Here's A List Of The FIFA World Cup Anthems Through The Years!

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Football aficionados are riding into the rhythm of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil!

Due to the hype of this sporting event, even non-football fans found themselves cheering for their favorite countries and getting hooked with the exciting matches!

Speaking of hype, one factor that adds to the excitement of this event is the theme song. Whenever we hear the FIFA theme song, we can't help but raise our hands up in the sky and feel like we are inside the dome watching the actual match!

Today, as we make ourselves one with the rhythm of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we listed the different theme songs of this exciting event through the years! Check them out below:

"El Rock del Mundial" - The Ramblers (1962)

The very first theme song of the FIFA World Cup, which was held in Chile, was performed by jazz/rock band The Ramblers -- a band that was formed in the same country in 1959. 

Colors may be absent in the music video, but you'll still find yourself grooving to the jazzy beats of the song!

From YouTube user JIMMYMIX80

"World Cup Willy" - Lonnie Donegan (1966)

British singer Lonnie Denogan was the voice of the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England with his feel-good song "World Cup Willy," which resembles a lot with nursery rhymes!

Listen to "World Cup Willy" below:


"Futbol Mexico 70" - Los Hermanos Zavales (1970)

The title of the song is the literal description of the 1970 FIFA World Cup which was held in Mexico.

The repetitive chants of "Futbol mexico setenta" will get stuck in your head for a long time after listening to this song:

From YouTube user jscv28

"Futbol" - Maryla Rodowicz (1974)

Upon hearing this song by Polish singer Maryla Rodowicz, you won't have any doubts that this is made for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany!

Want to know why? Listen to it below!


1978 FIFA World Cup Anthem

The 1978 FIFA World Cup theme song is a little slower than the usual lively tunes but this anthem still gives a mood for celebration!

Listen to it below:

From YouTube user VITER SUTAR

"Mundial '82" - Placido Domingo (1982)

The operatic voice of Placido Domingo was behind the 1982 anthem "Mundial '82"! Yes, a Spanish tenor and conductor once lent his voice to the FIFA World Cup!

From YouTube user Aleks Chistogan

"Hot-Hot-Hot" - Arrow (1986)

Here come the "olé olé olé" chants! 

This anthem really fits the vibe of the FIFA World Cup because watching the exciting matches really make you feel on fire!

Listen to "Hot-Hot-Hot" below!

From YouTube user cool4rocknroll

"Un'estate Italiana (To Be Number One)" - Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini (1990)

A little rock flavor won't hurt the FIFA World Cup, and that's what singers Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini brought to the 1990 anthem!

From YouTube user Marc S.

"Gloryland" - Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness (1994)

"Gloryland" is a slower song compared to the 1978 theme, a tune that perfectly fits an emotional, hard-fought victory.

From YouTube user Fernandofmota


"La Cour des Grands (Do You Mind If I Play)" - Youssou N'Dour & Axelle Red
"Together Now" - Jean Michel Jarre and Tetsuya Komuro
"La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)" - Ricky Martin

The 1998 FIFA World Cup in France had three anthems. One of which is Ricky Martin's famous hit "La Copa de la Vida" which you can't help but dance to this very energetic song!

1998 was also the start of the FIFA World Cup having multiple anthems!

Listen to three songs below:

From YouTube user racq985

From YouTube user xxTKMFxx


2002 FIFA World Cup Anthem - Vangelis
"Boom" - Anastacia
"Let's Get Together Now"

During the new millenium, the anthems have become more upbeat and festive, bringing the thrill to a whole new level!

Check out the 2002 anthems below:

From YouTube user Beto Silvestri

From YouTube user LenaParkMusic


"The Time Of Our Lives" - Il Divo and Toni Braxton
"Zeit Dass Sich Was Dreht (Celebrate The Day) - Herbert Gronemeyer feat. Amadou & Mariam
"Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean

From YouTube user Ninja Patrick

From YouTube user Hermanubis2


"Sign of a Victory" - R. Kelly feat. Soweto Spiritual Singers
"Waka Waka" - Shakira feat. Freshlyground

R.Kelly gives an R&B twist to the usual FIFA World Cup themes with his song "Sign of a Victory." While Shakira lends her song "Waka Waka," making it two world cups in a row for her.


"Dara Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way)" - Carlos Santana feat. Wyclef Jean, Avicii and Alexandre Pires
"Tatu Bom de Bola" - Arlindo Cruz
"We Are One (Ole Ola)" - Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte
"La La La (Brasil 2014)" - Shakira feat. Carlinhos Brown

For the third straight world cup, Shakira is once again part of the official anthems! She's joined by Carlos Santana who collaborated with Wyclef Jean, Avicii and Alexandre Pires, Arlindo Cruz, and Pitbull who joined forces with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte.

Listen to their tracks below:

If you're feeling a little left out with all the world cup conversations happening, don't worry, you can still catch up and watch FIFA on Balls -- the official broadcaster of the 2014 FIFA World Cup!

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