The 10 Best World Cup Songs of All-Time

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Nick Rallo
Shh! Don't tell these fans, but the USA (probably) isn't on this list.
After four years of waiting, the world's biggest soccer party kicks off on June 12. Usually most parties consist of good music. This year's official World Cup song, "We Are One," performed by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, is terrible. Yes, the music gets catchy after you repeatedly listen to it, but it takes effort. And that's not to mention that Leitte, who should logically play a prominent role in the song given that her country is hosting the Cup, only gets a measly 14 seconds in the spotlight.

All is not lost, though. The World Cup has a long, proud tradition of frankly badass anthems. To help get you pumped as the tournament gears up, here are the ten best songs from over the years.

10. "Put 'Em Under Pressure" (Italy 1990 unofficial)
U2's Larry Mullen produced and arranged this song for Ireland's soccer team. The vocals came from fans recorded at matches and by Jack Charlton, Ireland's soccer coach.

9. "Heroes" by Kasabian (Germany 2006 unofficial)
David Bowie originally wrote and performed this song. This English rock band made Bowie's tune a bit more upbeat, making it more World Cup appropriate.

8. "World in Motion" by New Order (Italy 1990 unofficial)
Produced for England's soccer team in 1990. This was New Order's first and only song to reach number one in the UK top 40 but it's still better than this year's official World Cup song.

7. "Anthem" by Vangelis (South Korea and Japan 2002 official)
Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, also known as Vangelis, is a Greek electronic composer. Who doesn't like an exciting and energetic instrumental piece like this one?

6. "Rock Del Mundial" by Los Ramblers (Chile 1962 official)
This was the first Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) official World Cup song. This song started it all.

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Man hw could u forget " Carnaval de Paris".. Dat one is arguably the best world cup song till date.


Ricky Martin took a huge step back to record in doing so he lost the songwriting talents of Robi Draco Rosa.  That, and the remix in the English version just kills the theme and feel of the song as a super-propulsive Carnival anthem.

I agree that it's the best World Cup song that's been, it's just FAR superior in Spanish, more because of the mixing than the lyrics.

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