Top 10 Countries with the Best National Anthem

There are many great national anthems, but what is the best?
The Top Ten
1 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are located in Pakistan.

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.

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.

Well, I am Pakistani but not because I live in pakistan I have voted it. It really has very soothing words and music . If you even read it's translation you will be shocked that it's a 4 stanza anthem but has every thing covered in it , no harm to any country or religion, combining all religions in one anthem

Being a Pakistani, I would like to share a fact about our Anthem. Pakistan was created in 1947 but Anthem was not prepared untill Iran's President visited Pakistan 2 years later. Since only Anthem's music is played at such events, Pakistanis made a nice music without any lyrics and did away with the event. Later It became a tough job to write lyrics based on music which could reflect purpose and fundamentals of the country. Government called upon all poets in country to take it as a challenge and write the lyrics. So, After months of effort, Hafeez Jalindhari was able to write the lyrics.

2 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 the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 675,000 km2 (251,000 mi2) and has a total population of 67 million (data from 2017). ...read more.

Unlike the anthems of Pakistan and India, La Marseillaise has an actual meaning which is the quest against tyranny. The romanticised take of an uprising.

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.

3 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. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages.

Yes... The Indian national anthem is the best and beautiful national songs in the world... No one can compare to that...

It's one of the best national anthem in the world because it don't harm any other country's culture, it don't harm any religion but it raises the voice in favor of cosmopolitanism and unity between the different religions and cultural people. And if you listen the full poem "Bhagyo Bidhata" written by Rabindranath Tagore, from where the national anthem has been taken, you can find out very deep sensibility and we can't see in the anthem that India is best, because there is no best country in the world, a country is for the people resides in it and Tagore prays to god for those people hence for the country. So I think it is very rich not only as a national anthem but as an outstanding sensible poem also.

It should have been at the top! Look at the meaning and the way it was fabricated. India is a difficult nation to write a national anthem for. With hundreds of ethnic identities, cultures, languages and religions constituting a nation, how would you write even a speech that addresses all of them? Writing a national anthem that will be loved and respected by all is a different story. You need a heart and a brain going together to do the job, which only a man like ravi tagore could!

The only reason is that it's my own country. And whatever anyone else might say, all the votes here come for the same reason. The question has been framed as "Which country has the best national anthem?" but it actually answers the question "Which country has the most people who know about this poll?". I love my country, but better yet, I love the world and earnestly wait for the day when we will all be one. It may not happen in my lifetime, but I believe, it will.

4 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across eleven time zones and borders sixteen sovereign nations, the most of any country in the world. It is the ninth-most populous country and the most populous country in Europe, with a population of 145.5 million. The country's capital and largest city is Moscow, the largest city entirely within Europe. Saint Petersburg is Russia's cultural centre and second-largest city. Other major urban areas ...read more.

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.

Only La Marseillaise comes anywhere near to even being considered a serious contender. The demise of the Soviet Union robbed us, for several years, of the chance to hear this wonderfully stirring anthem. It used to be worth watching the Olympics just to hear this as they raised the hammer and sickle.

5 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 British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Its capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Though it has no official language, English and ...read 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 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 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!

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.

6 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.

Some territory was lost after World War 1 and a lot more after World War 2, basically started by Hitler's Nazi dictatorship. Then the Soviets kept their zone - the 'DDR', East Germany, separate with a wall through the middle of Berlin, until 1990 when the country was reunited. ...read 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...

7 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, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Its 3 territories are: Yukon, Northwest territories, and Nunavut. Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg, St. John's, and Fredericton are major cities in the country. Canada's capital city, Ottawa, is in the southeastern province of Ontario, near the city of Montreal ...read more.

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.

Canada's Anthem is strong and beautiful. It shows the power and strength of the North in a peaceful yet beautiful way. The anthem is filled with pride and emotion that brings tears to the eyes. It shows a unified country that promotes freedom and peace and not war. It's an anthem that brings people together and it makes me proud to be Canadian.

Canada's anthem is truly beautiful. It represents the glory of life and that it's bad to fight and that war is a bad thing. They are one of the best countries to represent because they do not agree with war. In the anthem "The true, north, strong and free", it represents that they are strong, but also very peaceful. Also, the song has a good flow to it.

8 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.

This is one of the bravest anthems in the whole world. It calls every mexican to fight and defend the country against our enemies and tells us to remember the ones who have fought, talks about honor and how the motherland loves us. It is said that the author wrote the lyrics in a night stand.

9 Italy Italy, (Italian: Repubblica Italiana), is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian. ...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

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

10 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.

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!

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.

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.

The Contenders
11 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 Boris Johnson. The UK is a Unitary State consisting of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is currently a member state of the European Union, but as of 2016 has start the withdrawal process, and is set to leave the Union in October 2019. ...read 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"

12 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas; it is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world; as well as the most populous ...read more.

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.

13 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 and Zimbabwe, and on the east by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho.

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.

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

I'm NURSING FIRST SON from Nigeria and I can confirm to you that this anthem is the best. Uniting the various tribes with the application of the various ethnic dialects. I think it should be number three coming right behind FRANCE and GERMANY. It's so melodious like sweet wine from Holland.

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"

14 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and several minor overseas territories also scattered along the Moroccan coast of the Alboran Sea. The country's mainland is bordered to the south by Gibraltar; to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea; to the north by France, Andorra and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.

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?

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!

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.

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.

15 Bangladesh Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. It is the eighth-most populous country in the world, with a population exceeding 163 million people in an area of either 148,460 square kilometres (57,320 sq mi) or 147,570 square kilometres (56,980 sq mi), making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Bangladesh shares land borders with India to the west, north, and east, and Myanmar to the southeast; to the south it has a coastline along the Bay of Bengal. It is narrowly separated from Bhutan and Nepal by the Siliguri Corridor; and from China by 100 km of the Indian state of Sikkim in the north. Dhaka, the capital and largest city, ...read more.

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.

"My Golden Bengal" I don't know if there is any other national anthem that glorified there geographical beauty that much beautifully. I believe there is nothing more beautiful, comfortable, gorgeous then home. This national anthem is all about the love for roots. from my opinion this is the most melodious national anthem in this world.

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.

16 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.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). ...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 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!

17 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines is bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the southwest. It shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Palau to the east and southeast, Indonesia to the south, Malaysia to the southwest, Vietnam to the west, and China to the northwest. The Philippines covers an area of 300,000 km2 (120,000 ...read more.

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...

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!

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!

18 Soviet Union

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.

This song is so powerful and touching. It just shows how much the people loved their country even through the ruling of Stalin

Still better than the current national anthem of Russia because of the Red Army Choir.

19 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and driest inhabited continent, with the least fertile soils. It is a megadiverse country, and its size gives it a wide variety of landscapes and climates, with deserts in the centre, tropical rainforests in the north-east, and mountain ranges in the south-east.

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!

20 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!

Very inspirational and historic. The history behind this song is very moving and will never be forgotten.

21 Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. It is home of the famous Gurkhas whose name come from a small district in Nepal called Gorkha. The name Gorkha came from the legendary Indian sage Gorakhnath who did spent later part of his life in the mountain of Gorkha. These Gorkhas later became Nepali who are known as peaceful people until when the country was open for outsiders. Nepal and Nepalese fought few wars with Muslims rulers from India and were not defeated. Later Nepalese fought wars with British India five times in a row but Nepali were not defeated whereas most of the Indian subcontinent was ruled by British.

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.

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.

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.

22 Ukraine Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest European country, covering approximately 600,000 square kilometres (230,000 sq mi), and has a population of around 40 million people. It is bordered by Russia to the east and northeast; by Belarus to the north; by Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; and by Romania and Moldova to the southwest; with a coastline along the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. Kyiv is Ukraine's capital as well as its largest city. The country's language is Ukrainian, and many people are also fluent in Russian.

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.

23 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

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.

24 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, lying southwest of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany. ...read more.

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!

25 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!

No anthem grasps your soul the way this one does, it envelopes your soul in roaring emotion and leaves you with a sense of jubilation and belonging when it ends.

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