Some people love them, others argue that they should no longer have a place in sport. Whichever viewpoint you follow, you cannot argue that an international football match or a World Cup would not be the same without a national anthem being played before each game.
Yesterday, three of the most popular anthems in the world, from Brazil, Italy and the USA, were sung prior to the two Confederations Cup clashes in South Africa.
Goal.com International's writers got together to select a Top 10 national anthems from around the world:
9) East Germany
What is your favourite national anthem in football? Goal.com wants to know what YOU think
Carlo Garganese, Goal.com