London brought out all the stars to close out their 2012 Olympics. OK, maybe it just seemed like all of them as they trotted out act after act.
Wisely, they centered the performers around their fantastic music history of the last 50 years. This left them with plenty of a variety of styles and from songs people all over the world know.
Enjoyment of these acts is going to be largely dependent upon personal taste. That said, if you are stoked about the Spice Girls reunion that took place during the closing ceremonies, feel free to stop reading. They will not be on this list, as I am currently still fuming that I have now broken my decade-long streak of not having "Wannabe" stuck in my head.
On to the acts that are on this list. I've picked out the three most notable and powerful from the show. These all ended up being from more classic acts, but after all, there is a reason they are classic.
No. 3: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend
You can't have a music-heavy, England-themed celebration without The Who. So enter Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
The two rocked out a few of their many hits to bring the show to a close as they performed "Baba O'Riley," "See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You," and closed it out perfectly with "My Generation."
These guys can still bring the energy, and the eternal rocker "My Generation" was the perfect close to these Olympics Games.
No. 2: Eric Idle
After not making any appearances in the opening ceremonies, it was great to see someone representing Monty Python at the closing.
Eric Idle was on hand to perform his song, made famous from The Life of Brian, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life." Somehow, this song fit perfectly for the Olympic Games.
The whole world gathers together for a celebration of sport and sportsmanship. This typically exists completely outside the problems that clutter global relationships. In that sense, the Olympic Games create hope for peace and harmony when few other examples do.
This song has a similar spin on our personal journey.
No. 1: John Lennon's "Imagine"
John Lennon may not be with us anymore, but his music certainly is, and it was in the closing ceremonies.
A children's choir was brought on to sing Lennon's "Imagine." Now this is an emotional song to begin with, given its meaning and Lennon's untimely end, and having it sung by a children's choir at an Olympic Games whose motto was "Inspire a Generation" pushed the emotion of this song over the top.
Adding to this was the fact that following the choir they showed a video of Lennon playing the song. It was a wonderful moment.