Top 10 World Cup Songs of 2010

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The World Cup soccer (football) tournament is one of the world’s biggest sports events and is held every four years.  Every World Cup generates a wide range of pop music recorded in celebration of the event and to support national teams. These are 10 of the top songs for World Cup 2010 in South Africa.


The Squad – “3 Lions 2010”.
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Originally released in 1996, the song “Three Lions” is arguably the top football (soccer) song of all time. It was first recorded by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner with the Brit rock band Lightning Seeds to support England’s efforts in the 1996 European championship. The song, with its chorus “Football’s coming home,” immediately went to #1 on the UK pop singles chart and even landed in the top 20 in Germany. “3 Lions” was re-recorded with different lyrics in 1998 as an unofficial song for that year’s World Cup. It reached #1 on the charts again ahead of the official World Cup song. For 2010, Robbie Williams and comedian Russell Brand have joined with Baddiel, Skinner, and Ian Broudie of Lightning Seeds as the Squad.


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Pitbull, TKZee, and Dario G – “Game On”.
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Zakumi, the mascot for the 2010 World Cup, has an official song. “Game On” is an uptempo dance track recorded by artists from three continents. Pitbull is a US artist born to Cuban immigrants. TKZee is a South African group, and Dario G is a dance music producer from the UK. The song “Game On” has distinctive Latin, African, and Eurodance influences.


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