13 Jun 2014 by Andy Revill
It won’t have escaped your notice that there’s a football tournament going on in Brazil right about now. And, true to form, there are a slew of World Cup songs doing the rounds. But don’t waste your time with run-of-the-mill mediocrity – embrace the bizarre. Andy Revill takes a look at the weirdest World Cup songs in football history.
[Arranged in ascending order]
1. Rik Mayall’s “Noble England”
Rik Mayall’s Noble England (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
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The late, great Rik Mayall was a man of many talents, but who knew that the noble Englishman had a hand in a World Cup song? No sir, not I. But it just might top the charts this week thanks to a hugely popular online campaign, launched in light of the comedian’s tragic death. This song succeeds on a number of levels: it’s catchy, it’s not annoying and, frankly, Mayall’s reading of Shakespeare’s Henry V is as inspirational as any football manager’s halftime team talk. This isn’t just weird – it’s superb.
2. The Village People’s “Far Away In America”
3. Placido Domingo’s “Mundial 82″
4. Italia ’90s “Un’estata Italia”
5. Iran’s “Immortal Iran”
6. Fat Les’s “Vindaloo”
7. Crazy Frog’s “We Are The Champions” I’m not even sure what to say about this one. Remember the crazy frog? Well, apparently he released a World Cup song for Germany 2006. It’s a terrible, terrible butchering of a beloved Queen anthem.
Crazy Frog – We Are The Champions (Ding a Dang Dong)
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8. U.S.A’s “Red White and Blue”
9. “The Macarooney”
10. Shakira’s “Dare la la la”