This FIFA World Cup 2022 is certainly expected to become a worldwide event that resonates in practically every corner of the globe, especially among the participating nations. The official World Cup songs help to spread the word about the tournament.
Sponsors and advertisers utilize these songs during the World Cup to raise awareness of their products and services. When it comes to memorable moments from tournaments, it’s the songs that stick with us the longest, since they echo for years after the final whistle.
FIFA World Cup theme songs have been a key draw for fans around the world since the 1962 tournament. Today, we’ll take a look at five of FIFA’s most memorable anthems and tunes. We’re literally going to tune you up before the World Cup 2022 even hits!
1994 – Gloryland (Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness)
This song embodies all that is uniquely American about the first and only World Cup to be held on U.S. soil: the passion and spirit of an American anthem.
The Grammy Award-winning vocal and instrumental group Sounds of Blackness joins forces with R&B/American rock singer and songwriter Daryl Hall to create a song that just oozes soul.
It’s hard not to feel patriotic when listening to “Gloryland,” the memorable song for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, which was staged in the United States.
1998 – La Copa De La Vida (Ricky Martin)
The song “La Copa de la Vida,” by Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin, served as the official anthem for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
There isn’t a single song that comes close to challenging this one for the top slot. Ricky Martin’s amazing vocals and upbeat lyrics captured listeners from the very beginning of the song and carried them along with the joy and celebration that the World Cup provides.
Among the best songs for the 1998 World Cup, Ricky Martin’s La Copa la Vida topped the charts, propelling his 1999 album to number one. Since then, every official World Cup theme song has been inspired by La Copa de La Vida, which has been certified platinum and gold around the world.
2010 – Waka Waka (Shakira)
We all know that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) by Shakira failed to make the 2010 World Cup song about Africa, but it did manage to convey the right spirit that a world cup song should have.
“Waka Waka” by Colombian singer and songwriter Shakira is a must-have tune for any World Cup playlist. What we all need to remember when pursuing our aspirations is the chorus of Waka Waka’s song “Zangaléwa,” which is based on a 1986 song by the Cameroonian band Golden Sounds.
2014 – We Are One (Pitbull, Claudia Leitte, and Jeniffer Lopez)
The official 2014 World Cup soundtrack, “We Are One,” features Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, as well as Brazilian pop superstar Claudia Leitte.
“We Are One” has been criticized for its lack of authentic Brazilian culture and the Portuguese language, but it still manages to be a great World Cup song in spite of these flaws. We Are One has it all: a massive beat, a catchy chorus, and lyrics that try to bring the globe together.
2018 – Live It Up (Will Smith, Nicky Jam, Era Istrefi)
When it was played in front of 80,000 soccer fans at the Luznhiki Stadium before the World Cup final between France and Croatia, Russia 2018’s official song reached a new level of popularity among soccer lovers.
Era’s Rihanna-esque vibe and Will Smith’s involvement in the single. It’s difficult to sit through 30 seconds of ham without getting up and moving about. The distinction is in the optimistic tone. As a result, the song served its intended objective despite its lack of popularity.