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06-12-2010, 12:54 AM #1
2010 FIFA World Cup: The Seven Best World Cup Songs
In the last 30 years, music has become a key feature of every FIFA World Cup. Songs help the marketing and create the atmosphere previous to the initial whistle. They give the tournament a personality and hook fans to a whole month full of soccer.
Many of these official songs have lingered through time, turned into icons of their generation, while others have been locked up and the key thrown away.
It’s a difficult and subjective task, but here are the top seven songs of the FIFA World Cup.
Apparently Shakira is now the official World Cup singer. In 2006, the Colombia native performed in the opening ceremony of the tournament celebrated in Germany. This year she returns with the official song for South Africa 2010.
Waka Waka is based on a Cameroonian hit called Zangaléwa by the Golden Sounds. The piece became popular in Africa as a military chant, while in South America it gained popularity through the song El Negro No Puede by merengue all-female band Las Chicas del Can.
Waka Waka has been criticized by many, loved by others. It’s a good song, simply not the best.
he World Cup of 1994 was the cornerstone of soccer in the United States. Its official song, Gloryland, tries to emulate that feeling of immensity and greatness that surrounded the tournament.
With a soulful voice and an emotive choir in the background, Gloryland stood up as a statement of a new era in the world of soccer, a more globalize one.
The song lacked a little bit of rhythm, tough. Its slow pace doesn’t resemble the vertiginous and passionate speed of soccer. Still, it became an instant classic in the FIFA World Cup repertoire.
The World Cup of 1986 was all about Argentina and Maradona. The Hand of God, the superhuman goal against England, the birth of a legend.
After the final match, FIFA released an official movie about the tournament that featured two songs. The first: "A Special Kind of Hero" by Stephanie Lawrence. Nice, very '80s, but plain boring.
It’s not in French, it has Spanish-esque riff, and it’s sung by Ricky Martin. Not exactly the things that would make think of Les Champs Elysées or La Tour Eiffel.
But still, The Cup of Life accomplished its mission. With Ricky Martin at the peak of his career, fans easily fell for the “Go, Go, Go; Allez, Allez, Allez” of the chorus.
The official song for the World Cup of 2002 was “Boom” by Anastacia but really, we don’t want to go there.
On the other hand, Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou –best known as Vangelis—recorded the official orchestrated anthem for the Korea-Japan World Cup.
It has been a busy year for Somali-Canadian singer K’naan. First, his song Wavin Flag was rerecorded by a group of Canadian musicians called Young Artists for Haiti as a charity single after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake.
Glorious, passionate, nostalgic, and exciting. Just perfect.
Sung by Gianna Nannini and Edoardo Bennato, two veterans of Italian rock music, the official song for the World Cup of 1990 has become one of the most iconic pieces of music related to soccer.
It has been used in ads, comedy skids, and numerous karaoke nights.
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