The 5 best World Cup songs
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Before the ball gets rolling on June 12, the World Cup's opening ceremony will see Pitbull perform the tournament's official song "We Are One (Ole Ola)."

The track, which features Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, isn't the worst song the World Cup has seen. But unless the rap-singing stylings of "Mr. Worldwide" are your thing, you'll probably agree that the competition has seen better tunes.

So, with the intention of cranking up your adrenaline for Brazil 2014, here are the five best World Cup songs:

5. Los Ramblers - El Rock del Mundial (1962)

Where better to begin than with the tournament's first-ever official song, "El Rock del Mundial?"

Written by Chilean jazz band Los Ramblers for the 1962 World Cup in Chile, the track was about as Chile-centric as possible. Most of the competition's anthems these days don't focus on a single team, but the chorus of "El Rock del Mundial" can be translated to: "Take it, put it in, get the rebound, goal, goal by Chile!"

There's an element of modesty, however, as the band acknowledges they'll be dancing to rock and roll even if Chile lose (which is what they must have done when La Roja were eliminated by Brazil in the semifinals).

4. Chumbawamba - Top of the World (Olé, Olé, Olé) (1998)

Although it wasn't the official anthem for the 1998 World Cup in France, "Top of the World (Olé, Olé, Olé)" appeared as part of the tournament's official album.

Perhaps better known for their classic "Tubthumping," British anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba did a great job of tossing a 1990s twist on the "Olé, Olé, Olé" chant that can be heard at football stadiums around the world. 

This one's for the blue-collar football fan.

3. New Order ft. John Barnes - World in Motion (1990)

It's probably no coincidence that England have yet to return to the semifinals of the World Cup since 1990, when they entered the tournament with arguably the greatest team song ever written.

New Order's "World in Motion" featured a verse from Liverpool legend and England international John Barnes, who was a staple of The Three Lions' attack at the competition. Unfortunately, Barnes sustained a groin injury in the quarterfinals against Belgium and was unable to play in England's semifinal loss to Germany. Who knows what could have happened had Barnes been available?

The track also featured England internationals Peter Beardsley, Paul Gascoigne, Chris Waddle, Steve McMahon, and Des Walker, who all provide background vocals throughout the track and can be seen in the music video below.

Want another semifinal appearance, England? Get Barnes back on the mic.

2. Ricky Martin - Copa de la Vida (1998)

Few pop stars experienced the type of success on the international stage that Ricky Martin did during the 1990s, so it was no surprise when "Copa de la Vida" topped charts around the world in 1998.

With a Latin flavor and brass instruments for days, the club banger was unlike any of the World Cup's previous official songs and marked a significant change regarding the type of music we tend to associate with the tournament.

1. Arrow - Hot Hot Hot (1986)

Not much explanation is needed for why this track tops the list.

Written by Arrow of Monserrat, "Hot Hot Hot" was the official anthem of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and is about as timeless of a song as you could ask for.

Also, the tune is bound to be on repeat with this year's World Cup taking place in Brazil, where the forecast for June is looking hot, hot, and hot, with a 100 percent chance of passion.

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