London 2012: What Should Have Been the Official Theme Song of the Olympics

Shane DarrowAnalyst IIJune 28, 2012

So as I am driving on my normal route to work at 5 a.m. Thursday morning, I finally had a chance to hear the song that had been chosen to represent the 2012 Summer Olympics, which is "Survival" by Muse.

The song is painfully, painfully awful. I have nothing against Muse, but they are put in an unbelievably difficult position to have to live by this song. The lyrics are overwhelmingly ridiculous and honestly embarrass an attempt at actual inspiration.

"Race, life’s a race
And I am gonna win
Yes, I am gonna win"

It is the Olympics...the song chosen should be something not too heinously inspirational, and something that represents the world as a whole. That is why I have advised the perfect artists and theme song for the 2012 Summer Olympics:


Fun Ft. Pitbull - We Are Young Remix

Okay, so I picked a song that is yet to be recorded, but this would have been the perfect fit for the Olympics this year.

The hook of the song is so smooth and what better lyrics to describe the lighting of the torch than "Tonight, we are young, so we set the world on fire!"

This is one of the few songs that you can imagine Usain Bolt running to in slow motion as he crosses the finish line in the 100-meter dash and sets another world record, or Michael Phelps raising his arms in triumph as he touches the end of the pool or Hope Solo making a game-winning save in a penalty shootout.

Why add in Pitbull?

Because he is Mr. Worldwide! And isn't the Olympics the greatest worldwide competition in the world?

There is a reason why we must wait two years for the Olympics to come, and four years for the same season to repeat itself. Pitbull could squander out some verse that name dropped at least 100 countries; he has that kind of talent.

The song by Muse is slow and kind of grimy and in no way symbolizes what the Olympics are all about.

Sure, the lyrics of the song I have provided may or may not be about getting high and being too drunk to walk home from the bar but that is neither here nor there?

When was the last time we took the lyrics to a song seriously?

Probably when John Lennon came out with "Imagine," but that was all the way back in 1971, so can't we just finally accept the fact that all we want is a catchy chorus that sounds cool behind athletes performing in slow motion?

Because if we accept that, we will have a fantastic beat for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

So let's set the world on fiiiiire!