Every musician knows that singing to the tune is extremely important. But when it comes to sports, it really doesn’t matter whether you sing to the tune or not. The idea behind having songs for big sport events is only purely for marketing reasons. From the time songs were introduced as marketing tools for major sports events, some very well-made songs have caught the attention of even some non-sports fans, and yes, of course, this is exactly what the marketers want!
Sadly, not all songs leave a mark in the minds of people, fan or no fan. The other songs that make history are downloaded from the internet by over a million people and sometimes even re-performed in concerts, other musical events or used as mobile phone ringtones. Based on various criteria, a sports news reporting website, Bleacher Report has recently published the top 7 songs of the FIFA World Cupseries.
According to them, the song that holds the 7th position is Shakira’s 2006 World Cup song, “Waka Waka,” an African themed song that received a lot of critique while at the same time, hearted by many. Next in line is ‘Gloryland’ by Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness. This tune still remembered from the 1984 FIFAWorld Cup is one official song that had a highly emotive choir singing of the glories and grandeur of the FIFA tournament.
Valeria Lynch’s “Me das cada día más” of the 1986 olympics now stands in the 5th position. Although this was only one of the two songs of the year’s FIFA tournament, the perfectly romantic nature of the song with the powerful lyrics has definitely made a mark. In the 4th position is Ricky Martin’s ‘The Cup Of Life,’ which I still keep humming and chanting sometimes. The 1998 FIFA fans fell in love with this song, because of the extremely lively choruses and also because the singer himself saw the peak of his career then.
In position 3 stands Vangelis, the official orchestrated piece of the 2002 World Cup. This was and is still loved by many musicians across the world. The 2010 World Cup song holds the 2nd position in the list. K’naan’s “Wavin’ Flag” is the tune today! Turn to the left or the right and you’re sure to hear it! And finally, the most sought after official FIFA World Cup anthem is Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini’s Un’Estate Italiana. It’s a greatly popular song still used and re-used by many for various purposes. The song re-creates the passion of that of any die-hard soccer fan and also brings a sense of nostalgia. There hasn’t been anything better than this song yet. Hat’s off to the two Italian rock musicians who made this song possible!