Inspired by the World Cup, who has the best (most stirring?) national anthem - not including your own if you lean that way? Perhaps it is the Casablanca influence but I go for La Marseillaise. When the Soviet Union collapsed they stopped using their long-time anthem. I thought Canada should buy the rights to it. More recently, in an attempt to recreate the SU, Putin brought back the old anthem, it is a wonderful piece of music. I heard the Japanese anthem before the came today and my wife's comment, which I completely agreed with, is that it sounded like funeral music.