Global Notes: Songs of the World Cup (with a Side of Cheese)

June 9, 2010

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In sports, music is often used to punctuate the rhythm and drama of games. FIFA figured this out long ago. For years, it has enlisted pop stars to record rousing World Cup anthems.

On today's "Global Notes", we listen to music inspired by the World Cup, the teams and soccer clubs, from this year's contraversial anthem with Shakira front and center, to the 1966 hit "World Cup Willie."

Radio M host Tony Sarabia joins Jerome for another edition of Global Notes, Worldview's weekly look at what's happening in the world of music. And today, we have special guest Euan Hague with us. You heard him yesterday talk about the book Soccernomics, and he's blogging for us about the World Cup. When not watching soccer, he chairs the Department of Geography at DePaul University.

The official FIFA 2010 World Cup Song:



“World in Motion," Official song for England in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when Pavarotti did the FIFA anthem: