From “World in Motion” to “Ally’s Tartan Army”, music always plays a role at the soccer World Cup – and this also applies to the tournament in Qatar.
Each tournament has a number of official songs, which are usually introduced at the opening ceremony and then played in the stadiums before and after the matches throughout the competition.
Some of them prove very memorable – think Shakira’s catchy “Waka Waka” in South Africa 2010 – and occasionally even the mascot gets his own songs.
Many teams now also have their official songs to cheer the fans on and celebrate goals.
Here’s what we know about the Qatar 2022 soundtrack.
What is the official anthem of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
There are a number of songs associated with this year’s World Cup, but the first to be released was Hayya Hayya (Better Together), which showcases the talents of US pioneering star Trinidad Cardona, Afrobeats icon Davido and united by the Qatari sensation Aisha.
Kay Madati, FIFA Chief Commercial Officer, said: “By bringing together voices from America, Africa and the Middle East, this song symbolizes how music – and football – can unite the world.”
The lyrics of the infectious refrain are as follows:
(Yo yo yo, yo ho) You know we’re better together (Yo yo yo, yo ho) Don’t wanna wait forever (Yo yo yo, yo ho) You know we’re better together It’s now or never, Hayya, Hayya , HayyaHayya, Hayya, Ha—Hayya, Hayya, HayyaHayya, Hayya, Ha—
What are the other official songs of the World Cup?
For the first time in World Cup history, the tournament has an official playlist. Kay Madati, FIFA Chief Commercial Officer, states: “As part of FIFA’s revamped music strategy, the multi-song soundtrack brings passionate fans closer to the spirit of the FIFA World Cup than ever before.”
Sponsors Budweiser have their own anthem, “The World Is Yours To Take,” sung by rapper Lil Baby, which is a new take on the Tears for Fears classic, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
Meanwhile, “Arhbo” is a piece of reggae-infused dance music performed by multiple artists including Maitre Gims and Ozune and produced by RedOne.
“Light The Sky” also features multiple artists including Canadian artist Nora Fatehi, Balqees, Rahma Riad, Manal & RedOne
Fans have their own anthem in the form of “Tukoh Taka” which includes verses in English, Spanish and Arabic. It will be performed by three global superstars from different parts of the world – Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares.
Finally, there’s the song “Dreamers,” which was memorably performed at the opening ceremony by South Korean singer Jung Kook – best known for being part of the chart-topping K-pop band BTS.
What was the song played when England scored in their opening game?
Those following England’s 6-2 win over Ecuador had ample opportunity to hear the song chosen to mark their goals.
The song is “Freed from Desire”, a eurodance song by Italian singer Gala, released in 1996 and which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in July 1997.
It is often sung at football games with altered lyrics, a practice first adopted by Stevenage FC fans in 2012 in homage to winger Luke Freeman when they broadcast: “Freeman’s on fire, your right back is terrified.”
Other versions followed at Newcastle United, Fulham FC, Wigan Athletic, Melbourne Victory FC and AC Milan, while international fans from Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales, England, Belgium and France also created their own versions of the song.