Queen Elizabeth's jubilee celebration took place this week. To give you some perspective, she ascended the throne in 1952, long before luminescent truncheons (what you silly Americans call "glow sticks") became the vogue. She was probably hoping there'd be more spaceships by now.
The 2012 Olympics kicked off in London, and they couldn't have crammed more snippets of U.K. hits into their musical montage if they had tried.
Wondering which alt-rock riff they crammed between Blur and Muse, or which bygone hit of 1967 they played between Mud and David Bowie? Have no fear! YouTube user tisyupaperpoet helpfully compiled a playlist of the songs played during the opening ceremony.
Listen to the songs in full in this four-part playlist: