League of Legends Worlds Songs – From 2014 until 2020
League of Legends, one of the most popular esports in the world consists of more than just a game with a competitive league. Developer Riot Games always provides additional lore and content for fans to enjoy. Musical scores and content are a big part of the event ecosystem for LoL events.
We usually dedicate a lot of focus on the LoL Worlds Power Rankings and LoL Worlds 2020 Betting Guides. And with the all the serious action happening ahead of Worlds, its time we reminisce at the art and creativity going behind the entire League of Legends world experience.
Every year since 2014, the League of Legends World Championship has had an official theme song. Some songs were great, some were inspiring and some were downright legendary. As we await the official LoL Worlds song for the 2020 season, we provide you with a list of all the songs Riot Games used as official event anthems.
2014 – Warriors by Imagine Dragons
Popular band Imagine Dragons was a great choice for a first LoL Worlds song. Not only where they incredibly well-known outside of gamer circles, they signified a (at the time) relatively rare intersection between gamers and other types of pop culture.
Like most of the videos of the following years, an animated music video was created to compliment the song itself, featuring players on their journey from playing at home to playing on the world stage. Naturally, the song and video quickly became iconic, and the League community responded incredibly well to this release.
2015 – Worlds Collide by Nicky Taylor
This song was pivotal in many ways. It set the stage for other, non-Worlds-related musical projects from Riot, such as “Bring home the glory” or “Awakened”. Unlike Warriors and songs that followed, this one didn’t have a properly animated video. The video for it featured a floating red crystal in which different landmarks, most of them from Central Europe, reflected.
Due to its lack of proper video, the song faced some criticism, but overall the musical tone of synth mixed with bass and a female vocalist proved a solid foundation for other Riot projects like the virtual pop group K/DA that Riot unveiled in 2018.
2016 – Ignite by Zedd
One of the more unique songs that Riot has released as a LoL Worlds song, Ignite featured electronic beats as well as an orchestral arrangement. The animated video that went with the song featured both gamers and strongly stylised versions of in-game characters and fight-scenes.
For many, this video was the peak as far as LoL Worlds songs visuals went – its bright and lively animation-style was certainly eye-catching. The song features simple lyrics that were easy to remember and sing along to – also unusual among the LoL Worlds songs.
2017 – Legends Never Die by Against the Current & Chrissy Constanza
Legends Never Die is one of the best-known LoL Worlds songs, popular even with esports fans that don’t normally follow League of Legends. It’s very catchy and features a well-animated video showing game characters sparring, training and exploring different environments matching the characters’ lore backstory.
Ashe, Lee Sin and Garen featured in the video, making it the only one (other than Worlds Collide) that doesn’t feature the journey of players to the League of Legends World Championship. For some, this watered down the connection between the song and the competition, while others felt the incredible song/video combination more than made up for it.
2018 – Rise by The Glitch Mob, Mako, and The Word Alive
Rise primarily features Kang ‘Ambition’ Chan-yong’s journey to being a world champ. It artistically depicts the epic battles of the player on his way through the World Championship. From corn field battles with Perkz, volcano battles against Uzi and glacier battles versus Faker, the video is full of symbolism. Ambition meets challenger after challenger during the video until ultimately reaching the Hall of Champions where his teams logo and legacy are finally engraved among the historic League of Legends Worlds Champions.
The Korean player started playing pro in November 2011 and showed consistent performances up to his win at Worlds 2017 – the year before the song was released. Ambition retired another season later but remained an active League streamer for Gen.G. Fans wouldn’t have bet on the LoL Worlds pro retiring so soon, but after a successful career and after featuring in the Rise video, he more than earned his retirement!
2019 – Phoenix by Cailin Russo and Chrissy Constanza
For the first time, the 2019 song featured an artist that had already collaborated on a previous LoL Worlds song – in 2017. The song was initially delayed due to production issues and wasn’t actually released until weeks into the play-in stage – it was expected before the beginning of that stage.
Along with the song, the 2019 video features stunning visuals – a combination of animation and bits of real-life footage featuring some pro League players. They’re even shown transforming into play characters – specifically, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Rasmus “Caps” Borregaard Winther, and Song “Rookie” Eui-jin are featured.
2020 – Take Over by Jeremy McKinnon, Max and Henry
The 2020 song is an exciting experience in its entirety. The song itself and the accompanying video were made packed full with references and vocals reflecting the Take Over theme of Worlds 2020.
Take Over’s music video follows a young player getting coached by no other then Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok himself. Throughout the clip we can see our protagonist battle famous League of Legends champions personified by the players who made a huge impact on the scene with them. From Xpeke’s Kassadin pick, Mata’s Thresh and JackeyLove’s Xayah through BeBe’s Caitlyn and Tian’s Leesin, the protagonist battles each World Champion until he ultimately reaches the Summoner Cup itself.
Additionally, every second of the video is filled with easter eggs and humorous messages. From champion names written on the car licence plates to shop signs saying things like: “Irelia’s office”, “Red Buff Hotpot” and “Sivir’s Pizza Delivery”, the entire video represents League of Legends culture at its fullest. Overall, the Worlds 2020 song has one of the best Worlds music videos produced to date.