The NATO Hymn

"The NATO Hymn" (French: "Hymne de l'OTAN") is the organizational anthem of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It is an instrumental piece, composed in 1989 by André Reichling, a Luxembourgian military officer and a member of its military band. It was used unofficially for many years before being formally adopted in January 2018.

Hymne de l'OTAN
English: The NATO Hymn

Organizational anthem of  NATO
MusicAndré Reichling, 1989
Adopted3 January 2018
Audio sample
"The NATO Hymn"


Initial proposals for adopting an organizational anthem for NATO date back to 1958, its tenth anniversary. A "NATO Song" was publicly performed, but not adopted. In 1960, British Royal Air Force marshal Edward Chilton proposed combining members states' national anthems into a single composition as the organizational anthem.[1]

In 1989, to commemorate NATO's 40th anniversary, Luxembourgish military band officer André Reichling composed an instrumental musical piece titled "The NATO Hymn" and it was performed at an anniversary gala that year.[2] Used as an unofficial anthem at many NATO events in subsequent years, it was formally adopted on 3 January 2018.[3]


  1. "A NATO hymn?". Brussels: North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
  2. "Ceremonies to mark the 40th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization". NATO Archives Online. Brussels: North Atlantic Treaty Organization. March 2017. Archived from the original on 15 March 2017.
  3. "NATO adopts official hymn". Brussels: North Atlantic Treaty Organization.