Ask Billboard: More Medal-Worthy Olympic Hits
Ask Billboard: More Medal-Worthy Olympic Hits

As the Olympics continue, so do e-mails about memorable songs from Games past. Plus, we tour the music of U.S. territories.

As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


Hi Gary,

After reading Mackenzie Scott's letter which lists Olympic-oriented hit songs (in last Friday's "Ask Billboard"), I was surprised by the large number of songs, many of which I didn't know were connected to the Olympics.

I can think of another such song. "Cotton's Dream," a song originally written by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr., for the 1971 film "Bless the Beasts and Children," was re-worked two years later as the theme song for the TV soap opera "The Young and the Restless." At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the first woman ever to score a perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics. In a broadcast of ABC's "Wide World of Sports," the song accompanied a montage of Comaneci's routines. After viewer inquiries about the music, the instrumental was released under a new title, "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)," which reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1976.

Two more songs, both huge hits in Canada, stemmed from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. That year's Winter Olympics theme song,, a favorite hobby of us chart fanatics, in last week's "Ask Billboard," this is my latest personal top 20.


1, "Whistle," Flo Rida
2, "Wide Awake," Katy Perry
3, "The Fighter," Gym Class Heroes feat. Ryan Tedder
4, "Both of Us," B.o.B feat. Taylor Swift
5, "Dark Side," Kelly Clarkson
6, "Want U Back," Cher Lloyd
7, "Everybody Talks," Neon Trees
8, "Where Have You Been," Rihanna
9, "Lights," Ellie Goulding
10, "Good Time," Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
11, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," P!nk
12, "Give Your Heart a Break," Demi Lovato
13, "How We Do (Party)," Rita Ora
14, "Let's Go," Calvin Harris feat. Ne-Yo
15, "Titanium," David Guetta feat. Sia
16, "Tongue Tied," Grouplove
17, "Brokenhearted," Karmin
18, "Settle Down," No Doubt

19, "Curiosity," Carly Rae Jepsen
20, "National Anthem," Lana Del Rey


Michael Pisauro