A national anthem (also state anthem, national hymn, national song, etc.) is generally a patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation's government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.
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- [A] national anthem is not a dance song. It is more like a national flag in song and music, something to be proud of, to love, to rally around. So we had better learn it, and sing it with gusto.
- The Herald (16 April 1994), p. 2, as quoted in Pioneers, Settlers, Aliens, Exiles: The Decolonisation of White Identity in Zimbabwe (2010), by J. L. Fisher, Canberra: ANU E Press, p. 60
- Encyclopedic article on National anthem at Wikipedia