With the World Cup just around the corner, I am getting excited. A few months back, I wrote my take on the World Cup draw (part 1, part 2). Now, to celebrate diversity of styles, colors, and sounds that come together every four years, I am going to choose the best song (as far as I’m concerned) from each nation participating in the 2014 World Cup.
Of course, a project such as this requires some ground rules:
1. The song has to be released in or after the year of my birth (1981). Otherwise, Pedro Infante’s rendition of “Cielito Lindo” would win, hands down.
2. Regardless of relative quality, if I know of and like songs from a country, I have to chose one of them. This will hurt some countries. For countries where I know multiple songs/artists, I have allotted myself 10 minutes to make a decision on the best song.
3. If I don’t know songs from a country (marked with an asterisk*), I have allotted myself 10 minutes of internet research to find a song. This will also hurt some countries.
4. My rules for a band representing a country is roughly as intuitive as FIFA’s rules for players representing nations. (In other words, any remote affiliation may count.)
5. These choices are definitive of my personal taste in music, nothing more. Please share your favorites in the comments.
With that out of the way, let’s begin with the host nation’s group, Group A.
Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
Sepultura – “Ratamahatta”
This is a fun song. It may not appeal to those averse to metal, but I think most can enjoy it.
My Buddy Moose – “Scary Feeling”
Discovering these guys was a pleasant surprise.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Diablo rojo”
Brilliant. Nuff said. (Here’s a live version.)
Les Nubians – “Makeda”
(They’re mother is of Cameroonian decent.)
Nice, catchy song.
There you have it- Group A.
Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?
Rest of the Groups: