The clock’s ticking as the whole world converges to witness the extravagance of the most beautiful game ever in the world. With 3.2 billion people watching one of the biggest galas of sports, it is certain that every football world cup has to be a roller-coaster of emotions and thrills that would keep echoing for the next four years. Hence, every football world cup comes with an anthem that displays the exotic cultures of every country and the pressure, both physical and mental, a player has to go through to become a star. Every football anthem sings of the burning passion of not only the players but of every fan watching it all on TV from the other side of the globe. All of these football anthems are worth listening to but, here’s our top five picks that should be on your playlist with all the various delicacies of music that you listen to.
Composed by singer song-writer artist K’naan, this song was first featured as a ray of hope for the people of Somalia struggling for their freedom which gained popularity among Canadians making it one of the most popular songs at that time to be featured in Canadian Hot 100. The song was revisited by Canadian artists in 2010, to pay homage to all the lives lost in Haiti earthquake. The song got so popular that it was chosen as Coca Cola’s promotional anthem, in the same year, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted in South Africa
The 2010 FIFA World Cup gifted us a few songs that kept football fanatics humming everywhere. One of those songs is the Waka Waka, composed by the very beautiful and world renowned Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. Shakira teamed up with the South African band Freshlyground to gift the whole world a music track that is loved by both critics and fans alike. This song was also listed as one of the best world cup songs of all time and why wouldn’t be? This song became the 8th most watched video of all time on YouTube with more than 683 million views as of June 2014.
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If we are talking about FIFA World Cup songs, how can we not have “The Cup of Life” by Ricky Martin, on our list? If you are born in the 90s and you enjoy football more than anything else, then this song is a must. The song gained so much traction after its release on March 3, 1998 that it became the chart-busters in many countries like France, Germany and also hailed as the official song for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
Composed by Herbert Gronemeyer featuring Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia, Celebrate the Day was chosen as the official theme song for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. This song was popular for the chorus it has in the second segment, which gave Goosebumps to people everywhere while listening.
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Composed for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock, this song received many awards for the powerful display of passion for football. The song became the chartbuster in Italy and became a popular tune in other countries as well.
Here are the top five picks of the official FIFA World Cup songs that you can add to your playlist and start celebrating your day!