The Tokyo 2020 Games are in full swing and while we’re all getting hyped over athletes flexing their techniques and battling it out for the big gold discs, there’s something else that’s doing some seriously heavy lifting – the music being played during events. Honestly, big shoutout to whoever is choosing the tracks for the sports this year, because they 100% deserve a gold medal themselves for their selections.

Considering the Opening Ceremony features a bunch of tracks from video games like Sonic The HedgehogKingdom Hearts, and Final Fantasy, it’s unsurprising that energy has carried through into the events themselves.

For instance, I was casually watching the archery early on in the Games, and between rounds someone definitely thought it was a choice moment to blast Jason Derulo‘s 2013 bop, Talk Dirty To Me. Dunno about you but people aiming bows and arrows at a target definitely calls for that weird little whistle/kazoo hook that loops in the chorus of that particular track.

Will Sparks has been blasted out during the Aussie Rugby 7s game. People have reported hearing Panic! At The Disco’s High Hopes repeatedly over several different events. Apparently the volleyball has been going off, with sports journo Kate Halliwell noting she’d heard KPop group Top, followed by Bon JoviPitbullAvril Lavigne, and the theme song for Fresh Prince Of Bel Air in quick succession.

Hell, in one morning I heard Foo Fighters Best Of You back to back with Kernkraft 400 by Zombie Nation– truly an insane combo for the baseball, but go off I guess.

Honestly, someone make up a gold medal specifically for the DJing going on at the Games. It’s making everything even more enjoyable than it already is.

Skateboarding – in its maiden year of being an Olympic sport – has had a belter of a playlist running, including The Cure, Pixies, and Joy Division. Even skate legend (and official commentator) Tony Hawk recognised the elite-level of music selections happening at the park. Can’t get much higher praise than that, really.

I’d be completely remiss if I didn’t also give honourable mentions to the Women’s gymnasts who have chosen some phenomenal music to soundtrack their floor routines. I’ve heard instrumental versions of ‘Survivor‘ by Destiny’s Child and Dua Lipa‘s Physical, and Simone Biles did her routine to Tokyo Drift by Teriyaki Boyswhich is just above and beyond.

After a bit of digging around, I found that Los Angeles Lakers vibe-setter DJ Roueche has been on the ones and twos at the Beach Volleyball events, which people online have recognised as some of the most lit events at the Games this time around.

He’s been blasting out everything from Rage Against The Machine to Kesha during his sets by the sand, which is a hell of a mood. Interestingly, DJ Roueche posted a video on Insta showing how he pulled together his Tokyo 2020 sets, where he revealed that there’s a whole list of approved music to choose from. I guess that avoids any awkward moments like if someone accidentally dropped Limp Bizkit’s 1999 hit, ‘Break Stuff‘.

Honestly all I want is for someone to play Shania Twain before the Games close out. Is that too much to ask for?

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