Friday, March 21, 2014

World Cup: Best World Cup anthems and official songs of all time

The 2014 World Cup is very much around the corner, and the excitement and fun is very much in the air. One exciting aspect of the World event is the anthem, this year, rapper Pittbull's new duet with Jennifer Lopez-''we are one (Ole Ola)' was named the official anthem of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Pittbull and Jennifer Lopez alongside Brazilian singer Cludia Leitte will perform the song at the opening ceremony in Sao Paulo in June 12. As expected, the song delivers uplifting lyrics and stirring beats with a slight music twist, Mr. World wide humbly begins with “Its only right that we do something for the world cup” before proceeding to sing-talk his way through the song.

Can't wait for the opening ceremony, but before that, lets take a look at some of the best World Cup anthems of all time.

5. France 1998, “La Cour des Grand (Do you mind if I play)” official anthem by Youssou N'dour- The Senegalese singer and percussionist wrote and perfomed the song for the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup with Axelle Red titled “ La Cour des Grand (Do you mind if I play)”

4. Germany 1974, “Futbol” official anthem by Maryla Rodowicz- Disco fever! Polish singer Maryla Rodowixz delighted a lot of people with a Disco rendition of the World Cup anthem titled 'Futbol (Football)'

3. Germany 2006, “This time of Our live” official song by Il Divo ft Toni Braxton-The operatic pop group teamed up with R&B singer Toni Braxton to record the official song for the 2006 World Cup official song titled 'The Time of Our Live' Il Divo with Toni Braxton performed the song at half-time during the opening match between Germany and Costa Rica and a month later on July 9th at the closing ceremony of the 2006 World Cup.

2. South Africa 2010, “Waka Waka (This time for Africa)” official song by Shakira ft Freshlyground- the Colombian singer collaborated with South African group, Freshlyground to record the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup win South Africa. The Song was titled “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” and is based on a traditional Cameroonian soldier's Fang Song named 'Zangalewa' by the group Zangelewa. Shakira's Waka Waka is the best-selling World Cup song of all time. The single reached the top 20 in Europe, Africa, South America and the top 40 in the U.S

1. France 1998, “La copa de la vida (The Cup of Life)” official song by Ricky Martin- The pop singer wrote the official song of the 1998 World cup along with K.C Porter and Draco Rosa. Martin performed the song at the finale in Stade de France on July 12, 1998 with over over a billion views in 187 countries around the world. The song topped charts around the world and went gold platinum in various countries, the single has sold over 563,000 copies in France and has sold 141, 000 digital copies in the US.. “The Cup of life” put latin pop music on the map, the song topped charts for 6 weeks in Australia, France and Sweden, 4 weeks in Germany, 2 weeks in Spain and 1 week in Switzerland and Belgium. In the U.S, the song entered the Billboard hot 100 in 1998, peaking at number 60.

**BEST Non-official World Cup song- “Wavin Flag” by Somali-Canadian singer K'nan. The song was originally written for Somalia and mirroring their quest for freedom of the people. The song gained more popularity when Coca-cola made it their official song for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This is arguably one of the best songs, period, the message in the song is not only powerful, but also inspirational.