Muse Provides Epic Anthem to London's Summer Olympics with "Survival"

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJune 27, 2012

Photo Credit: BBC.UK
Photo Credit: BBC.UK

The Olympics is all about going big or going home. Summer Games officials are matching that ethos with their decision to go with Muse's "Survival" for the official song of the London Olympics. 

The official website of the English rock band announced early Wednesday their song Survival was "selected by the London Olympic committee to be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games."

What do you want an Olympic anthem to be?

By my estimation, it needs to be epic, melodic and wildly motivating. You can check all necessary boxes, because this song does all that. 

Like most Muse songs, it starts slow but builds to a crescendo that will melt your face clear off. At the very least it will have you wanting to get an extra rep in or go for a pleasant marathon run. 

Here is the song. 

There. Face still attached to face? 

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It starts with a whisper then stumbles upon a rock opera of sorts, but that is pretty much par for the course for this band. 

Any song will have its detractors, and maybe I am just a a biased fan of the band, but this song hit the right notes for the Summer Games. At least with me. 

It's the perfect blend of rock ballad with just a touch of Queen sensibilities. It's new but old in a way that only Muse could pull off. 

Of course, time will tell as we will no doubt hear this anthem a great deal more as the Summer Games approach. 

The good news is that I welcome that sentiment. 

What say you? Sound off as to whether this epic song is the right touch for the fortnight of competition. 

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