Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"We Are One (Ole Ola)": The 2014 World Cup Anthem

If you're like us, then you've been busy watching the World Cup football matches lately. Since we already deciphered some important football vocabulary a few weeks ago, today we thought we'd look at the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

This year's World Cup anthem is called "We Are One (Ole Ola)", and is performed by Pitbull featuring Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte. Despite the fact that Brazil, this year's host nation, has plenty of wonderful music traditions and great performers that could have been called on to do the song, someone decided to instead choose Cuban American rapper Pitbull, famous for such songs as "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" and the more recent "Timber" featuring Ke$ha (who has recently decided to stop spelling her name with a dollar sign, sadly).

However, the use of additional vocals from American performer Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, a famous Brazilian pop singer, do add some linguistic flavor to the song that we appreciated. The song features lyrics in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. It certainly doesn't have the most creative lyrics, but it is at least catchy, something that's desirable in a sports anthem.

In case you were wondering, Spanish lyrics in the song include Pitbull rapping "Invitamos a todo el mundo a jugar con nosotros" (We invite the whole world to play with us). Claudia Leitte also sings a bit in Portuguese, with lines such as "É meu, é seu, hoje é tudo nosso" (It's mine, it's yours, today is all ours).

What do you think of this year's World Cup anthem and how do you think it compares to the other World Cup anthems, including 2010's "Waka Waka (This Time for Everyone)" by Shakira? Let us know in the comments below.