songs probably isn’t the most PC for a competition which is supposed to celebrate people from all over the world competing in sports….
    Enola Gay is the plane that dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima.

  4. Robbie Williams was knighted?

    Also, isn’t creep kind of an odd choice?

  5. Geez, I bet no one saw “London Calling” coming…

  6. I had forgotten how much the Brits love The Shipping Forecast! It sounds like a load of gibberish to us Yanks, but they somehow know what it means.

    • People don’t understand how we can be so obsessed with the weather until they’ve lived here for a while: we don’t exactly have seasons, we just cycle randomly through weather conditions and temperatures with no warning.

  7. It’s a lot better than expected. I feel like Absolute Beginners is really random song to end with though. I would have thought they’d go with The National Anthem or Jerusalem, but even if they’re going for a song and not one of the anthems it’s just such a random song, not a classic or something everyone remembers.

  8. The English FOCKING LOVE Dizzee Rascal.

  9. How can they expect us to take this list seriously without a Tinie Tempah entry? Oh wait, there’s one.

  10. Doctor Who theme is included, good playlist.

  11. I’ve gotta say I somewhat agree with Sporty Spice here, the Spice Girls dominated when they were on top and wore their nationalities with pride. On a similar note, no Girls Aloud is also a surprise considering their popularity, especially when there’s that kinda meh Sugababes song on the list.

    It’s no big deal really, just odd. I like the playlist otherwise!

  12. did I miss it, or is Joy Division out of the picture?

  13. come on, the brits are smarter than “song 2,” aren’t they?

  14. i find ‘i predict a riot’ to be a funny choice given the whole england riots 2011 fiasco

  15. UMM: they know this isn’t the 1988 Olympics, right? I.e. dated graphic. (Did they just pull this thing out of storage after 24 years of rejection?)

  16. The NME were originally chosen to make the playlist, but the one they proposed was all Oasis and Stone Roses songs.

  17. WHY CREEP? NO. bad danny

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