If your favorite song is the official World Cup song, then you’re probably not a big fan of football or, let’s be honest, music.
Anyway, fans of the official song are really lucky this year. Not content with releasing just the one anthem, FIFA and the organizers of the World Cup in Qatar have decided to impose on us a multi-song soundtrack.
“Qatar 2022 is about bringing the world together in harmony,” says the tournament’s organizing committee, conveniently forgetting to mention that there is no place for gays in this harmonious world.
“A multi-song collection featuring international artists across a variety of musical genres delivering hits sets the tone for a truly global celebration.”
What are the official World Cup songs?
There may be more to come, but as things stand FIFA lists five official songs:
Hayya Hayya (Better Together) – Cardona, Davido and Aisha
Released in April, “Hayya Hayya (Better Together)” is a song that “picks up R&B and reggae influences,” according to FIFA. There are three singers: American Trinidad Cardona, who wrote the lyrics; Nigeria’s Davido; and Qatar’s Aisha.
Arhbo – Ozuna with Gims
Sung in Spanish or French, by Puerto Rican artist Ozuna and French-Congolese rapper Gims“Ahrbo” was released in August.
According to FIFA, “arhbo” is a Qatari slang term meaning “welcome” and derived from the Arabic word “marhaba”.
There is also an Arabic version of the songperformed by haters Al Kubaisi, Ayed and Haneen Hussein.
Light up the sky – Rahma, Balqees, Nora and Manal
Released in October “Light up the sky” features a quartet of female singers: the Emirati Balqees, the Moroccan-Canadian Nora Fatehi, Rahma Riad from Iraq and Manal from Morocco.
“The single’s music video celebrates for the first time ever female referees serving at a FIFA World Cup,” said FIFA.
Three women – Stéphanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan – will serve as referees at Qatar 2022. The Brazilian Neuza Back, the Mexican Karen Díaz Medina and the USA Kathryn Nesbitt will also serve as assistant referees.
The World is Yours – Lil Baby x Tears for Fears
In a song sampling the 1980s Tears for Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” US rapper Lil Baby performs “The World is Yours to Take”which was released in September.
“It’s about the journey we’ve all taken over the past few years and celebrating what’s next,” says Lil Baby. “When I started music in 2017, I fully embraced a dream that got me to where I am now and I want fans to feel that when they hear the song. I hope it makes you feel like stepping onto the field at the World Cup and moving towards your own dreams, whatever that means to you.”
Tukoh Taka – Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares
Started in the days leading up to the World Cup, “Tuko Taka” Trinidadian singer Nicki Minaj stars alongside Colombian Maluma and Lebanese Myriam Fares.
A song that “unites three of music’s most iconic voices from around the world” and represents “the inclusivity of football,” says FIFA — as the body prepares to host a World Cup in a country where homosexuality isn’t allowed .