Listen Now! Muse's "Survival" Unveiled as Official Song of the 2012 London Olympics

British rockers drop their new single, chosen as the anthem of the Summer Games

By Gina Serpe Jun 27, 2012 11:44 PMTags

Inspiring? Rousing? Traditional? Victorious? Anthemic? British?

Yep, all the requisite rocking ingredients are present and accounted for in Muse's "Survival," which was revealed this morning to be the official song of the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Which means, um, what, exactly?

Simply this: The Matt Bellamy-penned "Survival" will be played heavily throughout the games' run, including, most notably, when athletes enter the Olympic stadium, as well as in the lead-ups to the medal ceremonies.

It will also serve as the primary theme for all international TV coverage of the games.

In other words, get used to hearing this song. A lot.

"We are very excited to announce that a Muse song, 'Survival,' has been selected by the London Olympic committee to be the main official song for the London 2012 Olympic Games," the band announced on their website this morning.

"Matt wrote the song with the Olympics in mind. It's about total conviction and pure determination to win….We are honored that the Olympics have chosen our song to officially represent the London 2012 Olympic Games across the globe."

As it happens, it's not the band's first brush with the worldwide sporting event. The band, led by Kate Hudson's baby daddy, also had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch through their hometown of Teignmouth, England, last month.

Incidentally, this particular Olympiad is shaping up to be rather a musical one, as news of the games' official song comes just a week after the reported playlist of creative director Danny Boyle's opening ceremony was leaked online. Besides the new Muse track, four other songs (by Delphic, the Chemical Brothers, Dizzee Rascal and a remix of Elton John vs. Pnau) have been specially recorded for the Olympics and will be released in the run-up to the games.

London calling, indeed. More often than not in four-four time.