Top 10 Olympic Opening Ceremonies

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Beijing 2008 was crazy, totally a master piece, iconic and whatever you want when you are thinking in great things. I remember that I was 12 years old and my mom watched the show with me, it was at morning, early.
Jay Levine
Beijing is still the best after 10 years.
Michel Etienne Sartre
The beijing olympics is still the best for me...
ts Wong
Loya Frostwind
Beijing 2008 was the most memorable to me.
Haley Faragalli
I can't believe the Beijing Olympics were ten years ago
Only Athens 2004 and beijing 2008.. so simple.. for 3000+ "years" reasons for each them
l e n a.
Beijing 2008 was the best to me.
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!
Jason Rin
Beijing Olympic Game still impressed me even after 10 years! second to none.
Beijing is still the best, the performances were simply mind-blowing.
Beijing will host the winter olympics in 2022 so get ready for another amazing show!
Vivek Joshi
#1 Beijing No contest
Dustin F
Beijing 2008
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
Bejing Olympic Opening Ceremony probably the best within 100 years.Enjoy it soooooooooooo much ,watched it sooo many times.
mohamed reda
Beijing the best by faaaaaar Others are nothing comparing to it
Dr. Alakbarov
My faves: 1. 2008 Beijing 2. 2004 Athens 3. 2012 London 4. 2014 Sochi 5. 2016 Rio
Melody Li
Beijing 2008 is definitely the best of all times. Sochi 2014 should be the second best. And then Athen 2004. London 2012 is undoubtedly the worst!!!
InsideOutWIRLionKing&HTTYD3 Fan2001
My Top 5 Best Opening Ceremonies 5. Atlanta 1996 4. Sydney 2000 3. Athens 2004 2. London 2012 1. Beijing 2008
10. 1948 LONDON 9. 1988 SEOUL 8. 1984 LA 7. 1964 TOKYO 6. 1996 ATLANTA 5. 1992 BARCELONA 4. 2004 ATHENS 3. 2012 LONDON 2. 2000 SYDNEY 1. 2008 BEIJING
Sky King
#1 is China. We know we know.
Eriksson Salisbury
China wins the list for sure
Ryan Vincett
Beijing better be number 1
oki alpiansah
beijing is no 1 its true
Alessandro Fernandes
For me 1. Beijing 2. Rio de Janeiro 3. London
Massive Destiny
Ah, yes.. Nothing better than honoring the Winter Olympics with a Top 10 honoring the 10 best openings for the Summer Olympics.
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.
chaoye liu
Beijing China best.
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.
Everton Nascimento
Rio 2016 was better than Atlanta, and it was historical. It was the fisrt Olympic Games in South America ever. 🖓
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..
Flery Perez
this should be called top 10 SUMMER Olympic opening ceremonies. where’s the Winter olympics love?
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
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.
Renwei Liu
2008 will always be the no.1
Why aren't there ANY winter opening ceremonies? Vancouver 2010? Sochi 2014? Calgary 1988?
eric he
Beijing no 1
jiaqian zhong
the Beijing“s one was the best for me
ZikoShare Zones
Beijing #1 standar for olympic.
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...
Denis Fagundes
Why Rio isn't on the list? I really like the message, and the cauldron was the best ever
Mr. Horseshoe
Filippa Bafalouka
Athens is and will always be the best for me
21 inter 21 international consulting
Beijing impresses me
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.
Franklin Vieira
the opening of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games was one of the best, accept this bunch of envy without culture.
Carlírio Neto
A list of ten best Olympic openings (Summer Games), not to mention Rio'2016 (a great ceremony) and Moscow'1980 (with the unforgettable mascot Misha)? I'm sorry, but this list is too flawed in its purpose.
Beijing killed the competition. Amazing and a little try hard IMO but it was China's first so that is expected.
Whodini 1
No USSR? Good job American propaganda
Mankeung Suen
Beijing Olympic 2008😄
Beijing is best,wonderful show
I'm Just A Fans
athens 2004, oceania😍
Jimmy Qoo
Beijing drilled everything to perfection.
You forgot 1980 Moscow, shame on you.
Jaynel Guillen
Beijing Olympics the most beutiful opening in olympics history
- Borg -
Beijing and Athens the best ones London is the worst for me of this list
When China flag was hung up, I cried.
My favorites (Top 5): 1. Beijing 2008 2. Rio 2016 3. Athens 2004 4. London 2012 5. Sydney 2000
Athens opening it's still the best for me. And for the matter, Sochi comes second.
epis tol
Athens 2004. Elegant!
absolutly china...
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.
Where is moscow 80? Where is sochi 14?
Athens 2004 was one of the best!!
This list can not be real. London in 3 is a big joke. And where is moscow or Rio?
Bull Lea
always will be moscow '80 for me .
Maia Vitale
for me the best summer olympics opening ceremony is Beijing 2008 the best winter olympics opening ceremony is Sochi 2014
Athens Like Greek civilisation. Simple but to the point
yeah! China No.1!
Donald Templar
You only did summer Olympics. What about Salt Lake 2002, Sochi 2014, Lillehammer 1994, or even Vancouver 2010 since you tales about culture
Dylan Chen
I think there will be a very famous show for 2020 opening ceremony - Tokyo Hot.
wan sui
Looking forward the Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou as well as The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!!
Marco Limson
Athens 2004 - The KLYPSEDRA is my number one!
Robin Haas
One thing watch mojo FORGOT to tell us that back in 1996 when Atlanta hosted, it was also the 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games.
The Beijing opening ceremony was so incredible to watch
R I O!!!!
Vinícius Correa
Rio a melhor sem dúvida 😍
Rodrigo Robson
My top 5 5 - Sidney 4 - London 3 - Rio 2 - Athenas 1 - Beijing
Shirahara Taurus
jan mxa
Athens No. 1 for me. Captured the true meaning of the Olympics with the world elements of Earth, Wind, Fire.
Scotti Brown
Nothing tops 2008 Beijing! I wonder what they will do for the Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics, which will also take place in Beijing
Ramisha Greene
I can't wait for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Rhynne Ross
Vancouver 2010 is my favourite!!
nick cruz
i thought 1988 and 1992 would rank higher!!! 🤨
Splash'n'Skillz #37
Tokyo,Paris and L.A.(especially you) impress us
As a Chinese, I am really happy that so many people can give a good evaluation of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. Of course, no matter how good the Olympic Games, one day it will eventually be surpassed, this is the history of mankind, and constantly create better. one World, One Dream. China welcomes you.
lovii lovii
Sochi 2014 was probably the best so far.
Lionel Tapsoba
Moscow 80???????
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.
Can you do the winter olympics?
Anakin Sandwalker
What about...... the droid attack on the Wookies?
Liam Berry
london 2012 is only 3rd place its defiantly my favorite ceremony
Elijah Fabon
The title should be 'Top Ten Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies'
Da Best
Honestly, Rio not being here is a sin. But The Top 3 are just right.
The best opening ceremony was in Athens 2004,when the Olympic Games returned home!!!
Thanos Tzeb
Athens 4?...for me it's the best... It deserves at least number 2
Ali Ap
In my opinion London 2012 is the best opening I've ever seen in my life cause it contained different parts that I loved hope to have another olympic games in london🌷
Junior Glaeser
Rio 2016
Lena p
2018 had the best because it had yuna kim