With the Sochi Olympics are in full swing, it’s got us thinking about those iconic Olympic anthems from years past. Without further ado, here are the top 5 most memorable ones:
1. Whitney Houston, “One Moment in Time”
Nobody does it better than Whitney Houston, which the late icon showed in her classic 1984 Olympic song “One Moment in Time.” The track reached no. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has become indelibly linked with the ’88 Games in Seoul. Though she may be gone, it’s talent like this that make us wish that “one moment in time” could have lasted forever.
2. Celine Dion, “The Power of the Dream”
Even before “Titanic,” Celine was on top of the world, and nothing made that clearer than her 1996 song “The Power of the Dream,” which she performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. With inspiring lyrics like “It’s the moment that you think you can’t, you’ll discover that you can,” she delivered Olympic gold.
3. Gloria Estefan, “Reach”
Because the ‘90s were all about pushing boundaries, the 1996 Olympics in fact had two official songs. The latter was Gloria Estefan’s “Reach,” which she sang during the Closing Ceremonies. Because it was such a hit, the song went on to be featured on Gloria’s next album and was even nominated for a Grammy that next year. Take a listen to “Reach” and you’ll surely see why.
4. Bryan Adams & Nelly Furtado, “Bang the Drum”
Bryan Adams and Nelly Furtado aren’t the unlikeliest of duos, but their collaboration still came out of left field. In one of the more recent examples, the Canadian pair teamed up for “Bang the Drum,” an Olympic song for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Since most of the tracks have come from solo acts, it was fun to see the Games shake things up.
5. Bjork, “Oceania”
Bjork never does anything conventional, and that’s why we love her. The selection of her song “Oceania” to soundtrack the 2004 Summer Games in Athens was somewhat unexpected. But Bjork truly rocked it, proving to the doubters that she was so much more than the woman who wore a “swan dress” to the Oscars.
What's your favorite Olympics anthem? Let us know in the comments!