In case you haven’t heard, Katy Perry has unveiled her official anthem to the Rio Olympics, and it’s just about exactly what you think a Katy Perry Olympics song would sound like. With a gigantic chorus, a “You can do it” message and a decidedly PG rating, the Max Martin-produced “Rise” is a exactly what an Olympics anthem is supposed to be.

But how does it stack up to anthems of years past?

One thing is certain: It’s definitely not the worst.


Whitney Houston, “One Moment in Time”

As we learned back in 1991, Whitney Houston can do no wrong — even on the biggest stages. And her anthem to the 1988 Seoul Games was no exception. With a steady momentum and a key change that will give you goosebumps, “One Moment in Time” is an Olympic anthem at its very best. Read more…

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