The influence of pop/rock music on figure skating
As pop/rock music has been the dominant form of music for the last 50-60 years, it has obviously had a considerable impact on figure skating. This is borne out by the fact that programs have been constructed around and performed to the music of most of the biggest selling pop/rock artists.
This is a list of the biggest selling pop/rock artists of all time. And here are some of the programs that have been performed to the music of the top 10 on the aforementioned list:-
1. The Beatles
A Day in the Life - Michelle Kwan (1999/00 SP (2000 World Championships))
A Day in the Life - Jeremy Abbott (2009/10 Short Program (2009 Skate Canada))
When I'm Sixty-Four - Todd Eldredge (RAIN Tribute)
Susanna Rahkamo & Petri Kokko - Yesterday/A Hard Day's Night (1994/95 FD (1995 Worlds))
Isabelle Duchesnay & Paul Duchesnay - Eleanor Rigby (Free Dance - 1989 World Championships)
Marina Klimova & Sergei Ponomarenko - Beatles Medley (1987/88 Free Dance (1988 Olympics))
2. Elvis Presley
Elizabeth Punsalan & Jerod Swallow - Elvis Presley Medley (Free Dance - 1998 U.S. Nationals)
Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman - American Trilogy (2002 World Championships - Exhibition)
Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Kurt Browning - Elvis Presley Medley (1998 SOI)
Julia Bikbova & John Lee - Hard Headed Woman (Original Dance - 1998 U.S. Nationals)
3. Michael Jackson
Evgeni Plushenko - Michael Jackson Medley (2001/02 Short Program (2002 Olympics))
Meryl Davis & Charlie White - Billie Jean (2010 U.S. Nationals - Exhibition)
Oksana Grishuk & Evgeni Platov - You'll See (1998 Olympics - Gala)
Joannie Rochette - Like A Pray (2005/06 Short Program (2006 Olympics))
Joannie Rochette - Die Another Day (2009 World Championships - Gala)
5. Elton John
Andrejs Vlascenko - Candle in the Wind (Stars on Ice)
Tara Lipinski - Tiny Dancer (Stars on Ice 2000/01)
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean - Your Song - (Dancing on Ice - 2011)
Ashley Wagner - Your Song (2012 World Championships - Gala)
6. Led Zeppelin
Kevin Reynolds - Led Zeppelin Medley (2009/10 Free Program (2009 Skate America))
Elvis Stojko - Stairway to Heaven (1991/92 Short Program (1992 Olympics))
Kurt Browning - Bonzo's Montreux (Short Program - 1992/93 (1993 World Championships))
Anaïs Morand & Antoine Dorsaz - Bohemian Rhapsody (2009/10 SP (2010 Euro's))
8. Pink Floyd
Brian Joubert - Time (2002/03 & 2003/04 Short Program (2004 World Championships))
Kyoko Ina & John Zimmerman - Shine On You Crazy Diamond (2008 SOI)
9. Mariah Carey
Kimmie Meissner - Hero (2009 SOI)
Michelle Kwan & Kim Yu-Na - Hero (2010 All That Skate)
10. Celine Dion
Kristi Yamaguchi - The Power of Love (1994 World Team Championships Artistic Program)
Emily Hughes - Taking Chances (2008 Exhibition)
Isabelle Brasseur & Lloyd Eisler - Because You Loved Me (Exhibition)
Caryn Kadavy - It's All Coming Back to Me Now (Exhibition)
So, what are your favourite pop/rock music inspired figure skating programs (regardless of whether the music artist is on the list or not)? If you can, please provide YouTube links to them
Last edited by Maofan7; 01-29-2013 at 11:34 PM.
(You tube later, after work)
Kristi Yamaguchi -Bridge over troubled water (Simon 7 Garfunkel; I am not sure if this falls into this category)
Berezhnaya Sikharulidze: Elvis & Marilyn (Jail house rock, falling in love with you, I wanna be loved by you, hound dog)
Yu na Kim - Ben (Michael Jackson)
Underhill Martini - Beatles (Yesterday)
Urmanov- Beatles medley (COI)
Katarina Witt- Bad (Michael Jackson)
Plushenko - Sex Bomb (Tom Jones)
I will think of more later
Takahiko Kozuka, "Bold as Love"
Michelle Kwan, "Tracks and Lines" and "Bad Love" from the soundtrack of Rush
Kwan's A Day in the Life SP
Honorable mention, though it's been years since I've seen it: Wing and Lowe's Beatles/Lennon medley FD from the 2002-2003 season, just because.
Torvill/Dean 'Bridge over troubled water'
Kristi Yamaguchi 'Imagine'
Lu Chen skated to a lovely Mariah Carey song at 1998 Olympic exhibitions, but I can't find it online.
Crone/Poirier 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 2010 fd
Crone/Poirier 'Eleanor Rigby' 2011 fd Canadian nationals
Alexander Johnson 'Eleanor Rigby' 2013 fp US Nationals
Wötzel/Steuer 1996 lp Rolling Stones medley
Remember all the 1998 original dances? My favourite was from Anissina/Peizerat
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Last edited by lala; 01-30-2013 at 06:39 PM.
Brian Orser - The Story of My Life, Headed for the Future
Plushy - Sex Bomb
Todd Eldredge - Who Let the Dogs Out? (Improv Ice), Better Days, Let Me Entertain You
Caryn Kadavy - It's All Coming Back to Me (a Celine Dion song I actually like)
Viktor Petrenko - Mambo #5
Kristi Y. - It's Oh, So Quiet
Brasseur & Eisler - There Will Never Be Another Tonight (Bryan Adams), In the Middle
Elvis Stojko - That's What I Like About You
Stars on Ice cast - Queen medley, The Who medley (Ride of a Life - 2005 "Imagination" tour) A Little Less Conversation (aka "Studz")
Jeff Buttle - Should I Stay or Should I Go?
SOI guys - We've Got it Goin' On
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Jill Trenary - These boots are made for walkin' (Nancy Sinatra)
Mishkutenok-Dmiriev- Somewhere in your heart (Frank Sinatra)
Viktor Petrenko - if you really love a woman (Brian Adams)
Oksana Baiul - La isla Bonita (Madonna)
Gordeeva-Grinkov: Out of tears (Rolling stones)
Last edited by Vash01; 01-30-2013 at 05:26 PM.
Some of these may have been mentioned already...
D/W with Eleanor Rigby
Coomes/Buckland skated to an Elvis medley last season.
There was the year when it seemed like every other skater had a Michael Jackson program - I remember Amodio and Verner did, and I know they were not the only ones.
Remember the dueling Great Gigs in the Sky in 2009? Well, never a direct duel, because DelSchoes only skated the first half of the season and V/M the second.
That same season, Mukhortova and Trankov skated to Nobody Home and I'd rather watch that than any of his programs with Volosozhar.
There have been so many Queen programs but I'm blanking on who skated them. I definitely saw Kerstin Frank skating a Queen SP at Euros last week, though the things that had been done to the music...
There have been a fair number of Metalica programs, most notably, perhaps, by Brian Joubert.
We have P/B and B/H skating to Rolling Stones music this season - a medley for P/B and Paint It Black for B/H.
Carolina Kostner skated to Riders on the Storm in 2007-8.
The Rolling Stones
Christopher Bowman - Rolling Stones Medley (1990 Worlds - Exhibition)
Michael Weiss - Rolling Stones Medley (2001 Nations Cup - Exhibition)
Last edited by Maofan7; 01-31-2013 at 06:46 AM.
OT: I cannot access YT anymore on my computer. When clicked on many of these links, I am getting a message on my screen "This plugin is vulnerable and should be updated. Click here..."
Do you think my computer's been hacked? It's very strange that I was accessing yt all these years on this computer and now I suddenly get this message, and I cannot open any of the links posted here. I was trying to find the yt links for the programs I mentioned.
What I would do is:-
Originally Posted by Vash01
1. Update your anti-virus software and then run a scan with it, followed up by Spybot Search & Destroy. Combined, that should locate any viruses
2. If there are no viruses, then its likely your browser software needs updating. Don't just click that link you mentioned though. You don't where that will lead. Simply download the most up to date software for your preferred browser. It should come with the most recent plug in. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the best. I find Internet Explorer to be quite slow
Last edited by Maofan7; 01-31-2013 at 07:21 AM.
Nicole Bobek - ABBA Medley (2002 Divas on Ice)
Kiira Korpi - ABBA Medley (Exhibition - Finland 2009)
Looks like I can access yt now, so here are a few links:
Jill Trenary- These boots are made for walking
M&D- Somewhere in your heart
Viktor Petrenko- Have you ever really loved a woman
Oksana Baiul- La isla Bonita
G&G- Out of tears