National anthems

So, I was listening to a BBC World Service story (cannot find the link at their website) on how new countries come up with national anthems.  They started talking about what makes a great anthem, and I started humming the Soviet/Russian anthem to myself.  A moment later, the expert in the segment suggested that this anthem was the finest example and had inspired him to become an expert on the subject.  It is damn good:

I’m also a sucker for O Canada.  Star Spangled Banner– eh, it’s okay.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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