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The history of songs written for the World Cup of different years. From Ennio Morricone and Placido Domingo to Slepakov and Cord

In honor of the first weekend at the 2018 World Cup, let’s just listen to the songs that were written for this and the previous mundials.

WC-1962 in Chile

The first song for the football championship was recorded by the Chilean band LOS RAMBLERS. It turned out an energetic pop-rock composition in the spirit of the 60’s.


FM 1978 in Argentina

The first official anthem of FIFA asked to write the great Ennio Morricone, the author of music for such films as “Once Upon a Time in America”, “Good, Bad, Evil” and “Professional”. The composition “Anthem” was performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.

Ennio Morricone – Anthem

FM 1982 in Spain

The hymn of the Spanish mundial was sung by the great opera singer Placido Domingo. Despite the dry name “EL Mundial ’82”, the song came out very beautiful.

Placido Domingo – EL Mundial ’82 “

World Cup 1990 in Italy

The Italian championship of 1990 has two equal versions of the official song – English and Italian. The author of the song titled “Be the first” by Giorgio Moroder, and the Italian text by Gianna Nannini.


The final of that championship was remembered by the first performance of three great tenors: Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo.

“O Sole Mio” Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo

World Cup 1998 in France

In 1998, FIFA decided to make a small feint with ears. Since that year, the tournament began to have an official anthem and an official song. Unlike the hymn, the song is more aimed at maintaining the atmosphere of the world holiday. With the first official song FIFA came to such a point that Ricky Martin can work all his life in the discos of the 90’s, singing “Here we go! Ale, ale, ale! Go, go, go! Ale, ale, ale! ”

Ricky Martin – “The Cup of Life”

World Cup 2002 in Japan and South Korea

To perform a song for the first mundialya, which takes place in Asia and immediately in two countries, was invited to Anastacia, who was then in the very dawn of the forces. BOOM really turned out to be a bomb.

Anastacia – Boom

World Cup 2006 in Germany

The official song of the German championship played by Toni Braxton and il divo is probably the most boring among the presented ones.

Il Divo with Toni Braxton – “The Time Of Our Lives”

Probably, that is why many remembered Shakira’s speech at the closing ceremony.

Shakira – “Hips Do not Lie”

World Cup 2006 was the first mundialem, at which a large company (this time Pepsi) sponsored an official song to promote its own product. Simple and unpretentious “Aha, aha, aha” from the advertising of soda immediately became a meme of the middle of the 2000s.

Advertising “Pepsi” during the World Cup 2006

World Cup 2010 in South Africa

Apparently, reacting to the past blunder, in 2010, FIFA specifically invited Shakira and the local “Freshlyground” band to record. The song “Waka waka” was supplemented by African folk instruments and motifs, and after the championship for a long time did not leave the first lines of the charts.

Shakira ft. Freshlyground – «Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)»

Pepsi decided to repeat its success with the previous championship and sponsored the song Akon – “Oh Africa”.

Akon – Oh Africa

I tried not to lag behind the direct competitors and Coca-Cola, supporting the Somali-Canadian performer K’naan.

K’NAAN – “Wavin ‘Flag”

World Cup 2014 in Brazil

The official song remained the same as it was in 2010. Incendiary, with national motives and a local star. The headliners were Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez. I wonder why FIFA did not use the balalaika and Olga Buzova this year?

Pitbull feat. Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte – “We Are One”

Of the brands this time, only Activia C has distinguished itself in a big way, that’s a surprise, with Shakira.

Shakira – La La La

World Cup 2018 in Russia

The official video of the track Live It Up (“Let’s live to the full”) was presented on the official YouTube channel of the artist Nicky Jam, who participated in the recording of the song. The track with him is performed by actor and musician Will Smith and Era Istrefi. The song was created by the DJ and composer Diplo.

Live It Up (Official Video) – Nicky Jam feat. Will Smith & Era Istrefi

Coca-Cola returned to the fight for music advertising.

Jason Derulo – Colors (Official Music Video) The Coca-Cola Anthem for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Hyundai paid Maroon 5 for the song “Three Little Birds” in his commercials.

Maroon 5 – “Three Little Birds”

This year, as other stars decided to make their songs for the football holiday.

Natalia Oreiro – United by Love

Arash Nyusha Pitbull Blanco – “Goalie Goalie”

Claudia Leitte ft. Pitbull – «Carnaval»

Uma2rman – “Everyone on football”

Separately, Semyon Slepakov distinguished himself 2 times, first by singing a scandalous song about Ramzan Kadyrov and the Russian national team,

Semyon Slepakov – “World Championship”

and then praising the tiniest team, after 2 victories, with the group Leningrad.

Semyon Slepakov and “Leningrad” – “Champions”


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