Punk folk singer Frank Turner was the first musician to take part in Danny Boyle's dazzling production, warming up the crowd before the official ceremony began.
After a complex opening sequence representing the industrial revolution, Mike Oldfield played a 20-minute set featuring tracks from his classic album Tubular Bells as part of a segment dedicated to the NHS.
Dizzee Rascal then led a tribute to Britain's role in the digital age, which also paid homage to the UK's rich musical history spanning the last 40 years.
Emeli Sandé took to the stage to sing an emotional version of 'Abide With Me' during a moment of reflection as the audience remembered loved ones lost, including the victims of the 2005 7/7 terror attacks.
The Arctic Monkeys then performed their number one hit 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' as well as a cover of the Beatles' 'Come Together' as the Olympic flame made its final journey to Stratford along the Thames.
The ceremony later concluded with Sir Paul McCartney leading the stadium in a rendition of the Beatles classic 'Hey Jude'.
The instrumental soundtrack to the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony was composed by dance duo Underworld, who collaborated with Boyle on his iconic film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. The full soundtrack, including new material from the 'Born Slippy' musicians, is available to download now.
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