Colombian pop star Shakira has had her music intertwined with the last three World Cups, but perhaps the most memorable is ‘Waka Waka’, which came out for the 2010 World Cup. The video for the song featured a number of famous footballers and it was through it that she met her future beau Gerard Pique.
World Cup 2006, Germany: Il Divo (ft. Toni Braxton) – The Time of our Lives
The official music for the 2006 World Cup in Germany is perhaps not as memorable as others, but the song ‘The Time of Our Lives’ by Il Divo, featuring Toni Braxton is a dramatic crossover of the classical style and pop music. It’s probably not to everyone’s tastes, but clearly someone at FIFA enjoyed it!
American singer Anastacia burst onto the pop music scene in the early 2000s and her rising profile may have had something to do with the fact that she was sought for an official World Cup song in 2002. The song ‘Boom’ was heard a lot during the tournament in Japan and Korea, along with Vangelis’ ‘Anthem’.
World Cup 1998, France: Ricky Martin – La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin’s star was on the rise in the 1990s and he provided an official song for the 1998 World Cup in France. Before his big breakthrough in 1999 with hits such as ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’, there was ‘La Copa de Vida’ (The Cup of Life’).