A few years ago I found myself comparing women singing Christmas songs. I started and I couldn't stop, not even for Celine Dion. Now I find myself listening to national anthems and I have to be judgmental.
This is actually a marvelous song. I find the lyrics admirable and that music a perfect mix of martial and lyrical.
It's smooth and sounds like it should be sung in church. I like it very much. Not bad at all.
Kind of sing-songy and romantic. It sounds like it could be the theme for a Judy Garland movie. I just see a woman in a long dress singing on top of a mountain meadow.
No. Puts me to sleep. Something's just ineffably wrong with it.
Dignified for sure, in a kind of low key way. Not bad.
That's immediately sounding like a national anthem. Magnificent, florid lyrics with drama. Still, why do they have to sing the same thing three times?
This is one of my favorites. Just soaring dramatic and lyrics so well comported to the melody. A little weird at the end.
OK This one sounds like circus music. Ick. Stretching out simple words over long notes. Rep
Can you say Oompa? Yuk. It just evokes a parade of strutting teenagers. Sad. Just sad.
Romantic and prideful, understated and dignified. Lyrics about oak trees and mountains. Gotta love it.
It's difficult for me to be cool with songs about blood. War I can deal with, just the word 'blood' doesn't work for me. It's a bit of a dirge this one. Dignified for sure, but a little on the churchy side.
I'm kind of sure I got a bad version of this. Sounds like they had too many 13 year old kids singing in it. Kind of directionless music and phrasing.
This is actually one of the greatest anthems out there. Catchy and magnificent at once. Gets to you. I've heard a number of arrangements of this so it's probably not fair to those others I've heard only this time.
Speaking of blood. France has the the most disturbing lyrics of all. It's hard to get over that. But you've got to give them a hat tip for the music. It couldn't be much of anything else but a national anthem.
It works. Miraculously this has India all over it. Just a droning kind of drug of a song, puts me into a trance.
The Russian national anthem is probably the greatest of them all. It just begs to be sung by masses of men and women. Swelling bosoms from left to right. Even in its quiet moments it never loses track of the victorious strains. Poetic throughout and just flat glorious.
OK I just don't like this. It is absolutely very Japanese and has a kind of unapproachably haunting beauty, but it's a tone poem, not an anthem.
Scary confidence in that choppy lyricism. Sophisticated for certain but bloody again. Yike.
After listening to the marching Chinese, the fragrance of mango groves is a welcome respite. Still, I don't get it. Very villagey sounding.
Wonderful. A perfect mix for a small country.
Oh! When done right, this is bloody brilliant. Definitely in the top ten.
I hate the arrangement I'm listening to. I'm thinking there must be a version that doesn't make it sound like a circus march, but maybe not.
Hard for me to be objective about this one. Like Germany, England and Russia, I've known this one for a while and hummed it often. Corny. It grows on you.
The blood in this one is nicely sculpted. But like the language, it's quirky and unsubtle.
Gotta love the lyrics to this one. Hard to beat. Of all the repetitive anthems, I suppose these are the least tedious.
Why does this sound like the overture to an epic black and white movie made in 1925? Yike. Self importantly beautiful.
The most tortured lyrics ruin a song that.. well, I'd just like to hear the instrumental version. Just too monosyllabic. No flow whatsoever.
Deliciously dramatic. And oh those minor keys! Mother give us manly strength. What a charmingly magnificent song. This is what a national anthem should be.
Of all the Latin nations, these guys have done it right. Booyah. Thank you. I was beginning to think Spanish was a language just incompatible with a properly lyrical anthem.
Yeah this one works. You kind of get the idea that they might have invented the very idea of a national anthem. Not that I'm biased or anything. Heh.
Often misunderstood, but bloody brilliant when done right. Definitely in the top five.
Very simple and elegant. I have a feeling that the lyrics, which I don't have, would make it suck, but the instrumental is pretty good.
You're not likely to hear this one anytime soon, but if you get the chance, it's gorgeous. Just wow.
A proper anthem. Straightforward, crisp and clean.
Sounds just like music from a great John Ford movie. Sleepy in the middle and gets lost a bit, but recovers nicely.
A stately march, but it doesn't go anywhere musically. Like they wanted to keep it down to the fewest notes possible.
Very Soviet. Holy smokes. Am I listening to the right version? I can see the warheads on parade.
A sweet combination of modesty and pomposity. Starts off meek then punches you in the jaw. It works.
OK that's enough.