The FIFA World Cup in Russia is now days away from the first game between Russia and Saudi Arabia in Moscow.
The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world which is evident from the audience and the popularity of football around the world. Another thing that is a global language other than football is music and the World Cup has had official themes since 1962.
However, official songs started since the 1994 World Cup in the United States and has continued ever since with the single ‘Gloryland’ performed by Diana Ross. So here are the official World Cup songs since 2002.
• 2002 World Cup (Boom)
The 2002 World Cup was the first time it was taking place in Asia and two countries jointly hosting the tournament. South Korea and Japan had an official local song called “Let’s Get Together Now” but the official song was “Boom” by American arisite Anastacia.
The song was released in June 2002 in Europe and Asia. It was also included in the 2002 World Cup Official Album and her second studio album, “Freak of Nature.” The song was a moderate success in Europe reaching the top ten charts in four countries including Belgium and Italy.
• 2006 World Cup (The Time of Our Lives)
The World Cup returned to Europe as Germany hosted the tournament as a unified nation. The official song was “The Time of Our Lives” performed by American Singer Toni Braxton and multi-national quartet Il Divo.
The song has an opera feel to it as Il Divo perform operatic pop and including Braxton’s strong vocals. The song was performed in the Opening ceremony in Munich. The song was included in the album “Voices from the FIFA World Cup” and Braxton’s album “Libra”. The song was a success in Europe, reaching table charts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and Norway.
• 2010 World Cup (Waka Waka)
The 2010 World Cup was the first time taking place in Africa. They were some memorable songs from 2010 like “Wavin’ Flag” by K’Naan and “Sign of a Victory” by R. Kelly. However, the official song was “Waka Waka” by Colombian singer Shakira featuring South African band Freshlyground.
This is argubly the most popular World Cup song in terms of its success and popularity. The song was number 1 in fifteen countries and is one of the most viewed videos of all-time on YouTube with 1.8 billion views. It was also one of Shakira’s best-selling songs till date receiving praise from Billboard and Buzzfeed. The song was performed by Shakira at the World Cup concert and the Closing ceremony. The song was part of the World Cup album “Listen Up”.
• 2014 World Cup (We Are One)
The World Cup came to the football loving nation Brazil for the 2014 edition. The official song of the tournament was “We Are One” by American rapper Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.
The song had its influence of Latin music as Pitbull and Lopez are of Latin origin. Despite negative reviews in Brazil, the song was a success reaching the top 20 in countries including Brazil, Germany, Italy and Spain. The song was performed in the Opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo. The song was part of the album “One Love, One Rhythm”.
• 2018 World Cup (Live It Up)
With the World Cup in Russia fast approaching, the official song was released just five days ago. The official song is tilted “Live It Up” by American singer Nicky Jam featuring American rapper-actor Will Smith and Kosovo-Albanian singer Era Istrefi. The song was produced by American DJ and record producer Diplo. The song is yet to be charted and the music video is scheduled to be released on June 7th.