Top Ten World Cup Songs

As the one-year countdown to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil begins, we highlight the Top Ten songs of World Cup history

The countdown has begun: the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on June 12, 20014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The tournament's slogan is "All in One Rhythm," and we can expect music surrounding the mundial celebration in Brazil to be big, second only to the futbol itself. As the qualifying matches continue, we're awaiting not only FIFA's pick for the official 2014 World Cup theme song(s), but a year in which music and sports could come together like never before. 

Meanwhile, listen to these historic World Cup anthems, some paired with video of footage of beautiful games past. And let us know what your 2014 World Cup anthem would be.

As the one-year countdown to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil begins, we highlight the Top Ten songs of World Cup history

  1. 11

    World Cup Willy - Lonnie Donegan

    England 1966The King of Skiffle recorded this novelty song dedicated to the mascot of the 1966 World Cup in England.

  2. 10

    Gloryland - Daryl Hall, Sounds of Blackness

    USA 1994We could have expected a little more swing from Daryl Hall, but this metaphorical tribute with Sounds of Blackness doesn't fail to touch the heart.

  3. 9

    Wavin' Flag - K'naan

    South Africa 2010 (Unofficial)K'Naan's celebratory version of his inspirational song inspired by the stories of refugees was used in Coca-Cola's 2010 World Cup campaign. Not an official World Cup theme, was adopted by football fans around the world.

  4. 8

    El Rock del Mundial - Los Ramblers

    Chile 1962The Chilean rock band, Los Ramblers, who are still performing today after more than fifty years,  sang this rockabilly anthem accented with hand claps and ref ‘s whistles.

  5. 7

    Les Cour des Grands - Youssou N'Dor and Axelle Red

    France 1998Belgian singer/songwriter and activist joined Youssou N'Dor for this humanitarian hymn.

  6. 6

    Futbol - Maryla Rodowicz

    Germany 1974Soulful Polish singer and actress tore up this song at the 1974 World Cup Opening Ceremony in Munich.

  7. 5

    El Mundial - Ennio Morricone

    Argentina 1978Master Ennio Morricone's marching band instrumental performed by the Buenos Aires Municipal Orchestra references the pomp of the ceremony with a less-than-celebratory undertone.

  8. 4

    The Cup of Life - Ricky Martin

    France 1998It seemed like Ricky Martin was talking about something other than football in this song. But his rousing carnavalesque screamer brought soccer anthems to a new level when it made charts worldwide and officially set off the so-called Latin music explosion when he performed it on the Grammys. 

  9. 3

    Un Estate Italiana - Gianna Nannini & Edoardo Bennato

    Italy 1990This ode to the "magic nights following a goal under the sky of an Italian summer." Composed by Girgio Moroder, originally as "An Italian Summer," the Italian version sung by Gianna Nannini & Edoardo Bennato wins for the most passionately performed soccer song ever.

  10. 2

    Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) - Shakira, featuring Freshly Ground

    South Africa 2010Once the criticism of Shakira taking the spotlight away from African artists died down, the song became a global hit that transcended the time of the mundial. It is now the sixth most-watched video of all time on Youtube. The popularity of the most listened to World Cup song ever hints at the massive power of that songs associated with 2014 Brazil could have.