If we put aside our nationalism and our like and dislikes of certain countries, which are the best – and worst – national anthems?
Remember, this has nothing to do with how you feel about the country itself.
By the way, if you want to hear a given anthem, I think you can find most of them on Youtube. If you have another site where one may hear them all, please contribute it.
I have come to the conclusion that the French National Anthem belongs in the top 10 best. This rendition by opera singer Roberto Alagna is AWESOME! See it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrtD2Nn_3Ok
The German National Anthem is very nice and is one of the few written by a famous composer (Haydn). I would rate it just under the French anthem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHDxUvDXFqg
At the other end of the scale, the Hungarian National Anthem leaves me kind of cold. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md0FZrCi4Ss
But the one I am most disappointed with is Italy’s (Hear it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwVSTXn5ghw&mode=related&search= )
I can’t believe this is the anthem of the country that gave the world Verdi, the Grand March from Aida, Rigoletto, etc. etc. This is the best Italy could do for an anthem? It sounds like some sort of polka!
Any other opinions?