10 Iconic sport anthems

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There’s nothing quite like an uplifting beat and motivating lyrics to get a sports crowd going. The best songs echo the crowd ambiance – to celebrate, console or motivate – there are some songs that just scream GO TEAM whenever, and wherever you hear them. 

And perfectly curated sport anthems are not just for the fans - music is intrinsically linked to athletics in more ways than we think. Studies have found that music impacts your mood, emotions and actions and choosing the right song can make all the difference in boosting your performance. In the same way that everyone has their musical preferences when opting for a workout playlist, songs can help your favourite athletes perform better or feel motivated to push forward even if on the cusp of defeat.  

Below are some of the most iconic sport anthems that have defined some of the world’s most historic sporting moments. Be sure to add them to your workout or pre-game fire up playlist – all available on JOOX!

Hot Hot Hot by Arrow 

This fire track was not necessarily intended to become a football anthem but had managed to find its way into the heat of the matches during the 1986 FIFA World Cup, hosted in Mexico.  

We Are The Champions by Queen 

This iconic song, originally released in 1977, gained more global traction when it became one of the anthems for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, hosted in USA. It’s managed to stand the test of time and is still one of the most commonly used tracks to celebrate sporting and other victories. 


World in Union by PJ Powers 

Released in 1991, this track became the Rugby World Cup anthem we all know and love. The song, with its message of global unity and love, became an even bigger hit during the 1995 Rugby World Cup hosted in the newly established democratic South Africa.  

La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life) by Ricky Martin 

‘La Copa de la Vida’, or ‘The Cup of Life’ in English, became an international hit when released as the 1998 FIFA World Cup anthem in France. The Latin beat and catchy chorus makes the song still as memorable and iconic today.    


The Time of Our Lives by Il Divo & Toni Braxton  

Taking a different approach to a sport song, this ballad track was released as an official song for the 2006 FIFA World Cup hosted in Germany. While the song is not the usual upbeat track one would expect, the ballad grows into a crescendo toward the end – mirroring the swell of emotions many feel during the height and lows of intense sport matches.  


Waka Waka by Shakira & Freshlyground 

Bringing it back to local soil, this song, with its catchy beat and addictive lyrics, became a global sensation and for good reason too. Having debuted at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, it’s still considered to be one of the most iconic sport anthems in history. 


Wavin’ Flag by K’Naan  

Another anthem courtesy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted in SA that had become universally loved is this track by K’Naan. The swaying melody of the track makes it the perfect song to feel a sense of unison in a crowded stadium when watching your favourite sports teams battle it out on the field.  


La La La by Shakira & Carlinhos Brown 

Shakira made another smashing debut with this anthem for the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted in Brazil. The simple chorus and catchy melody makes it a track you can still blast out at any sports match.  


We Are One by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez & Claudia Leitte 

Another bop to emerge from the 2014 FIFA World Cup is this track by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. The Latin flare and echo-like lyrics make it an anthem that allows everyone to feel united and involved and, well, as one.  


You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & The Pacemakers 

This addition to this list is not linked to any specific World Cup, but to a football club itself. What was initially released as a show tune composed by Richard Rodgers in 1945 found itself morph into the anthem commonly branded and sang by the Liverpool football club in 1963 after being recorded by Gerry and the Pacemakers – a Liverpool group.    


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