Since 1962, starting with the "El Rock del Mundial" in Chile to Shakira's La La La in 2014 and Coca-Cola's themed 'colors' in 2018, FIFA has supported and endorsed the production and distribution of several official songs for every world cup. Advertisers and sponsors of the world cup use these songs to promote the games and draw increased awareness for their brands. In fact, the songs mark the most sensational highlights for most of the fans, as they continue to reverberate in our memories for years after each tournament. You can download all those live performances and anthems from YouTube by using a YouTube converter that will convert the video into an mp3 audio for free.
The songs set the mood and carry the world cup vibe far and near. Here's a list of the most sensational world cup anthems and theme songs since its inception in 1962.
#1 Ricky Martin's "La Copa De La Vida" - France '98
This song has no rival for the number 1 spot. From the start of the song to the end, Ricky Martin's powerful vocals and spirited lyrics captivated people, helping everyone sail with the fun and jubilation that the world cup brings. La Copa la Vida did not only make it to the top of the list of the choicest song for the World Cup in 1998, but it set Ricky Martin's 1999 album on the hottest spot on the chart.
#2 K’Naan's "Wavin’ Flag" - 2010 South Africa
Wavin' flag is more than a world cup anthem. It is a motivational jam for everyone! While earning the people's hearts with its uplifting chorus during the tournament, the Somali Canadian's vibe quickly rose to become the most-played song of the World Cup in South Africa.
#3 Gloryland by Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness - USA '94
This song carries in it the very spirit and character of an American song fitting for one of the biggest world cup events ever — the first and only one ever hosted on U.S. soil. Gloryland wasn't so upbeat and groovy, but it sure served its purpose, as Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness made sure of that.
#4 Shakira and Freshlyground, "Waka Waka" - 2010 South Africa
Shakira's sensational song Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), though failed in its lyrics, to make the 2010 banger about the big continent of Africa, was still able to bring the vibe we all want in a world cup song.
Although the song kind of lacks the groove typical of a World Cup jam, it does reel people in in its own unique way.
#5 Live It Up by Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi - Russia 2018
Oh yes, this song's got it all — the beautiful combination of Latino and English rap by Nicky, Will Smith's presence on the track, and Era's nice Rihanna feel. You hardly can listen to 30 seconds of the ham without bouncing up and down. The upbeat feel makes the difference. Although the song isn't as popular as most World Cup anthems, it still served the purpose for which it is meant.
#6 Giorgio Moroder's "Un'estate Italiana (To Be Number One)" - Italy '90
Given the legendary pedigree of the man behind the sound, one would honestly have expected more on the track. The song isn't particularly great or abysmally dull, but it could have been better.
Giorgio was obviously on this project because of his musical track record, and even though it did feel like he lost his touch in making a hit official song for the second time his country was hosting the World Cup, the song still had a massive acceptance.
#7 Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Claudia Leitte: "We Are One (Ole Ola)" - Brazil 2014
The last, though not the least, on this list is "We Are One", a 2014 World Cup jam that sealed it for most listeners.
As usual, Pitbull brings his energy to the track to consolidate vocals from Jlo and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte.
All those artist performances are still available on YouTube today, and there are tools that can allow you to convert them to MP3 in order to listen to them while offline.