It’s official World Championship month, and Billboard has compiled the ultimate playlist for football fans around the world.
The playlist is over two hours long and contains 45 jams to celebrate football, inclusive Ricky Martin’s “Cup of Life”, the official song of the 1998 event held in France and Shakira‘s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” for the 2010 World Cup in Africa. The former peaked at No. 45 on Billboard Hot 100 in 1998, and the latter peaked at No. 38 on the Hot 100 dated July 3, 2010.
Also on the playlist is soccer-related bops city Carlos Vives and Camilo (“Baloncito Viejo”); Jason Derulo and Maluma (“Colors”); Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi (“Live It Up”); and Akon (“Oh Africa”), to name a few. As well as a handful of official songs for the 2022 World Cup released by FIFA, such as “Hayya Hayya (Better Together),” featuring Trinidad Cardona, Davidoand Aisha, which combines R&B and reggae influences, and “Arhbo”, a feel-good collaboration between Ozuna and French-Congolese rapper Gims named after the local slang word for “welcome” in Qatar and embodies the welcoming spirit of the Arab country.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup starts in November. 20 with host nation Qatar’s tournament opener against Ecuador. A total of 32 teams representing different countries will participate. In the end, you will be crowned world champion in December. 18.
You can listen to the playlist below. (You can find Billboard’s update list of WC songs from 2022 here.)