DOHA, Qatar – At first glance, Blur, BTS, Drake, Dua Lipa, Mase, Mariachi Vargas, Men at Work, Nickelback and Zombie Nation might not seem to have much in common. They’re unlikely to appear together on many music lovers’ Spotify playlists. But they are all artists on the official list of songs to be played when goals are scored at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Before the start of the tournament, each national team submits to FIFA up to two songs to be played over the stadium PA whenever they score. Each entry was vetted by FIFA, but sources have told ESPN that none were blocked from the list due to their lyrical content.
Music plays an increasingly prominent role at the World Cup, with many songs that get stuck in your head. Walking around Qatar, you hear echoes of past tournaments: Kanaan’s “Waving the Flag”, synonymous with the 2010 World Cup, is a favorite here, and you can’t avoid Shakira’s “Waka, Waka (This Time for Africa)”. From the same tournament in South Africa.
This year’s official FIFA Fan Festival anthem is Nicki Minaj’s “Tukoh Taka,” but it’s age-old classics like Gala’s “Freed from Desire” that are the most popular here.
ESPN has obtained a list of all the songs chosen by the 32 nations competing in Qatar, bar one: Senegal’s, which has a bespoke song based around the team’s stars.
In the United States, rapper Mase’s “Feel So Good” is to be played for their goals, while Belgium stick to their Red Devils nickname, choosing MC DeVille’s “Deviltime”.
Elsewhere, there are some traditional, more predictable choices. Australia going to the men in Work’s “Down Under”, while their back-up option is Powderfinger’s “On My Mind”. The boycott of Australian rock legends AC/DC is a controversial call.
One of Canada’s choices is Drake’s appearance on Meek Mill’s “Going Bad”, but it is Germany that has chosen Canadian rockers Nickelback (“When We Stand Together”) as its celebratory tune.
Similarly, Brazil has gone for Escola De Samba’s “Esquentado O Couro,” but the likes of the Netherlands have a similar, more globally familiar flavor: Bellini’s “Samba de Janeiro.”
Expect to hear “Idol” by K-pop icons BTS when South Korea scores. Jung Kook of BTS joined hands with Qatari singer Fahd Al Qubaisi to sing “Dreamers” at the opening ceremony.
For teams such as Croatia, who have yet to score in the World Cup, they have the anthems of Marko Lesic and Kolonia whenever they break their ducks, while Denmark’s choice is “Re Sep Ten”, a record by the Danish squad of 1986. The song is done. Little has yet been heard of their World Cup campaign in Mexico that year.
“Free of Desire” is the anthem of choice with England, Poland and Switzerland choosing the 1990s dance classic, which was given a new lease of life when Northern Ireland won the 2016 European edition of “Will Griggs On”. Fire” reworked. Championship.
There are other throwbacks to the ’90s with Blur’s “Song 2” in France – a pleasant alternative for those listening to it while playing EA Sports’ “FIFA: Road to World Cup 98” – and Wales has one by The Barry Horns. Zombie Nation’s trance banger “Kernkraft 400” pairs chest thumpers with “This Is Wales” by The Band, named after the 59-cap Welsh midfield legend.
But when you see a team celebrate scoring in Qatar, whatever song is playing, just hope it doesn’t get ruined by the commentator saying: VAR’S JUST CHECKING IT.. .”
Complete Playlist of FIFA World Cup Goal Music
WOS: “Luz Delito”
Men at Work: “Down Under”
Powderfinger: “On My Mind”
MC Devil: “Deviltime”
Escola de Samba: “Escantado o Coro”
Northside Benji: “30,000 Feet”
Meek Mill featuring Drake: “Going Bad”
Les Mythiers: “Mbandjoh”
Clock: “El Otro Gol”
Los Agenos: “Ole Ole”
Marco Lesic: “Mr. Vetreno”
Kolonia: “Swijet Voli Pobjednike”
VM Holdet (1986 Danish World Cup team): “Re-Sep-Ten”
Damiano: “Ecuador, si si puedo”
Gala: “Free of Desire”
Dua Lipa: “One Kiss”
Blur: “Song 2”
Nickelback: “When We Stand Together”
hm: “Iran 1400”
Ukasuka: “Sayori no ami wo kimi to”
Hamid Bouchanak: “Allez allez marok”
Mariachi Vargas: “Son de la Negra”
Shaws: “Love Tonight”
Bellini: “Samba de Janeiro”
Fiesta: “Free of Desire”
Xutos: “A minha casinha”
David Carrera: “Vamos Com Tudo”
Hena Maaq: “Al Mazmaua”
Rashad Al Majeeb: “Al Saudia”
Priko Sveta: “The Way”
Svetozar Lajovic Gongo: “Uziko Kolo”
Trans Fixation: “The Shouts of Red”
Fiesta: “Free of Desire”
Adnan Dogru: “Mohammed”
Saber Rabei: “Sidi Mansour”
The La Planta: “Cumbia Pa La Seleccion”
United States of america
Mess: “Feels So Good”
Zombie Nation: “Kernkraft 400”
Barry Horns: “This Is Wales”