Thursday, June 3, 2010

Celebrate the 2010 World Cup With Football Songs

Ready or not, it's almost time for the 2010 World Cup, which means you'd better prepare yourself for football frenzy and all the sing-along, shout-along and cry-along songs that come with it. The tournament kicks off on Friday June 11th with the first game between South Africa and Mexico, so put down that vuvuzela, head to your keyboard and start learning and playing along with your favorite football songs now!

You're bound to get caught up in the frenzy of the World Cup over the next month, and you'll definitely be hearing a lot of football related music, so why not make some of your own? At Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection, we have MIDI song versions of a variety of football anthems that will help you cheer on your team, or fill the half time breaks with cheers of a different sort.

We'll be releasing more football themed styles and songs next week as well, so be sure to check our the blog throughout the tournament for more updates. For now, take a look below for some of the most popular football songs no fan/keyboard player should be without during this year's tournament.

Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) - Shakira & Freshlyground

The official song for this year's World Cup comes from the Colombian singer Shakira and the South African band Freshlyground. The song, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", is sung in both English and Spanish, and is based on a traditional African soldiers' song named "Zangalewa". It features rousing, inspirational vocals alongside a variety of lively African rhythms.

Wavin' Flag - K'naan

Another song you're likely to hear a lot during this year's tournament, "Wavin' Flag" by the Somali-born singer K'naan captures the African spirit with a heavy pop beat and a reggae inspired singalong chorus.

Three Lions - The Lightning Seeds

Composed originally for the 1996 European Championships which were held in England, "Three Lions" chronicles the glories and tribulations of England's football teams since their World Cup win in 1966. Despite its obvious ties to English football, many other countries have adopted the song and it has become a universal football anthem.

You'll Never Walk Alone - Gerry & The Pacemakers

Though this emotional ballad was first written by Rogers and Hammerstein for the musical Carousel, "You'll Never Walk Alone" is best known today as a football song, popularized initially by fans of the Liverpool Football Club. Like "Three Lions", "You'll Never Walk Alone" has grown beyond its English roots and is now sung at football games the world over.

Gimme Hope Joachim - Basta (Eddy Grant)

Based on Eddy Grant's 80s hit "Gimme Hope Jo'anna", this acapella version includes new lyrics with a hilarious take on all of the teams in the tournament and words of support for the German national team, and their coach Joachim Löw.

Keep reading to see more great football songs for your keyboard.

Hey Baby - DJ Ötzi
This sing along became an unofficial anthem of World Cup 2002 and went to #1 in the UK, Japan, France and Australia. Choruses like this are hard to beat, and "Hey Baby" makes for perfect good-time music whether you're a football fan or just looking for fun.

Love Generation - Bob Sinclair
This uplifting song was featured widely in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and was a top ten hit across Europe. With a driving beat and positive attitude, this song makes celebrating a victory even sweeter.

- Safri Duo
Also known as the "Bongo Song", "Played A Live" is a percussion heavy trance song that has been heard at countless football matches since it took Europe by storm in 2001.

The Final Countdown - Europe
With one of the most recognizable sythesizer riffs ever, this song set the scene for a dramatic performance either on the field or on stage.

We Are the Champions - Queen
For those fans lucky enough to see their team pull through with a victory, there's no song that sums up the feeling quite like this one.

Carnaval de Paris - Dario G
Samba de Janeiro - Bellini
Cup of Life - Ricky Martin
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
The Best - Tina Turner
Football Megamix - Football Is Coming Home, Go West, I Will Survive
Deutschlandlied - The German National Anthem
Go West - The Pet Shop Boys
Helele - Safri Duo
Vuvuzela - Gebroeders Ko

- Doug