With Euro 2016 kicking off in France in less than an hour, here are three of the best football songs of all time to get you in the mood.
Ant & Dec – We’re On The Ball
Everyone’s favourite Geordies Ant & Dec re-vitalised their music career in the early 2000’s to record a song for the 2002 World Cup, ’We’re On The Ball’. The extremely catchy number reflects upon England’s previous heartbreak in tournaments including Euro 96 as well as referencing that famous 5-1 thumping of Germany. As one might expect, there’s an extremely cheeky video to boot, including Ant & Dec’s impersonation of then manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, The Lightning Seeds – Three Lions (1996)
In 1996 comedy partners David Baddiel and Frank Skinner teamed up with The Lightning Seeds to record ‘Three Lions’. Referencing everyone from Bobby Moore to Gary Lineker, the song is a timeless classic that breeds optimism. Since its release in 1996, the song has been re-recorded and re-released numerous times, re-entering the top 40 alongside every major tournament but it’s the original track that remains the greatest football song of all time. Now to stop the 50 years of hurt…
New Order – World In Motion
An electric house piano and an infamous John Barnes rap makes ‘World In Motion’ one of the most catchy football songs of all time. The track was also the soundtrack to England’s greatest footballing achievement since the 1996 World Cup and is also New Order’s only No.1 single. Barnes’ rap has gone down in history and has been re-created in various different forms over the years, most notably by James Corden and Mathew Horne in ‘Gavin & Stacey’.