How does the new World Cup song stack up to previous efforts?

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Last month on The Rio Report we brought you the story about Shakira unveiling the new official song for the 2014 World Cup.

Well we have to confess we got that wrong, it was not THE official song, just A official song.

THE official, official, official, OFFICIAL World Cup song HAS now been released and it truly is a ménage à trois of musical royalty with Pitbull teaming up with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte to produce 'We Are One (Ole Ola).'

Okay another confession to make, we are not exactly experts on the musical oeuvres of these three but well…just have a listen to the track below.

It is fair to say that since the song has been released the reaction has been mixed…and that's being kind.

It is easy to be dismissive about these type of things of course and we are not here to put the boot in. When listening to the track, Rio Report was reminded of a famous lyric from an artist we do actually like, Mr Dylan's advice: "Don't criticise what you can't understand."

However, 'We Are One (Ole Ola)' will certainly have a tough time matching Shakira's cheerful ditty from the last World Cup – 'Waka Waka' (This Time for Africa) – which was a smash hit around the world.

That song reached the top of the charts in a number of countries although here in Britain it only climbed up to number 21.

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There has been an official World Cup song since 1962 – when Los Ramblers effort El Rock Del Mundial was released for the event in Chile (We like this one).

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And when England then hosted the World Cup four years later, in the swinging sixties, there was only one man that could be called upon for this most important of jobs…eh Lonnie Donegan.

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Fast forward to 1982 in Spain and we have perhaps the most 'high-brow' official World Cup song with opera giant Placido Domingo doing the honours.

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When it comes to Italia 90' most people associate the tournament with Pavarotti's version of Nessun Dorma and obviously that would have been a clear winner of this list, but that wasn't actually the official song. Instead it was this forgettable ear-soar.

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By the time France 98' came around, an official 'anthem' was released as well as an official 'song' but Ricky Martin got the gig for the latter. To be fair, this was another monster European smash (although again only reached 29 in the UK charts).

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Anastacia 2002 effort 'Boom' was largely a flop, even in the countries that usual lap up this…music. While the 2006 effort was the odd combination of Toni Braxton and Il Divo and again did not threaten most Top 10 lists (except in Switzerland where it reached number eight).

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So while Pitbull and friends' effort is not exactly chocolate for the ears – the competition it is up against is not from the top drawer.

But what you think is the best official World Song of all-time? Maybe it is even from one of the years we missed? Leave your thoughts below.

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