The World Cup is not only about football. In fact for the England team, at least until now, it seemingly hasn't been about football for quite a long time.
No, without wanting to come across all 'bohemian flower child' about it, these tournaments are as much a pass-the-parcel of culture as they are about 22 grown men chasing a bag of wind.
So once the 32 nations had their places in Russia confirmed, naturally our minds turned to music. What has Mexicans moving? What has the Japanese jigging? What exactly gets played at a Danish disco?
There are, of course, tracks on this playlist we've long had filling our test rooms - but there are more still for which we've had to dig.
So join us on our trip around the globe, and please stand for the alternative national anthems.
Emta ana Ashofek by Etab
Though she actually died an Egyptian citizen, Etab was the first popular female singer Saudi Arabia took to its heart.
Palmyra by Nadah El Shazly
This track, from El Shazly's debut record, swaggers with an infectious organ hook it's difficult to shake for a good while after you've heard it.
Solteiro by DJ Lycox
While a Fado shanty may have been a more obvious pick, we went for some African-influenced Batida music as a more upbeat celebration of modern Portuguese culture.
Mimoun Marhaba by Mahmoud Guinia
Made with English musician Floating Points, Mimoun Marhaba represents one of Guinia's last recordings and is an interesting mix of traditional Gwana music and contemporary Western electronic sounds.
The Chair She Sat In by Siavash Amini
Ambient drone from a man who has been described as the Iranian Brian Eno.
So questing are we, our pick isn't even on YouTube anymore - so we've had to improvise with another track from the album for the purposes of this article. You can hear The Chair She Sat In on our Spotify and Tidal playlists.
Initials B.B. by Serge Gainsbourg
Gainsbourg singing about his fleeting affair with Brigitte Bardot. What could be more French? Well, only this video.
Initials B.B. also samples Antonín Dvořák's Ninth Symphony, From The New World, which is fairly forward-thinking for 1968.
Sleep Drifter by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Representing Australia's glorious psych revival, Sleep Drifter comes from the album Flying Microtonal Banana for which King Gizzard explored microtonal tunings (where an octave is split into 24 quarter-notes).
More after the break
Constelación by Los Destellos
The foremost purveyors of Chicha music, which is Peru's psychadelic take on Cumbia. With more than 90 members since forming in 1966, Los Destellos are known as the University of Peruvian Cumbia.
Rehearsal by Ekko
Known largely in Denmark for his film and television compositions, Frithjof Toksvig uses the moniker Ekko for his equally stunning solo works.
Falling In by Petar Dundov
A slice of sun, sand and slijvovica. Dundov says: "Techno is music that precedes movement. It is solid enough to carry emotions through the dance floor, abstract enough to be a template forever."
The Feel by Los Robertas
Costa Rica is another Spanish-speaking country with a strong indie scene, and Los Robertas are among its most successful.
Sagres by The Tallest Man On Earth
For us, it was only ever to be ABBA, The Hives or Kristian Matsson, better known by the moniker The Tallest Man On Earth.
"J" Blues 72 by Shin Joong Hyun
Korea's Godfather of Rock was at the forefront of the country's psych scene in the '60s and '70s, and we can see why.
Bailando by Earth Trax & Newborn Jr
Two of the country's finest producers with a real ucho-robak, which, Google Translate reliably informs us, is Polish for ear-worm.
Tipit Hayed by Wganda Kenya
An Afro-Colombian release from Discos Fuentes, the country's first notable record label.
Moonlight by Masayoshi Fujita
Ticking our boxes for both vibraphone and Erased Tapes releases.