The 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed through with a powerful comeback after being delayed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic over the weekend.
Despite seeing a bumpy start of mishaps and controversies, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics returned with its tourneys, games, and races with a breath of hope through this year's theme 'Colorful', co-produced by Ryosuke Imai and performed by the likes of AI, Motohiro Hata, Little Glee Monster, Daichi Miura, Perfume, SHINee's Taemin, MIYAVI, Nasty C, Sabrina Carpenter, Ayumu Imazu, Blue Vintage, Mizki, Sanari, and Sing Like Talking's Chikuzen Sato.
As the Olympics welcomed four new sports in its categories of games (skateboarding included, with Japanese teenager Momiji Nishiya winning the women's street skateboarding), the event also uplifted spirits when Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz scored the Philippines' first-ever gold medal, making sports history.
All kinds of fantastic tunes helped set the mood – from video game soundtracks to anime theme songs, to K-Pop hits, here are the songs that soundtracked this year's edition of the Olympics:
VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACKS
Music has a way of making players feel all sorts of emotions while playing, so having video game soundtracks pump up the mood at the Tokyo Olympics was a great call for a lot of people. Iconic pieces from numerous video games such as Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Sonic the Hedgehog, and the Nier series wonderfully surprised spectators from across the globe.
DID THEY REALLY PLAY KINGDOM HEARTS AND FINAL FANTASY MUSIC AT THE OLYMPICS?!?— Maku (@TropicalMaku) July 23, 2021
YES LOOK pic.twitter.com/x8tlnRhDKD
Tokyo Olympics now genuinely rocking the Sonic Star Light Zone theme 🔥 pic.twitter.com/BAxs0b8eDE— Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) July 23, 2021
I CANNOT BELIEVE WE LIVE IN A TIMELINE WHERE NIER MUSIC IS PLAYED AT THE OLYMPICS— Maku (@TropicalMaku) July 23, 2021
God I love video games. pic.twitter.com/OpCrWsYGSv
What could be more fitting to soundtrack a sporting event than with anime music? This year, fans got a kick out of hearing the Slam Dunk opening theme during the opening of a basketball 3x3 event, the Haikyuu theme song filling the stadium for a volleyball match, the Attack on Titan theme releasing endorphins for archery, and the Demon Slayer to score a gymnastics competition's floor routine.
Slam Dunk Opening was played in the background at the Women Basketball 3x3 event. #Olympics pic.twitter.com/2rfuKzPYQj— art of Inoue (@inoueart) July 25, 2021
japan are playing anime theme songs at the olympics this is so funny omg pic.twitter.com/IYPZJIwxVu— august / pluto (@vampyoimiya) July 24, 2021
Onodera! 🇯🇵 The real-life Tsukishima!— VolleyNation🏐 (@VolleyNationPH) July 26, 2021
💪🏻🏐❤️🤍#OlympicGames #Tokyo2020 #volleyball #Haikyuu pic.twitter.com/DtdCMMSiUO
Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno used an OST from "Demon Slayer: Mugen Train" to perform her floor routine. She also wore a red leotard and dyed her hair to match the music.#Olympicspic.twitter.com/lCEA1sqmC5— Anime Senpai (@senpaisauces) July 25, 2021
K-Pop continues its stride for world domination at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Numerous BTS tracks, including 'Dream Glow' with Charli XCX from BTS World for US Open reigning champion Naomi Osaka's tennis practice (known BTS fan and J-hope stan), 'Stay Gold,' the Japanese track co-composed by Jungkook for the synchronized 3-metre springboard final, and 'Butter' for a boxing match got fans off their seats to sing and dance in front of their screens.
💗 𝐃𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝐆𝐋𝐎𝐖 | #Tokyo2020— 🧡ARMY FORCE Perú ⁷🧡⟭⟬ 🇵🇪 PERU FUNDS FOR BTS (@ARMYForce_Peru) July 26, 2021
"Dream Glow" (@BTS_twt) estaba sonando durante el entrenamiento de tenis de Naomi Osaka vs. Viktorija Golubic 🎾 – #JuegosOlimpicos
📀 | Follow my dreams right there
Dream glow ~ 💫 pic.twitter.com/mRKLVHdoCq
ahhhh hearing bts during the olympics makes me smile every time https://t.co/VqPmyt3D6p pic.twitter.com/J1TNSHMd9M— jennie 🍃 (@jenniaki) July 26, 2021
Stay Gold by @BTS_twt has been played at the end of the Women's synchronized 3 metre springboard final at the Olympics earlier today. #Olympics #BTS #StayGold pic.twitter.com/9IYh4io7hF— 🌌∞ Dora Seong⁷ (@SeongDora) July 25, 2021
pic.twitter.com/Eclsrgg1v1— mei (semi ia) (@rocktanies) July 25, 2021
EXO, who performed at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, brought on 'Don't Fight The Feeling' and 'Power'.
#DONT_FIGHT_THE_FEELING played at Olympics ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/iGsteGTSFl— kynno3 (@kynno3) July 26, 2021
Power ก็ตามมาติดๆเลย😍💪 #EXO #Olympics pic.twitter.com/5Jsl0vH7km— ㅍㄹ♡ (@pear_exofans) July 26, 2021
NCT 127's 'Kick It' was aptly played during the football game, while SEVENTEEN's 'Very Nice' soundtracked the volleyball match.
Kick It played in Olympics in Japan! 💚— Dalyn Larcena (@Dalyn_04) July 26, 2021
I can feel their comeback soon 😊#NCT127 #NCT https://t.co/4gDrkDoEv7
LOOK: SEVENTEEN'S hit song 'Aju Nice' was played at the Olympics!— Carat Land PH (@CaratLandPH) July 25, 2021
This song is timeless and will constantly be relevant 💅#SEVENTEEN #세븐틴 @pledis_17
A few volleyball matches this year were also soundtracked by BLACKPINK's 'Lovesick Girls', one of Bandwagon's picks for the music that shaped our 2020, and this year's K-Pop summer bop 'Alcohol-Free' by TWICE.
Blackpink’s Lovesick Girls was played during a Volleyball match in Tokyo Olympics!! @blackpink— ً (@blackpinkfuls) July 25, 2021
ALCOHOL FREE WAS PLAYED AGAIN AT ANOTHER OLYMPICS?? OH TWICE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE FAMOUSpic.twitter.com/AtSZn9mqBD— ً (@vantefwr) July 26, 2021
K-pop OGs BIGBANG were honoured at this year's Olympics as 'BANG BANG BANG' was played during the qualifying match between China’s and Turkey’s volleyball teams.
BIGBANG'S BANG BANG BANG BEING PLAYED AT TOKYO OLYMPICS, THE STABILITY OF THEIR RELEVANCY 😌 pic.twitter.com/0fq6bXr3b7— •=•🍀 (@arahjiyong) July 25, 2021
ATEEZ's Japanese single, 'Dreamers,' which also appears on anime series Digimon Adventure, and Taeyeon's 'Weekend' were played in volleyball matches.
ATEEZ DREAMERS AND FIREWORKS PLAYED DURING THE OLYMPICS, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENT??? ITS A GOOD DAY pic.twitter.com/pkAkuQ23qw— 유유 ⚓︎ (@tooyunho) July 28, 2021
WAIT taeyeon’s weekend playing during the korean volleyball game at the olympics in tokyo a HIT song iktr! pic.twitter.com/7e7STK0klf— bee ☁️ (@taengab) August 1, 2021
TXT lent their first English song 'Magic' for a boxing match, while STAYC's 'ASAP' was played for a volleyball game, and ITZY's 'Don't Give A What' was played during gymnastics.
they played Magic at the olympics!!!#TXT_MAGIC_OLYMPICSpic.twitter.com/r3LtRBG5b9— shasha🍫 (@taerrytae) July 24, 2021
both txt & stayc being played at the olympics i call that txtstayc world domination pic.twitter.com/bfF39nuZu5— 💭 txtstayc thinker (@txtstaycthinker) July 25, 2021
ITZY'S DON'T GIVE A WHAT PLAYED AT THE OLYMPICS DURING GYMNASTICS pic.twitter.com/ERLWr39xj1— kristie 🐇 (@yejinsanity) July 25, 2021
Stray Kids' 'Top,' EVERGLOW's 'DUN DUN,' and ENHYPEN's 'GIVEN-TAKEN' were also heard in volleyball matches.
"TOP" by @Stray_Kids was played at the Olympics during the women's volleyball match between Japan and Serbia!pic.twitter.com/6bEoMcNnNH— Stayville Updates (NOEASY COMING 210823)🍀 (@stayvilleupd8s) July 27, 2021
ENHYPEN 'GIVEN-TAKEN' was played in the women's volleyball tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.#ENHYPEN @ENHYPEN_members #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/53xBYjoYaz— ENs (@ensunghoon01) July 31, 2021
THE OLYMPICS PLAYED EVERGLOW's MOST SUCCESSFUL SONG 'DUN DUN'@EVERGLOW_twtpic.twitter.com/6pWUu7Ep9I— ً (@onlyformia) July 31, 2021
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics runs from 23 July 2021 (Friday) to 8 Aug 2021 (Sunday). In the Philippines, it is broadcasted on television by TV5 and One Sports. Fans may also catch the games on Cignal Play, PLDT's Triple Play, and Smart's Gigafest website.