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Music To Go With Fireworks

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Music to go with fireworks is nothing new. Handle, that famous German composer of the British National anthem, wrote some music for the Royal Fireworks, with the creative title “The Fireworks Music.” Today, having some tunes along with your pyro is as popular as ever, and can add much to a display – if done correctly. If done badly, well, it adds less! So, what is a bad idea? Well, forget the 1812 Overture. It’s been done to death, and unless timing is perfect (which it will never be) it can just sound a bit wonky. Whole orchestras have been set up along with the concept of “music and fireworks”, although most seem off the radar at the moment. Likewise, the “Battle” from Gladiator is a good piece of music, but used year after year on display after display it gets dull. And never, never never use a slow or romantic song for fireworks. It just sounds crap. And, as an afterword, avoid techno. The classic drum and bass hardcore house garage combo Judge Priest mix 2000 probably doesn’t suit fireworks. Or anything except a £300 car with a £600 stereo.

So, what is good – well, keep it upbeat. Eric Cartman sings Celine Dion might work, or it might fall flat on its face. Music without words can be handy- instrumentals of “Winds of change” are powerful, and set a good mood, or something patriotic but a bit different is good too – how about three lions? Basically, if it’s something you like, the crowd probably will to. Unless you like Celine Dion. Obviously.

So, here is my top 10 songs for pyro:
10. There is a light that Never Goes Out – Smiths
9. Rock around the clock – Bill Haley and the comets
8. I won’t say I’m in love, Japanese version- Hercules the movie
7. Cartman sings Poker Face- South Park
6. Hair, from “Hair” The musical
5. Ain’t got no… from “Hair” the musical
4. She loves you – the Beatles (try it – wonderful for weddings)
3. Sultans of Swing – Dire Straights
2. Violin cover of “Airplanes” – Eric Stanley
1. Moonlight shadow – Mike Oldfield

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Music with Fireworks – Top Recommended songs

How do you get music and fireworks to go off together? It is a question that has been plaguing mankind for centuries.

Nowadays computers and technical gadgets and gizmos make the job a lot easier for the professionals. Some have remote firing systems that automatically work in time with the beat. For us normal types however it can be a lot more difficult. If you cannot afford expensive equipment to do the timing for you, how do you set off fireworks in time to the music?

The answer is simple, a lot of planning and preparation and a little bit of luck.

The secret is to know exactly how long the music and the fireworks are going to last, if you have a song that is 5 minutes long and you only have 4 minutes worth of fireworks, you’re gonna have a bad time. Or 1 minutes worth of bad time to be precise. So rule one is to make sure you know how long each firework lasts and how long your music lasts and make sure they match Common sense stuff.

So how do you make the music and the fireworks sound good. Start with a good song, if you try to do a fireworks display to Cliff Richards “Summer Holiday” it may not have the impact you are looking for, try aiming a little more rocky if possible. The message here is power. A powerful and drum beat ridden tune will most likely get the crowd going, just look at almost any video by Brothers Pyrotechnics and you will hear the music from the Rocky movies. This is excellent fireworks music, powerful, anthemic and rocky. Get the crowds toes tapping and you have almost got it.

Choice of fireworks is very important as well, if you have a fast firing barrage, use fast music, if the song is slower and sedate, let the music reflect that. It is all about capturing the mood of the pyrotechnics and the music and blendign into one experience for your audience.

Always remember to finish on a loud and busy number to get the blood flowing in the audience. Like in any form of entertainment you should always leave them wanting more.

So, to recap, make the music’s mood  match the fireworks, keep it busy at the end. Finish on a loud and busy finale and make sure you like the song, if it’s a song that is not popular, the fireworks won’t look as good. Know your audience.

Here it is the list of the 50 most popular songs our customers have recommended to go with fireworks. If you have any suggestions to add to the list please let us know.

Rocket ManElton John

Eternal FlameBangles

Ring of FireJohnny Cash

Light my FireThe Doors


Great Balls of FireJerry Lee Lewis

Spinning AroundKylie

Relight my FireTake That


Boom Bang a BangLuLu

Chariots of FireVangelis

Boom Boom BoomOuthere Brothers

Bang BangSonny and Cher

Time to BurnStorm

RocketDef Leppard

All fired upPat Benatar

Unforgettable FireU2

She BangsRicky Martin

RocketHerbie Hancock

Bang BangBA Robertson

Ashes to AshesDavid Bowie

Fire by Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Wheels on FireSiouxsie & the Banshees

We will Rock YouQueen

Don’t Stop Me nowQueen


Burn Baby BurnAsh

Through the fire and the flamesDragonForce

Falling as One Rise to Addiction

Music for Royal FireworksHandel

Paradise CityGuns N Roses

Jonnie b. GoodChuck Berry

Eye of the TigerRocky Theme

Fight fire with fire – metallica

Rule the worldtake that

Two TribesFrankie Goes to Hollywood

“Zadok the Priest” from the Coronation Anthems. – Georg Frideric Handel

Can’t Stop – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Chasing RainbowsShed Seven

The day we caught the trainOcean Colour Scene

Chop SueySystem of a Down

Smooth CriminalAlien Ant Farm

We didn’t start the fireBilly Joel

1812 overtureTchaikovsky

Bohemian RhapsodyQueen

Harry Potter Theme

Independence Day Theme

Star Wars Theme

E.T Theme

High Voltage – Electric Six

Just Watch The Fireworks – Jimmy Eat World

Rage Against The Machine – Sleep Now In The Fire

War of the Worlds Theme

Boom Boom Boom – Black Eyed Peas