I am a proud American idiot, and thus I have never fully understood the game of soccer or why I should technically give an actual damn. But as an American idiot, I'm also pretty sure this at least formerly great country was first built on beating England -- or tying and really embarrassing those smug, beautiful bastards with the nicer accents.
And so it is that World Cup 2010 has finally grabbed my partial attention, and made me upgrade soccer to a position just below American basketball, baseball, football and tennis, but just slightly above curling and ping pong. So congratulations soccer lovers of the world and other Huff Po hooligans because what follows will be my first and quite possibly last ever playlist for The World Cup. Like a British soccer play, I may not score very often on this particular playlist, but when I do, I do.
This list is named after an enduring anthem by Tear For Fears, because I love the song, and because one of my cocky tweets during America's last game with England already pissed off my friend Curt Smith from that winning group. Sorry Curt, for the comment and the tie.
Now let's see who I can piss in Slovenia.
EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - Tears For Fears
LOVING CUP - The Rolling Stones
MOVING THE GOALPOSTS - Billy Bragg
GLORYLAND - Daryl Hall & Sounds Of Blackness
THIS WHOLE WORLD - The Beach Boys
MY CUP - Bob Marley
WORLD IN MOTION - New Order
WILD WORLD - Cat Stevens
HELLO CRUEL WORLD - E
NOTHING BUT THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD - Jakob Dylan
WAKA WAKA (THIS TIME FOR AFRICA) - Shakira
WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH - Julian Cope
WORLD - Five For Fighting
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD - Elton John
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD - Ringo Starr
THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD - Earth, Wind & Fire
WHO SAID THE WORLD WAS FAIR - Daryl Hall & John Oates
WORLD - Bee Gees
THE WHOLE WORLD IS QUIET - Del Amitri
CUP OF WONDER - Jethro Tull
FIELD-GOAL - Kinky
CAN YOU HEAR ME - Enrique Iglesias
VOLVO DRIVING SOCCER MOM - Everclear
WAVIN' FLAG - World Class Heroes
HELLO WORLD - Lady Antebellum
WAITING ON THE WORLD TO CHANGE - John Mayer
FORCA - Nelly Furtado
LA COPA DE LA VIDA - Ricky Martin
AMERICA, F**K YEAH - Team America
So go Team America!
Now everybody shoot and score and add your own songs to my losing playlist.
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