Top 10 Olympic Opening Ceremonies


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Massive Destiny
Ah, yes.. Nothing better than honoring the Winter Olympics with a Top 10 honoring the 10 best openings for the Summer Olympics.
Michel Etienne Sartre
The beijing olympics is still the best for me...
CJets
Why aren't there ANY winter opening ceremonies? Vancouver 2010? Sochi 2014? Calgary 1988?
allegiant347
Beijing will host the winter olympics in 2022 so get ready for another amazing show!
0022 J
My top 5 favorite summer olympic opening ceremonies: 5. Rio 2016 4. Seoul 1988 3. Sydney 2000 2. Athens 2004 1. Beijing 2008 I already excited for Tokyo 2020! <3
Ryan Vincett
Beijing better be number 1
S00E
You forgot 1980 Moscow, shame on you.
KwstasGeo13
Only Athens 2004 and beijing 2008.. so simple.. for 3000+ "years" reasons for each them
Everton Nascimento
Rio 2016 was better than Atlanta, and it was historical. It was the fisrt Olympic Games in South America ever. 🖓
アブドゥレーエブオラス
No USSR? Good job American propaganda
oki alpiansah
beijing is no 1 its true
Denis Fagundes
Why Rio isn't on the list? I really like the message, and the cauldron was the best ever
Loya Frostwind
Beijing 2008 was the most memorable to me.
Dustin F
Beijing 2008
mjblu8
Beijing's opening ceremony finale was one of the greatest real-life spectacles I've ever seen on TV. An Olympic gold medalist running across the walls of the stadium in mid-air while a tapestry of previous athletes from different countries unraveled in the background with harmonizing music about world peace and unity before the Olympic torch at the top was finally lit!
Coby Yuen
Sochi 2014 is the best!
Bill Klimis
Athens 2004 was one of the best!!
Mike P
The best was the 2004 Athens for me
Dmitri Feyginov
Sochi 2014 TOP
Matheus Rodrigues
Without Rio, without list
Marcel Lipp
I hope there is no 1936
Raymart Lipat
I pray and hope that Tokyo 2020 will be the best with the strongest Japanese culture including Mario, Ash Ketchum, Goku JAM Project, Babymetal and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Mr. Horseshoe
CHINA NUMBAH ONE
Denis Popov
Guys! Are you out of your mind? Is the political brouhaha made you stop thinking? What? NO SOCHI 2014 Ceremony at all???? My God, how can you be so blind?
Franco Franco
My top 5: 1. Athens 2004 2. Beijing 2008 3. London 2012 4. Sochi 2014 5. Rio 2016
ChthonicRemains
Thank you for acknowledging that the Beijing opening ceremony is #1. It's, bar none, the most spectacular opening ceremony in the history of ever.
Ayrton Baracho
*Rio 2016* was the best for me.
Haley Faragalli
I can't believe the Beijing Olympics were ten years ago
Fhernando MedHer
Río de Janeiro 2016 es la mejor inauguración. Atenas 2004 le sigue y México 1968 innovó mucho para su tiempo. Viva mi linda CDMX
Liam Berry
london 2012 is only 3rd place its defiantly my favorite ceremony
GameOfLists
Well we now know that Pyeongchang 2018 belongs here too. Marvelous opening ceremony and a great display of the fascinating Korean culture.
Litachi kirito
London 2012 no way. One of the worst
Bull Lea
always will be moscow '80 for me .
Archie Eguna
❤️❤️❤️
Maya Adams
for me the best summer olympics opening ceremony is Beijing 2008 the best winter olympics opening ceremony is Sochi 2014
I'm Just A Fans
athens 2004, oceania😍
heitor6920
*My Top 5:* 5: Sydney 2000 4: Rio 2016 3: London 2012 2: Beijing 2008 1: Athens 2004
Ronaldo Frias
My faves: 1. 2008 Beijing 2. 2004 Athens 3. 2012 London 4. 2014 Sochi 5. 2010 Vancouver Btw I haven't seen all of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
PillowPannts
This list kind of feels like a cop out that you guys just threw together, kind of wish you had done more to include other opening ceremonies that were impactful and/or magnificent. I get it if leaving out the Sochi games was intentional for present politics; but not including the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics on this list is pretty messed up. Yes, the The United States may have boycotted the games with 65 other countries; and yes, this led to the 1984 Soviet Union boycott in response; but if you are basing this list on firsts and/or on the spectacle involved in the overall production of the opening ceremony then 1980 Moscow should have been included. It was the first, and so far, the only summer games held in Eastern Europe It had the first live broadcast from space during the opening ceremony broadcast on the stadium scoreboard It had the first implementation of large scaled human flip boards in the opening ceremony to create various pictures and avenues for ceremony participants to pass through It had a massive total of 16,000 performers involved throughout the presentation of the opening ceremony It had actual chariots in a parade, enormous human pillars comprised of gymnasts and performers, a well executed child ensemble performance, and an absolutely amazing showing of cultural heritage with The Friendship of the Peoples dance. That dance itself warranted Moscow 1980 a place on this list; it represented to the world the cultures and shared history of millions of people from across what were then the Soviet Republics; and it did this at a time when very few people had any idea of what "Ivan" was really like and the Cold War was still very much on.
Artemis
My top 3 are: Athens 2004, London 2012 and Atlanta 1996. Was in Atlanta right before the Olympics started that year
George Korgas
Wtf? Athens no4? You should be ashamed of yourselves! Athens was about history,culture and ethics! The rest of the ceremonies are just a group of people well organized! You dont need many people to tell a story most of the times you need one!
Justin Angelo Alvarez
LONDON 2012 and BEIJING 2008 are the best...
Vinícius Quintela
1° Rio 2016 Brazil 2° Atenas 2004 Grécia 3° Barcelona 1996 Espanha 4° Sidney 2000 Austrália 5° Los Angeles EUA 6° Tóquio 1964 Japão 7° Seul 1988 Coreia Do Sul 8° London 2012 Inglaterra 9° Pequim 2008 China 10° Atlanta 1996 EUA ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤🔝❤🔝🔝🔝🔝❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤👏💪
Violeta Durovic
it should be number 1 sydney
alxmcjo
Beijing is still the best, the performances were simply mind-blowing.
BLR*Kinga
no Sochi 2014? US and canadian propagandists are really fear Russia? ;)
Roblox Tripreporter
*PyeongChang 2018* with WORLD RECORD!!! High tech drones
sehrrind
yeah! China No.1!
Daniel Oliveira
Where is Rio 2016?!?!?!
Dr. Alakbarov
My faves: 1. 2008 Beijing 2. 2004 Athens 3. 2012 London 4. 2014 Sochi 5. 2016 Rio
Devilus Advocatias
Maybe Beijing’s Winter Opening Ceremony will top their Summer Opening Ceremony. For me, I was most in awe of Beijing’s Opening but most affected by Vancouver and Salt Lake...
- Borg -
Beijing and Athens the best ones London is the worst for me of this list
Daan Klas
england has invaded almost every country in the world except for 2 countries
Gameflyer001
The Beijing Opening Ceremony also had some infamous moments, such as the girl lip-syncing that song as the original singer was replaced for "not being pretty enough", and some of the large fireworks displays being photoshopped for the broadcast.
30secondstomarsMBH
Clearly people in here aren't British if you're dissing the London 2012 Ceremony. Just because you don't GET it, doesn't mean it wasn't powerful. FFS, they showed us forging the bloody Olympic rings at our age of industrialism (no need to thank us btw). Take your dislike of it and shove it up your ass. I don't care if you thought it didn't cater for you, but ask any Brit that watched it and 99.9% wil tell you that whole spirit was amazing. You lot needed to be Londoners at 2012. For once I actually felt proud to be British, as a black man. THAT is what it did to me. So don't EVER say it was "boring" or act like it wasn't cultured. It wasn't aimed at you. It was showing you British ingenuity, smarts, humour, pride and what we as a people respect and love about our own country, and aimed at uniting us even for a short period of time.
lillyscarlet
London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies were amazing. The pop culture was perfect. It was my favorite. The music was brilliant!
Templar Gamer
You only did summer Olympics. What about Salt Lake 2002, Sochi 2014, Lillehammer 1994, or even Vancouver 2010 since you tales about culture
Yetanotherpixelartist
i want to eat a lot of bread
gabriel salvia garramendi
mi top 5: 1: Barcelona 92 2: Atenas 2004 3: Londres 2012 4: Tokio 94 5: Río 2016
MIZORAM - Mafaka Hnamte
_For me, no.10 London is the best_
FieryEasy
is there any place that i can watch the past opening ceremonies? Or does NBC have it all locked away in their evil castle?
Daniel Mora
Horrible list , Athens 2004 is probably the best ceremony ever
Robi Castaneda
One of the best ones for me was Pyeongchang 2018, it was quite entertaining.
Lipe M
Top 5: 1- Rio 2016 2- Beijing 2008 3- Athens 2004 4- London 2012 5- Sidney 2000
F0RG1V3N
Beijing killed the competition. Amazing and a little try hard IMO but it was China's first so that is expected.
Balfour
Athens opening it's still the best for me. And for the matter, Sochi comes second.
Roel Magpoc
Seoul 88 should be in the Top 5.
pheba100
Measuring the countries and their economy Greece had by far the best opening and closing as well.... The amazing stage with the brilliant presentation of her history it was breath taking... After all, this is where it all began..
Pienimusta
Germany -36 for sure best. Make Germany Great Again.
Dem Dem
I'm sorry but I can't take this list seriously. London number 3? It was great tech speaking but it was lacking actual content and depth.
Ricardo Castro
Amigos para siempre means friends forever! Idiots!
Filippa Bafalouka
Athens is and will always be the best for me
ameleni
ΑTHINA 2004 The magic of the greek culture, the spirit the history, the birthplace of western civilization and of course the Olympic Games honouring the Olympic Gods..Thank you Greece ...for everything and for that epic ceremony. The greatest but still too small compared to what Greece gave to the world.
Jonathan M. Conway
LONDON 2012 SHOULD BE IN 1ST PLACE
Vinícius Quintela
Brazil Rio 2016 ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷
Scarlet gamer2011
The 2018 opening ceremony in PyeonChang was awesome
DARK ANGEL
The worst in history was London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies
SHIN SHIN
2018 평창!!
Franklin Vieira
the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was one of the best, accept this bunch of envy without culture.
Riv Vin
Agree but the London one was 💩. It was boring and for a modern ceremony, it was quite lacking in tech and spectacle. And the it was weirdly dark and not “happy.”
DJ S
Where is moscow 80? Where is sochi 14?
Tonkenese Tonks
pyeongchang 2018 was the greatest....
Kevin Lau
PyeongChang 2018 Beijing 2022 Tokyo 2020
MAURO FONSECA
R I O!!!!
retnavybrat
The narrator neglected to mention that during the London 2012 ceremony, the Queen of England "parachuted" into the stadium. Of course I know the parachuting itself was a stunt, but I can't think of any other Olympic opening ceremony that incorporated the host country's head of state like that. Especially with the head of state being an 86 year old monarch.
wan sui
Looking forward the Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou as well as The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!!
John P
Athens has a "hell-ass" (Hellas) history to celebrate. I see what you did there WatchMojo!
Junior Glaeser
Rio 2016
EDY Y
London shouldn't be placed that high. It was boring. Rio wasn't good but still better than London.
The Gilliams
Me personally, I never watch the opening ceremonies. I always seem to miss it.
Atheist Orphan
London 2012 should have been number one.
Nikita Mac
Where is sochi?
Sky King
#1 is China. We know we know.
Lionel Tapsoba
Moscow 80???????
MinifigureXtreme
This year’s Pyeongchang was pretty good
ooozo fever
Top 10 marvel movies and Tv shows traliers.Pls do it watchmojo pls
zerin tasnim
Athens should be no 1 not 4. It was mindblowing !!
Tolis
Certainly, Athens 2004 is number 1 for me. More than 3,500 years of Greek History in 1 hour of opening ceremony!
Snow Anaya
Can't wait for Tokyo 2020. I better see some Akira and Studio Ghibli up in there with Nintendo. Not just that, but the whole culture and history is amazing. I'm really excited to see what they do. Haven't heard how 2018 ceremony went. I mean will get to see it tonight, but it's already over, over there D:
Γιώργος Τσιμπιρλής
Ολος ο Ολυμπιακός κόσμος και η Διεθνής Ολυμπιακή Επιτροπή έχει αναδείξει τους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες της Αθήνας 2004 ως τους ποιο όμορφους και ολοκληρωμένους Αγώνες στην Ιστορία των Συγχρόνων Ολυμπιακών Αγώνων. Η λιστα σου ειναι λιγο άστοχη. All the Olympic community and International Olympic Committee have award the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 as the most beautiful and completed Olympic games in Modern Olympic Games History. So your list is a bit miss.