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The pop songs of the Olympics

Before the 1980s, the only music you heard during the Olympics was the ceremonial sounds of a marching band. Nowadays, there are at least a dozen pop songs associated with each year's games. The Takeaway looks at the origin of Olympic 'anthems' from Strauss to Freddie Mercury to Jackie Chan.

Arts, Culture & Media

The pop songs of the Olympics

Before the 1980s, the only music you heard during the Olympics was the ceremonial sounds of a marching band. Nowadays, there are at least a dozen pop songs associated with each year's games. The Takeaway looks at the origin of Olympic 'anthems' from Strauss to Freddie Mercury to Jackie Chan.