A Song to Rule Them All

A Song to Rule Them All


-[Child] Mom, why do national anthems exist?
-[Mom] Well… -[Child] What elevates them above any other piece of music? -[Mom] The reason… -[Child] And what is the socio-political influence they exert on a country’s population? -[Mom] Um… I don’t know. Here, have come chocolate! [Music] -[Mr. Kapa] National anthems are heard everywhere. At the game, at official events, and even in space! Okay… maybe not in space. Anthems are unremarkable parts of our daily lives. And yet, a few hundred years ago, they were not even a thing. Now, many call God Save The Queen the oldest national anthem. It’s not though. The Dutch anthem comes in nearly 200 years earlier, making it older than the concept of the newspaper. Also, it’s got this neat trick where the first letters of every stanza spell the name of the ruler it’s about. Clever. Wait, what’s the knowledge monkey? Japan’s anthem is even older, with lyrics published around 905? [Monkey chattering] Oh, it was just a poem. It wasn’t set to music until about a thousand years later. Sorry Japan, you’re disqualified. [Lame guitar solo] Just like flags, anthems are powerful symbols, representing a country and it’s citizens to the outside, and the inside. It builds a national identity that ideally, unites a bunch of different people as one nation. That’s the idea at least. At some point, countries also just had to get their own anthems, as all the other kids on the playground already had gotten theirs. -[Mr. Kapa] Because of that, literally no country today is without a national anthem. And apart from a handful of exceptions, every anthem has lyrics to sing along to. These lyrics are a powerful thing. Whoever can choose them gets to impose on the population their views of the world, the country and its citizens, who is good, who is bad, who is a hero and who is the enemy. Neither nations nor their anthems have existed since the dawn of time. [hollow thump] Countries have formed, conquered and splintered for as long as countries have been a thing, and with them, their anthems have been changing too. Nevertheless, changing an anthem in order to, let’s say, acknowledge that women exist, isn’t all that easy. -[Mr. Kapa] Because national anthems are symbols of a State, even the smallest sign of disrespect can become a state affair. In some countries, that just means a few dirty looks if you don’t rise; in others, mocking the anthem gets you… well…
[in the dungeon] Anthems typically only emphasise the greatness of one country, and its glorious people, so let me leave you with the words of a national anthem that’s a little different: [Glorious March] End screen! If you like this video, and want to support me making more like it, you can do so on Patreon. In exchange, you get access to sneak-peaks, scripts and wallpapers, and you can even get your name into these here credits. That’s all. Thank you, and goodbye. [Chill Piano]

100 Comments on "A Song to Rule Them All"


  1. When the clock strikes half past six, babe Time to head for golden lights It's a good time for the great taste — dinner! At McDonald's, it's Mac Tonight Come on, make it Mac Tonight!

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  2. Soviet/Russian: best anthem

    Slovenian: awesome

    American and British: really great

    Others: pretty good

    All anthems are good in my opinion

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  3. Why is “God” in so many Anthems of supposedly secular countries? We aren’t meant to have a national religion. As an atheist, I’ve long been uncomfortable signing the English version of our national anthem.

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  4. The national antahem of Slovenia in the first vesre talks about the pepole in those nations becuse Slovenia was mostli in other nations and never (untill 1991) independent

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  5. I honestly wanted to see the guy with the "tradition" sign hit the other guy to the tune of a certain song from Fiddler on The Roof…

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  6. Also, Cyprus has no anthem. The Greek side of the island sings the national anthem of Greece, and the Turk side of the island uses the national anthem of Turkey.

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  7. 2:40 – "Wouldn't 'the bombs bursting in air' be a bad thing if it was nuclear bombs bursting in the air? Look at Starfish Prime!"

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  8. Hey the nacional anthom of Slovenia is a bit diferent from what you wrote

    ZDRAVLJICA
    Live all nacionalities
    Who want to live
    From where the sun rises
    No war Will continue
    No more shal brothers fight
    Not satan only naigburs shal we be

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  9. My anthem is

    Greece is great no one will beat us just ignore the Greco-Turkish war and the 2 world wars even though we were at the winning side

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  10. I ‘ m from Slovenia and I hate how every slovenian is so proud of our anthem BTW I’m getting Norwish citizenship

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  11. 2:30 we had that debate in Austria, but I've never even seen a person that thought of inclusion women in the anthem was necessary/for the better

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  12. I'm pretty sure I've spelled the name of the Slovenian national anthem by accident before by falling asleep of the keyboard

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  13. Wish Land and hope and Glory was the the English anthem rather than God save the queen, as that is for the UK so when we play against Scotland and Wales we can have our own anthem

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  14. while all the violent and controversial crap is roaming free in the world, Slovenia is just chillin with their anthem

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  15. Polish anthem is like having ptsd and not be able to get over it.

    They still sing how Poland isn't dead yet and and how they will take what's theirs from the enemy.

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  16. 1:53
    The Arabic one is part of the Saudi national anthem
    Tho it’s not written right
    If you use adobe premier to write those you can go to edit , preferences, and then graphics , you will click of south east Asia and Middle East , if that still doesn’t work you can try to change the font , if that still doesn’t work then idk

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  17. If you happen to be wondering why Spain doesn't have a vocal for its anthem, its because we have so many versions and no consensus about it (One for the 1868 revolution, one for the 2nd republic, one for Franco's Regime… even one made by a popular-ish singer here in Spain)

    So up to this day, we still have no lyrics xd

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