Listed: Five politically incorrect national anthems + Poll


Margaret Atwood, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell and other notable Canadian women are leading a campaign to change the lyrics of O Canada to reflect its original gender-neutral language. They are calling on the government to change "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command." But Canada's isn't the only anthem with lines that have become controversial. Day 6 has put together a list of the top five politically incorrect lyrics from national anthems around the world. Click read more for the list and poll.

Special thanks to David Kendall, editor of

#5 Austria's Land of the Mountains, Land on the River. Why? For skewing for male.


The anthem included lyrics that refer to "great sons", a "choir of brothers" and to the country as our "fatherland". In 2012 some of those lyrics were changed to be more gender neutral and now pays tribute to the country's "great daughters"

#4 United Kingdom - God Save The Queen. Why? For vowing to kill Scots.


There are several versions of God Save The Queen, one rarely sung version includes this line:

"And like a torrent rush
Rebellious Scots to crush
God save the Queen"

There have been calls to change the line, most recently in 2010.

#3. Switzerland - Swiss Psalm. Why? For skewing Christian.

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Switzerland is officially a secular country so references to the Christian god became controversial. Here's an example:

"When the Alps glow bright with splendour,
Pray to God, to Him surrender"

The country is running a national competition for new lyrics.

#2 Vietnam - The Marching Song. Why? For some serious violence.


It's fairly common for an anthem to boast about its country's fighting prowess. But Vietnam takes it a step futher with lines like:

"For too long have we swallowed our hatred"
"The path to glory is built by the bodies of our foes."

#1. France - La Marseillaise. Why? More violence.


"La Marseillaise" gets pretty physical. Which is probably no surprise since it was meant to capture the spirit of the French Revolution.

"The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They're coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons and women!"

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