A big trend in 2000: Movie soundtracks.
In Sydney, the floor music included songs from The Rock, Addams Family Values, The Mummy, and The Truman Show, among others.
A small surprise: In 1984, 1992, and 1996, several floor routines featured music associated with the host country. In 2000, that trend was not as pervasive. Of course, there were exceptions — like McIntosh’s use of “Waltzing Matilda” or Slater’s use of “I Still Call Australia Home,” which was contentious, by the way. (More on that below.)
Below, you can find a partial list of floor music used at the 2000 Sydney 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.
“Raksat Shahrazad,” Emad Sayyah
“I Still Call Australia Home,” Peter Allan
“Waltz,” Eugen Doga
“Waltzing Matilda,” (originally John Collinson)
“On the Run,” Yello
“Symphony No. 25 in G-Flat Minor K. 183, I. Allegro con brio,” Mozart
“Tuareg Attack,” Jerry Goldsmith (The Mummy)
“La Cumparsita,” Lalo Schifrin
“Hellena,” 101 Strings Greece
“The Abyss: Main Title,” Alan Silvestri
“Trouble’s Tango/There Is That In Me,” Terry Dame
“Dark Moon, High Tide,” Afro Celt Sound System
“Aral,” Catherine Lara
“That’s Right,” Jesse Cook
“Le Cocher de La Troika,” Paul Mauriat
“Hör’ Ich Zimbalklänge,” Franz Lehár, André Rieu
“Zorba’s Dance,” Mikis Theodorakis
“Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 7, B. 141, IV. Finale,” Dvořák
“Hummell Gets the Rockets,” Hans Zimmer, Nick Glennie-Smith (The Rock)
“It’s an Addams!,” Marc Shaiman (Addams Family Values)
“Taureg Attack,” Jerry Goldsmith (The Mummy)
“The Sand Volcano,” Jerry Goldsmith (The Mummy)
“Riverdance: Firedance,” Bill Whelan
“Vampire Hunters,” Wojciech Kilar (Dracula)
“Underground (Storm),” Burkhard Dallwitz (The Truman Show)
“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BMV 565, Bach” (Vanessa-Mae)
“One Jump Ahead,” Brad Kane (Aladdin)
“Black Cat White Cat,” Dejan Sparavalo
“Reel Around the Sun,” Bill Whelan (Riverdance)
“Hooked on Classics,” Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Druē Dzies̩mina par Zosa/Skumjš,” Raimonds Pauls
“Big and Bad,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
“Who’s That Creepin’,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
“Daddy-O,” Hipster Daddy-O and the Handgrenades
“The Ride,” James Horner (The Mask of Zorro)
“The Fencing Lesson,” James Horner (The Mask of Zorro)
“Pistolero,” Dave Grusin
“Mambo No. 5,” Lou Bega
“Mambo, Mambo,” Lou Bega
“Tiburón,” Proyecto Uno
“(I) Can Can (You),” Vanessa-Mae
“The Saint,” Orbital
“La marche de Ménilmontant,” Michel Legrand, Stéphane Grappelli
“Sous le ciel de Paris,” Michel Legrand, Stéphane Grappelli
“Carnaval de Paris,” Dario G
“Fiddler on the Roof: L’Chaim – To Life,” Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick
“Invisible Circus,” Vienna Symphony Orchestra
“Istanbul,” Joe Carr
“Piano Concerto N. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83: Allegro Appassionato,” Brahms
“Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Terry Snyder
“Yellow River Piano Concerto” Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua, based on the “Yellow River Cantata” by Xian Xinghai
Note: Mo Huilan used this piece of music in 1996.
“Journey,” Nova Menco
“Phantom of the Opera: Overture,” Andrew Lloyd Webber
A Note about the Song “I Still Call Australia Home”
The airline Qantas was not an Olympic sponsor in 2000. At the time, the company’s advertising jingle was “I Still Call Australia Home.” Ansett Australia, a Qantas competitor, was an Olympic sponsor and banned the song from the Olympics. Slater was given a special dispensation.
Peter Allen’s classic song, I Still Call Australia Home, was banned from all Olympic events but one, Ansett said yesterday.
Ansett and SOCOG granted the Boy from Oz’s home town of Tenterfield, near the NSW-Queensland border, sole permission to perform the late entertainer’s song when the Olympic torch passes through there later this month.
Ansett, an Olympics sponsor, decided to silence renditions of the popular tune at all other Olympic events because of its close link with rival airline Qantas.
In the only other exception, SOCOG earlier cleared West Australian gymnast Allana Slater to perform her floor routine at the Games to the song.“Ansett shoots down Allen’s classic,” Illawarra Mercury, August 10, 2000