Hand in Hand (Olympic theme song)

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"Hand in Hand"
Hand in Hand (Olympic theme song).jpg
Single by Koreana
from the album Hand in Hand
Released 1988
Format 7", 12", CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Length 4:13
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Tom Whitlock
Kim Moon-hwan
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder

"Hand in Hand" (Hangul손에 손 잡고; RRSone Son Japgo) is a song by South Korean band Koreana that was the official song of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. It was sung in both Korean and English.

The song's running time was 4:13, and it was produced by Giovanni Giorgio Moroder. Its English lyrics were written by Tom Whitlock, and its Korean lyrics were written by Kim Moon-hwan.[1]

In 2013, Giovanni Giorgio Moroder said that male vocal parts of the English version were sung by Joe Pizzulo, not Koreana's male members.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The song topped music charts in 17 countries, including Sweden, West Germany, the Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Japan and Hong Kong. The album Hand in Hand sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

  • A Swedish version, called "Jul i vinterland" (Eng. Christmas in Winterland"), with lyrics by Keith Almgren, has been recorded by Wizex in 1988 on Christmas compilation albums and on single in 1991.
  • On August 14, 2016, South Korean girl group I.O.I released a digital single and remake of the song.[3]


  1. ^ a b Park Moo-jong (July 14, 2010). "Seoul Olympics gave powerful impetus to great changes in South Korea". The Korea Times. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Giorgio Moroder Interview". 
  3. ^ "(싱글) 손에 손잡고". MelOn (in Korean). Retrieved August 15, 2016.