View Poll Results: Best National Anthem

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  • La Marseillaise (France)

    13 17.33%
  • God Save the Queen (UK)

    1 1.33%
  • The Star Spangled Banner (USA)

    16 21.33%
  • Hymn of Russia (Russia)

    20 26.67%
  • O Canada (Canada)

    4 5.33%
  • Deutschland Über Alles (Germany)

    5 6.67%
  • Hatikvah (Israel)

    2 2.67%
  • Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika (South Africa)

    3 4.00%
  • March of the Volunteers (China)

    0 0%
  • Other (Which?)

    11 14.67%
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Actually, I like the national anthems of the former Eastern block countries.

    Most of them sound like there's a tuba player being chased by a bear in a fur hat.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Who is the fantastic fellow that knows that the french have a fantastic anthem !?

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    O Canada is somewhat boring and repetitive, but it's ours and that makes it special. Being a sports fan I hear lots of national anthems and I do like the Star Spangled Banner when sung with passion and a good voice - and not bastardized by someone trying to be "unique" - and I really loved when Kate Smith sang God Bless America at Philadelphia Flyers playoff games.

    For what it's worth, this non-American thinks God Bless America would be a better anthem choice, but then all the atheists would be on the warpath - sorry, bad Indian reference, right? - oops, I mean bad Native America reference, right - not that there's anything bad about Native Americans - oh hell, never mind.
    I like O Canada. Especially in French "O Canada. Terre de nos ailleurs..."

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    OK, so I've reviewed them all and I have to say that South Africa's is by favorite, by far:



    Lord bless our nation,
    Stop wars and sufferings,
    Save it, save our nation,
    The nation of South Africa — South Africa.
    From the blue of our heavens,
    From the depths of our seas,
    Over our everlasting mountains,
    Where the cliffs give answer,
    Sounds the call to come together,
    And united we shall stand,
    Let us live and strive for freedom
    In South Africa our land.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Sorry, but these polls even if they had honest intentions will result in nothing but proud dick-waving.
    In addition, I doubt that most can speak even one foreign language in this forum, and relying on Internet translation is a poor substitute for the original. Like how you can't understand translated humor, you can't understand those lyrics. Ours may sound ridiculous when translated but it means an entirely different thing in Korean.

    That being said, the Russian anthem is absolutely epic. (Trivia, it's a slightly modified version of the Soviet one)
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I'm surprised Australia wasn't on the list.



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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I'm not going to lie, Israel's Havitkah has this dark, powerful vibe and I like it.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    Who is the fantastic fellow that knows that the french have a fantastic anthem !?
    I agree, the French have the best. Of course you almost never hear it at the Olympics!

    Best use of an anthem in a movie. British in "Chariots of Fire" when Harold Abrahams' Coach is in the hotel and hears God Save the King and knows Abrahams has won the Gold Medal



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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    Who is the fantastic fellow that knows that the french have a fantastic anthem !?
    Multiple people, apparently.

    Anyway, I think most people know the French anthem, regardless of their feelings towards France, and anyone who has heard it knows how epic it is.

    Easily the most 'bad-ass' anthem in the world, and definitely the most bloody.

    There's a line in the Marseillaise about slitting foreigners' throats and using their blood to water French fields.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    If it counts as one, Waltzing Matilda gets my vote. If not, the former Soviet Union's was pretty badass.

    America has the absolute worst. It's so dissonant and disjunct that you have to be an incredibly talented musician to not butcher it.

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