Countries With the Best National Anthems

There are many great national anthems, but what is the best?

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Inspiring, encompasses the vision for future and the fundamentals the state should be based on. Now if only more citizens would follow the themes laid out in it. Musically quite pleasing too.

Inspiring and full of motivation and beautiful poetry, great tone, based on different languages (poetry is not in only urdu but it includes many local language words including Persian and Arabic, Sindhi, Panjabi, Balochi, pashtu and many other languages words.

Superb lyrics, sentiments and music - obivious really, because the only true religion islam with the best and most poetic language urdu will always produce the winner.

Most amazing words with best tunes

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Indian National Anthem is the worlds best national anthem because it includes all religions as family members and
It was written by Rabindranath Tagore (Noble Prize Winner)

Yes... Indian National anthem is the best and beautifull natinal songs in the world... No one can compare to that...

Its Beautiful because the National anthem written by Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Prize winner).

Words would fail to express what the Indian national anthem is for me.

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Beautiful text and inspiring music. Wherever I lived, I'll always be proud of Russia.

It's very emotional and beautiful. But, I would prefer the Soviet anthem, that's just really addictive and it's even more amazing since it has the old lyrics, the new lyrics are alright anyway.

Glorious, triumphant and you can feel the struggle of the Russian populace over the 70 years of the Soviet Union finally rupture in this emotional anthem.

I imagine Lord Vladimir ridding me with that song. :3

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4United States

The United State's anthem is truly beautiful. Our country has come so far, and these poetic, moving words cause us to recall the beginning of our country's history. By listening to this blissful melody, the patriotism in me and fellow proud Americans bursts out. I love every nation and national anthem in this world, but none can beat that of the USA. Lovely country, and lovely anthem.

The US National Anthem is so powerful because of the dramatic movement of the music and because of these areas of movement in tandem with the lyrics, you are actually able to experience the story that the song tells. A story of the people fighting for freedom and liberty.

Please listen to this song if you've never heard it before, not to be disrespectful but this song has meaning just listen to the words.

Easily the best as it tells a true moving story

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Hearty, strong, beautiful, peaceful, and makes people feel like family. Just like the people who live there. Plus its hilarious when our hockey players sing it.

Many countries (not to name names) contain very violent and abrupt acts of war to obtain power. The O'Canada anthem promotes freedom and power through God and Patriotic love. They do not seek to fight but fight to defend. This is why I love Canada and canadians!

It is cold here! O Canada! Our home and native land!
I love the anthem. It makes me fall out of the church room
When I go to church on Sundays when I go the Island, where my grandma lives.

Should be only sing in the better original version, in French.

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Melodious and Heart touching. This national anthem includes pity to significant things of a country like German songs, wine, women. Though it sound strange to put them in National anthem, these are the things the nationals of a country closely associated and linked with. I am Nepali myself but really adore National Anthem of Deutschland(Germany).

Actually German women, wine and songs are not included in the third verse of "Deutschlandlied" which we sing as our national anthem - they are in the second verse, but we unfortunately don't sing it. We sing the third verse which says: "Unity and justice and freedom for German fatherland, for that let's all strive". I like the second verse better...

Franz Joseph Haydn should be a big enough reason to put this on the list. The unused first stanza begins with Deutschland ber Alles in der Welt, which actually means Germany is most important to me in the world at least, the verb conjugation indicates that , not Germany over all in the world the interpretation that many use as evidence that Germany has always been right wing.

Truly beautiful.

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As a proud part-French, I choose the French National Anthem and for me it is the best anthem. It is such a powerful anthem, it is about courage, glory and about patriotism towards France, it also defies the tyrannies or Kings.

Vive la France! Proud to be part-French!

How could there be any debate whatsoever!? La Marseillaise is the best national anthem in the universe and my favorite song! MON DIEU! Who are these people that do the rankings? NO damn good if you don't think the Marseillaise is the best of the best of the best! Viva la France!

As an Englishman I should not traditionally like this Anthem, however I love it. Every time I hear it, I have goosebumps, I can feel the emotion in the voices of those who are proud to stand tall and sing with the passion that only a French citizen can deliver. To me, this is the Best in the World ( maybe there is some French Blood in me somewhere that tingles upon hearing the Marseillaise). AS previously said. "Viva la France"

Quite powerful

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Come it's the second greatest anthem just after France. - yeraldoarriolaplascencia

This anthem is a poem with a strong and inspirational message to every Mexican to stand ready and willing to defend their nation with a profound call to national pride and honor. It reminds the Country as well about the manifested gift from God in each of its citizens to be called upon as soldiers to defend it willingly and with valor in any moment of need. If your national anthem inspires and motivates you deeply, and effectively calls upon your desire to unite in a common goal for your country, and your desire to seek victory and prosperity, then it must be a good anthem with results oriented beauty.

The lyrics are just amazing. The meaning of thise words is so deep. It calls every citizen to protect and defend the national pride and freedom. It's an honor to sing our national anthem.

Makes me feel wet

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9United Kingdom

"God, why only the queen, are we not humans"

When played by a powerful symphony orchestra or booming pipe organ there is no anthem in the world more stirring and powerfully moving than "God Save The Queen." It stands alone---(quite honestly I don't even think there's a close second! )

Our's is terrible should be changed!

I love my country and would fight for it. You forget we ruled a quarter of the world. No anthem is better

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Makes me proud to be Italian. English translated version:

Brothers of Italy, Italy has woken, bound Scipio's helmet upon her head. Where is Victory? Let her bow down, for God created her, like the slave of Rome. Let us join in a cohort, we are ready to die. We are ready to die, Italy has called. We were for centuries downtrodden, derided, because we are not one people, because we are divided. Let one flag, one hope gather us all. The hour has struck for us to unite. Let us unite, let us love one another, for union and love. Reveal to the people the ways of the Lord. Let us swear to set free the land of our birth: United, for God, who can overcome us? From the Alps to Sicily, Legnano is everywhere; Every man has the heart and hand of Ferruccio. The children of Italy are all called Balilla; Every trumpet blast sounds the Vespers. Mercenary swords, they're feeble reeds. The Austrian eagle has already lost its plumes. The blood of Italy and the Polish blood it drank, along with the ...more

I love it, and I am not even Italian

It sounds like old fashioned sad music from a outdated opera, sure it's not for modern people, nothing great in that bland and lackluster kind of what they called music.

The best anthem ever and proud to be Italian

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The lyrics of the anthem were written as poem, and a poem it is. As beautiful as it is, most of its comes not only from the history behind it, but is also expressed by the vast vocabulary that the Portuguese language carries. If ones knows or learns the language itโ€™s a known fact, that they will embrace the beauty of it with all their heart and love.

Most people don't know Portuguese, so that's why can't see the beauty of it. The melody is also quite great I must say.

The Brazilian anthem is so pretty and talk about the beautiful things that the country has such as ocean, sky, people and all it's nature. It also talks about the history of the county. I love the anthem and the way it was written.

"Absolute best, followed closely by the French and the Russian"

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12South Africa

The South African National Anthem is beautiful, great in lyrics, also giving praise to God for preserving and keeping South Africa. I have to say, however, the 1st time I heard Jenifer Hudson perform the American Anthems - I just felt tears running down my cheeks. We still take the trophy though! Please search "haylea_hounsom_the_south_african_national_anthem" via and you will see exactly what I'm talking about! Suid Afrika!

Best National anthem of all time, bringing together people in peace and harmony.

The most beautiful national anthem ever. Congratulations to all the South African citizens. I am proud of courage of people who enabled the change in this great country. President DeClark. President Mandela. And all who contributed selflessly. Great.

Awesome...awesome...awesome! A song of hope peace and reconciliation. A song that brought the rainbow nation together. So proud to be South-African.

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Heart touching when you actually know you know that what have they been through to free their country. The word of this songs is truly meant what they feel about their country. Also Rabindranath Tagore wrote and compose this, he is brilliant. Awesome melody, lyrics, and not boring.

Best anthem in the world. Just awesome awesome awesome... I can't explain how beautiful anthem is it!

Beautiful, written by Nobel Poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the only person to write National Anthems for TWO countries!

My loving bengal, the best song ever

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14New Zealand

I'm Australian, and I always love hearing the nz national anthem whenever we play each other in sport. A beautiful and inspiring song which displays unity and racial acceptance on an extremely respectable level.

Beautiful country with the great song and the people are so amazing... God Defend New Zealand! Love it! - fifiroslan

Combination of Maori and English verses make it concurrently local and international, besides by its inspiring music I can imagine the peaceful South Pacific shores... God defend New Zealand

(From Iran)

Beautiful national anthem, God Defend New Zealand.

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Just open your ears and listen.

Amazing music, realization. And I've just translated lyrics - marvelous! Really, it touched my heart.
Ukrainians, you should be proud of your country!

Because I love Ukrainian freedom, love, simplicity, culture, etc.

I ๐Ÿ’™ Ukrainian anthem so much!

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It has the most dramatic and patriotic feeling you could ever hope to achieve. One of the best anthems of all time. It shows the pain and sacrifice of the ancestors and the ideals that are worth fighting for. "Life in freedom or death! "shout all.

The Romanian anthem is one of the best anthems of all, maybe the best. Very inspiring, music and lyrics also will fill you good emotions.

Very heartwarming piece indeed. I am not Romanian that I am aware of but this anthem is one that I connect with. It is emotionally stirring. It is filled with passion, glory, beauty, sadness and strength. It makes me want to get to know this nation better. I too believe this is the best anthem of any nation.

"Life in freedom or death! Shout all." this says it all. INCREDIBLE!

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The lyric is based on a "waka" poetry from more than 1,000 years old. The difference between "haiku" and "waka" is that while haiku consists of 17 syllables (5-7-5) and requires one of the words to represent a season, waka consists of 31 syllables (5-7-5-7-7) and does not require a word to represent a season. Waka poems were often exchanged between men and women of aristocrat class in 8th to 12th centuries as love letters. (In fact, you could not be an alpha-male if you weren't good at poetry in this period. ) While the national anthem's lyric is generally interpreted to be about celebrating the emperor's reign over Japan for tens of thousands of years, it is said that in the original "waka" poetry, the author (unknown) was talking about how much he loved his partner and how he wanted to live with her for tens of thousands of years. Someone's love letter becoming a national anthem is, in my opinion, very rare.

A unique national anthem that stands out among many others. It is peaceful and inspiring at the same time. Nice lyrics, too. I love it!

The shortest and the best

Its unique to all the others, and its well written.

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Little country, big population, unique flag, nice anthem.

The national anthem of Nepal is the best one in the world. It doesn't compare with other national anthem.

Cause I am one heck of a Nepali Son. And I am Proud...

I really agree, Nepal has the best anthem out there!

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19Republic of Ireland

It is so amazing. It is really moving and inspirational the really go and get it! :) I LOVE IT SO MUCH! Not only that, the country is really inspirational and interesting too! I would love to live there! GO IRELAND! BEST COUNTRY IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! From your friends, across the pond (USA)!

Very inspirational lyrically and harmonically, not only worthy of Ireland's national theme but our one source of national pride. A Soldier's Song is my favorite song, and my source of love for Ireland.

Such an inspiring anthem in the face of oppression and for the freedom of a long suffering people!

Simply the best. Great history. Respect from Canada.

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Philippine national anthem is the best anthem in the whole world, because it shows how Filipinos love their country, love their patriotism and most of all in loving their cultures.. They are willing to sacrifice just to protect their gorgeous country and of course to show how Filipinos great are in having good, peaceful, outstanding, and gorgeous PHILIPPINES..

Philippine national anthem is the best ever anthem in the world. It reflects in every heart and mind of all filipinos especially the harmonious rhythm of every scenes that happens in our beloved country which express through esthetical and meaningful words and variation of tones of our anthem. Since we are colonized by the spaniards, Americans, and Japanese, we, filipinos are already have our own nationalism which serves as our key to be free in the hands of those countries. Our national anthem Not only refers in the historical events of our nation but in every cultures and core values we have possess and learned, next is for the virtues and characters to consider including honesty, respect, bravery, unity, loyalty, patriotism, purity, disipline, courage, and gratitude. Most of all why does the Philippine anthem is the best because of the hearts and emotions which totally expressed as one country, one raise, one hand for one desires as one true filipino.

The Philippine National Anthem is one of the best anthems in the world because it shows how our Filipino heroes fought with bravery and patriotism, how they had no hesitation to fight for making their fellow country men experience peace and freedom, and how they showed their love for their motherland by sacrificing their lives. Reading between the lines shows how we are proud and love our country for its beauty and uniqueness. It reflects of the things we've learned despite the fact that we were being colonized by a lot of countries... The unity, loyalty, courage, patriotism, and religiousness of every Filipino is shown, at times of calamities, war and lost of hope we still stand and fight for our country as true Filipinos!

I'm a filipino thanks for choosing

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