Since 1990, FIFA have named an official song for each World Cup, and with just a couple of weeks until kick-off at Qatar 2022 we’re counting down the nine official tracks from the last 32 years, last week we started with 1990-98, this week it’s 2002 - 2010! Have a listen, and let us know which is your favourite on Instagram or Twitter
South Korea and Japan 2002
Reaching the top 10 in 5 countries, and named as Italy’s favourite World Cup song by MTV Italy, Boom was released by American artist Anastasia for the FIFA official track in June 2002. Complete with a VERY noughties football-themed music video featuring fans being beamed up to the stadium, the track was pretty successful!
The Time of Our Lives, Il Divo featuring Toni Braxton
Performed during the opening ceremony of the tournament, The Time of Our Lives reached the top 10 in Switzerland, the top 20 in Germany and Norway, and the top 30 in Italy and Austria. The classical quartet also sang with American R&B artist, Toni Braxton in a football stadium for the music video released with the single.
South Africa 2010
Waka Waka (This time for Africa), Shakira featuring Freshlyground
Released in English and Spanish by Colombian singer Shakira, Waka Waka has been declared best FIFA World Cup song of all time by various publications and saw huge chart success, hitting number one in 15 countries and the European singles chart. Performed at the tournament’s opening and closing ceremonies, the song is still hugely successful, and one of Shakira’s biggest hits.
Keep your eyes out for the final part of this blog series next week, featuring 2014-22!