Official songs

Coming Home

"Three Lions"
Baddiel, Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds
1996
"Three Lions '98"
Baddiel, Skinner, and the Lightning Seeds
1998

A lot of people who write soccer songs use crowd noise in the mix. Rarely do they get to use a matchday crowd singing their song. Read more about Coming Home

Too Slow

"Hurry Up England"
Motty's Sheepskin
2006
"Hurry Up England"
Sham 69 & The Special Assembley
2006

As we saw with Scotland's 1998 ballad-anthem Don't Come Home Too Soon, the British public is suspicious of official team songs that are slow or reflective. And as we also saw with Scotland, the reaction in the other direction can be extreme. Read more about Too Slow

Goofus and Gallant, Part 1

"We're On The Ball"
Ant and Dec
2002

The double act has a long tradition in comedy. The formula is simple: a straight man and a funny man, a schlemiel and a schlemazle, playing off of each other with jokes, slapstick, and of course the occasional soccer song. Read more about Goofus and Gallant, Part 1

Rapping for Engerland

"World In Motion"
New Order
1990

In 1990, Keith Allen, New Order, and John Barnes created a template for the soccer pop song. "World In Motion" is still considered a timeless classic in England, despite the handicap of actually being kind of a terrible song. Read more about Rapping for Engerland

The Cup of Life

"La Copa de la Vida"
Ricky Martin
1993

In 1924, Uruguay won the Olympic gold medal in the first major international soccer tournament to feature Latin American entrants. Since then, Latin America has been a force to be reckoned with in world soccer. But Latin American soccer culture can only penetrate so far into English football culture. Read more about The Cup of Life

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