Countries With the Best National Anthems

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

The Top Ten

1 Russia Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. ...read more.

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.

Positive lyrics

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2 United States United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

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.

An extremely overrated song. And yes, I am an American. There are many songs that would make better anthems for the United States, such as America the Beautiful. It sings about the beauty of this country instead of the carnage that unfolded to create it. (also, did you know the star spangled banner is a poem sung to the tune of a drinking song? ) - ColdTurkey

Best national anthem!

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3 Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is known as the world's second most beautiful capital city. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second ...read more.

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.

So Proud To Be A Pakistani, A Country Of Jinnah, Our Leader, Our Quaid.
By Listening To This Anthem, This Made Me Feel Way More Powerful, And Secured, Passionate And Reminded Me, Of the Sacrifices Pakistani Faced,I Donot Live In Pakistan, But I Am a Pakistani, And I Believe In Passion, I Belive in Power Of Anthems, I Believe In Pakistan.
There's Something That You Cannot Resist, And That Is,
PAKISTAN ZINDABAD! - MariamYasin

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4 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

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.

Very patriotic and powerful! An anthem that truly defines the pillars of happiness. May Germany glow in the happiness of their people(I'm actually glad that they've (unofficially) banned the first 2 verses)! Peace and love from an Indonesian. :D

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5 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

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!

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"

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!

I just find La Marseillaise really, really good. - doomwings13

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6 India India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world.

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).

Indian National Anthem is the best national anthem in the World,music and peace there have such a lovely lyrics by Rabindra Nath Tagore who get Noble Prize - bhagatsingh

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7 Canada Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, ...read more.

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!

Canada is about peace and balance in the world. It represents not only Canada, but the way life should be. Mankind should learn from the way of the Canadians. I'm an American, and I admit to Canada being superior in its way of life. Our national anthem describes war and pride. However, this pride was merely obtained through violent and sadistic methods. Therefore, Canada is the most benevolent and sincere country of all, and I believe their anthem reflects that.

Second best, just barely losing to the anthem of the United States

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8 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

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

Fans sing every single part to this anthem, even humming the music between each verse. I have never seen fans be so supportive or sing with more pride.

I love it, and I am not even Italian

Should be in top 3

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9 United Kingdom United Kingdom The United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign state which consists of the political and economic union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a member of the European Union (EU) from 1973 to 2016. ...read more.

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

Our's is terrible should be changed!

First comment on the USA anthem, I agree with some of the things you have said, it is quite a nice country, quite nice anthem, but not as a great country as great England and all it's united kingdom and British Isles. And this anthem clearly worked! The Queen has been on the great and proud throne of our (Mine at least) Countries great and widely known and respected throne for a whole 64 years. This should be number 1. Well, maybe number one best country ever. When all is lost, England and it's profound Isles will pick itself up and fight on! England, Scotland, Wales, Northern and Southern Ireland and the Isle of man, together we are a United Kingdom, as one!

Now I’m saying this as an American: The United Kingdom’s anthem is truly beautiful and very patriotic. I know that’s not saying much but it’s what I believe.

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10 South Africa South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana ...read more.

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.

The music, the message, the emotion brought out by the music... any feelings of hopelessness, weakness and sadness is quickly changed to that of happiness, courage and pride when the beat of the South African national anthem starts. And this comes from someone who has never been to South Africa and who is hearing the national anthem sung by people from other nations. How much better would it sound when it is sung by the people who are identified with this anthem. I would love to hear it from them one day. God Bless South Africa

The cradle of mankind is.. South Africa. Freedom for all is.. South Africa. Beauty in everything is.. South Africa. Growing into one the greatest nations ever.. South Africa

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The Contenders

11 Brazil Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

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.

Its one of the most lyrically romantic anthems. Not to mention simply beautiful to listen to.

There's absolutely no way to listen to our National Anthem and do not cry! It's perfectly written, it carries such deep feelings and not mentioning how beautiful and spiritual the formal and classic Brazilian Portuguese can sound and be. If there was ever another love, devotion and patriotic proclamation as this one, I really don't know it.

"But if thou raisest the strong cudgel of justice,
Thou wilt see that a son of thine flees not from battle."

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12 New Zealand New 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

The New Zealand national anthem is the best. It is inspiring and and the lyrics are so meaningful. God of nations at thy feet... God defend New Zealand!

I heard it in a random situation or whatsoever but I didn't know the name of the song. After some research, I knew. God defended NZ!
(From VN, sorry for my grammar or mistakes)

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13 Bangladesh Bangladesh Bangladesh, on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal, is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. The country is low-lying riverine land traversed by the many branches and tributaries of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers.

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!

The mellifluous melody and the image weaved in each stanza is the face of the pristine golden Bengal. This song is an utopia for the Bengali people. We want to have peace under a big banyan tree whose river-bank will evoke our memories of tears and smiles. Sir Rabindranath Tagore, the towering figure of World Literature, an universally revered poet from Bengal, envisioned the essence of Bengal and condensed it in this song - just like the Japanese condense their universe in a piece of haiku. This anthem indeed plays the chord of the heart and transport me to a beautiful, pictorial and playful village of beauty - I see the face of Bengal.

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14 Japan Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

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 best in the world! Beautiful melody!

Long live the emperor!

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15 Scotland Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

My favorite anthem on this entire anthem. If asked what the anthem of Scotland is most people will say they don't know, but in fact if you've heard someone playing bagpipes most likely they're playing the Scotland anthem. It is so recognizable.

Either Flower of Scotland, Scots Wha Hae or Scotland the Brave should be searched in a poll and the winner should immediately be made the OFFICIAL anthem.

This is the best because it tells the story of how the Scots beat the King of England and drove the English from their land, makes me proud to be Scottish!

Scotland’s food is great the flag is great, but don’t forget the anthem

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16 Mexico Mexico

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.

Just beautiful

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17 Nepal Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia.

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...

Really hard to compose an anthem like this. This should be listed in number 1#

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18 Romania Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state ...read more.

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.

In my opinion this anthem deserves the top spot, along with Russia. It definitely beats the rest of the anthems up there.

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19 Republic 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!

It's feckin' deadly so it is.

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20 Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine is a sovereign country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.

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

Just open your ears and listen.

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

This anthem should be in the first place in my opinion. This anthem has a wonderful unsophisticated lyrics and fancy melody. Thumbs up for anyone create this masterpiece. Whoever say this anthem sucks are slightly deaf.

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