They are the official ICC Cricket World Cup songs that aren't. One talks about the two great powers that "shaped the post-world war" and invites listeners to go "uhhh". The other bangs on incessantly about "winning every moment" and "playing for love".

Neither, says the ICC, is the official Cricket World Cup anthem despite online claims to the contrary.

"There is no official tournament song, per se, but what will be used prominently across the tournament is the music from our television commercial," an ICC spokesman said.

That track is Bob's Beat, by WDL, described by the ICC an "up and coming electronic music artist based out of (the great cricketing nation) of Sweden".


The lyrics make no mention of cricket or any of the countries competing, but do appear to reference post war superpowers USA and Russia.

"Launched in November, this has been well received in NZ, Australia and around the world, and so we have broadened its use to include other channels such as social media videos and in-venue music," the ICC said.

That will be disappointing for the unknown artists of another excruciating track claiming to be the tournament's official anthem that links to the Pakistani cricket website

Boasting the official ICC tournament logo and, the song is sung in English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and Tamil and is described by Herald music critic Chris Schulz as a "synth-fuelled dance-rave shocker".

The claim on the website that "the people belonging to the hosting nations have remembered it by heart and this song has become a part of their life in for all those residing in Australia and New Zealand" certainly appears dubious.

Not that lyrics such as "after so many prayers and after walking many paths, we have set out to achieve our destiny, we shall make a mark and we shall write this story to win hearts" don't naturally roll off Kiwi and Aussie tongues.

The song "embarrasses like a butterfingered outfielder dropping a sitter at long on", says Schulz. "Over the interminable, near-unlistenable five minutes, it takes in multiple languages, includes two ridiculously indulgent and unnecessary guitar solo, has more 'woo hoos' than Blur's Song 2, and includes so much AutoTune Kanye West might be asking for royalties.

"Then there's those lyrics. It's unlikely anyone's going to be singing along to, 'Raise your head so high / Shout and touch the sky / Your dreams, your destiny / celebrate victory', en mass from Eden Park's stands over the next six weeks."

Not that Schulz was much more impressed with the ICC-endorsed Bob's Beat.

"It doesn't really work as a beer-cups-in-the-air sports anthem, but with its 2000s era dance beat and Moby-style samples, it's generic enough not be too offensive while soundtracking cricket highlights packages," he says.

Those hoping for Kiwi-inspired ditty to croon along with as the Black Caps march to glory will be disappointed. There is no official team song, a team spokesman said. Following notable victories the Black Caps often gather mid-pitch and sing a "team pledge" but the content of that is a secret, the spokesman said.

While New Zealand appears to be forgoing musical inspiration, the same can't be said of the sub continental teams. As well as its unofficial official anthem, the Pakistanis have what seems to be Coca-cola inspired masterpiece which also claims to be official.

Sri Lanka has a song, as does Bangladesh.

India has two. You can hear one of them below and the other here.

They're all official, more or less. None of them, says Schulz, are a patch on history's greatest sports song.

"It's not often you pine for Chumbawamba. Say what you like about the bonkers British band, but they created one of the simplest, most effective sports anthems in existence with their one and only hit Tubthumping. You know it off by heart, so let's sing it again: 'I get knocked down / but I get up again / You're never going to keep me down.' Cheesy, for sure, but catchy and uplifting, there's not one single sport those lyrics can't apply to."

Soon playing at a stadium near you

Bob's Beat

featuring Mawe:

It is time for us
You are alone
And what if I just got your uhh ...
In the background was
The growing struggle between
The two great powers
Who shaped the post-war world
Tell me you got the power
And I say uhh ...
You say you've got the power
And I say NO NO NO ...

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