5 Best World Cup Songs of All Time

By Douglas Smith

Ranking World Cup Songs

FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour

Each time the World Cup comes around there are plenty of official and unofficial songs that tie to the competition. This year Pitbull wrote, produced and sang “We Are One (Ole Ola)” with Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian star Claudia Leitte. Enrique Iglesias tried to get in there too. Regardless, it is another Latin-inspired artist that holds the top spot.

5. 1966 World Cup - World Cup Willy

Lonnie Donegan recorded this whimsical and novelty song as an ode to the mascot of the 1996 World Cup. World Cup Willie was a lion wearing a union flag and was the first official mascot of the competition. It is a fun song that is full of nostalgia.

4. 2010 World Cup - Waka Waka

This song was once the most watched video on YouTube and Shakira is trying to capitalize on her connection to the World Cup by redoing one of her songs as an unofficial theme this year. She was joined by Africa fusion band Freshlyground, but there was some backlash in South America that more local artists were not used for the theme and during the opening ceremony.

3. 1994 World Cup - Gloryland

This anthem by Daryl Hall and the Sounds of Blackness is completely American. It really speaks to what the image of the United States in the 1990s was and how people should really enjoy their time when they visit for the World Cup. Given the impact of the competition behing held in the USA, this somewhat solemn anthem is worthy of the list.

2. 2010 World Cup - Wavin' Flag

This song was an unofficial song done by K'naan featured on his album Troubador. It was actually Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the competition and remade by another group to benefit Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. The World Cup version made the top ten in over 20 nations.

1. 1998 World Cup - The Cup of Life

Try and pretend that you didn't sing along to Ricky Martin. The 41st Grammy Awards are largely remembered for Martin's performance of "La Copa de la Vida." The single was certified platinum in many countries around the world despite being released before the digital age. The English version hit number 60 on the Billboard charts in the U.S., but made it to 29 in the United Kingdom.

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