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Voices from the FIFA World Cup [Syco]

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5/26/2006

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Because no sporting event is complete until it has a soundtrack, Voices from the FIFA World Cup was released just before the start of the 2006 tournament. Containing three official World Cup cuts (The Official Song, "The Time of Our Lives," by Il Divo and Toni Braxton, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Mix of "Hips Don't Lie/Bamboo," by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, and The Anthem, "Celebrate the Day," by Herbert Grönemeyer with Malian duo Amadou & Mariam), the album should ostensibly be the perfect accompaniment to any fan as he experiences the anxiety, elation, and almost inevitable heartbreak associated with watching his national team try to make its way through the most elite soccer competition in the world. But besides the aforementioned "officially recognized" songs, every other track on the record seems better equipped for a post-tournament memorial highlight reel. Since when did Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You," Annie Lennox's "Why," Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart," and Barbra Streisand's "Woman in Love" inspire the great confidence and necessary rowdiness associated with the sport and needed to propel a team and its fans forward? Perhaps the creators of the album wanted to brace themselves and other soccer fans for the pain of inevitable defeat (after all, only one country will win the championship) by including songs that reflect the utter desolation that comes from a hard loss, or instead want to focus more on good sportsmanship and resilience (Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time") than good, old-fashioned, in-your-face, jubilant boastfulness (something by Queen?), but in doing so, they fell far short from the goal that an album like this should attain. Maybe Voices from the FIFA World Cup is a more politically correct and athletically accurate album, but is it one that anyone would actually want to listen to as they wait for the PKs? Probably not. ~ Marisa Brown
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Time of Our Lives [Official Song of the 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany] Toni Braxton 4:40
  3. 2 Zeit, Dass Sich Was Dreht Herbert Grönemeyer null:null
  4. 3 Earth Song Michael Jackson 5:1
  5. 4 Your Song Elton John 3:59
  6. 5 Hero Mariah Carey 4:18
  7. 6 Everytime We Say Goodbye Rod Stewart 3:26
  8. 7 Always on My Mind Elvis Presley 3:37
  9. 8 Woman in Love Barbra Streisand 3:51
  10. 9 Praying for Time George Michael 4:36
  11. 10 One Day in Your Life Anastacia 3:13
  12. 11 Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden 4:37
  13. 12 Piu Bella Cosa Eros Ramazzotti 4:24
  14. 13 7 Seconds Youssou N'Dour 5:3
  15. 14 I Still Burn Tobias Regner null:null
  16. 15 Right to Be Wrong Joss Stone null:null
  17. 16 By Your Side Sade 4:18
  18. 17 Sunrise Simply Red 3:18
  19. 18 You Raise Me Up Westlife 4:0
  20. 19 No No Never Texas Lightning null:null
  21. 1 One Moment in Time Whitney Houston 4:43
  22. 2 I Believe in You (Je Crois en Toi) [Je Crois en Toi] Il Divo 3:59
  23. 3 Because of You Kelly Clarkson 3:38
  24. 4 Maria Maria Santana 3:58
  25. 5 From Zero to Hero [2006 Fifa World Cup Mix] Sarah Connor null:null
  26. 6 Hips Don't Lie - Bamboo [2006 Fifa World Cup Mix] Shakira 3:33
  27. 7 Your Game Will Young 4:9
  28. 8 Wonderwall Oasis 4:19
  29. 9 Thank You Dido 3:38
  30. 10 Why Annie Lennox 4:54
  31. 11 The Closest Thing to Crazy Katie Melua 4:11
  32. 12 This Is My Time Sasha null:null
  33. 13 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly 5:20
  34. 14 Shiver Natalie Imbruglia 3:43
  35. 15 Just the Way You Are Billy Joel 3:27
  36. 16 Private Emotion Ricky Martin 3:58
  37. 17 If I Ain't Got You Alicia Keys 3:49
  38. 18 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton 4:28
  39. 19 Celebrate the Day [2006 Fifa World Cup Germany Anthem] Herbert Grönemeyer null:null

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