10 Most Memorable World Cup Songs
By Nina Syahira
June 16, 2014
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The FIFA World Cup may be focused on the beautiful game of football itself but knowing which national team gets to qualify for the next round is not the only part of the excitement. It's the camaraderie between fans from all over the world united in their love for the sport, the display of talent and skill on the pitch and the celebration and tears from witnessing history in the making.
It's a whole grand affair, which means that the preparations for the opening ceremony would be huge as well. It needs to capture the spirit of the game and make it last all the way to the finals. But besides people dressed in colourful costumes on stage, music is a key player in the welcoming celebrations of the World Cup.
Contributing artistes for this year include music superstars Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte
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This global football championship first began in 1930 where Uruguay the host country won the first ever World Cup trophy, defeating Argentina at 4-2. But the first song dedicated to the World Cup was released in 1962, Performed by Los Ramblers, it was called "El Rock del Mundial". Since then, there have been official anthems by different artistes and are usually multilingual. They are one of the best ways to hype up the event and with the use of social media, many local musicians would make their own versions of the songs. This custom creates a unique and warm atmosphere to the world's favourite sport.
Music has now become synonymous to the World Cup and every year, fans would look forward to the next catchy anthem. So in this article, we bring you 10 of the most memorable World Cup themed songs; the good, the bad and the funny. Whether you like them or not, we can guarantee that they would put a smile on your face.
1. Far Away in America by The Village People and Germany (1994)
2. Vindaloo by Fat Les (1998)
3. Todo Mundo/The World is Ours by Gaby Amarantos and Monobloco (2014)
4. The Cup of Life by Ricky Martin (1998)
5. Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira (2010)
6. Wavin’ Flag by K’Naan (2010)
7. We Are One (Ole Ola) by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte (2014)
8. World in Motion by New Order (1990)
9. Un Estate Italiana by Gianna Nannini and Edoardo Bennato (1990)
10. Hot Hot Hot by Arrow (1986)
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