The Olympics are now in full flight, and medal ceremonies are coming thick and fast. But does your national anthem make your breast swell with pride or make you want to cringe behind the sofa? And what are the alternatives?
With China and the US steaming ahead in the gold medal tallies, we’re getting to hear our fair share of the March of the Volunteers and the Star Spangled Banner respectively. That might just get boring by the end of the Games. But try listening to all 200 plus anthems, as UK journalist Alex Marshall has done – now that’s a marathon! Many tunes are right stinkers, but some made his heart sing.
Personally, I can’t stand the dull procession of identikit military marches. And some anthems’ lyrics are pretty violent, too, as bloggers Noel Boivin and Christopher Lombardo have found out. Do these songs really represent the Olympic spirit? Is it jingoism, or just healthy pride in a nation’s history?
And, most importantly, what tune would YOU like to see your athletes singing along to on the podium and WHY?
Should it be Waltzing Matilda for the Ozzies? Guantanamera for the Cubans? Or traditional folk music only? And is there a classic rendition of the tune that you’d want to adopt?