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    Which country has the best national anthem?

    But of course, you can't say your own!

    So, which is it?

    I've always like the Russian national anthem.

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    I've played both "O Canada" and "The Star Spangled Banner" National bias aside I prefer the US anthem... mostly because it had a better baseline LOL

    but of the *other* anthems I like O Canada... Russia has a nice one though...

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    I can't give a definitive answer yet because I haven't heard them all. But, I will tell you that it isn't Australia's.

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    I am Canadian, but I think Finland has the best anthem of all - Finlandia - a classical piece of music by Sibelius.

    I also prefer God Save the Queen and The Maple Leaf Forever to Oh Canada.

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    I love "O, Canada." I really like the melodies to the Russian & Australian national anthems too.

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    France has a wonderful one - Le Marseilles. I also like the Greek national anthem - as long as they keep it to one verse.

    Japan's just doesn't work for a sporting event.

    I like any anthem where the people stand up and sing along.

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    Does Germany still use "Deutschland uber alles"? (just a question- not starting a politcal battle here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenixflamezzz
    I've always like the Russian national anthem.
    I've always hated it -- it's just so dark and overpowering. I was happy when Yeltsin changed it to Glinka's music (though they never got around to actually writing words to it), and couldn't believe it when Putin changed it back to the old music, albeit with new words.

    Israily anthem always touches me deeply, though it is not too well suited for sports events either.

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    I've always thought "O Canada" is truly magnificent; IMHO it's what an anthem should sound like. Majestic and soaring.

    "Star Spangled Banner", from a purely musical perspective, is too all over the place and nearly impossible to sing, thus lending itself to some truly hideous hair-perming renditions.....

    The only thing I can recall about the Russian anthem is that it is VERY LONG. I remember when Plushy won the Worlds in 01 and the anthem went on for so long that after a while there were people in the stands who were literally laughing because it just didn't seem to stop..... :\

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    The melody for the Star Spangled Banner is actually from a British drinking song "Anachraon (sp) in Heaven" - which is why nobody who is sober can actually sing it :D

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    I like the Star Spangled Banner when it's sung by someone who's qualified to sing it. I also like the Marseillaise.

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    I love the French anthem........isn't the Australian anthem "Waltzing Matilda?" 42

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    C'mon guys - when you hear Alons enfants de la Patrie, you know you get all stirred up. The French have the best.

    Joe

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    Canada!(courtesy of Ren & Stimpy)

    (~singing~):Our country reeks of trees
    Our yaks are really large
    And they smell like rotting beef carcasses
    And we have to clean up after them
    And our saddle sores are the best
    We proudly wear women's clothing
    As searing sand blows up our dresses

    And our buzzards they soar overhead
    And poisonous snakes will devour us whole
    Our bones will bleach in the sun
    And we will probably go to hell
    And that is our great reward
    For being the Royal
    Canadian Kilted Yaksmen!

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    John King - That's a hoot and a half.

    Joe

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