Having topped the worldwide charts for weeks and having entered the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998, it’s safe to say that this was one of the most successful World Cup Anthems in anthem history. Yes, Ricky Martin already had a music career before he was livin’ la vida loca (released 1999).
Although many South-Africans were disappointed that FIFA chose an international popstar over a native artist, this cheerful song even got hard-core male football fans to shake their booty! Or maybe it was the video clip that got the fans going as it features various footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Although the song wasn’t selected as the official World Cup 2010 Anthem, Coca-Cola decided to bombard the song as their own promotional anthem. Smart move as the hit made it into the top ten in over twenty different charts worldwide!
It may not have been your first pick, but it will revive your 2004 summer memories! Nelly wrote this song while touring in Portugal. People nicknamed her “força”, which means “Keep going” or “Kick ass”.
Enrique went all electro pop on us in the bid to get us pumped for the Euro Cup of 2008. Although critics did not take to the song, UEFA believed Enrique was the perfect candidate because he “is an international star who is passionate about football and who has European roots”.
Here we go again, throw some sexy Spanglish lines together to create yet another exotic chart topper (Pitbull’s speciality by the way): “Jenny, dale!”. Apparently Jenny didn’t dale it enough, because the Brazilians thought the song lacked a Brazilian feeling.
Let’s take a break from Latino anthems with Britain’s greatest football anthem of all time, ‘Football’s Coming Home’. The song was released in 1996 as a single by the Brit pop band, The Lightning Seeds and singer Frank Skinner to celebrate England’s participation and defeat in the European Championships. Two years later the single soared during the World Cup and became one of the biggest anthems of all time. The lyrics, unlike most football songs told of how the team’s repeated failures have never stopped fans from believing that England could win again one day.