Every World Cup has its own official anthem. Some of these become fan favourites (Shakira’s “Waka Waka”), others are completely forgotten (Anastacia’s “Boom”). The 2014 effort, “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez, looks like it could fall into the latter category. If you’re an international footballer a lame attempt at a chant is the last thing you want. World Cup anthems are meant to be memorable and inspirational. They should spur the players on to win. The likes of Ronaldo and Messi, and all their supporters deserve better. So, we’ve decided to put together an essential Eurovision playlist for World Cup 2014. Let the games begin!
Jessy Matador (France 2010)
“Allez Ola Ole”
Remember the ass shaking, hip wiggling, crotch grabbing French singer Jessy Matador? Of course you do! Who wouldn’t? Bum action aside, “Allez Ola Ole” was one of the hottest summer hits of 2010. And it wasn’t by accident that this was the official French song for the World Cup in South Africa. The urge to get moving is irresistible. It’s definitely capable of working the same magic this year!
Gaitana (Ukraine 2012)
“Be My Guest”, “You Are The Champion” and “Shakhtar”
The UEFA European Championship was hosted by Poland and Ukraine for the first time in 2012 – the same year Gaitana represented Ukraine in Azerbaijan with “Be My Guest”. The lady with the flower crown created a huge party in Baku and showed the world the kind of atmosphere it would experience at the Euros. In fact Gaitana is quite the expert when it comes to footie songs. Her singles “Shakhtar” and “You Are The Champion” are also dedicated to the beautiful game. And the video for the former even sees her tog out for FC Shakhtar Donetsk in a pair of heels – the gurl has style!
Oceana (German NF 2014)
Before she tried to become the 2014 German Eurovision representative, Oceana released the official song for UEFA 2012. It was a worldwide smash, with everyone wanting to enjoy an endless summer (excuse the pun) with the afro-sporting beauty. Watch the video, and you’ll dream of dancing with her on the beach. It’d make the perfect soundtrack to a few nights in Copacabana.
Eric Saade (Sweden 2011)
Eric Saade, our lovely Swedish manboy, who craved popularity at Eurovision 2011, released “Winning Ground”for UEFA Women’s Euro 2013. He sang for women and yes, he acted as a great motivator too (if only he was the prize). And the song wasn’t bad either.
Adelén (Norwegian NF 2013)
Adelén stole many a heart in 2013 with her song, “Bombo”. She may not have won the Norwegian national selection, but she gained fans all over the world. In 2014 she recorded “Olé” for the official FIFA World Cup album, “One Love, One Rhythm”, a record which also features the likes of Shakira and Pitbull. It’s safe to assume she’s gotten over her NMGP failure.
Svetlana Loboda (Ukraine 2009)
“What About U”
Svetlana Loboda, who represented Ukraine in 2009, also released a song about football in 2012 (unsurprising since her homeland was co-hosting the Euros). The accompanying video by the Anti-Crisis Girl makes for some light relief and features cameos from several Ukrainian footballers.
The list could go on. If you’re searching for something more patriotic check out Jedward’s “Put The Green Cape On”. Fancy some North African spice? Then you might be interested in Samira Said’s “Kollna Ensan”, which was recorded for the African Cup of Nations. Or if you just want to sample the Brazilian spirit, look no further than Severina’s “#Brazil”. There’s probably loads more which we haven’t thought of. Let us know in the comments below.