Memorable Sports Anthems Of All Time
The PSL (Pakistan Super League) season is on in full swing! The team songs and the official PSL anthem are being played everywhere. As the cricket fever is at its peak, it reminded us of all the Cricket and FIFA World Cup anthems over the years, especially those that still hit us with a wave of nostalgia, every time we hear them. While we are at it, we thought it would be a good idea to go back in time and reminisce a little. Here are some of the most iconic sports anthem that we can still sing anytime, anywhere.
- Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) – Shakira
We all remember the 2010 FIFA World Cup but the Colombian singer resonated with the listeners on so many levels. The energy in the song still gets the listener all pumped up to aim for their goals. Not only that, this FIFA anthem has sold 15 million downloads worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. If you want to go back in time, listen to the song right now and vibe along.
- The Cup Of Life – Ricky Martin
Ranked as the best World Cup anthem of all time, The Cup Of Life was the official anthem for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Time and again at various occasions you can still hear people chanting “Here We Go! Ale Ale Ale! Go Go Go! Ale Ale Ale” and the energy from the music is translated to the audience every single time. Go on, listen to it and refresh your memories.
- Hai Koi Hum Jaisa – Strings
It was the Cricket World Cup anthem in 2003 and it remains one of the few that instantly instills the jazba for the sport. We all know that Pakistanis are passionate about cricket and this song has all the elements for the perfect sports anthem; the passion, something the audience can chant along to and the music, of course. Remember the song? Click on the video to recall all the memories you’ve made.
- Jazba-e-Junoon – Junoon
The song, when released became an instant hit topping the music charts locally. Soon after its success, it became the official anthem for 1996 Cricket World Cup and we are so glad that it did. Being one of the greatest rock songs of all time in the Pakistan music industry, Jazba-e-Junoon is definitely one of the most memorable anthems telling you to go out there and never give up on your passion and to bring the trophy home. Go on, get your energy pumped up after listening to this song.
- Khel Jamay Ga – Ali Zafar
This was the official anthem for the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2017. The reason why it stuck with people was not because of its upbeat fast music, but also because cricket came home after a very long hiatus. After the first edition hosted in Dubai, Pakistanis were ecstatic that a couple of matches from the second edition were being held in the country. This song demonstrates that energy of every cricket enthusiast out there. Even now, people associate PSL with this very song and we can’t blame them. Hear for yourself.
- Who Rules The World – Kasey Carlone
We all remember the 1992 Cricket World Cup anthem, not just because the Green Shirts brought the trophy home but also because the catchy tune and the lyrics still resonate in our hearts. The song conveys the main message that one had to “play the best out you can” and had to “keep the game alive” and that the teams did! One still remembers listening to the song on repeat back in the day and here is your chance to go back in time again!
- Oh Africa – Akon
Who doesn’t remember this song? How can you not? Its AKON! The song was the official FIFA World Cup Anthem in 2010 and everyone at that point was listening to all the Akon songs and this was one of them! The upbeat music, drums, the chants make you want to start dancing so one can only imagine the energy it was able to set out in the stadium. It was the time to shine, the time to rise! Listen to song above and maybe you’ll start chanting “Ay oh Ay, Ay oh Ay, Ay oh Ay, Ay oh Ah! Oh Africa”
- Wavin’ Flag – K’Naan
This song became a global hit once it was chosen as Coca-Cola’s promotional anthem for 2010 FIFA World Cup. This track gives a feel of the joyous dance celebrations are in Africa and they couldn’t have done a better job. It is all about celebrating the game, the goals and unity amongst people and just having fun as compared to the original track which was originally written for Somalia and aspirations of its people for freedom. After the Haiti earthquake, this song also became a charity single. Let’s wave that flag!