The FIFA World Cup 2022 is happening in Qatar this year. Disappointingly, the hype around the world’s biggest sporting event has been low-key this year. In the past, the opening ceremony and the official music video of the FIFA World Cup were awaited with bated breath. Both by football fans as well as non-fans.
The biggest names in music including Shakira, Pitbull, and J-Lo had graced the events. They gave us the most unforgettable songs that were charged up with the true spirit of the World Cup. Who can forget Waka Waka? Also, Pitbull and J-Lo’s performance at the FIFA World Cup 2014 was nothing short of iconic.
But this year, did you know that the official music video of FIFA 2022 is already released? We didn’t know either, because it just doesn’t live up to the FIFA World Cup vibe and energy. Produced in Qatar, the official soundtrack titled ‘Hayya Hayya’ has Trinidad Cardona, Davido, and Aisha (Qatari singer) as artists. If you haven’t watched it already, here it is:
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Official song:
Its far removed from the pop phenomenons that we’ve been used to because the song has plenty of traditional elements showcasing Qatari culture. Also, the artists are not the big league Hollywood stars but local singers especially Aisha, a Qatari. Maybe that’s why the song also called ‘Better Together’ is not on everyone’s lips.
Anyway, we couldn’t help remembering some of the best FIFA World Cup official songs from the past chapters. Here are 5 of the best of them:
1. Waka Waka (This time for Africa) – 2010:
Nothing much to say here except that Waka Waka was probably the best ever FIFA anthem from the 2010 World Cup that’s as yet unmatched in the history of FIFA with 3.1 Bn views on YouTube.
2. We are One (Ole Ola) – 2014:
Pitbull and J-Lo set the FIFA 2014 stage at Brazil on fire and this anthem was on everyone’s lips throughout the championships and even after.
3. Wavin’ FLag – K’Naan (2010):
Although not the official world cup song for 2010, this Coca-Cola celebration mix by K’Naan brings back both the memories and the spirit of the first South African World Cup.
4. The Cup of Life – Ricky Martin (1998):
The evergreen, unbeatable song of 1998’s FIFA World Cup in France by Ricky Martin is one that fans won’t forget in a hurry.
5. Time of our Lives (Ale Ale) – 2014:
A fan favourite FIFA anthem for the 2018 World Cup by Red One Records and Chawki, Ale Ale was the official song for BeIN Sports and a truly memorable one at that.
If you plan on visiting the Qatar World Cup this year, explore the official FIFA website to find out how to book tickets here.