Music of the Olympics – Music Monday

Photo by stefano barni

Photo by stefano barni

The Olympics inspire many of us who dream of being exceptional at something we love. The opening and closing ceremonies are full of dramatic performances that stick with us.

This Music Monday the Olympics have come to thoughtsonplot. What better way to enjoy the day?

Let’s start with a song from this year’s Olympics in Rio.

Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim – The Girl From Ipanema

(This year’s Opening Ceremony Song – A Similar Rendition since the opening version isn’t available yet)

Gisele Bundchen was the talk of opening ceremony this year in Rio as she entered the stage to The Girl From Ipanema.  

Garota de Ipanema was originally written in 1962 by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The Portuguese lyrics were written by Vinicius de Moraes and the English lyrics later by Norman Gimbel. It won a Grammy in 1965 and is considered the second most recorded pop song in history.

Here is the English Frank Sinatra rendition:

I am looking forward to hearing the songs in the closing ceremony this year. They may just hit the great list as well.

Here is more great Music of the Olympics:

Whitney Houston – One Moment In Time

(Olympics 1988)


Koreana – Hand In Hand

(Olympics 1988 – Seoul)

Bryan Adams & Nelly Furtado – Bang The Drums

(Olympics 2010 – Barcelona)

Celine Dion – The Power of the Dream

(Olympics 1996 – Atlanta)

Gloria Estefan – Reach

(Olympics 1996 Closing Ceremony – Atlanta)

You and Me – Beijing Theme Song

(Olympics 2008)

Sarah Brightman & José Carreras – Amigos para Siempre

(Olympics 1992 – Barcelona)

What is your favorite Olympic Song?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “Music of the Olympics – Music Monday

  1. Love the music played at the Olympics, especially during a lot of the floor stuff in gymnastics.

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