I judge an Anthem not only on its musical composition, but it's power to move and inspire people.
Còig - Alba
Strangely enough, Scotland has no official National Anthem. At Murrayfield, the Scots often sing 'Flower of Scotland'. Yet on other occasions 'Scotland the Brave' is played.
However, I have chosen what I believe to be the most inspiring and jolly Anthem to represent Scots culture.
Paul Robeson's rendition of 'Loch Lomond' has featured in my blog before. It was also one of my Desert Island Discs. I find it a very romantic and compassionate tune. Its also a great song to sing at sporting events.
Although 'Loch Lomond' is beautifully catchy tune, it's not necessarily an inspirational anthem. Which brings me on to number four.
Nummer Vier - Deutschland
'Das Lied der Deutschen' is without a doubt a very powerful anthem. However, in the past it has divided many people. Ultimately, the historical connotations of this anthem has not served to unite the German people in recent years.
One might ask how music can unite people, Number Three is perhaps the greatest example of this.
Nommer Drie - Suid-Afrika
Here it is sung by Francois Pienaar's winning World Cup Squad in 1995...
I was amazed to find that the South African anthem is based on the tune of Parry's Gothic composition 'Aberystwyth', my new found home. This left me rather flabbergasted, yet mostly, impressed.
'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica' represents hope. The powerful melody brings to attention the dreams and aspirations of the South African people in founding a more peaceful and tolerant nation. The diverse ethnicity of the Springbok's squad in recent years represents this progression of more liberal values.
Number Two - Australia
To be perfectly honest, I could not choose a greater Australian to sing it than the fantastic lady below...
'Waltzing Matilda' is such a jolly tune. It tells the tale of a lone Swag-man (a hobo/traveller) on an exciting adventure thorough the Australian Outback. For me, it provides a beautiful image of the land of OZ, a nation which I one day hope to visit.
Personally, there is one National Anthem for me that is completely flawless. The power of this anthem's language and melody inspires the greatest sense of pride and aspiration. Unfortunately, it is not the English National Anthem. In fact 'God Save the Queen' never made it on to my list. Yet, this Home-Nation's Anthem did...
Rhif Un - Cymru
Thank you for reading
Thanks to Joshua McClean for assisting in German translation