World Cup Theme Songs
The World Cup 2010 just been completed, and that month long football festival had raised Spain as the World Champion. Beside that sporting activities, our attention had also been attracted to that octopus, Paul the Psychic and also, the charming performance of Shakira with her song “Waka Waka”.
And Waka Waka is a success. The video is ranked number one at The Guardian Viral Video Chart. The video became a worldwide hit, as the video has been viewed around three million times a day since June 10, taking its total to more than 100 million views on YouTube as of July 15. The song was reported to be the most viewed video of the month in June, with 138 million viewings. As of July 16, 2010, “Waka Waka” was the seventh-most viewed music video on YouTube, with 106 million views. The video crossed more than 400 million views around the world.
However, Waka Waka is not alone, each World Cup produces its own great song. Here are the list since 1990.
World Cup 1990 – Italy
Let’s start with 1990, the World Cup final where Germany become champion of the world, an undoubted triumph for Franz Beckenbauer as the only man who won the trophy both as player and a coach. Sixteen years after captaining West Germany to the FIFA World Cup, coach Beckenbauer had done it again. And in winning their third title, Germany now joined Italy and Brazil as the football world’s most successful nations.
This is also the World Cup where African countries made history. In the opening match, Cameroon beat Argentina with Roger Milla enjoying his finest hour, Cameroon would go on and make history.
Cameroon endeavour was stopped in the quarterfinals when they were beaten by England, 4-2 after leading 2-1 until 80 minutes through the game. If it was not from Gary Lineker’s two penalties in just 5 minutes, England will experience a humiliating defeat.
An Italian song, Un Estate Italiana sang Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini is the song for 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy. The song is composed by Giorgio Moroder and achieved success on the charts of several European countries.
This song also has its English version titled ‘To Be Number One’.
World Cup 1994 – United States
For World Cup 1994, surprisingly United States of America is elected as the host. A country without a strong tradition in football, although another type of football did become a vary popular sport there (that’s why they called this ‘football’ soccer). But, beside all those skepticism, the event is a success.
With added lyrics for the World Cup occasion, “Gloryland” became a 1994 song by Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness. The song also appears on the official FIFA album Gloryland under the title Soccer Rocks the Globe.
Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness also sang it at the opening ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup with lyrics.
World Cup 1998 – France
World Cup final round went to the home of tournament founder Jules Rimet. And France enjoyed an unforgettable summer as its footballers finally tasted FIFA World Cup glory, Zinedine Zidane leading Les Bleus to victory over Brazil in the Final.
The song is “The Cup of Life” is a song recorded by Puerto Rican singer, Ricky Martin that was included on his fifth album, Ricky Martin (1999). In 1998, Martin released the song as a CD single, his second in the United States. The song’s success was a step up from his last single, “María”, peaking at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“The Cup of Life” was a translation of the song “La Copa de la Vida”, a track included on his fourth album, Vuelve. “La Copa de la Vida” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks in June and July 1998, held off from the top spot by Elvis Crespo’s “Suavemente and Carlos Ponce’s “Rezo”. The 1998 translation of the song gained instant popularity, being the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The song was awarded “Pop Song of the Year” at the 1999 Premio Lo Nuestro awards.
World Cup 2002 – Korea/Japan
For the first time in history of World Cup, the tournament is held in two countries at once. And that is The World Cup 2002 that held in South Korea and Japan. The theme song is Anthem composed by Vangelis and produced and mixed by Takkyu Ishino.
It also the first World Cup where Asian countries gave an impressive performance. Although the knockout rounds followed a more predictable pattern than the group stage, co-hosts Korea Republic continue to defy expectations. In the Round of 16, Guus Hiddink’s men came from behind to defeat Italy through Ahn Jung Hwan’s golden goal. Then, in the quarter-finals, they rode their luck to overcome a strong Spain side on penalties.
A 1-0 loss in the semi-final to Germany could not dampen the incredible enthusiasm of the Korean public, who flooded the streets with a sea of red every time the hosts played. It was Asia’s first FIFA World Cup and over in Japan they were busy having a party of their own. With the vociferous backing of their excitable supporters, Philippe Troussier’s Japan topped Group H, recording their first ever finals win against Russia and then beating Tunisia too.
However, Japan’s adventure ended in defeat by an impressive Turkey team in the last 16. Turkey were appearing in their first finals since 1954 and sneaked into the second round ahead of Costa Rica on goal difference. After beating Japan, Ilhan Mansiz’s golden goal took them past Senegal and into the semi-finals. There they lost another tight match, 1-0 to a Brazil side who had come from behind to beat England in the quarter-finals.
World Cup 2006 – Germany
This World Cup is special because this is the moment about putting nice picture to express German patriotism. This is also when the best player in world, Zinedine Zidane got a red card in the final match in a headbutt incident after receiving vulgar provocation from Marco Matterazi.
In Germany, for decades patriotism was associated with nationalism, and that most terrible manifestation of nationalism, blind obedience to an evil leader. If Germans loved Germany, it still seemed bad form to express that love in symbols like the flag.
However in the expression of exuberance as Germany plays host to the World Cup, the German flag is everywhere, hanging from windows, sticking out from cars, forming moving seas of black, red and gold in the stadiums whenever the German team, a top contender in World Cup 2006, plays.
And it is not appropriate to celebrate this exuberation with Celebrate the Day, a song by Herbert Grönemeyer featuring Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia that was adopted as an official theme song for the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany.
Also there is “The Time of Our Lives” is a song recorded by multinational operatic pop quartet Il Divo and American R&B singer Toni Braxton to serve as the official theme song for the 2006 FIFA World Cup football tournament. Written by Jörgen Elofsson and produced by Steve Mac, the song appears on the compilation album Voices from the FIFA World Cup (2006) and on the 2006 European re-release of Braxton’s fifth studio album, Libra.
Il Divo and Braxton performed “The Time of Our Lives” during the 2006 FIFA World Cup opening festivities at FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich on June 9, 2006. That same day it was released as a single in continental Europe, reaching the top ten in Switzerland, the top twenty in Germany and Norway, and the top thirty in Italy and Austria, as well as number fifty-two on the composite European Hot 100 Singles.