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by Judy Cantor-Navas

June 8, 2014

World Cup Winners and Losers

by Judy Cantor-Navas  |  June 8, 2014

The 2010 official World Cup song, Shakira's "Waka Waka," was a huge global hit. But the anthem from the same year, R. Kelly's "Sign of a Victory," never got off the bench. Since 1962, the official FIFA World Cup songs and anthems have been recorded with the intention of making stadiums sing, spirits rise and radio programmers react. (And don't worry, even FIFA doesn't seem to know what makes one an "anthem" and the other a "song.") But what does it take for a World Cup tune to make a goal with audiences around the world? Listen to this playlist of official World Cup tracks through the years, including 2014 entries from Pitbull and Santana. Which are the winners? You make the call.

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