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?

    Soviet, for sure.

    Not the revisionist Russian version.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?



    It's hard to beat La Marseillaise. I've also always found the anthem of the former German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany, to be quite beautiful.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I'm not all that fond of the Star Spangled Banner. It's too hard to sing. But it's very nice when done right.

    France, England, Russia, and Germany all have nice anthems too. They're kind of all cut from the same cloth. Old-school choral/orchestral songs.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    OK, here is Montenegro with english lyrics...Damien, the Anti-Christ!!!!



    And here is one for a former country, the beloved Tannu Tuva, their national anthem sounds like the soundtrack to some sprawling cinematic work of yesteryear:

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    National anthem's?

    Nationalistic, nonsensical, propaganda designed to evoke loyalty from the masses.

    If political leaders could put subliminal messages in them without being caught, they obviously would.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Well, it is a mix of patriotism but I also honestly find it the best national anthem.

    Het Wilhelmus (the Wilhelmus)

    It is the oldest national anthem, written down in 1574 but only becoming our national anthem in 1932. It is an acronym of the name of the founder of our country, Wilhelm van Oranje (or as it was then, WILLEM VAN NASSOV).

    I have 3 versions, the first is instrumental and the second is from the crowning of our new king in 2013 (organ and vocals)





    the entire song is never played, it is 15 minutes long (or there abouts) so normally only the first stanza and sixth stanza are played.

    These stanza's are:

    William of Nassau
    am I, of Dutch blood.
    Loyal to the fatherland
    I will remain until I die.
    A prince of Orange
    am I, free and fearless.
    The king of Spain
    I have always honoured.

    My shield and reliance
    are you, o God my Lord.
    It is you on whom I want to rely,
    never leave me again.
    [Grant] that I may remain brave,
    your servant for always,
    and [may] defeat the tyranny,
    which pierces my heart.

    at events it is only played once, at the last 3 royal funerals the Wilhelmus was played when the coffins left for the church when leaving the royal palace (see below) which is the third version of the song



    For more about the anthem, it's history and translated text you can read about it here Wilhelmus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I can never separate La Marseillaise from this classic movie scene:

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    Just a relatively harmless poll to see which anthem everyone likes the best. Inspired from the other thread about anthems.

    I would urge everyone not to simply vote for their own country's anthem out of patriotic pride, because then the poll will be very, very boring.

    We can all agree that there are some pretty cool anthems out there, at least give it some real thought -- and if for some reason, you haven't heard the Marseillaise or the Star Spangled Banner, at least check them out before voting.

    Also, please explain why you chose which anthem you chose -- do you like the historical context, the musical piece, the inspiring lyrics, what? I'll freely admit I'll be disappointed if every American chooses the American anthem because it's American, or every Brit chooses the British anthem because it's British.

    There's no national pride at stake here -- feel free to vote however you like (or, write in an answer if you don't like the options).
    But the poll doesnt include every country
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    I used to like 'Waltzing Matilda'- it made up for how boring the swimming events were. I understand it's been replaced, though, by an anthem sung in English.
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