Best National Anthems

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    Sep 17, 2010 7:16 AM GMT
    I don't know if this is really under music, but today I heard the South African national anthem for the first time and got absolutely pulled in by its beauty and raw humanity. As a result I went on an anthem listening quest and came up with my two favorite, really three, but i'll post just two to avoid controversy. Maybe in a bit i'll reveal the third. Nevertheless I encourage y'all to listen to them and contribute your favorite.
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    So patriotic, I feel something for Russia listening to this and i'm not Russian, obviously.

  • DanOmatic

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    Sep 17, 2010 12:08 PM GMT
    I like the Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem. It's the world's oldest national anthem, written in the late 16th century.
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    Sep 17, 2010 12:13 PM GMT
    I might start a thread for the worst... Australia's, top of the list....
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    Sep 17, 2010 12:18 PM GMT
    The Marseillaise is surely the most bloodcurdling. Lots of references to impure blood drenching the land and people having their throats cut.
    Definitely predates the concept of PC.
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    Sep 17, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    WestAussieGuy saidI might start a thread for the worst... Australia's, top of the list....


    Second comes Italy.
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    Sep 17, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    Suecer4 saidI don't know if this is really under music



    Of course this is music, silly.
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    Sep 17, 2010 1:39 PM GMT
    Best:

    1. Marseilleise (France)
    2. Die Internationale (frmr. USSR)

    Worst:
    1. Oh Canada (dreary dirge, unimaginatively repetitious lyic. Yeah yeah we get it. We stand on guard somewhere - mostly along the US border where it's warm)
    Cdns all sing their own anthem's plan 15 note melody in ragged unison, without embelishment, and only moving their lips during the French verse,
    - unless they are at a hockey game where it is sung with obnoxious exuberance in fluent English and garbled French and (even if they don't know what the words mean). (Non-Canadians try not to giggle at the "hand on beer" thing so the guy beside doesn't knock it over.)

    2. The Star-Spangled Banner (great melody but vocal range from low groan to high shriek makes it unsingable by 99% of the population. The remainder doesn't know the words so it is only ever sung by one person for crowd; the singer will make every effort to i "improve" the melody with screechy vocal pyrotechnics, which is considered patriotic. Non-Americans try not to giggle at the sight at the "hand on heart" thing.


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    Sep 17, 2010 1:43 PM GMT
    WestAussieGuy saidI might start a thread for the worst... Australia's, top of the list....



    the official one or the unofficial?

    Advance Australia Fair if ok. Waltzing Matilda not so much.



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    Sep 17, 2010 2:04 PM GMT
    TexDef07 saidThe Marseillaise is surely the most bloodcurdling. Lots of references to impure blood drenching the land and people having their throats cut.
    Definitely predates the concept of PC.


    I second that emotion... so much for Franco-German friendship. After all, "we" are the ferocious soldiers with the bloody banners who are strangling their children and friends...

    On the other hand, while it may not be the most beautiful national anthem in the world, it is perhaps the most misunderstood: Germany.

    It was written almost a century prior to the rise of the Nazis, at a time between the First Reich (lasting from the 11th century until its destruction under Napoleon in 1806) and the Second Reich (founded in 1871, when Bismarck reunited the German States (not including Austria) when Germany was first struggling with democracy and reunification. "Deutschland ├╝ber alles" is a call to unity (as opposed to Bavaria above all, or Prussia above all) and not superiority of a nation that did not exist yet.

    The first verse calls for unity in defense of each other and mentions the rivers roughly representing the former borders of the empire: Maas/Meuse in the West (today Belgium/Netherlands), Memel in the East (today Russia), Etsch/Adige in the South (today Italy) and Belt in the Norht (today Denmark.)

    The second verse extols the virtues of German culture and their effect on the world, as well as German men: German women, loyalty, wine, and song.

    The third verse is about the cornerstones of German civilization today: Unity, Rights, and Freedom.


    My favorite though is the Dutch anthem as well:

    (They translated incorrectly, though. William of Nassau was of German blood...)





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    Sep 17, 2010 2:05 PM GMT
    The all-time best was the old Austrian imperial anthem, Gott Erhalte unsern Kaiser, written by Haydn while Napoleon briefly occupied Venna. It was "stolen" by the Germans and rewritten as Deutschland uber Alles.
  • lifepak79

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    Sep 17, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    You're right, South Africa's Anthem is really great. There is an awesome rendition of this Anthem on the "Invictus" soundtrack which you can listen to on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lju5OdTQKeo

    Enjoy, and thanks for posting.



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    Sep 17, 2010 2:32 PM GMT
    @ Andreas73: You're right about the translation of the videoclip: Willem van Oranje (the "father of the fatherland") was German (not Dutch) by birth. That confuses a lot of people, though (why have an anthem about some guy who came from somewhere else?). But when it was written, there wasn't yet a nation of the Netherlands, nor was there a Germany as we know it, just an amalgem of principalities and regions under the Holy Roman Empire.
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    Sep 17, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    The British National Anthem is slow and dull. I think we need to change it for something more up-tempo. The US National Anthem is okay, but rather unfathomable. I have to confess to liking the Chinese national Anthem. It is pretty rousing.

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    Sep 17, 2010 7:48 PM GMT
    heartrobb said



    Lord in Heaven, that was an epic disaster of astronomical proportions.
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    Sep 17, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    I like the Japanese one, at least it's not just another marching tune



    I don't think my own countrys' (Denmark) are very good (we have two, a royal one, and the regular one which is used most) a bit boring really.

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    Sep 17, 2010 8:04 PM GMT
    Mil8 saidThe British National Anthem is slow and dull.

    Well there is that entertaining part about "confound their politics, frustrate their knavish tricks." Too bad they don't write lyrics like that anymore.
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    Sep 17, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    Am I right in thinking that the national anthem of the Netherlands celebrates the King of Spain?

    I think the Australian national anthem is about the best, though I'd never tell them that obviously.
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    Sep 17, 2010 8:25 PM GMT
    Colombian National Anthem



    It's lyrics a very long. You can find them here

    And here is a video of it sung by Juanes:


    And another one one, sung by Shakira:
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    Sep 18, 2010 6:18 AM GMT
    dashdashdash saidAm I right in thinking that the national anthem of the Netherlands celebrates the King of Spain?


    No, it celebreates William of Orange, a German Prince (of the Principality of Nassau in today's Hesse), who, if memory serves me right, united the Dutch (protestants) against the Spanish (Catholics) to evict them from what would become the United Provinces.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_the_Silent
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    Sep 18, 2010 6:23 AM GMT
    NC3athlete said@ Andreas73: You're right about the translation of the videoclip: Willem van Oranje (the "father of the fatherland") was German (not Dutch) by birth. That confuses a lot of people, though (why have an anthem about some guy who came from somewhere else?). But when it was written, there wasn't yet a nation of the Netherlands, nor was there a Germany as we know it, just an amalgem of principalities and regions under the Holy Roman Empire.


    Precisely. On a side note (and derailing a bit), it is interesting in this context that historically speaking, the concept of nation states is a 19th century idea, if you will. Back in the day borders changed with deaths and marriages, treaties and alliances, church deals, you name it. There was no such thing as a citizen, only a subject (of another person) in a fairly strict hierarchy. Meaning you as a person did not belong to a country but a person that was higher up than you on the hierarchical ladder. Google "vassal."
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    Sep 18, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
    I've always loved the Romanian national anthem. The lyrics are a perfect example of what I think a national anthem should be: historic and patriotic. Plus, I love how it's composed in a minor key!



    Definitely the most badass national anthem.
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    Sep 18, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
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    antelope saidThe all-time best was the old Austrian imperial anthem, Gott Erhalte unsern Kaiser, written by Haydn while Napoleon briefly occupied Venna. It was "stolen" by the Germans and rewritten as Deutschland uber Alles.

    Well, it wasn't written as an 'anthem'. It's actually the second movement of one of Haydn's op. 76 string quartets.

    I hate to be pedantic, but you have it backwards, JP. Haydn was a regular visitor to London (as we know from all those symphonies) and was impressed by the Brits' anthem.
    So he wrote one for Austria. He worked hard to give it a folklike character so the people would relate to it. He was so pleased with the results that he used it in the "Kaiser" quartet and supposedly it was the last thing he played before taking to his deathbed.

    Here it is performed at the funeral of the last Hapsburg Empress.
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    Sep 18, 2010 2:20 PM GMT
    Love Italy's as well... it almost has something theatrical to it, like from an operetta or something.



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    Sep 19, 2010 10:30 PM GMT


    O' Canada!