Songs of the
Nations #2

The spectacular opening ceremony of the INVICTUS GAMES DÜSSELDORF 2023 presented by Boeing was the first highlight of the Games for the competitors.

All of the 21 nations entered the sold-out MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA amid the applause of the 20,000 spectators. The soundtrack for marching in was chosen by the participating nations themselves. With these selected hits, the competitors entered the stage of the Invictus Games.

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Italy: “Beautiful Day”, U2

The Italian team marches onto the Invictus Games stage accompanied by U2’s catchy tune “Beautiful Day”. The song was awarded the Grammy song of the year 2001. In addition, Bono and the band members were awarded the record of the year Grammy and a Grammy for the best rock performance for a vocal group. The song was top of the charts in nine countries and reached the top 10 of 6 further countries. It was also fourth placed on the Jazz best singles list of the “Jazz & Jop” critics survey conducted by The Village Voice in 2000.

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Jordan: Jeesh Alwatan, Omar Alabdallat

The Jordanian team marched onto the stage accompanied by “Jeesh Alwatan”, a piece of music written by Omar Alabdallat. The singer songwriter is celebrated for his success in popularising Bedouin music and Jordanian patriotic standards.

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The Netherlands “Fight Song”, Rachel Plattens

The Netherlands team chose Rachel Plattens’ “Fight Song” as their march-in tune. The single released in 2015 is used for numerous appearances, ranging from television programmes to advertising spots and welfare and political campaigns. It made the top 10 in every country in the world with 6 million singles being sold in the USA.

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New Zealand “The Greatest”, SIX60

The New Zealand team marched onto the Invictus Games stage accompanied by the SIX60 band’s hit “The Greatest”. The single released in 2019 reached third place in the New Zealand charts and was awarded triple platinum status there. Inspired by a photo of the British group The Beatles from 1994 which shows them meeting the boxer Muhammad Ali, the title expresses the band members wish to become both better musicians and better people

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Nigeria “Unavailable”, David ft. Musa Keys

As a newcomer to the Invictus Games, Nigeria chose the Afrobeat hit “Unavailable” The 2023 song title sang by the Nigerian singer Davido together with the South African singer Musa Keys reached 8th place on the US Afrobeats Songs Charts billboard, 13th on the World D

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Poland Krakowski Spleen, Tribbs ft. Robert Wiewióra

The Polish team marched onto the stage at the Opening Ceremony accompanied by the dancy sounds of Tribbs featuring Robert Wiewióra. The DJ and producer Tribbs is a rising star on the EDM scene. He has already shared the stage with big name DJs.

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Romania „Un om mai bun“, Proconsul

The Romanian pop-rock band Proconsul contributed the sound track for the Romanian team. The song “Un Om Mai Bun” has already been played at the Invictus Games. It was chosen by the Romanian team as the song for the 2017 Invictus Games. A new video was produced in which a former soldier gets out of a wheelchair and climbs a mountain

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South Korea: „Butter“, BTS

The South Korean team marched across the Invictus Games stage to the sounds of “Butter” performed by BTS. The song, produced in 2012, was the K-pop sensation group’s second English language single and reached the peak of the charts in every country in the world and that of the Global 200 Chart billboard. The song was a top 10 hit in a further 30 countries.

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United Kingdom: „Mountain“, Sam Ryder

Sam Ryders’ “Mountain“ was the song that accompanied the UK team’s appearance at the Invictus Games. The hit which won second place at the 2022 European Song Contest was released as a single in May 2023 and reached 35th place on the UK Singles Chart. With it, Ryder made the top 40 in his home country for the second time. The song which is about endurance and overcoming barriers in life, had its premiere at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool where disable artists shared the stage with Ryder.

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Ukraine ”Stefania”, Kalush Orchestra

Almost at the end of the Opening Ceremony at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, there was a very emotional moment when the Ukrainian team marched onto the stage accompanied by the sounds of the winning song of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. The song “Stefania” played by the Kalush Orchestra was especially written for the European Song Contest and after its victory became a hit across Europe. The group toured Europe and North America and saved donations to support the Ukraine with 54 million hryvnias (over 1.3 million Euros) being collected.

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USA: “Devil”, Shinedown

The US team marched onto the Invictus Games stage accompanied by Shinedown’s “Devil”. The single that appeared in 2018 reached 1st place on the US Mainstream Rock Songs Charts’ billboard and was used as a sound track for various video games.