Coldplay, Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce & Yang Tae-Hwan: The Top 15 Musical Moments From the 2018 Winter Olympics
That feeling you have this morning is called an Olympic Hangover. After a fortnight of thrilling jumps, triple salchows, Johnny Weir's blinding bling and more curling than most humans ever expected to be subjected to, the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, came to a ringing close on Sunday night (Feb. 25).
The hi-def closing ceremony featured killer sets from K-pop stars CL and EXO, plus an unexpectedly rocking take on Vivaldi's "Winter" by a 13-year-old South Korean guitar wizard, which made for yet another musical highlight from an Olympics that was full of great ones.
Credit the change following the 2014 Winter Olympics that allows figure skaters to use music with lyrics for amping up the musical temperature on the ice, but this year's winter games brought some serious heat.
Billboard has compiled the top 15 musical moments from the Games (in no particular order), from the opening ceremonies to the greatest skating routine to AC/DC's "Back in Black" in human history. Check them out below.
Jean In-Kown (Deulgukhwa), Ha Hyun-woo (Guckkasten) and K-pop singer Ahn Ji-young (Bolbbalgan4) performed a moving rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine" during the opening ceremonies, which also featured songs by K-pop stars Twice, Bigbang, PSY, BTS and Red Velvet.
This day in 1964 The Beatles appear for the first time on Ed Sullivan. This day in 2018 a John Lennon song is used at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies to represent peace. Imagine. #OpeningCeremonies pic.twitter.com/KcsLPEBAT0— BarbaraSandon Norris (@sandon53) February 10, 2018
I’M SORRY THERE’S A JAZZ VERSION OF WONDERWALL !?? Is there no hope for humanity pic.twitter.com/jZdc6TCUkY— gillian (@brotatoee) February 9, 2018
Ed Sheeran got some serious love at these Olympics, including when French champs Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres skated to Ed's "Make It Rain." They also turned heads by later getting serious with Disturbed's cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" during the free skate.
"Figure skating transcends pop culture." A beautiful performance by Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres paired with Disturbed's chilling cover of "Sound of Silence." #WinterOlympics https://t.co/KX4CHncv2t pic.twitter.com/8PSZ78XzRD— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 15, 2018
NBC color commentator Johnny Weir did not get it at all, but we were loving Hungary's Ivett Toth rocking out to AC/DC's "Back in Black" and Thunderstruck."
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Madonna's landmark Ray of Light album, Belgium's Loena Hendrickx warmed up with ice with Madge's "Frozen."
Oh. My. God. pic.twitter.com/FnsiaJYtMd— Joe Lynch (@branniganlynch) February 21, 2018
Did you happen to catch French skater Chafik Besseghier take a cab ride to the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"? (NBC's restrictions means we have to use this old footage, but you get it.)
People lost their minds when another French skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité doubled down on Beyoncé with a stellar routine to "Run the World (Girls)" and "Halo."
While it wasn't, technically, a music moment, it was pretty killer to see Slovenian snowboarder Tit Stante give imprisoned rapper Meek Mill some love during the Olympics half-pipe qualifiers with the message "#FreeMeekMill" scrawled on his board in Sharpie.
Tit Stante; Olympic Snowborder pic.twitter.com/qTAAl8kGLc— Jack (@JackTate25) February 13, 2018
Adam Rippon went home with a bronze in the team competition, but he definitely earned a gold in our hearts for his routine to Ida Corr and Fedde Le Grand's "Let Me Think About It." Corr loved it too, calling the skater simply "amazing" and telling Billboard she was incredibly "proud and excited" to see her song used in the competition. Rippon also killed it to Coldplay and Cinematic Orchestra.
The famous Shib Sibs from the U.S., Maia and Alex Shibutani, also went Coldplay, elegantly skating to "Paradise" and "Fix You" and then closing things down during the gala to the "That's Life" remix, featuring Frank Sinatra and JAY-Z.
.@maiashibutani and @alexshibutani leave PyeongChang with bronze medals and this TREMENDOUS mashup of Jay-Z (@s_c_) and Frank Sinatra. #WinterOlympics https://t.co/fmMl0C4Amf pic.twitter.com/wHPF1gOZS8— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 25, 2018
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s Billboard Hot 100-topping smash “Despacito” dominated 2017, and it also dominated the Winter Olympics during the short program of the ice dancing competition, when three separate teams used the song as their soundtrack to their ice dance. We loved it, but NBC color commentator Leslie Jones? Not as much.
I’m desperately needing not to hear “Despotito” again. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! pic.twitter.com/WCqXVOSvhh— Leslie Jones -- (@Lesdoggg) February 19, 2018
Classic rock had it's moment in the sun when Canada's killer duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir broke records with a routine cued to The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," The Eagles' "Hotel California" and Santana's "Oye Como Va."
K-Pop justifiably got its due during the Games, with songs by BIGBANG, 2NE1, Red Velvet and BTS soundtracking the figure skating exhibition gala, with CL and EXO killing the game during Sunday night's finale.
Speaking of the finale, everyone pretty much lost their minds when 13-year-old guitar hero Yang Tae-Hwan just melted faces with his rocking version of Vivaldi's "Winter."
And then the whole thing came to a close with the Olympic flame getting extinguished and DJ Martin Garrix making the Olympic stadium rock with the global rave.