Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sande and the band Arctic Monkeys were all a part of the music artists performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in London followed by Paul McCartney who closed the show leading the crowd to a singalong of “Hey Jude’.
McCartney who began his performance with a few bars from “The End”, the classic Beatles song, became choked up as he looked out into the Olympic stadium.
The ceremony masterminded by Oscar winner Danny Boyle was full of music as members of 204 national teams of athletes in the parade.
Director Danny Boyle’s “Isles of Wonder” featured British music of all generations and included “Baba O’Riley” by The Who,”God Save The Queen” by The Sex Pistols, “London Calling” by The Clash, “Enola Gray” by OMD, “Going Underground” by The Jam and “Uprising” by Muse to name a few.
The soundtrack album, which went on sale as a download minutes after Friday’s ceremony ended, has topped the iTunes album chart in Britain, France, Spain and Belgium and Spain, and has reached No. 5 in the United States.
Universal Music will also release an album of the London Olympics’ August, 12 closing ceremony, which will feature British acts including The Who.
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