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Taking sides: If they gave a World Cup for best World Cup anthem, who deserves to win it?

Let's be real. This is D.C. and everyone here at Click Track knows that the best World Cup anthem that will ever be written belongs to Washington indie-pop heroes Air Miami. (If you haven't heard 1995's "World Cup Fever," listen above.)

But what about the other wannabe anthems that our global pop stars have been slaving over in preparation of tomorrow's big World Cup kick off? In our weekly Taking sides post, Click Track's contributors each pick their favorite new football anthem. Listen to our picks after the jump and vote for your favorite in the poll below.

Sarah Godfrey: I want to love R. Kelly's World Cup contribution, but I really prefer freaky Kels to inspirational Kels. The song I want to hear at 7 a.m. when I'm on the way to Lucky Bar to watch a match is Pitbull's "Game On." The track, which also features South African group TKZee and Dario G, is the official Fifa World Cup Mascot song, which I'm hoping means that Zakumi the leopard will be shaking his spots to this crazyn mix of reggaeto, Miami rap, kwaito, and Euro dance music.

Allison Stewart: Look, I don't know what happened to Shakira, who used to be sort of cool and unusual. With that "She Wolf" business, she seems to have gone off the rails somehow. And I'm not saying "Waka Waka" isn't awkward, but it's also kind of endearing and sweet. And its accompanying video, with the belly-dancing, pan-racial children? Adorable! None of the other tracks are that touchingly Afro-centric. And the part where she rhymes "battle" and "saddle"? She's really
trying.

David Malitz: Come on, that's an easy one -- it's obviously "England's Heartbeat" by Shuttleworth, featuring Mark E. Smith. It's not Smith's best footie song -- that'd be "Kicker Conspiracy" -- but it doesn't feel like a novelty song. It just sounds like the Fall, with a bit more acoustic guitar than usual.

Chris Richards: Every four years I find myself perversely drawn to the corniest World Cup anthem. In 2006, that meant listening to the Crazy Frog version of "We Are the Champions" about fifty-thousand times. This year, it means rooting for pop music's perennial underdog, R. Kelly. I hear Malitz saying, "What? Richards likes an R. Kelly song? Shocker!" But if you can't feel this song's sweet Lionel-Richie-"All Night Long"-vibes, I can't do nothing for you, man.

By Chris Richards  |  June 10, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Taking sides  | Tags: Air Miami, Dario G, Mark E. Smith, Pitbull, R. Kelly, Shakira, Shuttleworth, TKZee  
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