You know what Huffpost UK Lifestyle misses most about the Olympics. Not the national sense of pride. Not those heart-felt tales of sacrifice. Not even the fact everyone was nice to each other for six weeks.

We miss the feeling of the synthesised expectation as the opening notes of Chariots Of Fire by Vangelis were played over and over again, heralding yet another epic minute of Olympic activity.

The auspicious music was in the background while we made dinner, echoing from headphones at work, as colleagues surreptitiously watched the Games at lunchtime, and when you walked into the Olympic Park itself -- for those lucky enough to get tickets.

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Wonderfully, it wasn't the only tune synonymous with the triumphant action. The opening and closing ceremonies brought decades of euphoric British classics back to life.

So, if you're stuck for motivation during your next jog -- or simply want to relive those weeks of personal bests and world records -- here's our spotify playlist of the best of London 2012.

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  • Chariots of Fire Film Still

    A Scene from Chariots of Fire

  • Sande tops charts

    Embargoed to 1900 Sunday August 19. File photo dated 12/05/12 of Emeli Sande performs during the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London, as the performance saw her record Our Version Of Events crash in at number one after lingering at number four last week.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    The Spice Girls Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown perform during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    The Pet Shop Boys perform The Olympic Stadium in London for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games

  • London Olympic Games - Day 0

    The English countryside is depicted during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Eric Idle performs during the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Madness perform during the London Olympic Games 2012 Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    John Lennon's face is created The Olympic Stadium in London for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Take That perform during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 London Olympics at the Olympic Stadium.

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Annie Lennox performs during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 London Olympics at the Olympic Stadium.

  • The British rockband Elbow performs duri

    The British rockband Elbow performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

  • London Olympic Games - Day 16

    Fat Boy Slim performs during the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 London Olympics at the Olympic Stadium.

  • 2012 Olympic Games - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Roger Daltrey (L) and Pete Townshend of The Who perform during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Liam Gallagher performs during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: (R-L) Guy Berryman, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • 2012 London Paralympics - Closing Ceremony

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer Rihanna performs during the closing ceremony on day 11 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

  • London Paralympic Games - Day 11

    Jay-Z performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.