In these troubled times, and in the aftermath of the Paris Attacks, I found it both moving and elegant from BBC Radio 4 and historian Simon Schama to explain how, in their view, the French national anthem La Marseillaise was one of the ‘greatest national anthem[s] in the world’.
However, even though I am a French citizen, I think “God Save the Queen/King” is musically superior to La Marseillaise. And it inspired artists in a more brilliant way: compare Queen’s version of GSTQ with Serge Gainsbourg’s version of the French anthem. Not to mention the eponymous song by the Sex Pistols, one of the most powerful songs in rock history.
As always in music (but also design, contemporary literature, trade, humour etc.), the British beat the French!