Cocktail Music: Olympic Ballads

Cocktail Music: Olympic Ballads

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The Rio 2016 Olympic Games kick off tonight with an opening ceremony that promises to pack a technicolor punch, so in the sing-song spirit of the Games, join us for a trip down Memory Lane.

First comes this year’s anthem: Katy Perry’s sort-of lackluster song “Rise” that was totally eclipsed when Britney snatched us bald with “Make Me (Ooh),” which truly deserved a place in Olympics history.

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Cabellé’s “Barcelona” duet from the 1992 Games tops our list of Olympic favorites, and with a romantic, Spanish flare to boot. Along with Celine Dion’s “Power of the Dream” from the 1996 Summer Olympics, it all serves as a reminder that the Olympics bring out some of music’s biggest voices. Listen to our Olympics playlist, with the addition of our all-time favorite FIFA World Cup song, after the jump:

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