Nations that have shit national anthems
Sir Woke XR Re… 28 Mar 24 10:00
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  1. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 
  2. The United States of America 


Nations that have good national anthems:

  1. France
  2. Germany
  3. Those African countries whose anthem is basically a vuvuzela solo

I like our one. 


Sinne Fianna Fáil, atá faoi gheall ag Éirinn,

Buíon dár slua thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,

Faoi mhóid bheith saor,

Seantír ár sinsear feasta,

Ní fhágfar faoin tíorán ná faoin tráill.

Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,

Le gean ar Ghaeil, chun báis nó saoil,

Le gunna-scréach faoi lámhach na bpiléar,

Seo libh canaig' amhrán na bhFiann.


ROI doesn't play in the six nations.  I'm assuming you are referring to Irelands Call?

Most Irish people don't like it but we sing it as a single island nation to respect our Ulster players.

England's is complete w**k. Scotland's is ok, Wales and France great. America also great tbh.


England should be Land of Hope and Glory or Jerusalem. UK can remain GSTK/Q, but we could just quietly forget about it over time.

I think the drunken belting it out loudly thing is probably the most compelling reason to keep God Save the King.  It's a bit harder to sing I Vow To Thee My Country or Jerusalem after 12 pints.  

France, wales, scotland all cracking.

As an aside, NZ have totally fooked up the haka.  Apparently this is because the original tumpty tumpty tah one translated as something like "we r gonna fck u up and stamp on ur babies" which is considered a bit non u these days.  But that's basicalky what the french one says

Land of Hope and Glory is just as bad as God Save the King. The only reason to have that would be that the yanks seem to think it is an American anthem and it would confuse them. 


ROI doesn't play in the six nations.  I'm assuming you are referring to Irelands Call?

Sorry my bad. I started off following Laz’s approach of saying UK as #1 and then put ROI as #2 before going on to think about it from a rugby angle.

Yes, for Ireland I meant Ireland’s Call which I find saccharine 

All the South American ones immediately make you think of a military uniform with about 10 metres of gold braid, a stretched merc and a pair of gold ray-ban aviators with a brow-bar.

thanks everyone.. now I've got that bloody Italian anthem stuck in my head and it just won't go away (or end)

That's nothing. I am currently playing the Russian one in my office. I think security might be on their way up. 

English nat anthem should be Jerusalem.   God Save the King is an appalling dirge whose only saving grace is that it is short.   Agree France wins the anthem wars with Germany runner up.

They're all naff to anyone with half a brain.  As per the Spanish anthem, all words should be deleted and just leave us the music, which over time always becomes evocative through association with football games etc.
For UK, suggest the theme tune from the Archers (Billy Connolly's suggestion)
For Ireland, Dearg Doom by 70s folk-rockers, Horslips

God Save the Queen is shit, but FYI Jerusalem is also shit, and.Land of Hope and Glory should be the British national anthem never mind being played at sporting events. Its inevitable replacement of GSTQ if we ever became a republic is one great argument in favour of abolishing the monarky.

FYI also, the Star Spangled Banner is also shit. What recently notorious structure was named after the bloke who wrote it?

Jerusalem and LOHAG are as much of dirge as GSOGK.

The French anthem is my favourite.  Weirdly my French colleagues all seem to like ours but maybe that's just monarchy envy.


Wasn't the SSB written during the War of 1812 (the one we never get taught at school).

The UK anthem sucks. The references to a magic being in the sky saving or Monarch is dated too.

Also shyte are: Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory. Jerusalem again refers to a mythical being. The others are jingoistic and imperialistic and frankly the UK is a second-rate power.

The French have the best tune and lyrics; Germany is equally good; words by Schiller, tune by Hadyn.

The Russkies have a great tune also.

The UK anthem tune should be either Garry Owen, or John Brown's Body or The Battle Hymn of the Republic or Do Ye Ken John Peel.