Month: January 2019

The 10 Best FIFA World Cup Songs Ever (part 1)


Football and music have always been close friends. From World Cup anthems to songs which have inspired football stars to dance on the glass field, music moves this sport. From the 1998 hit “The Cup of Life” of Ricky Martin to  “Live It Up!”  by Nicky Jam and Will Smith, here is the list of the best FIFA World Cup songs ever.

“Live It Up!” by Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi

The track produced by Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi is catchy and growing. With unifying message, a reggae/ska beat, and easy to remember chorus “One life, live it up, cause you got one life”, we can see people and ourselves singing along at the 2018 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony.

“Waka Waka” by Shakira

Shakira is the Queen of the FIFA World Cup. 2010’s “Waka Waka” of Shakira has become the most successful FIFA World Cup anthem ever. It came in at No. 38 on the Billboard 100, and notched 1.8 billion views on YouTube and became the 26th most-viewed video in the history of YouTube. Today, even after 8 years since it was released, the MV of  “Waka Waka” still averages over 1 million views/day.

“The Cup of Life” by Ricky Martin

Despite the fact that its performance at the Grammy Awards in 1999 jump-started the “Latin explosion,” “The Cup of Life” penned by Robi Rosa and Desmond Child for Ricky Martin to sing at the 1998 FIFA World Cup is a Latin/global blockbuster and features the most soaring and anthemic World Cup chorus ever.

“La cour des grands” by Youssou N’Dour & Axelle Red

In order not to get confused, “La Cour des Grands” (translated to The Big Leagues, or The Big Court) was the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, while Ricky Martin’s “The Cup of Life” was the official song. Although the sentiment of perseverance and triumph was the same, more mellow rendition and the French lyrics make these two songs ying and yang.

Top 10 genres of Music Industry (part 2)

  1. Dubstep

Dubstep is an electronic music genre which uses instruments to attract listeners by its bass and rhythm. Although Dubstep is considered as a darker form of music, it has made its firm place in the music industry since its birth in the 1990s.

  1. Rhythm and Blues

Vocalists like Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Usher, Beyoncé, and the legendary Michael Jackson have made this music genre become huge in the music industry due to their love for it. This African-American music was originated in the 1940s and is a combination of hip hop, dance, funk, pop, and soul. It focuses on themes such as relationships, freedom, and sex.

  1. Techno

You may have listened to techno music several times, but it is Detroit techno which is believed to be the foundation of this music genre. Today, the use of technology has much raised the quality of techno music and popularized it day by day.

  1. Country Music

Country music, originated in the 1920s, is another popular American music genre. It has roots from western music and American folk. It is created by using simple forms of instruments like mandolin, electric and steel guitars, drums, or mouth organ. There are very popular country music singers such as Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers.

  1. Electro

Electro or electro-funk is a perfect combination between hip hop and electronic music. It uses the drum machine, talkbox, and vocoder, that helps to distinguish it from a similar form of music, Disco. There are notable artists having been into this music genre, for example, Freeez, Arthur Baker, Midnight Star, and Man Parrish.

  1. Indie Rock

Originated in the 1980s, Indie Rock has changed the music industry gradually. After a decade, it also gave birth to a number of sub-genres in similar styles like noise pop, math rock, post-rock, emo, and lo-fi.

  1. Pop Music

“Pop” is derived from the word “Popular”, therefore, Pop Music is simply known to be a popular music genre. It has roots in the rock & roll style and can contain any form of music like urban, rock, dance, country, and Latin. You can listen to this music form by listening to songs by some famous artists like Britney Spears, Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga and especially the “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson.

Top 10 genres of Music Industry (part 1)

A genre of music is a conventional category which identifies the music pieces belonging to a set of conventions or a shared tradition. Music can be separated into distinct genres and in different ways. The classification of music are usually controversial and subjective, and some music genres may overlap with each other.

Here are the top 10 genres of music currently:

  1. Electronic Dance Music

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is the music form produced by DJs who add many tones to a piece of original music to create their unique music. You can hear this genre of music mostly in clubs. In the early twenties, EDM was known as Jamaican dub music, the disco music of Giorgio Moroder, the electronic music of Kraftwerk, or the Yellow Magic Orchestra, and etc.

  1. Rock Music

Rock, originated as Rock & Roll in the U.S., has rocked all the world since the 50s. Although Rock started around string instruments, now it also uses some other modern instruments. Therefore, it is someway difficult to give this genre of music an accurate definition. Having strong and loud beats, it is more popular and favored among the youths. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bill Haley are three of the rock stars who have popularized the culture of rock music. And the rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Metallica, Nirvana, and The Doors are the modern rock bands who have taken the culture of rock by storm.

  1. Jazz Music

Jazz is identified with blue and swing notes. Jazz has roots both in the European and West African culture. It is said to be “One of the original art forms of America” and boasts a unique mixture of coactions, creativity, and interactivity. Originating in the late 19th century, this music genre has played a significant role in introducing many women performers such as Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters, and Abbey Lincoln.