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Favorite classical compositions[edit]

18th century[edit]

19th century[edit]

Favorite national anthems[edit]

By continent[edit]


Central Africa[edit]
Eastern Africa[edit]
Northern Africa[edit]
Southern Africa[edit]
Western Africa[edit]


North America[edit]
South America[edit]


Central Eurasia[edit]
Eastern Eurasia[edit]
Northeastern Eurasia[edit]
Northern Eurasia[edit]
Northwestern Eurasia[edit]
Southern Eurasia[edit]
Southeastern Eurasia[edit]
Southwestern Eurasia[edit]
Western Eurasia[edit]


Favorite historical national anthems[edit]

By continent[edit]

Central Africa[edit]
Eastern Africa[edit]
Northern Africa[edit]
Southern Africa[edit]
Central Eurasia[edit]
Eastern Eurasia[edit]
Northern Eurasia[edit]
Southern Eurasia[edit]
Western Eurasia[edit]
North America[edit]

TV sign off/on national anthems[edit]

Favorite opera songs[edit]

Favorite songs[edit]

By decade[edit]

























Analyses and factoids of national anthems[edit]

National anthems analyses

National anthems by topic[edit]

Commemorates historical event(s)[edit]

  • Algeria – Algerian actions during the Algerian War of Independence
  • Argentina – Argentine actions during the Argentine War of Independence
  • China - Chinese actions during World War II
  • Netherlands – William of Orange's actions during the Dutch Revolt
  • Poland - The Polish Legions' actions in Italy during the French Revolutionary Wars
  • Portugal – Portuguese response to the 1890 British Ultimatum
  • (Apartheid-era) South Africa – The Great Trek.
  • United States - U.S. defensives in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812

Commemorates language(s)[edit]

  • Moldova - Romanian
  • Yugoslavia - Slavic

Commemorates a person[edit]

  • Belgium – King of Belgium
  • Cambodia - King of Cambodia
  • Japan - Emperor of Japan
  • Korea (1902–1910) - Emperor of Korea
  • Nepal (1962–2006) – King of Nepal
  • Netherlands – William of Orange
  • New Zealand and United Kingdom - Queen of the UK
  • Oman - Sultan of Oman

National anthems by authorship[edit]

National anthems written or composed by the same person[edit]

  • Bangladesh and India
  • Cape Verde (until 1996) and Guinea-Bissau
  • Central African Republic and Senegal
  • Cyprus and Greece
  • Egypt, Iraq, and Libya (1971–1977)
  • Finland and Estonia (only the melody, slightly modified, is shared)
  • Korea (1902–1910) and Japan
  • Libya and Tunisia
  • Lichtenstein, United Kingdom, and New Zealand
  • South Africa (1994–1997), Zambia, and Tanzania
  • Syria and Iraq

National anthems that were composed by another nation[edit]

  • Albania, composed by a Romanian
  • Central African Republic, composed by a Frenchman
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus, composed by a Greek
  • Estonia, composed by a German
  • Finland, composed by a German
  • Guinea-Bissau, composed by a Chinese
  • Iraq (1982–2003), composed by a Lebanese
  • Iraq, composed by a Lebanese
  • Israel, derived from a Romanian song
  • Japan, composed (or arranged?) by a German
  • Korea (pre-1910), composed by a German
  • Lesotho, composed by a Swiss
  • Libya, composed by an Egyptian
  • Liechtenstein, composed by a Briton
  • Malaysia, composed by a Frenchman
  • Mexico, composed by a Spaniard
  • Micronesia, composed by a German
  • Moldova (pre-1995)
  • Morocco, composed by a Frenchman
  • New Zealand, composed by a Briton
  • Palestine, composed by an Egyptian
  • Palestine (pre-1996), composed by a Lebanese
  • Romania
  • Senegal, composed by a Frenchman
  • Serbia, composed by a Slovene
  • South Korea (pre-1948), composed by a Briton
  • Syria, composed by a Lebanese
  • Tunisia, composed by an Egyptian
  • United States, composed by a Briton

National anthems by structure[edit]

National anthems that are multiple songs combined[edit]

National anthems that repeat the last few lines[edit]

National anthems by etymology[edit]

National anthems named after their nation's people[edit]

  • Niger
  • Portugal
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Zaire

National anthems named after a person[edit]

National anthems by lyrical content[edit]

National anthems that invoke God at the start[edit]

  • Hungary, "O God, bless the nation of Hungary..."
  • Iceland, "Oh, God of our land..."
  • New Zealand, "God of nations, at thy feet..."
  • Serbia, "God of justice..."
  • South Africa, "God bless Africa..."
  • Tanzania, "God bless Africa..."
  • United Kingdom, "God save our gracious queen..."

National anthems that mention another nation[edit]

  • Algeria, mentions France by name (in negative context)
  • Argentina, mentions Spain indirectly (in negative context)
  • China (1912–1913), mentions the United States directly (in positive context)
  • Poland, mentions Italy and Sweden (in neutral context), mentions Russia and Germany (in negative context)
  • Portugal, directly mentions the United Kingdom (in negative context)
  • Ireland, indirectly mentions the United States (in positive context)
  • Netherlands, mentions Spain and Israel by name (in positive context)
  • Romania, directly mentions Rome (in positive context) and Barbarians (in negative context)
  • Ukraine, directly mentions the Cossacks (in positive context)
  • United States, indirectly mentions the United Kingdom (in negative context)
  • Uruguay, mentions Inca and Israel (in positive context)

National anthems that mention a race[edit]

  • Cambodia, "Like a rock, the Khmer race is eternal."
  • New Zealand, "Men of every creed and race,"
  • Rwanda (1962–2002), "Tutsi, Twa, Hutu, with other racial elements,"
  • Serbia, "Serbian lands and Serbian race!"
  • South Vietnam, "Make its name shine, forever worthy of our race."

National anthems that mention a specific person or persons[edit]

  • Iraq (1982–2003) - Saladin, Harun al-Rashid, and al-Muthanna ibn Haritha
  • Italy - Scipio Africanus
  • Netherlands – William of Orange, David, and King Saul
  • North Macedonia - Gotse Delchev, Pitu Guli, Dame Gruev, and Yane Sandanski
  • Poland - Stefan Czarniecki, Jan Henryk Dąbrowski, and Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Romania - Trajan, Mihai Viteazul, Ștefan cel Mare, and Matthias Corvinus
  • Soviet Union - Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin

National anthems that mention their nation's flag[edit]

Meta and miscellaneous[edit]

National anthems that sound like other songs[edit]

  • Albania, intro sounds like Sweden's national anthem
  • Andorra, intro sounds like France's national anthem
  • Antigua and Barbuda, start sounds like "Hail, Columbia"
  • Argentina, section near the end sounds like Australia's national anthem
  • Australia, intro sounds like Argentina's national anthem
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, intro sounds like the "Faber College Theme" from National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Cambodia, sounds like Kenyan national anthem
  • Cape Verde, intro sounds like the old South African national anthem
  • Colombia, intro sounds like the U.S. Coast Guard's song
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, intro sounds like Ireland's national anthem
  • Georgia, intro sounds like North Korea's national anthem
  • Ghana, sounds a bit like Ivorian and Sierra Leonean national anthems
  • Iceland, sounds like "Ein feste Burg"
  • Ivory Coast, sounds like "National Spirit March"
  • Madagascar, sounds like Albania's national anthem
  • Malaysia, sounds like Albania's national anthem
  • Marshall Islands, part in middle and end sounds like Slovenia's national anthem
  • Mauritius, intro sounds like Austria's national anthem
  • Moldova, intro sounds like the former Mozambique national anthem
  • Namibia, part sounds like "Waltzing Matilda"
  • Norway, intro sounds like "Deck the Halls"
  • Philippines, intro sounds like New Zealand's national anthem
  • Portugal, intro sounds like Canada's national anthem
  • Slovenia, sounds like Australia's national anthem
  • South Sudan, sounds like Eritrea's national anthem
  • Sri Lanka, sounds like old Cambodian national anthem
  • Yugoslavia, sounds like Poland's national anthem

Nations that share the same national anthems[edit]

  • Cape Verde (until 1996) and Guinea-Bissau
  • Cyprus and Greece
  • Egypt, Iraq, and Libya (1971–1977)
  • Finland and Estonia (only the melody, slightly modified, is shared)
  • Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom (only the melody, slightly modified, is shared)
  • Moldova (1991–1994) and Romania
  • New Zealand and the United Kingdom (New Zealand has two national anthems, and only one is shared with the UK)

Nations with two national anthems[edit]

  • Czechoslovakia
  • Denmark
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa (1938–1957, 1994–1997)

National anthems that were discontinued, then brought back again[edit]

  • Germany: "Deutschlandlied", used by Germany until 1945, then West Germany from 1952 to 1990, then Germany again from 1990 onward
  • Iraq: "Mawtini", used by Iraq in the 1950s and 1960s and then by it again from 2003 to 2004
  • Libya: "Libya, Libya, Libya", used in the 1950s and 1960s then brought back in 2011
  • Micronesia: Used by West Germany from 1949 to 1952 and by Micronesia from 1991 onward (melody only)
  • Palestine: "Mawtini", first used by Palestine until 1996 and then by Iraq from 2004 onward
  • Tunisia: "Humat al-Hima", used until 1958 then again from 1987 onward

Nations that put hand over chest during national anthem[edit]

National anthems which are illegal to insult[edit]

National anthems that have been criticized[edit]

  • Afghanistan - Not inclusive enough, sacrilegious.
  • Angola - Mentions a specific political party.
  • Australia - Too boring, uses antiquated language, lyrics' British-centric point of view also alienates aboriginal peoples.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sounds like a song from a comedy film, has no lyrics.
  • France - Lyrics too violent, too long and complicated.
  • Germany - Too jingoistic and geographically inaccurate, lyrics unimaginative.
  • Iceland - Hard to sing, is overly religious thus alienating atheists.
  • Ireland - Too boring.
  • Israel - Not religious enough for the pious, explicitly mentions Jews thus alienating non-Jewish Israelis.
  • Japan - Usage originated from the period when Japan was under fascist rule.
  • New Zealand - Too boring, explicitly mentions God which alienates atheists, hard to sing, uses antiquated language.
  • Russian Federation - Mentions God thus alienating atheists, music originates from when the country was under Communist rule.
  • South Africa - Contains segments from the old apartheid-era national anthem.
  • South Korea - More focused on race-glorifying nationalism than civics and republicanism.
  • Tanzania - Lyrics viewed as sacrilegious by some religious denominations.
  • United Kingdom - Too boring, God and monarchism are explicitly mentioned thus alienating Britons who do not believe in either.
  • United States - Difficult to sing.
  • Zambia - Too chauvinistic, too similar to South Africa's which might cause confusion.