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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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Thread: Best National Anthem?

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    Best National Anthem?

    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).
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Pull up the national anthem of Montenegro on youtube. It sounds like the soundtrack to a gothic vampire movie.

    I like Ireland's, it is beautiful, and Canada has a fantastic anthem.

    The worst ones are central and S American countries, they all sound like something from a cheesy military junta.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Sorry, I've heard the others and still prefer the US anthem.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Pull up the national anthem of Montenegro on youtube. It sounds like the soundtrack to a gothic vampire movie.

    I like Ireland's, it is beautiful, and Canada has a fantastic anthem.

    The worst ones are central and S American countries, they all sound like something from a cheesy military junta.

    I was expecting something like the Russian anthem (which I think is really powerful and inspiring), so I was gonna give you an earful for saying any East European anthem sounded gothic, dark and scary.

    But you're actually totally right. That's some Bram Stoker stuff right there. Jesus.

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    I was expecting something like the Russian anthem (which I think is really powerful and inspiring), so I was gonna give you an earful for saying any East European anthem sounded gothic, dark and scary.

    But you're actually totally right. That's some Bram Stoker stuff right there. Jesus.
    Yeah, it sounds like some serious evil count in a castle with an army of the undead. If Montenegro ever played New Zealand in rugby, this could actually unnerve you more than the Maori Haka...
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    Yeah, it sounds like some serious evil count in a castle with an army of the undead. If Montenegro ever played New Zealand in rugby, this could actually unnerve you more than the Maori Haka...
    I imagine the lyrics are all just:

    Did you see what we did to the Turks?
    We put them all on giant spikes
    Through their anuses, out their mouths
    That's right, we did that

    Balkaaaania, Balkania!
    Your bloodshed knows no bounds!
    But at least it tastes great
    Seriously, try it sometime.

    x2

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    America's > the rest.
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    Ach'imŭn pinnara, "Let Morning Shine"

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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    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.
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    Re: Best National Anthem?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    I imagine the lyrics are all just:

    Did you see what we did to the Turks?
    We put them all on giant spikes
    Through their anuses, out their mouths
    That's right, we did that

    Balkaaaania, Balkania!
    Your bloodshed knows no bounds!
    But at least it tastes great
    Seriously, try it sometime.

    x2
    There is a youtube with english lyrics on it, I'd post it, but I'm on a tablet right now.
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