1996 Floor Music Olympics WAG

1996: The Floor Music of the Atlanta Olympics

A Big Trend in 1996: Americana. 

Just as there was a lot of flamenco music during an Olympics held in Spain, there was a fair amount of U.S. music, particularly from the American gymnasts and the Romanian gymnasts. 

Another Big Trend: Songs from movie soundtracks. 

The French team pulled from recent movies like The Mask and Basic Instinct. But there were songs from older movies, including Galieva’s Charlie Chaplin tribute and Marinescu’s music from the Italian film Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion.

UNITED STATES – JULY 29: KUNSTTURNEN: BODEN/Frauen ATLANTA 1996 29.7.96, Lilia PODKPPAYEVA/UKR GOLD – MEDAILLE (Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Below, you can find a partial list of floor music used at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. If you have any corrections or additions, feel free to use the comments at the bottom of this page.

Note: The Spotify playlist does not include all the songs mentioned below, and sometimes, it includes a different version of a song.


Kantek, Nicole

“Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Prelude,” Richard Strauss

Side note: Kantek was daring enough to do the worm to such an iconic piece of classical music.

Moro, Lisa

“Sinfonia per un addio,” Gian Piero Reverberi and Rondò Veneziano

Smith, Jennifer

“Dark Star,” Mike Oldfield

Hughes, Joanna

“Hard to Say I’m Sorry / Get Away,” Chicago


Boginskaya, Svetlana

“Mélodie d’amour,” Kaoma
“Jambé Finète,” Kaoma
“Dancando Lambada,” Kaoma

Piskun, Yelena

“Swan Lake: Spanish Dance,” Tchaikovsky

Yurkina, Olga

“Gypsy Legend,” Jolly Kunjappu


Tousek, Yvonne

“Havana Club,” Ottmar Liebert


Ji Liya

“Radar Love,” Golden Earring

Liu Xuan

“Czárdas,” Vittorio Monti

Mao Yanling

“Hungarian Rhapsody, Number 2,” Franz Liszt (Orchestral)

Kui Yuanyuan

“Sorochintsi Fair, Act 1: Gopak (Hopak),” Modest Mussorgsky

Mo Huilan

“Yellow River Piano Concerto,” Yin Chengzong, Chu Wangshua, Sheng Lihong

Qiao Ya

“Dance of She Monsters,” China Central Ballet Troupe Orchestra


Furnon, Ludivine

“Hey Pachuco,” Royal Crown Revue (The Mask)

Canqueteau, Cecile

“Roxy Loses,” Jerry Goldsmith (Basic Instinct)

Teza, Elvire

“Pistolero,” Dave Grusin
“Fiesta,” Dave Grusin

Severino, Isabelle

“Demasiado Corazón,” Willy DeVille

Volle, Emilie

“Blues for Klook,” Eddy Louiss


Pioch, Yvonne

“Dreamer,” Vienna Symphonic Orchestra Project

Great Britain

Reeder, Annika


Lawrence, Sonia

“Hernando’s Hideaway,” Jerry Ross, (The Pajama Game, a musical)


Margariti, Constantina

“In the Mood,” Glenn Miller

Mamouti, Ekaterina

“Olé Guapa (Tango 33),” Hugo Strasser Und Sein Tanzorchester


Krausz, Nikolett

“Pacífico,” Pablo Cárcamo and Enrique Ugarte

Óváry, Eszter

“Hungarian Blue,” The Vienna Symphony Orchestra


Sugawara Risa

“We Will Rock You,” Queen

Puerto Rico

Diaz, Eileen

“Moi Je Suis Tango,” Guy Marchand


Loaieș, Ionela 

“Ma Tit Fille,” Buckwheat Zydeco
“Hey Good Lookin’,” Buckwheat Zydeco

Țugurlan, Mirela 

“Promoroacă.” Radu Simion

Marinescu, Alexandra

“Indagine Su Un Cittadino Al Di Sopra Di Ogni Sospetto,” Ennio Morricone (Film)

Miloșovici, Lavinia

“Hooked on America,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Gogean, Gina

“Havenu Shalom Alechem”

Amânar, Simona

“Nut Rocker,” B. Bumble and the Stingers


Grosheva, Elena

“Sinfonia per un addio,” Gian Piero Reverberi and Rondò Veneziano

Khorkina, Svetlana

“Carmen Ballet Suite: II. Dance,” Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin

Dolgopolova, Elena

“Jalousie,” Jacob Gade, Václav Hybš

Kochetkova, Dina

“Czárdas,” Vittorio Monti (Event Finals)

“Bei Mir Bistu Shein” (Team Finals and All-Around Finals // Thanks to Beth on Twitter for helping identify this song)

Galieva, Roza

“Terry’s Theme,” Charlie Chaplin (Limelight)

“Nonsense Song (Titine),” Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times)


Kinská, Klaudia

“Lost Again,” Yello


Castro, Verónica

“Main Title from Havana,” Dave Grusin

Juárez, Joana


Paz, Gemma

“Delicado [Tico Tico],” Raúl Di Blasio


Podkopayeva, Lilia

“The Barber of Seville: Largo al Factotum,” Gioachino Rossini

“The Marriage of Figaro: Non Piu Andrai,” Mozart

Zelepukina, Svetlana

“Hooked on a Song,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Mirgorodskaya, Anna

“Danse Macabre,” Camille Saint-Saëns

Shaparna, Olena

“Ravel: Bolero”

Sheremeta, Lioubov


United States of America

Moceanu, Dominique

“Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Charlie Daniels

Dawes, Dominique

“Near the Valley,” Kovriga Balalaika Orchestra

“Ukrainian Fantasy,” Kovriga Balalaika Orchestra

Miller, Shannon

“Les deux guitares,” Paul Mauriat

Strug, Kerri

“Guitar Boogie Shuffle,” The Virtues

“Petite Fleur,” Chris Barber’s Jazz Band

Borden, Amanda

“High School Confidential,” Gerald McGee, Jerry Lee Lewis

“Breathless,” Jerry Lee Lewis

Phelps, Jaycie

“The Race,” Yello


Chusovitina, Oksana

“Phantom of the Opera: Overture,” Andrew Lloyd Webber

Compulsory Music

Title: Die Fledermaus
Composer: Johann Strauss

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