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.