Oh, Glee~ You loser show.
I was setting this list up when the episode Original Song was about to air, since they were singing their new Loser Like Me song, and the Wablers did a rendition of P!nk’s Raise your Glass. Even LinzerDinzerTV (now on hiatus) did a show on The American Music Market and Misfits Anthems.
It’s been a while since that episode, and I thought I had lost that window, but the last episode is giving me another chance. Yup, Glee is the show for the misfits and it’s featured many anthems – from Madonna’s Express Yourself, Beck’s Loser, all the way to Katy Perry’s Fireworks, Pink’s Raise your Glass… and Lady Gaga’s Born this Way.
This made me wonder about pop rock anthems around the world, and I asked a lot of people about the songs that mean something in their countries, and that people just sing out loud. Believe me, I asked a lot of people, and had to Google translate a lot of websites… and I finally realized, we Latin Americans have the best anthems.
We sing about feeling proud about being looked down as Latin Americans, we sing about being proud about our Latin roots, we sing about wanting to go back to our country. We actually probably sing out loud any song, but that’s besides the point. Sometimes we might look like we hate our culture, but when there’s a good Latin American pop rock anthem — man, do we sing it.
So here’s a list of songs that mean something to a group of people.
First, the bonus~
* Gianmarco – Volveré
I disqualified this because the song wasn’t released as a single, so it was never played in radios (at least it wasn’t supposed to). Peruvian singer composer Gianmarco composed this for his 2002 album, A Tiempo. Volvere, which translates to I’ll Be Back — cue Terminator jokes here — talks about someone who’s away from their home country — the song specifically refers to Lima descriptions — and are promising to go back.
As I was leaving, I already missed you
with my heart in hand
your fog refreshed
that illusion of seeing you soon between Alamedas and balconies
I caressed you when you were suffering
when the blood started flowing
but love and our people
made us indifferent
against all the pain