I would be remiss if I also did not include the "Olympics Theme Song" (Bugler's Dream") by Leo Arnaut (1904-1991) and “Olympic Fanfare” by film score coposer John Williams (b. 1932). According to Griffin Harrison, these pieces have been used for televised broadcasts of the Olympics since the 1960s and 80s: the first theme initially used by ABC and the second used by NBC. It was not until the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia that NBC decided to combine the two themes
Notice that I said that popular songs have also been written for the Olympics. This illustrates the inclusivity of multiple musical genres beyond Classical. Over the decades, many performing artists have tried their hand at writing songs that attempt to capture the exhilaration of the sporting events: some songs done well, others poorly executed. The Olympics theme song “Reach” by Gloria Estefan stands out to me: in part, because it was written to commemorate the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. That specific event holds a place in my childhood memory, because I remember physically witnessing part of the “Running of the Torch” throughout the state of Georgia while I was living in the city of Columbus at the time. “Reach” is also a memorable theme song because the material focuses on more than just sports. It is about perseverance and aiming for success and goals in life.