Greatest Olympic Anthems, From Muse & Whitney Houston to Katy Perry & Freddie Mercury

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Olympic anthems really have only one job: to pump you up. They must do so by soaring, reaching for the stars, energizing, exciting, motivating and stringing together the kind of uplifting word jumble that you only hear once every four years. Sure, they're pretty corny, but it's hard to stick the landing on one that will last beyond the Olympics f​​​​​ortnight and not drive you crazy at four a.m. when your insomnia has you watching the trampoline quarterfinals.

Katy Perry is the latest superstar to throw her spangly unitard into the ring with the adrenaline-rushing "Rise," which dropped on Thursday night, followed by an appropriately amped video Friday morning (July 15). How does it rank among our seven favorite summer game songs?

As you count down the days to the Aug. 5 opening ceremonies, here's our countdown of the most inspiring Olympic anthems ever:

1. Whitney Houston, "One Moment in Time" (1988, Seoul)

This one has everything: Whitney Houston's powerful vocals, a No. 5 slot in the Billboard Hot 100, a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and classic Olympic lyrics ("I've lived to be the very best/ I want it all no time or less/ I've laid the plans now lay the chance/ Here in my hands/ Give me one moment in time.")

2. Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé, "Barcelona" (1992, Barcelona)

Whoever thought to pair the late Queen singer with Barcelona native and opera star Caballé was genius. Sadly, though, Mercury died from AIDS-related complications in 1991 and didn't live to perform the sweepingly dramatic song at the games. (The video was recorded in 1988, when Barcelona was selected to host the games.) It ended up being the biggest solo hit in Mercury's solo career, hitting No. 2 on the U.K. charts.

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3. Björk, "Oceania" (2004, Athens)

You can't hire Björk to perform at the opening ceremonies and not expect things to get weird. The a cappella tune with beat-boxing from Schlomo bypassed all the usual buzz words in favor of, well, these gems about the mother of humanity, the ocean: "Your nimble feet make prints in my sands/ You have done good for yourselves/ Since you left my wet embrace/ And crawled ashore/ Every boy, is a snake is a lily/ Every pearl is a lynx, is a girl." So Björk. At one point she does swing, "your sweat is salty," so that's kind of excercise-ish.

As a bonus, she "wore" a gigantic dress that floated out to cover all the athletes. The Björkiest thing ever.

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Mary Lou Retton at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 1, 1984. (AP Photo)
Mildred Didrikson of Dallas, Texas at the Olympic Stadium Los Angeles July 31, 1932 when she sent the javelin soaring 143 feet 4 inches to better by more than 11 feet the former mark held by E. Braumiller of Germany. (AP Photo)
Babe Didrikson, second from right, leads her USA teammate, Evelyne Hall, right, over the last hurdle to win the women's 80-meter hurdles at the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, August 4, 1932. Didrikson's time of 11.7 seconds set a world and Olympic record. (AP Photo)
Alice Coachman of Tuskegee about to snap the tape to win the 100 meter run in the Woman's National AAU Track and Field championships, Aug. 5, 1946. Coming up a close second, left, is Stella Walsh, running for the Polish-Olympic WAC, Cleveland. (AP Photo)
High jumper Dick Fosbury of the United States is shown in October 1968, debuting his celebrated "Fosbury Flop," during the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. "The Flop" revolutionized high jumping, and Fosbury went on to win the gold medal with a leap of 7 feet and 4 and 1/4 inches. (AP Photo)
Bob Beamon astonished the world in October1968 when he leaped 29 feet 2-1/2 in., about two feet more than the existing long jump record, to capture a gold medal in the Olympic Games in Mexico City.(AP PHOTO)
Bob Beamon of El Paso, Texas digs his feet into the sand pit after a record-shattering long jump of 8.90 meters on his first attempt in the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City, Friday Oct. 18, 1968. (AP PHOTO)
Bob Beamon is shown in his record-breaking long jump that won him a gold medal on October 18, 1968 during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. (AP Photo)
Heavyweight boxer George Foreman is seen during his bout with Russia's Iones Chepulis during their Olympic finals in Mexico City, Oct. 27, 1968. Foreman captured the gold medal. (AP Photo)
American heavyweight boxer George Foreman of Pleasanton, California, waves an American flag after winning the Olympic gold medal at the Mexico City games on Oct. 27, 1968. Foreman won by a technical knockout in the second round against Iones Chepulis of Russia. (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf)
Winners of the heavyweight division of Olympic boxing, (from left to right) silver medalist Ionas Chepulis of Russia, American gold medalist George Foreman, and joint bronze medalists, Giorgio Bambini of Italy and Joaquin Rocha of Mexico are seen in the ring after medal presentations, October 27, 1968 at the Olympic Games in Mexico City. (AP Photo)
Ulrike Meyfarth, 16, of West Germany goes over the bar at 1.92 meters to win the world record and win a gold medal in the 1972 Olympic Games women's high jump event at the Munich Olympic Stadium, Sept. 4, 1972. (AP Photo)
Smiling happily is Ulrike Meyfarth, 16, of West Germany after winning the gold medal in the high jump for women in the 1972 Munich Olympics. She jumped 1.92 metres, setting a new Olympic record. (AP Photo)
Nadia Comaneci from Romania performs an excellent balanced jump on the horse vault during compulsory events and optional exercises, July 18,1976 in Montreal at the Summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo)
Romania's top gymnast Nadia Comaneci performs on the balance beam on July 18, 1976 during the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada. (AP Photo)
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci, 14, performs a flip on the balance beam en route to a gold medal in the event during the Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 22, 1976. (AP Photo/Stephanie Maze)
Romania's Nadia Comaneci, 14, performs her part of the balance beam routine Thursday July 23, 1976 in Olympic competition in Montreal. This multiple exposure study points out the grace of her movements, leading to a gold medal and a perfect score in the event. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
Sugar Ray Leonard in action against Ulrich Beyer July 27,1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Leonard later won the Gold Medal in the light Welterweight class (140 lbs). (AP Photo)
American boxer Sugar Ray Leonard raises his arms in victory after defeating Ulrich Beyer of East Germany to qualify for the final bout, at the XXI Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, on July 27, 1976. (AP Photo)
Sugar Ray Leonard of Palmer Park, Md., right, throws a right at Kazmier Szczerba of Poland during the light welterweight boxing match at the XXI Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on July 29, 1976. Leonard won the match. (AP Photo)
Soviet world champion gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin swings up during his performance on the horizontal bars that earned him a 9.95 score during men's team gymnastics event Thursday, July 24, 1980 at the Moscow Olympics. The Soviet, 22, became the first man ever to score a perfect ten for the vault and won the gold medal in the all-around category of the event. (AP Photo)
Alexander Dityatin of USSR performs on the rings during the apparatus final of the Olympics, July 25, 1980 in Moscow. He took the gold medal with a score of 19.875. (AP Photo/Maze)
Joan Benoit shown running at the Olympic women's marathon in Los Angeles. She won the gold medal. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
Freeport, Maine's Joan Benoit, carries an American flag after finishing the first-ever women's marathon in the 1984 Summer Games August 5, 1984 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The 27-year-old Benoit finished the 26-mile, 385-yard distance in 2.24:52. (AP Photo/Sadayuki Mikami)
U.S. runner Joan Benoit of Freeport, Maine, waves the American flag on Aug 5, 1984 after her gold medal win in the women's marathon that concluded in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
U.S. runner Joan Benoit of Freeport, Maine, waves the American flag on Aug 5, 1984 after her gold medal win in the women's marathon that concluded in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Romania's Ecaterina Szabo, who is a favorite for a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, is pictured at Stadtallendorf on July 5, 1984, during her team's gymnastic contest vs. West Germany. (AP Photo/Kurt Strumpf)
Romania's Ecaterina Szabo, is shown July 30, 1984 during balance beam where she finished second to teamate Simona Pakea at the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)
Mary Lou Retton of team USA is shown during her perfect performance in the floor exercise in the Olympic individual all-around finals in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 3, 1984 during the Summer Olympics. Retton edged out Ecaterina Szabo of Romania for the gold medal. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Mary Lou Retton of Fairmount, Va. leaps in the air after scoring a perfect 10 on the vault in her final routine to win the women's all-around gymnastics gold medal at the Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Friday, Aug. 4, 1984. (AP Photo)
Mary Lou Retton, foreground, with her gold medal and Ecaterina Szabo with her silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 5, 1984. (AP Photo)
Mary Lou Retton celebrates her balance beam score at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles on Aug. 3, 1984. Retton, 16, became the first American woman ever to win an individual Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
American gymnast Mary Lou Retton on the uneven bars at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 5, 1984. (AP Photo)
American gymnast Mary Lou Retton celebrates after a victory at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug.12, 1984. (AP Poto)
Mary Lou Retton of the USA beams after winning the gold medal in Olympics individual all-around gymnastics competition Aug. 3, 1984. (AP Photo)
American gymnast Mary Lou Retton celebrates after a victory at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug.12, 1984. (AP Poto)
Mary Lou Retton, of the U.S.A., performs on the balance beam during the women's gymnastics individual all-around finals at the XXIII Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 3, 1984. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
American gymnast Mary Lou Retton during her balance beam routine at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Calif., Aug. 3, 1984. (AP Photo)
USA's Michael Jordan sails high above teammate Magic Johnson knocking away a shot during the first half of their preliminary round basketball game with Croatia at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona Monday, July 27, 1992. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan)
The USA's Magic Johnson drives the court against Croatia's Drazen Petrovic during the First half of their preliminary round basketball game at the XXV Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Monday, July 27, 1992. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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Watch Katy Perry's Inspirational 'Rise' Rio Olympics Video

4. Katy Perry, "Rise" (2016, Rio)

Leave it to the singer who gave us the empowerment anthem "Roar" to nail the kind of emotional, adrenalin-pumping tune that will hopefully make everyone feel good about an Olympics plagued by some not great advance word about dirty water and Zika. Co-written by hit machine Max Martin, "Rise" hits all the notes.

"I won't just survive/ Oh, you will see me thrive/ Can write my story/ I'm beyond the archetype," Perry sings. "Victory is in my veins/ I know it, I know it." Yeah, nailed it.

5. Koreana, "Hand in Hand" (1988, Seoul)

One song was not nearly enough for the 1988 games. This Giorgio Moroder-produced bizarro banger is full of a checklist of Olympic song clichés: making the world a better place in which to live (actual lyric), breaking down the walls between us (another actual lyric), feeling the flame eternally inside us (see previous) and a choir of thousands.

6. Celine Dion, "Power of the Dream" (1996, Atlanta)

If ever someone was born to sing an Olympic power ballad penned by David Foster, Linda Thompson and Babyface, it was Celine. This ball of Canadian fromage had all the keywords (heart, magic spark, fire, strength, flame, the power of the dream, inspiration, courage), plus those majestic horns and giant gospel choir. "It's the moment that you think you can't, you'll discover that you can." Amen.


Muse's 'Survival' is Official Olympics Song

7. Muse, "Survival" (2012, London)

They almost had it all. The British band synonymous with over-the-top songs that get your blood and fists pumping were the perfect choice to represent their home country. And they certainly gave it all with this bombastic piece of rock/sports theater. Like a lost Queen track, the explosive song is packed with wailing guitars, a Wagnerian choir, singer Matt Bellamy's super-urgent lines about always winning, never losing, lighting the fuse, doing whatever it takes and revealing his strength to the whole human race.

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