The big news coming out of the England camp prior to the squad announcement was that there would be no official World Cup song this year. Opinions are divided on this subject but, here at FourFourTweet, it got us listening to some previous World Cup classics…
So put on your headphones & take a listen to our Top 6 World Cup Songs.
6) This Time for Africa (Waka Waka) – Shakira
With the World Cup hosted on the African Continent FIFA were really keen to stress the monumental scale of the occasion with Shakira performing this catchy tune! Sadly, South Africa were the first ever host team to crash out in the group stage despite beating France in their last group game.
5) Carnival de Paris – Dario G
The official song of France 1998 and what a tune it was! With a slow tempo French horn opening transforming into a euphoric tune which just makes you want to dance. Clearly it had an effect, with France winning the World Cup in Paris, romping to a 3-0 win in the final against Brazil at the Stade de France to send Paris into ecstasy.
4) Wavin’ Flag (Coca Cola Celebration Mix) – K’naan
Another song from South Africa 2010 features here. One of the most commercially successful World Cup songs and inspired by the joyous dance celebrations familiar to Africa, Coca Cola used this song in all of their promotional activities surrounding the World Cup. The song shot to number one in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and reaching number 2 in the UK. Although South Africa was far from the greatest World Cup, you have to admit this song is very catchy…
3) The World is Ours – David Correy, Aloe Blacc & Monoblonco
Another song with Coca-Cola involvement, with echoes of Wavin’ Flag, this song took a samba twist to celebrate all things Brazil at the 2014 World Cup. In a tournament, which was praised for its stunning attacking football, the Brazilian national team made it their goal to win an unprecedented sixth world cup. Sadly, it wasn’t to be with a semi-final exit at the hands of a rampant Germany who went on to beat their great rivals Argentina in the final, courtesy of a Mario Goetze goal in extra time.
2) Three Lions 98’ – David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds
A remix of the Euro 96’ classic and just as catchy! This song was released in the hope of pushing England to World Cup glory at the 1998 World Cup in France. With the song referencing England’s inglorious semi final exit to Germany on penalties at Wembley, history repeated itself with England crashing out to rivals Argentina on penalties in Saint Ettiene, in a match forever remembered for THAT David Beckham red card.
1) Nessun Dorma – Luciano Pavarotti
Iconic, absolutely iconic. Although not the official anthem for the world cup it was used by the BBC for their opening credits for all their live coverage with Pavarotti releasing a single that catapulted to number one in the UK charts.