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London Olympics Closing Ceremony Highlights

The London 2012 Olympics closes with a bang with the theme “A Symphony of British Music” and featuring the UK's best artistic exports like The Spice Girls, One Direction, The Who, George Michael… Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Taio Cruz, Take That, Brian May & Roger Taylor from Queen, Pet Shop Boys, Tinie Tempah, among others.

Fireworks explode over the stadium during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.

The Olympic cauldron is extinguished during the Closing Ceremony:

A phoenix rises with the Olympic flame being slowly extinguished:

One of the most memorable performances of the night came from The Spice Girls.

And of course, Britain’s current pop sensation One Direction:

Images courtesy of London Olympics’ Facebook Page

Here is the list of musical performances and tracks played during the closing ceremony:

  • Emeli Sande – “Read All About It (Part III)” and “Imagine” (John Lennon cover)
  • Urban Voices Collective – “Because” (The Beatles cover)
  • Julian Lloyd Webber feat. London Symphony Orchestra – “Salut d’Amour” (Edward Elgar cover)
  • London Symphony Orchestra – “God Save the Queen”
  • Madness feat. Hackney Colliery Band – “Our House”
  • The Massed Bands of the Household Division – “Parklife” (Blur cover)
  • Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”
  • One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful”
  • The Beatles – “A Day in the Life”
  • Ray Davies – “Waterloo Sunset” (The Kinks cover)
  • Emeli Sande – “Read All About It (Part III)” [Reprise]
  • London Symphony Orchestra – “Parade of Nations/Athletes” (David Arnold cover)
  • Elbow feat. Urban Voices Collective & London Symphony Orchestra – “Open Arms”
  • Elbow feat. Urban Voices Collective & London Symphony Orchestra – “One Day Like This”
  • Madness feat. Hackney Colliery Band – “Our House” [Reprise]
  • The Massed Bands of the Household Division – “Parklife” (Blur cover) [Reprise]
  • Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” [Reprise]
  • One Direction – “What Makes You Beautiful” [Reprise]
  • Kate Bush – “Running Up that Hill” [A Deal with God Remix]
  • London Symphony Orchestra – “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty”
  • Urban Voices Collective – “Here Comes the Sun” (The Beatles cover)
  • David Arnold – “Medal Ceremony”
  • Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
  • Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir feat. John Lennon & Liverpool Signing Choir – “Imagine” (John Lennon cover)
  • George Michael – “Freedom ’90”
  • George Michael – “White Light”
  • Kaiser Chiefs – “Pinball Wizard” (The Who cover)
  • David Bowie – “Space Oddity”
  • David Bowie – “Changes”
  • David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust”
  • David Bowie – “The Jean Genie”
  • David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel”
  • David Bowie – “Diamond Dogs”
  • David Bowie – “Young Americans”
  • David Bowie – “Let’s Dance”
  • David Bowie – “Fashion”
  • Annie Lennox – “Little Bird”
  • Ed Sheeran feat. Nick Mason, Mike Rutherford, and Richard Jones – “Wish You Were Here” (Pink Floyd cover)
  • Russell Brand feat. London Symphony Orchestra – “Pure Imagination” (Gene Wilder cover)
  • Russell Brand feat. Bond – “I Am the Walrus” (The Beatles cover)
  • Fatboy Slim – “Right Here, Right Now”
  • Fatboy Slim – “The Rockafeller Skank”
  • Jessie J – “Price Tag”
  • Tinie Tempah – “Written in the Stars”
  • Taio Cruz – “Dynamite”
  • Bee Gees, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, and Taio Cruz – “You Should Be Dancing” (Bee Gees cover)
  • Spice Girls – “Wannabe”
  • Spice Girls – “Spice Up Your Life”
  • Beady Eye – “Wonderwall” (Oasis cover)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
  • Eric Idle – “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”
  • Muse – “Survival”
  • Brian May and Roger Taylor – “Day-O” (Queen cover)
  • Brian May and Roger Taylor – “Brighton Rock” (Queen cover)
  • Brian May and Roger Taylor feat. Jessie J – “We Will Rock You” (Queen cover)
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra – “Hymn to Liberty”
  • London Welsh Male Voice Choir and London Welsh Rugby Club Choir – “Olympic Anthem/Hymn”
  • London Symphony Orchestra – Brazilian National Anthem
  • Marisa Monte – “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5”
  • BNegão – “Maracatu Atômico”
  • Seu Jorge – ?
  • Marisa Monte, BNegão & Seu Jorge – “Aquele Abraço”
  • London Symphony Orchestra – “Extinguishing the Flame”
  • Take That – “Rule the World”
  • John Barry – “The John Dunbar Theme” from Dances with Wolves
  • David Arnold – “Spirit of the Flame”
  • The Who – “Baba O’Riley”
  • The Who – “See Me, Feel Me”
  • The Who – “Listening to You”
  • The Who – “My Generation”

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