The World Cup soccer (football) tournament is one of the world's biggest sports events and is held every four years. The 2010 World Cup is being played in South Africa. Every World Cup generates a wide range of pop music recorded in celebration of the event and to support national teams. These are 10 of the top songs for World Cup 2010.
Born in Somalia, K'Naan moved to Canada in his early teen years. His song "Wavin' Flag" was first released in March of 2009. The song was chosen to be reworked into a Canadian charity single for Haiti in early 2010 recorded by Young Artists for Haiti. That version of "Wavin' Flag" debuted at #1 on the Canadian pop singles chart. Coca-Cola chose K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" as their official theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The song was re-recorded yet again as a "Celebration Mix" for the event. Thus far K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag" has only reached #99 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100, but it has gone to #2 at home in Canada and most recently it landed at #3 on the UK pop singles chart.
Shakira's song "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" was chosen by FIFA as an official anthem of the 2010 World Cup. It was recorded with South African group Freshlyground. The recording includes a sample from the 1986 song "Zangalewa" by the Cameroonian band Golden Sounds. "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" has reached the top 10 on pop singles charts across Europe.
3. Shout for England featuring Dizzee Rascal and James Corden - "Shout"
It has been 44 years since England last won the World Cup. In order to boost the national spirits in support of England's 2010 World Cup team, Simon Cowell enlisted British hip hop star Dizzee Rascal and comic actor James Corden to headline a rousing anthem based on Tears for Fears' 1984 hit "Shout." The result was a debut at #1 on the UK pop singles chart with the biggest single week sales since the Haiti charity single "Everybody Hurts."
4. Weezer - "Represent"
R. Kelly's "Sign Of Victory" was chosen as one of FIFA's official anthems for the 2010 World Cup. He opened the Kickoff Concert the day before the World Cup's opening ceremonies. The song is performed with the Soweto Spiritual Singers, and it is a soaring tune in line with such R. Kelly classics as "I Believe I Can Fly."
Originally released in 1996, the song "Three Lions" is arguably the top football (soccer) song of all time. It was first recorded by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner with the Brit rock band Lightning Seeds to support England's efforts in the 1996 European championship. The song, with its chorus "Football's coming home," immediately went to #1 on the UK pop singles chart and even landed in the top 20 in Germany. "3 Lions" was re-recorded with different lyrics in 1998 as an unofficial song for that year's World Cup. It reached #1 on the charts again ahead of the official World Cup song. For 2010, Robbie Williams and comedian Russell Brand have joined with Baddiel, Skinner, and Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds as the Squad.
7. Kelly Rowland featuring Rhythm of Africa United - "Everywhere You Go"
Kelly Rowland's anthemic "Everywhere You Go" was chosen as an official 2010 World Cup anthem by the MTN Group, Africa's biggest telecom operator. It features a conglomeration of African artists going by the name Rhythm of Africa United.
Zakumi, the mascot for the 2010 World Cup, has an official song. "Game On" is an uptempo dance track recorded by artists from three continents. Pitbull is a US artist born to Cuban immigrants. TKZee is a South African group, and Dario G is a dance music producer from the UK. The song "Game On" has distinctive Latin, African, and Eurodance influences. The mascot song will be played at all of the participating soccer stadiums as 2010's World Cup progresses.
"Win the World" is another World Cup song featuring a truly international artistic collaboration. Till Bronner is a well known German jazz trumpet player. Hugh Masekela is an internationally celebrated South African trumpet player and band leader who became a pop superstar in the US in the late 1960s when his song "Grazing in the Grass" hit #1. Livingston are a rising British rock band. The song is centered on the word "thando" which means "love" in the Zulu language.