MTV's World Cup Of Rock: Mexico Vs. France

It's MTV's World Cup of Rock! The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on the planet, a super-sized stage where legends are born with every strike of the ball, where infamy is just a moment away and where the dreams of millions live or die by the minute. That's why, in the spirit of the 2010 MTV Musical March Madness competition, we've created "The World Cup (Of Rock)," a FIFA-style tournament that takes 16 of the biggest nations — rock-wise (sorry Algeria) — and pits them against one another to determine just which is the most rockingly awesome. Heavyweights like the U.S.A., England, France and Germany are all here, but so are a handful of surprisingly strong sleeper countries. As the Cup progresses, we'll be unveiling the match-ups, and it's up to you to vote your favorites through. In the end, only one nation will be left standing: the world champion of rock.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off just a few minutes ago in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the course of the next month, the best soccer players in the world will try to outrun and outscore each other in a quest for on-the-field domination and off-the-field bragging rights. The host country is currently in a tense tilt with Mexico, but the opening contest in the World Cup of Rock takes us to Group A.

Mexico vs. France

In one corner, Mexico is represented by a proud tradition of local flavor fused with rock, best represented by guitar god Carlos Santana. In recent years, they've exported a number of excellent singer-songwriters and have long had an influence on music in the Southwest and in Southern California. Opposite the Mexicans is the contingent from France, whose musical exports include a lot of moody dance music (Air, Daft Punk), fiery hip-hop (MC Solaar, Soprano) and various rock fusions (Phoenix). Each puts up a good case, but which country really rocks?

Who are your favorite artists from Mexico and France? Let us know in the comments!