It’s not always the official song, so as we all zone in on Tokyo, here’s Rainy Days and Songdays Olympic anthems.
You go, Subo
Not bad for a wee lass from Bathgate, Scotland, where the birds disturb the peace by dropping their stuff on you.
Houston, we have an anthem
One Moment in Time (Atlanta): Now there was no female singer in the world in the 1990s than Whitney Houston.
And the warbler was the obvious choice for the signature tune for the 1996 Olympics in Georgia. Alas, this had all the saccharine of the city’s most famous soft drink.
What Katy Did Next
Rise (Rio): Katy Perry too was stellar, and still is, at the last Olympics in 2016 but she didn’t rise to the occasion with this overproduced piece of schtick.
Too earnest, we’d have far preferred Fireworks. And there are plenty of them in Rio by the sea-o.
Proud (London): Big hair, big smile voice, Heather Small was Big in the late 80s with dance band M People.
And big again when Heather re-released her solo song Proud as the anthem of the London Olympics in 2012.
We see Heather more now on reality TV, Strictly, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage but would rather hear That voice.
Barcelona, Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé: And one we definitely see, overblown opera with Fandango Freddie and Spanish Soprano Montserrat.
All against the backdrop of brilliant Barcelona.
Your Olympic anthems
But what would be Freddie’s discipline? A lover of ballet, we’re thinking rhythmic gymnastics.
But what are your Rainy Days and Songdays Olympic anthems?