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Glasgow 2014's Unofficial Anthems


The final curtain comes down on an unforgettable Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. As well as being remembered for the world-class sporting performances and the incredible Scottish welcome, Glasgow 2014 will also be remembered for selfies, royal photobombs,  those wee Scottie dogs and some musical highlights!

From the spectacular Opening Ceremony to the crowds joining in unison to the tracks played at the packed stadia, there have been plenty of uplifting numbers that might just remind you of Glasgow's Games.

With the help of our Facebook fans we’ve picked out 10 songs to be chosen as the unofficial Glasgow 2014 Anthems. Enjoy…!

1. Chvrches – The Mother We Share
From Glaswegian electropop trio, Chvrches, “The Mother We Share” was the first song heard at Glasgow 2014 as the opener (and closer) to the spectacular Opening Ceremony.
2. The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
The standout favourite from our Facebook supporters and an unofficial Scottish anthem, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” was a real darling of the crowd at our venues that even got Usain Bolt dancing along to it on the Hampden track on Day 10!?
3. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Another choice from our Facebook fans. There were fantastic scenes at the Hampden athletics on Day 6 as the crowd sang along in unison.
4. Tom Jones – Delilah
A tribute to our Welsh friends at the Rugby 7s at Ibrox on Day 4, where Delilah was the favourite of the evening.
5. Simple Minds – Waterfront
Enjoyed at venues across the Games, the Glasgow band also played at BBC at the Quay as part of Festival 2014.
6. Rod Stewart - Rhythm of My Heart
A favourite with our social media followers and a highlight of the Opening Ceremony. The legendary Rod Stewart joined Amy McDonald as the sun set on Celtic Park, with a specially rearranged version of the rock icon’s classic “Rhythm of My Heart”.
7. The Shamen – Move Any Mountain
The ‘90s dance classic was reborn as the track that the Team Scotland athletes walked out to at the Opening Ceremony
8. Lorde – Royals
A tip of the hat to the Royal family who have been the stars of so many great moments at the XX Commonwealth Games.
9. Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up
Another highlight from the Opening Ceremony, taken from the Glasgow band’s seminal 1991 album, Screamadelica.
10. Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Whether you’ve been to Scotland before or not, you’ve almost certainly heard that our weather can be somewhat damp! Just as Glasgow had lulled everyone into a false sense of security with a glorious first week, the heavens decided to open! So “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” from Glasgow’s Travis seemed like a fitting way to wrap up our unofficial Glasgow 2014 Anthems!

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