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.
CJets
Why aren't there ANY winter opening ceremonies? Vancouver 2010? Sochi 2014? Calgary 1988?
Ryan Vincett
Beijing better be number 1
allegiant347
Beijing will host the winter olympics in 2022 so get ready for another amazing show!
Michel Etienne Sartre
The beijing olympics is still the best for me...
S00E
You forgot 1980 Moscow, shame on you.
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.
Dustin F
Beijing 2008
Mr. Horseshoe
CHINA NUMBAH ONE
アブドゥレーエブオラス
No USSR? Good job American propaganda
Coby Yuen
Sochi 2014 is the best!
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
Dmitri Feyginov
Sochi 2014 TOP
oki alpiansah
beijing is no 1 its true
jasper budiono
Before Beijing Opening Ceremony, a huge storm was heading to Beijing. The government ordered dozens of jet fighters to shot thousands of missiles armed with salt and some other particles imported from US and EU to destroy the storm hours before the ceremony. When the time comes, the sky became clear. China simply showed the World and the God, who's the boss.
- Borg -
Beijing and Athens the best ones London is the worst for me of this list
Denis Fagundes
Why Rio isn't on the list? I really like the message, and the cauldron was the best ever
Everton Nascimento
Rio 2016 was better than Atlanta, and it was historical. It was the fisrt Olympic Games in South America ever. 🖓
KwstasGeo13
Only Athens 2004 and beijing 2008.. so simple.. for 3000+ "years" reasons for each them
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.
Marcel Lipp
I hope there is no 1936
Ayrton Baracho
*Rio 2016* was the best for me.
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?
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.
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!
Franco Franco
My top 5: 1. Athens 2004 2. Beijing 2008 3. London 2012 4. Sochi 2014 5. Rio 2016
heitor6920
*My Top 5:* 5: Sydney 2000 4: Rio 2016 3: London 2012 2: Beijing 2008 1: Athens 2004
MIZORAM - Mafaka Hnamte
_For me, no.10 London is the best_
Loya Frostwind
Beijing 2008 was the most memorable to me.
Archie Eguna
❤️❤️❤️
Matheus Rodrigues
Without Rio, without list
Bull Lea
always will be moscow '80 for me .
Liam Berry
london 2012 is only 3rd place its defiantly my favorite ceremony
Bill Klimis
Athens 2004 was one of the best!!
Litachi kirito
London 2012 no way. One of the worst
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.
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.
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.”
lillyscarlet
London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies were amazing. The pop culture was perfect. It was my favorite. The music was brilliant!
GameOfLists
Well we now know that Pyeongchang 2018 belongs here too. Marvelous opening ceremony and a great display of the fascinating Korean culture.
Mike P
The best was the 2004 Athens for me
Roblox Tripreporter
*PyeongChang 2018* with WORLD RECORD!!! High tech drones
Violeta Durovic
it should be number 1 sydney
BLR*Kinga
no Sochi 2014? US and canadian propagandists are really fear Russia? ;)
Haley Faragalli
I can't believe the Beijing Olympics were ten years ago
Maya Adams
for me the best summer olympics opening ceremony is Beijing 2008 the best winter olympics opening ceremony is Sochi 2014
Vinícius Crqnt
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 ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤🔝❤🔝🔝🔝🔝❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤👏💪
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.
Artemis
My top 3 are: Athens 2004, London 2012 and Atlanta 1996. Was in Atlanta right before the Olympics started that year
Justin Angelo Alvarez
LONDON 2012 and BEIJING 2008 are the best...
iqnewspaper iqnewspaper
The ultimate opening ceremony is in Athens 2004, because the olympic games come home and this openinh ceremony and all the games was very innovative and pionneer, but all the countries understand that Hellas is the most historical country in the world
anoyyingg 123
athens 2004, oceania😍
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
juniorpetjua
Sorry, but Rio Carnival > Beijing 2008 > Athens 2004 > Rio 2016 > London 2012 > Sydney 2000. Watch my channel to confirm what I am saying.
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
Yetanotherpixelartist
i want to eat a lot of bread
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?
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...
sehrrind
yeah! China No.1!
Robi Castaneda
One of the best ones for me was Pyeongchang 2018, it was quite entertaining.
Jonathan M. Conway
LONDON 2012 SHOULD BE IN 1ST PLACE
Daniel Oliveira
Where is Rio 2016?!?!?!
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!
Pienimusta
Germany -36 for sure best. Make Germany Great Again.
Ricardo Castro
Amigos para siempre means friends forever! Idiots!
F0RG1V3N
Beijing killed the competition. Amazing and a little try hard IMO but it was China's first so that is expected.
Roel Magpoc
Seoul 88 should be in the Top 5.
gabriel salvia garramendi
mi top 5: 1: Barcelona 92 2: Atenas 2004 3: Londres 2012 4: Tokio 94 5: Río 2016
Balfour
Athens opening it's still the best for me. And for the matter, Sochi comes second.
Scarlet gamer2011
The 2018 opening ceremony in PyeonChang was awesome
wan sui
Looking forward the Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou as well as The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!!
SHIN SHIN
2018 평창!!
alxmcjo
Beijing is still the best, the performances were simply mind-blowing.
The Gilliams
Me personally, I never watch the opening ceremonies. I always seem to miss it.
Nikita Mac
Where is sochi?
DJ S
Where is moscow 80? Where is sochi 14?
Sky King
#1 is China. We know we know.
Lionel Tapsoba
Moscow 80???????
MinifigureXtreme
This year’s Pyeongchang was pretty good
Atheist Orphan
London 2012 should have been number one.
ooozo fever
Top 10 marvel movies and Tv shows traliers.Pls do it watchmojo pls
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..
Tonkenese Tonks
pyeongchang 2018 was the greatest....
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:
Kevin Lau
PyeongChang 2018 Beijing 2022 Tokyo 2020
Scary Bird
Berlin 1936
Dr. Alakbarov
My faves: 1. 2008 Beijing 2. 2004 Athens 3. 2012 London 4. 2014 Sochi 5. 2016 Rio
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.
EDY Y
London shouldn't be placed that high. It was boring. Rio wasn't good but still better than London.
John P
Athens has a "hell-ass" (Hellas) history to celebrate. I see what you did there WatchMojo!
basicallyretarded
I agree, 2016 rio was BAD
Harold Lalu
Excited for Tokyo 2020!
DARK ANGEL
The worst in history was London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Daniel Mora
Horrible list , Athens 2004 is probably the best ceremony ever
Chriisx adele
Waooo
Franklin Vieira
the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was one of the best, accept this bunch of envy without culture.
Sir.WolfTreez
Can you do the winter olympics?
Luke Wang
No way, u r all wrong, INDIA NO.1
吴秋明
absolutly china...