The London Olympics opening night ceremony on Friday left a last impression on millions of viewers, thanks in part to the songs choices used to emphasize director Danny Boyle’s dazzling spectacle. UK chart-topping tunes like U2‘s “Where The Streets Have No Name”, David Bowie‘s “Heroes”, Pet Shop Boys‘ “West End Girls” and Arctic Monkeys‘ “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor” soundtracked the parade of countries marching into the Olympic Stadium, while Arctic Monkeys were also on hand for a live cover of The Beatles‘ “Come Together”.
The resultant soundtrack to the festivities, Isles Of Wonder: Music For The Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games, popped up on iTunes late Friday night, and has topped download charts in France, Belgium, Spain and the UK (where it debuted at #5 on the official album chart yesterday).
Here in the States, Isles Of Wonder is currently perched at #12 on iTunes. Meanwhile, notably absent from the collection is The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”, which Paul McCartney performed live at the event — though a brand new compilation of the Fab Four’s music called Tomorrow Never Knows was also made available on iTunes last week.