MUSIC NEWS - Back in June, the rumored 86-track Opening Ceremony playlist was leaked to the UK's The Telegraph, and it offered a wide swath of British music, from old classics, Beatles ("She Loves You") and The Rolling Stones ("Satisfaction") to more pop tunes Dizzee Rascal ("Bonkers"), Tinie Tempah ("Pass Out") and the Sugababes ("Push the Button"). The punk rock genre, developed in the UK during the mid-1970s, gets an Olympic nod with samplings from the Sex Pistols ("God Save the Queen") and The Clash ("London Calling").
David Bowie, and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust ("Starman," "Heroes" and "Absolute Beginners") and Queen ("Bohemian Rhapsody") also got their time to shine during the ceremony. The British new wave movement is barely represented with hits from Duran Duran ("The Reflex") and uber-new wave artists Franz Ferdinand ("Take Me Out") and the Kaiser Chiefs ("I Predict a Riot"), but no Squeeze. Prog rock was barely represented, though Pink Floyd sneaked into the event!
But surprisingly absent were The Police, Rod Stewart, The Smiths, The Cure, Depeche Mode and Elvis Costello. All powerful and influential Brit acts. Even British icons Sir Elton John and Tom Jones, who both performed at the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee concert recently, are missing from the playlist. Perhaps Director Dannt Boyle decided to stay clear of those artists in an effort to not have the event seem like a repeat performance.
To view the full 86-track Opening Ceremony playlist, head over to The Telegraph, or if on Spotify, you can listen to the full playlist below.