I'm sure we've had a similar discussion before, but DuckDuckGo, which I now use in preference to G****e, is absolutely useless at finding things on LEO, unfortunately. Using the LEO dict search I found a couple of past threads, but not the discusssion I remembered.
I've been watching the Gold Cup (the CONCACAF soccer tournament, for North and Central America and the Caribbean) and have looked up a few of the small countries and their national anthems when their teams haven't been providing much entertainment on the field.
Unfortunately some of the little Caribbean 'countries' are actually French overseas territories, so the anthem that's played for them is the Marseillaise, which neither the players nor the handful of fans representing them in the stands sing. It would be nice if someone would just write new words to it, without the blood. Maybe M. Macron will take on that little project after he deals with Trump, terrorism, and the labor unions.
I thought the text of Nicaragua's was refreshingly unwarlike, though apparently it was not chosen democratically but imposed by a pro-Spanish conservative government after a failed revolution in 1918.
For music, as I've said before somewhere, I like the Russian, German, and Dutch national anthems.
For soccer games, I like the Brazilian and Chilean ones, especially when the fans keep singing after the recording cuts out. I remember especially one of the ceremonies at the Olympics in Brazil, when a well-known Brazilian singer sang the Brazilian national anthem as a solo with only acoustic guitar, which was so beautiful by contrast.
I personally am sick to death of the US national anthem, because it's so often belted so badly at sporting events, and because it's recently become such a symbol of the jingoistic kind of patriotism that borders on hatred of outsiders. So I am very grateful that at this tournament they're using the recorded instrumental version, at least so far. Though it's a pretty ordinary recording -- I seem to recall there was a better one actually done by a good orchestra (Dudamel and LA?) for the last World Cup.
While I can understand that players might prefer not to join in for philosophical reasons -- especially those who are citizens of more than one country -- I do appreciate those who, when they sing, at least get the words and the notes right, instead of just droning in an ugly monotone. One young man from, I think, Honduras, actually had quite a nice voice. (-:
re #37: Do you really think a lot of people don't know their national anthems? My impression is actually the opposite -- that at least in the Americas, everyone has to learn theirs in school, and in some countries they have a lot more to learn than we do. I doubt anyone here knows any of the other verses to the Star-Spangled Banner, but I think in Brazil they had to learn all the verses, and every verse has a lot more words.