A big theme in 1984: American movies
Given that Los Angeles is the heart of American cinema, it makes sense. There were songs from movies like Night Shift, Indiana Jones, Rocky, and James Bond.
Another theme: Americana.
In addition to the emphasis on American TV and films, there were plenty of other American moments — from Szabo’s routine to “Hooked on America” to Wu’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” to Bileck’s “Rodeo” montage. (Rodeo is a ballet composed by American composer Aaron Copland.)
Below, you can find a partial list of floor music used at the 1984 Los Angeles 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.
“Going the Distance,” Bill Conti (Rocky)
“That’s What Friends Are For,” Rod Stewart (Night Shift)
“Help,” Charles Fox (Foul Play)
“Foul Play Disco,” Charles Fox (Foul Play)
“1980,” Herb Alpert
“Logan’s Run,” Geoff Love & His Orchestra (Logan’s Run)
“Entry of the Gladiators (Thunder and Blazes),” Louis-Philippe Laurendeau
“Stars and Stripes Forever,” John Philip Sousa
Note: “Entry of the Gladiators” is the song that Americans frequently associate with clowns and the circus.
Indiana Jones Theme Song, John Williams
“Piano Sonata No. 15 in C Major, K. 545: 1. Allegro,” Mozart
“For Your Eyes Only,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (James Bond: For Your Eyes Only)
“Hooked on America,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Note: Lavinia Miloșovici used the same music at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
“La Torre del Oro,” Luis Cobos
“Zarzuela,” Luis Cobos
“Preludium Cmi,” ORM
“Bolero,” Maurice Ravel
“Sol y sombra,” Luis Cobos
“Españoleras,” Luis Cobos
“Jalousie,” Jacob Gade, Werner Müller und sein Orchester
“Fanfare Intro/Reach Out I’ll Be There,” London Symphony Orchestra
“Somewhere (Ballet),” Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story)
“Prologue & Jet Song,” Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story)
Retton, Mary Lou
“Sanie cu zurgălăi,” Richard Stein
“Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 244: No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor,” Liszt (Orchestral)
“Coppilia (Ballet Suite),” Léo Delibes
“You Stepped out of a Dream,” Kurt Edelhagen
“Down by the Riverside,” Kurt Edelhagen
The HBO Introduction Music, Ferdinand J. Smith
“Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday,” Aaron Copland
“4 Dance Episodes from Rodeo: IV. Hoe-Down,” Aaron Copland
Music by: Carol Stabisevski
Note: Stabisevski was the Romanian team’s pianist in the mid-1970s until he defected to the United States. You can read a bit more about him in this article.