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8 World Cup Songs That Make You Wanna Kick Off Your Shoes — From Ricky Martin to Shakira!

Music has a approach of bringing folks from everywhere in the world collectively.

June 14 marks the official kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The quadrennial worldwide soccer event not solely unites soccer gamers from everywhere in the globe, it additionally delivers infectious, get-up-and-dance inspiring songs from the most well liked artists.

Originated in 1962 with Los Ramblers, the Chilean rock group was the primary to create the World Cup track frenzy with their ode to soccer, “El Rock del Mundial.” Since then, musicians like Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Carlos Santana and Shakira (the unofficial queen of the World Cup) have every had the honour of being a part of the celebration.

And now, ET is rounding up eight of essentially the most memorable World Cup anthems and songs.

1962: “El Rock del Mundial” — Los Ramblers

Held in Chile, the rock band paid tribute to the favored sport and its native nation with this single. While it wasn’t the official anthem for the World Cup, it was the primary observe to be closely used through the event and was properly obtained by the general public.

1998: “La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)” — Ricky Martin

Right across the starting of the Latin explosion, the previous Menudo singer struck it worldwide with this scorching summer time jam! “The Cup of Life” grew to become the official track of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, topping the charts in lots of international locations all over the world and (most significantly) introducing many individuals to Ricky Martin! To at the present time, it is nonetheless thought-about the most effective World Cup songs.

2006: “Hips Don’t Lie (Bamboo mix)” — Shakira and Wyclef Jean

Shakira’s first shot at World Cup glory was on the 2006 World Cup in Berlin, Germany, with the festive remix. The authentic track was launched earlier that yr in February, but it surely was chosen for the event’s closing ceremony on July 9.

2010: “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” — Shakira that includes Freshlyground

2010 marked Shakira’s second World Cup look, this time “Waka Waka” was dubbed the official track for the event in South Africa. Written, composed, and produced by Shakira and John Hill, the lyrics encourage one to intention for his or her targets like a soldier on a battlefield. The observe obtained constructive evaluations and reward from the general public and critics.

The video additionally featured appearances by soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Dani Alves, Carlos Kameni, Lionel Messi, Rafael Marquez, and Gerard Piqué, Shakira’s now-partner.

2014: “Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)” — Santana and Wyclef Jean that includes Avicii and Alexandre Pires

Wyclef Jean additionally returned to the World Cup in 2014 when it was held in Brazil. The rapper, together with the guitar icon, Swedish DJ and Brazilian singer, had the honour of performing the official FIFA anthem on the closing ceremony. It was additionally featured in One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album.

2014: “We Are One (Ole Ola)” — Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte

Additionally, Jennifer Lopez made her World Cup debut alongside Mr. 305 and the Brazilian singer when their catchy tune was chosen because the official track. “We Are One,” which was carried out by the artists through the opening ceremony, will get you in your toes and transferring. While the video is vibrant and enjoyable, evaluations for it had been lukewarm. 

2014: “La La La (Brazil 2014)” — Shakira

And that is why Shakira is the unofficial World Cup queen! Coming in to get all people’s hips transferring, the Colombian singer’s observe was reworked and launched because the second theme track for the World Cup in Brazil. Praised by music critics and a industrial success, the video pays tribute to Afro-Brazilian heritage and tribal imagery. Messi, Neymar, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Agüero, Radamel Falcao, James Rodríguez and Eric Abidal made particular cameos. But folks actually loved seeing Shakira’s boyfriend Piqué and their son Milan.

2018: “Live It Up” — Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi

This yr, Puerto Rican singer Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi’s tune was chosen because the official track for the World Cup in Russia. The track has an inspirational message that states: “One life to love. Live it up.”

“To record the Official Song for the FIFA World Cup is a lifetime achievement,” Nicky Jam expressed when the track was introduced. “Not many artists have the privilege of being able to say they’ve been part of this. I’m so proud and happy. I can say to my grandkids ‘I’ve made it.'”

The trio is about to carry out the track on the opening ceremony on June 14.


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