Countries With the Best National Anthems

There are many great national anthems, but what is the best?
The Top Ten
1 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 more.

The Republic, the citizens, the quest for freedom against tyranny. The patriotism, the glory, the french revolution, it's all part of a very romantic idea of classical republicanism. The struggle against oppression and the love for values such as freedom and the will to die for them is simply beautiful.

And, of course, the music that brings to life one of the most important episodes of western civilization embodied in a song. It has to be my favorite anthem, without a doubt.

Although, of course, all anthems are simply beautiful because they represent each country and what they stand for.

Every last drop of blood of your body will boil, every single strand of hair will rise, every single bone of your body will tremble if you listen to this great anthem. You will want to fight for your freedom, you will stand up to your rights, you will charge towards the lines of greedy, upper class gits while holding spears and French flag. You will stand up and dream for the sky. That's the beauty and greatness of French national anthem, it knows no nationality, no ethnicity, no religion. It will let you stand up and fight with dignity.

I think that La Marseillaise is by far the greatest national anthem ever created because of its major historical values that it has. It was created during the Revolution in the early 1790's where it was loved by all of France as soon as they heard it. The fact that it talks about the day of glory beginning makes it a very glorious song to express how France became so much better for its people once the revolution had begun. When it says "aux armes citoyens," it highlights that when the Bastille was stormed by the 3rd estate, they took up arms which made it possible for them to get rid France's problems, which was its feudal system and growing famine.

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"

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

King of memes, King of national anthems and king of patriotic music. I'm not even Russian and this is the greatest anthem of all time plus somewhere in my top 20 songs of all time. I literally had to add this to top 10 songs list

The music and choir is powerful, just like they once used to be. The beginning always gets me and even Putin cried when hearing it. This is the most beautiful piece of music that my ears have ever experienced, it's as if they sang from their hearts and gave all of their energy into the anthem. Every country should be as proud of themselves as Russia.

One of the greatest flexes of all time. While I prefer anthems that celebrate more of what makes a country great (Canada notably) over anthems that celebrate triumph through bloodshed (USA, France), there's just something absolute and epic about this anthem in either the USSR or Russian versions.

Beautiful lyrics, making me so proud of my country (which occurs to me very rare, regarding the last political issues). But above all is music, like it's so great that I like to play on guitar (along with pop/rock songs), so yeah, just listen it, even without understanding the words it's hilarious.

3 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 more.

I'd like to remind people that this anthem is based on a British pub tune and its lyrics are about a war. Where is the peace? The love?

I read through the comments and conclude that the only reason this song is considered good is because there are many many Americans who voted for their own based on emotional attachments which unfortunately makes this list incredibly biased. The irony is that you have so many beautiful songs about your country and this is what you choose as an anthem. Geez.

The anthem has so much history to it... It's so revolutionary. The anthem is really old, it makes you think of the country... It gives you an idea of how we won our freedom. It shows how patriotic we are, how meaningful the words R. It makes you feel patriotic and makes you feel proud that you are American. You could look at any USA landmark... Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Red Wood Forests, Grand Tetons, Great Plains, White House, etc and see the United States anthem within it... Because to me it just speaks out FREE!

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.

Only 2 Anthems deserve to vie for top spot, the US and Russia. Russia's song, while only lyrically about 20 years of age, is beautiful, with a strength and passion nearly unmatched. The Star Spangled Banner is just gorgeous. The song itself originated from a poem, written in 1812, and symbolizes the strength and unity of the American people. It symbolizes their strength of will, and their resolve to do what is just.

4 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. more.

Whatever you might think of the obsolete text (170 years ago it was revolutionary: written by a nearly forgotten poet who supported the idea of unity, justice, and freedom) - praise the melody! It was originally written by Joseph Haydn as 2nd movement of the "Kaiserquartett" (String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3). Haydn himself thanked God for the inspiration, and in his old age used to play the melody every morning to find consolation and recreation. I think it's noble, solemn, very 18th century - simply beautiful.

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.

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...

5 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 by area (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, more.

I got so tired of this national anthem that I wanted to move to Cyprus, where they have no national anthem at all. But don't get me wrong, this is still a good national anthem

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.

The Canadian national anthem is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. The lyrics are simple, but accompanied by music, they hold so much meaning, depicting unity, love, and freedom. What I find great is that the more people sing it, the better it sounds. And the original French/English version is awesome! It just fills me with adrenaline and pride.

O Canada, our home and native land.

True, patriot love, in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts, we see the rise.

The True North strong and free.

From far and wide, O Canada.

We stand on guard for the.

God keep our land.

Glorious and free.

O Canada, we stand on guard for the.

O Canada, we stand on guard for the.

Easily the greatest national anthem in the world.

6 Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

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.

Mexico! Undoubtedly the most glorious lyrics, and exceptional music, who can match the "in heaven your eternal destiny, by the finger of God wrote" or "Think, beloved fatherland, that heaven, a soldier in each son you gave".

A great nation with such a rich history, with culture so powerful, with such delicious food, with the best beaches in the world, with so cheerful and noble people, with the most beautiful flag, could not but have a hymn as glorious!

I've heard and know my fair share of national anthems, and I can say that Mexico's national anthem lyrics are a beautiful poetry that invites you love, live and defend this country with as much passion as one would defend their own family. This is actually what it transmits passion, love, protectiveness for your family, for your country.

Mexico has the second best anthem after France, it calls every citizen to defend the fatherland with honor and glory, to avenge those who gave their lives for the country, and to punsih those who invaded. It is really beautiful to listen to it, and I think the meaning of the lyrics is just amazing, without anything similar.

7 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.

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.

The flower of Scotland isn't played that often officially, but it's a strong and emotional anthem that is sung with dedication and pride, sepecially at sports events. Though I'm not Scottish, it gives me goosebumps.

Makes me proud to be Scottish. Maybe one of the only sung in a dialect that's not heard that much anymore. Can't beat the bagpipes and hearing at a sport game. Gives me goosebumps!

Best anthem! However, there is no official anthem, but all of the options are good. Scots wha hae, flower of Scotland, highland cathedral, and Scotland the brave.

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

I am anti-nationalist I do not like things related to nationalism but I saw Michael Schumaker singing and laughing our song, I realized that it is joyful and does not inspire those who listen to think of being better than others. I also hope that other hymns will give this idea.

There is no way this is so low, it shows a lot about this website's demographic. The only anthem that has ever beaten it out was the Soviet one, and out of the ones that are still in use the only one that comes close si the Japanese one.

The Italian national anthem is a history lesson by itself. It's about how all Italian people should unite to form a unique nation, which hadn't been the case until the 19th century, when all Italian states joined to form the country we know today

9 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is more.

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 its 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!

To all the people on here saying God save the queen and all that, have you ever thought about the fact that eveything she owns is plundered by her ancestors and their armies who killed and terrorised innocent women and children to just expand their empire. And if all her money went to starving kids and charity how many lives would be saved rather than her sitting in her palace.
Scotland, Wales and N.I also have their own better national anthems so please consider them as their own nations rather than sub states of England.

Oh lord our God arise
Scatter her enemies
And make them fall
Confound their politics
Frustrate their knavish tricks
On the our hopes we fix
God save us all!
People fail to remember that this anthem, although it is a lot about the Queen, accounts for the people of Great Britain as well. God does not forget about the British people. He is with them always and forever.

As an Frenchman 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 English citizen can deliver. To me, this is the Best in the World (maybe there is some English Blood (I'm Breton) in me somewhere that tingles upon hearing the God save the Queen). As previously said. "Long live UK"

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

It's a song that invokes the spirit of the Brazilian land; the splendorous sky, the extensive forests, flowers that smiling, the sun gives the sensation of freedom, colossus of nature, the Brazilian soil is like a sweet, kind and accommodating mother, an earth that feeds on love and hope. Her children, Brazilians, they claim for justice, they pray for peace and for love to this "golden land", they do not fear death.

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.

Not only because I am Brazilian, but I truly think it's a wonderful anthem, both the lyrics and the instrumental part are rich and addictive, I enjoy listening to it on my free time, together with other Brazilian anthems such as independence and flag anthems... Making anthems must be one of the few things Brazil is exceptionally good at.

Of course I'm biased, but the Brazil National Anthem is the most beautifully crafted I can think of. The lyrics are dense, emotional and invoke nature, equality, independence and peace. No mention of religion or deities is also a bonus while it praises the strength of the country comes from the people.

The Contenders
11 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 more.

The South African national anthem includes 4 of the countries 11 official languages, and offers a message about unity, and strength in numbers. When a large crowd of proud South Africans sing this together you can't help but get goosebumps.

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.

As a fellow South African myself, I can't stop and notice the goosebumps on my arms as I hear the roar of the MOST BEAUTIFUL anthem in the world. We sing of unity, freedom and harmony, the words that should be the foundation of any nation also with the the cornerstone which is a prayer to God too bless the country. It also shows that by diversity comes unity and the anthem is sung combined in 11 official languages!
"ons vir jou Suid-Afrika"

South Africa's National Anthem is the best, as it gives thanks to God in the first line, and also it speaks the true feelings of the people. Our country has been through so much and we've come a long way since apartheid, and our anthem shows that. It has many languages - showing diversity- and if you know and understand the meaning, you'll understand how amazing and truly beautiful it is... #proudlySouthAfrican

12 Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

The royal March is a great representation of a proud country, hated by many and loved by more. Today Spain is in the avanguard of progressive thinking. It's national anthem is a March ahead, never look back. Number 4 for sure. For sue better than the number one voted Pakistan! are we kidding?

I have probably listened to a hundred national anthems at least, it is a subject that really interests me, and the spanish anthem is the best of them. And I'm not biaised, beacause I am belgian and actually kind of dislike Spain. But their anthem is the best.

Most beautiful anthem EVER! I love the National Anthem of France and the USA as well! Its just that the Spanish Royal Anthem is so majestic, regal and powerful sounding!

This is not a hymn but a march, the Royal March of Granidiers. It's not meant to be sung but for marching down folliwing its powerful, deep and spirited tune and rithm. One of the first of all hymns in Europe for one the greatest and oldest nations.

13 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.

National Anthem of Bangladesh. Literal English translation
My beloved Bengal-

My Bengal of Gold,
I love you.

Forever your skies,
Your air set my heart in tune
As if it were a flute.

In spring, O mother mine,
The fragrance from your mango groves
Makes me wild with joy,
Ah, what a thrill!
In autumn, O mother mine,
In the full blossomed paddy fields
I have seen spread all over sweet smiles.

Ah, what beauty, what shades,
What an affection, and what tenderness!
What a quilt have you spread
At the feet of banyan trees
And along the banks of rivers!

Oh mother mine, words from your lips
Are like nectar to my ears.
Ah, what a thrill!

If sadness, O mother mine,
Casts a gloom on your face,
My eyes are filled with tears!
Golden Bengal,
I love you.

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.

Our national anthem might not have them extreme patriotic words, might not have super enchanting music but it has love. Yes people, it's very emotional and shows the love we hold towards our country. Our tradition, our culture, our thoughts, our beauty and our love- all held by this song. A song that makes you want to live and love more, Bangladesh.

I am an Indian and proud of my country and our national anthom.. But when I listened the national anthom of Bangladesh I found it world's best. I have listened it more than a hundred times in just two days. It touches my heart deeply and fill my soul with love to motherland. Now I can understand how Bangladeshi people were able to free their motherland from Pakistan army, it was just because the inspiration they got from - Amar sonar bangla.

14 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. 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 lyrics aew 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.

Unlike other anthems, it has got a beautiful melody and sophisticated lyrics. Really has got the soul of Japanese people in it. Even though the emperor has no political power Japanese people still love and look up to him as a symbol of the country. I love the moss part.

Not only a work of beauty, it's quite ancient, and truly evocative of Japan. Of all of the national anthems, this is pretty much the only one that sounds utterly timeless.

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!

15 Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

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!

It has a beautiful melody, the music was composed by Julian Felipe which had inspirations from: Spain's national anthem "Marcha Real", "Grand March" from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" and France's national anthem "La Marseillaise"...

The lyrics was originally in Spanish and it was translated into English during American colonization period and then after gain independence from the USA, it was translated into Tagalog... As you read the lyrics... it's more patriotic than other national anthems of different countries, it remembers how our heroes were sacrificed during colonization of the invaders to achieve the independence and also the lyrics shows love to our country...

Really shows how high spirited, nationalistic and devoted the filipinos are to their country. This song can be the definition of being nationalism despite being undeveloped. This is no joke. Have you seen how strong filipinos are during super typhoons? How bright their spirits are for the future despite having a corrupt government for centuries? The anthem's tune also does speak for itself but like most treasures, it is what is inside that has true beauty.

"Thy banner dear to all hearts
Its sun and stars alright,
Oh, never shall its shining fields
Be dimmed by tyrants might."

The Philippine national anthem is one of the best anthems in the world because of the anthem itself shows how our Filipino heroes fought with determination and bravery, how they showed their love for their motherland and how they did not hesitate to fight for the freedom of their fellow country men... Reading between the lines is the way to know that we Filipinos are also proud and love to be in our country, of how rich and beautiful it is. It reflected the things we've learned despite the fact that we've been colonized by a lot of countries... That is where the unity, loyalty, bravery and patriotism of every Filipino is shown, even in the times of calamity, war, and lost of hope... We still fight.. Together as true Filipinos!

16 Soviet Union

United forever in friendship and labour,
Our mighty republics will ever endure!
The great Soviet Union will live through the ages,
For dreams of the people, our fortress secure!

Long live our Soviet motherland!
Built by the people's mighty hand!
Long live the people, united and free!
Strong in our friendship tried by fire!
Long may our crimson flag, inspire!
Shining in glory for all men to see!

From the days dark and stormy, when great Lenin lead us,
His eyes saw the bright light of freedom above!
And Stalin our leader with faith in the people!
Inspired us to build up, the land that we love!

Long live our soviet motherland!
Built by the people's mighty hand!
Long live the people, united and free!
Strong in our friendship tried by fire!
Long may our crimson flag inspire!
Shining in glory for all men to see!

We fought for the future, destroyed the invaders!
And brought to our homeland, the laurels of ...more

I love it!


Stand up, damned of the Earth
Stand up, prisoners of starvation
Reason thunders in its volcano
This is the eruption of the end.
Of the past let us make a clean slate
Enslaved masses, stand up, stand up.
The world is about to change its foundation
We are nothing, let us be all.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race.

Best anthem ever! Relay represents the nation and there system of government. When listen to it in English I only hear words like brotherhood, workers, and the common citizen. By far the best way better the the USA's star spangled banner.

Even through the time of the horrible Soviet Dictatorships of Stalin, Brezhnev, and so forth, the National Anthem of the Soviet Union remains a powerful and beautiful mark on how much the Russian people love there country so much.

17 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

I am sorry but the national anthem is the opposite of what we are doing. It says we welcome people from other lands and we are rich and fair blah blah... we call refugees illegal refugees as if there is a legal refugee its pethetic... I can go on but a national anthem should be about the real values that ARE valued not just sang and left on the shelf!

As an Australian I am duty bound to love the song we hear ad-nauseum at the Commonwealth Games; but, gotta say, even though it's pretty bland musically, the sentiment of the lyrics makes me proud of the society we have created and contemplative of how lucky we are to live here.

Australia has a great national anthem but most forget to sing the second verse, yes their is a second verse for those who don't know.
I once went to the dawn service and they didn't play the second verse which I thought is quite disrespectful.

We're not just advancing Australia, but we advance together, this Anthem says so much about unity and its about our multiculturalism and how diverse our country is!

18 Republic of Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

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.

Captures the mental attitude of every Irish man, woman and child as people who have fought for their right to sing this anthem and will continue to do so until worlds end.

It's about the history of the country, it is more meaningful than most anthems. It is sung with passion in our native tongue!

If you went to any sports event and listened to every national anthem in the world, you will not find a more rousing anthem than "Amhrán na bhFiann". I keep hearing the German, Italian and American anthems are the best. Anybody who says that doesn't know good music.

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

Beautiful country with the most heterogeneous population and diversity in climate, heritage and culture. Nepal boasts its shooting lyrics with dynamic and creative music. The national anthem of Nepal is special in many ways, but the most important being a new anthem in a new federal democratic republic nation was to show the unity and solidarity within diversity of population and culture.

While every other national anthem ever sounds the same, Nepal gives a show of Nepali culture. Listen to the Chinese anthem, does that remind you of the country? Probably not, in fact, if there was a game for guessing all the national anthems, most people would say all the national anthems sound the same. Wait, but Nepal shows off their country rather than some boring march. I mean, it's also catchy as well.

It's a very unique and special anthem that signifies the unity among the people of a very small but very diverse country. Having around 150 languages and dialects spoken and around 100 different ethnicities creates a great difference in the way of life of people living in the mountains, hills and the plains of Nepal. This anthem spreads the feeling of unity and brotherhood.

I'm just someone from the U.S. who, on a whim, decided to listen to all the national anthems. This one was easily my favorite of them all. My own country's anthem is exciting, content wise, but Nepal's is way more awesome melodically and is actually thematically peaceful. So, this is #1 in my opinion.

20 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.

Well I've listened to many anthems and ukrainian gets the hair on your neck raised each time. Its fast paced and inspiring. Definitely the best one amongst slavic nations. I don't understand why Russian is 2nd and this is 16th. I find my own countries anthem very emotional too, but I can say this is the best one.

This anthem is more emotional and musically talented than all the rest. The Russian anthem is great, but can't compare to this. One of the only things about the country that lots of people agree on as far as I've seen. Best musical piece devised.

I will always be proud of my mother country. I love the anthem most, it shows our love for our country, and our undying hope for a better future despite being constantly attacked and taken over and having our rights subsided.

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.

21 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. more.

The leader of the opposition Labour government party wanted to change this anthem, but why? Just because we were deciding whether we would change the flag (Which we didn't because the alternative choices were terrible) and we lost pride in what we already had. Its actually a great anthem with a tune and shows racial unity between the Maori people and NZ Europeans.

This anthem is about love and peace for everyone. I don't think anyone could not vote for this after listening to the entire anthem. It's long, but it is amazing and could teach some other countries a few morals or two... 'Merica, I'm looking at you.

I think actually NZ's national anthem is the best of all it is so beautiful and it has the soul in it so deeply and I think it should be in the best 3. But then I was slightly shocked when it was the 12th but I still love this national anthem!

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.

22 Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Denmark's national anthem isn't about war, power or leaders, unlike most other national anthems. It focuses on the beauty of the country.

Kingdom Of Denmark has the best national anthem as well as the peace there in Denmark is no war that I like so much If all countries are like this then there is no war in the Earth. So no war only Peace

Denmark has a truly beautiful anthem. It is inspirational, good lyrics and a fantastic melody. Best anthem.

Lovely melody and lyrics! Love it!

23 Wales Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.

The climax at the end is so uplifting and it is a song for the people, poets and warriors of the land uniting them to protect their language, unlike the English one which is all about serving your monarch and being reigned over.

A great tempo with amazing lyrics. Translate them to your native younger to see the passion behind this tiny nations anthem. Combine this with Wales being the land of song and you have your true number 1!

Nothing is more powerful than the Welsh belting out in pure pride to their national anthem. Puts the hair on my neck right up! The power and the pure passion of the Welsh push them way beyond any other nation!

Any anthem will be judged with rose tinted glasses and a sense of national pride by those judging, but keeping my glasses and Welsh pride to one side,the top three in any order are Russia, France and my beloved Wales.

24 Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately more.

Badass anthem, really embodies the pride and robustness of the Polish people. They've been invaded countless times (mainly for geographic reasons, Poland is very flat and has very little defense from invaders). The song is about one of the many times Poland was annexed and lost it's sovereignty. The song was meant to be a morale boost to the Poles fighting under Napoleon in the hopes that one day they would reclaim Poland. I really can't stress enough how great of a representation of the Polish spirit this song is, from WW2 (and Generalplan Ost really), to the Iron Curtain, to the Swedish conquest, to the Russian empire's conquest, etc. Poland (and a lot of other Slavic nations) have stood strong and not given up on their nation despite the countless wars and massacres there. I'm not Polish myself but I really love the anthem and it's lyrics, as an honorable mention I also love the American anthem and "God Bless The USA" although not the anthem, greatly represents the classic American ...more

It's so inspirational! Just read the first two lines of the anthem, and remember how Poland lost independence for 123 years, yet still carried on with patriotism and national pride. I might be bias, but I personally love this anthem.

Beautiful and patriotic anthem of the nation that, after betrayal, was for 123 years occupied by German and Russian invaders and has not lost its identity.

There are many beautiful national anthems, but I want to vote for Polish because it's mine. I'm proud of being Pole.

25 Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.

It is a prayer for things people should need and have, while giving thanks to the most high.

Best Anthem ever. giving praise to the Almighty... ( The Great I Am) while asking for guidance as a nation. Good stuff.

This the best Anthem ever. Should be in the top 10 in fact.

This anthem should be in the top five its amazing!

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