Welcome! This website has been created to give some background on over 400 anthems past and present, as well as anthems of other entities. You will find background on the history of the anthem, and, on the right hand side of the page, you will see the anthem’s title, its lyricist and composer, year the anthem was adopted, first used, or length of use, sheet music (if available), a music file in MP3 format, and lyrics (usually with an English translation as well). The main goal of this site is to offer the most comprehensive source on anthem information on the Internet.
Also, please note that the information provided here is done so as a scholarly study on anthems. The inclusion of a particular anthem should not be taken as an expression of political beliefs of the editors of the site. We strive for the information on this page to be fair and balanced, even in the dealing of anthems some may find “controversial”. We would appreciate notice of any information that is erroneous on this site (as well as information that might not be viewed as impartial), but please, if you do inform us of any information, we would very much appreciate sources to back it up, keeping in mind the scholarly nature of the site.
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You can get started in your search by clicking on an anthem (sorted by the name of the nation or group who uses the anthem) in the menu at the top where they are listed alphabetically by the country or group that uses the anthem, categorized under the first letter of each nation or group. Alternatively, you can also use our search feature at the right of the menu to find your information.
This is not the only site on the Internet devoted to the study of anthems. There are others as well, and links to some of our favourites (as well as links to anthem-related books and CDs) are on our Links page.
We hope that this reference tool is of use to anyone wanting to learn more about the nations of the world. We truly believe that knowledge of other nations and cultures will help lead to further peace and understanding in the world, and learning about other anthems is a good beginning.