Music plays an important role in any sport. It pumps up the players, it gets the fans excited, it sets the mood, and above all else, it gives us something to sing about whether our team is winning or losing.
Here’s a list of the top 15 songs dedicated and inspired by The Beautiful Game. Like the game itself, it is made up of a kaleidoscope of artists from different parts of the world and genres.
15. BLK JKS – “Zol!”
This South African experimental band penned this tune when their country hosted the 2010 World Cup. The song is clearly about shooting the ball and sinking it in the back of the net.
14. K’Naan – “Wavin’ Flag”
This track from the Somali musician inspired the world when it was used in Coca-Cola commercials during the 2010 World Cup. For fans and players, the opportunity to support one’s country is never something that should be taken for granted.
13. The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
Italian soccer fans in Germany used the song during the 2006 World Cup; the supporters would chant “Po-Poo-Poh-Po-Poooh-Po” as a rally cry for the Azzuri. Now, fans around the world have adopted the song and chant it in stadiums.
12. The Bouncing Souls – “Ole!”
These New Jersey punks used the famous Mexican soccer chant and turned it into a song about partying. Well, lucky for us, the chorus is still a blast to sing.
11. Paul Weller – “7&3 Is The Strikers Name”
The former Jam singer and “Modfather” is a massive Manchester City supporter, so it should come as no surprise that the Englishman penned a tune about the coveted 10 man.
10. Oasis – “Rock and Roll Star”
The Gallaghers love Manchester City more than they love themselves. Huge fact. So, the Citizens have made their most famous supporters’ love a rally cry as a hometown anthem that is played inside the Etihad after games.
Pep gets it.
9. Kasabian – “Shoot The Runner”
The outspoken Leicester City fans were so overjoyed with last year’s Premier League victory that they performed at King Power Stadium following Leicester’s final match. That being said, whenever Leicester were down in seasons prior, “Shoot the Runner” is probably something they would say to themselves.
8. New Order – “World In Motion”
One of England’s greatest bands was given the opportunity to create a World Cup anthem. In 1990, the Manchester icons crafted “World In Motion” as the official World Cup theme for Italia ’90. The song even features former England international John Barnes rapping.
7. The Orb – “Fussbal”
After traveling to Jamaica and South America, the English electronic duo teamed up with reggae icon Lee “Scratch” Perry for an album of duets. This is a song from that record which is their take on the game in Central and South America.
6. Mogwai – “Half Time”
The Scottish instrumental outfit were asked to score the documentary Zidane, this is a song crafted to make the listener feel the psychology of the Frenchman’s head during the half time of a game.
5. Tiesto – “Kings Cup”
The superstar DJ has had his songs used in various matches around the world but ahead of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, he produced this track to cement his spot in the soccer world.
4. Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli, Tim Cahill, and Didier Drogba are just a few of the players who have confessed their love for this song. Why? Because it explains their lives.
These guys had humble beginnings but now live at the summit.
3. U2 – “Beautiful Day”
The Irish legends licensed their entire catalog to ESPN during the 2006 and 2010 World Cups to use in promos. While this song has nothing to do with the game, it does echo the feeling on match day – it is a “beautiful day, don’t let it get away.”
Cheers to that.
2. Ricky Martin – “The Cup of Life”
The Puerto Rican sensation created an international hit for the 1998 World Cup in France. Whatever you think of Ricky as a musician, there is no denying the power and joy of this tune.
1. Pitbull – “We Are One”
The Cuban rapper is a megastar, so it came as no surprise that FIFA asked him to pen the official 2014 World Cup tune for Brazil. It is a total club banger and one that will leave you dancing for hours.
Dig the list? We’ve put together a playlist with the songs. Enjoy!