England Football Songs: Top 10 Singles To Prove It's Coming Home!
10 July 2018, 15:59
The World Cup has put Three Lions back at the top of the charts - but what other football songs are perfect for England?!
World Cup fever is gripping the nation right now and you can't go five minutes without hearing a chant of "It's coming home!"
There's been some iconic England football songs released over the years to help support the squad at major tournaments.
So we asked around and here's what we think are the ten greatest England anthems...
10. England World Cup Squad - Back Home
Released for: World Cup 1970
The first official England song was actually sung by the players themselves! It was written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter for the 1970 World Cup, which England went into as reigning champions but were knocked out in the Quarter Finals.
9. Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds - Three Lions '98
Released for: World Cup 1998
Two years after the original, Three Lions was re-released with new lyrics and a new music video. The '98 version samples Jonathan Peace's commentary of (now England manager) Gareth Southgate's penalty miss in Euro 96.
8. Fat Les - Jerusalem
Released for: Euro 2000
Fat Les were the unlikely trio of Blur bassist Alex James, actor Keith Allen and artist Damien Hirst. They provided the song for England's Euro 2000 campaign - a take on the famous hymn.
7. Embrace - World At Your Feet
Released for: World Cup 2006
British band Embrace were asked by The FA to come up with the official song for the 2006 World Cup. World At Your Feet doesn't have the same chant appeal as other England records but is certainly a quality indie anthem.
6. Shout - Shout for England ft. Dizzee Rascal & James Corden
Released for: World Cup 2010
Dizzee Rascal and James Corden teamed up to produce this England anthem. The song reworks Tears For Fears' 'Shout' and 'No Diggity' by Blackstreet, with references to Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole thrown in for good measure.
5. The Farm - All Together Now
Released for: Euro 2004
A new version of The Farm classic 'All Together Now' was brought out for Euro 2004. The lyrics speak about about the famous Christmas Day Truce in World War I when soldiers from both sides put down their weapons to play a game of footie in no-mans-land.
4. Ant & Dec - We're On The Ball
Released for: World Cup 2002
We're On The Ball was Ant & Dec's first song for five years, after they ended their pop career in 1997 to focus on TV presenting. They've not released any music since but, to be fair, it's quite a difficult one to beat!
3. World In Motion - New Order
Released for: World Cup 1990
After a run of fairly dull England tunes throughout the 80's, New Order were asked by The FA to come up with something a little better in 1990. The band delivered: 'World In Motion' is an incredible record, infamous for the John Barnes rap.
2. Fat Les - Vindaloo
Released for: World Cup 1998
Fat Les' biggest hit was with their unofficial 1998 World Cup anthem 'Vindaloo'. It's undoubtedly the most ridiculous song on the list and it gets even more ridiculous when you put it with the music video - a parody of The Verve's 'Bitter Sweet Symphony'.
1. Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds - Three Lions
Released for: Euro 96
The classic 'Three Lions' tops our list because... well, it's topped the charts! The song reached Number 1 on The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 the day after England reached the semi finals of the 2018 World Cup, twenty two years after its original release.
For more of the biggest hits, listen to The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 this Sunday from 4pm.