LOS ANGELES – As if there wasn’t enough anticipation for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, groundbreaking K-pop group BTS would be releasing a brand new song for the event.
The group – made up of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM (formerly Rap Monster), Jimin, V, RM and Jungkook – are ambassadors for World Cup sponsor Hyundai, will release the song as part of the company’s global “Goal Of The Century” campaign.
On September 20, Hyundai released a teaser for the song on their Instagram page.
“Warm up, stretch your legs and get ready to dance along with BTS and their new edition of ‘Yet To Come’. Stay tuned!” writes the company.
So is BTS producing the official 2022 World Cup anthem?
While a BTS-World Cup collaboration is newsworthy, it’s not the official anthem for the highly anticipated event.
With a month of sports and action drama, music has always been a big part of the festivities. The World Cup brings together dozens of nations and cultures, so it would make sense for music to be at the center of this melting pot.
This year, the anthem is Hayya Hayya (Better Together) performed by Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA.
When did World Cup anthems become a thing?
Since 1962, every World Cup competition has had an official theme song to serve as a major attraction to thrill football fans around the world.
Here is a list of all World Cup anthems from 1962 to 2022:
1962 World Cup
Official anthem: The Rock of the World
Performer: Los Ramblers
1966 World Cup
Official anthem: Willie World Cup
Performer: Lonnie Donegan
1970 World Cup
Official anthem: Soccer Mexico 70
Performer: Los Hermanos Zavala
1974 World Cup
Official anthem: Soccer
Performer: Maryla Rodowicz
Host: West Germany
1978 World Cup
Official anthem: The World
Performer: Municipal Symphony of Buenos Aires
1982 World Cup
Official anthem: World Cup ’82
Performer: Placido Domingo
1986 World Cup
Official anthem: El mundo unido por un balón
Performer: Juan Carlos Abara
1990 World Cup
Official anthem: Un’estate italiana
Performers: Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini (Italian) Giorgio Moroder Project (English)
1994 World Cup
Official anthem: gloryland
Performers: Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness
Host: United States
1998 World Cup
Official anthem: La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)
Performer: Ricky Martin
2002 World Cup
Official anthem: Anthem
Host: Japan and South Korea
2006 World Cup
Official anthem: The best time of our life
Performers: Il Divo, with Toni Braxton
2010 World Cup
Official anthem: WakaWaka
Performers: Shakira with Freshlyground
Host: South Africa
2014 World Cup
Official anthem: Dar um Jeito (We will find a way)
Performers: Carlos Santana with Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires
World Cup 2018
Official anthem: make the most
Performers: Nicky Jam with Will Smith and Era Istrefi
World Cup 2022
Official anthem: Hayya Hayya (Better Together)
Performers: Trinidad Cardona, Davido and AISHA