The 2018 World Cup is here, and there’s no better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a sing-along to some of your favorite World Cup anthems. From the old to the new, these tunes have been adopted by fans across to world to raise spirits and get everyone ready for the exciting events ahead. These songs help to promote the event, unite people in support their country and enjoy one of the best sporting occasions the world has to offer. So what are some of the best World Cup songs we’ve seen over the years?
Possibly the queen of the World Cup anthem, Shakira has released two songs to commemorate the biggest football event in the world. In 2010, the Colombian singer released the massive Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) that skyrocketed to the number one spot in 14 countries, while her 2014 hit Dare (La La La) for Brazil’s World Cup reached nearly one billion youtube views.
Rewind a few decades to the 1994 World Cup in the USA and Queen’s iconic We Are the Champions was released to commemorate the occasion. Widely regarded as a classic hit and an undeniably catchy tune, this is a song that nobody will ever forget, and even today fans can be heard chanting this timeless tune.
Latin American stars seem to be amongst the most prolific in releasing these anthems, and it’s hardly a surprise given the sport’s popularity in South and Central America. Pitbull’s We Are One (Ole Ola) featuring Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte was the official FIFA anthem for the 2014 Cup in Brazil and achieved popularity across the globe, reaching number one in three different countries.
They say music is the universal language, and some World Cup songs really did attain worldwide success. K’Naan’s Wavin’ Flag for the 2010 Cup in South Africa was even officially remixed into 10 different languages, with dozens of unofficial versions too, making it a perfect example of how football can bring the world together.
So now you’ve got all the information you need to compile the perfect World Cup playlist and enjoy this year’s games in Moscow. Whoever you’re supporting, it’s sure to be a fun event for everyone to celebrate together and will doubtless prove to be a highlight of this summer. Check out this infographic for some more football anthems.