With the fixture lists for the forthcoming Premier League season due any time now, we thought we would get in to the spirit a little. We have compiled the Top 10 football songs of all time. These are songs released for the public to buy, not terrace chants. That would be an entirely different list.
1 Three Lions – Baddiel & Skinner ft. The Lightning Seeds
The song originally released as the official song for England’s Euro’96 challenge is potentially the greatest football song of all time. It was re-released two more times by the original line-up and is in the Top 40 for all-time top selling singles with 1.4m units sold. It is easily the biggest selling football single ever. Aside from the numbers, the song was rousing, drew on real football fans emotions and led to it becoming an them for England football fans. The song was so powerful, even the Germans have adopted it. Keep it quiet, but a very poor version was released for last years dismal World Cup attempt.
2 Vindaloo – Fat Les
Fat Les aka Keith Allen aka Lily Allen’s dad has featured on a sholw host of football songs. In fact he has become a bit of a specialist. Vindaloo was the alternative to choice for England football fans. Much more direct and in keeping with traditional terrace chants. One the fans could easily get in to when things were going well. The video features of whole host of comedy names including Dennis Pennis and one of the early TV appearances for Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
3 World in Motion – Englandneworder
This is potentially the best football related song in terms of music and the production values. In essence this was a great piece of music that was linked to football. Released in 1990 (the same time as Gazza’s Tears of a Clown) it is so good it still features on every Football compilation and gets played. Also featuring England legend John Barnes, with the Barnesy Rap. Barnes became almost as well known for that as his wonder goal against Brasil. “I’m an England Man, catch me if you can…”
4 Nessum Dorma – Pavarotti
Another feature from Italia 90. Nessum Dorma was used on the TV coverage for Italia 90 and the tune was so rousing and the range in Pavarotti was immense. For a while people were so moved by this tune Opera became a little more mainstream. Sadly Pavarotti is no longer with us, but he has left a legacy in this tune and a special place in football fan’s hearts.
5 Ossie’s Dream – Spurs 1981 Squad
This is the only club song in our list. The Tottenham FA Cup squad of 1981 brought this song out and it was a genuine real football song. Sung by the squad and featuring the diminutive Ossie Ardiles, the immortal line of “Ossie’s gonna Wembley, his knees have gone all trembly” is so memorable. It was particularly important that the song centred on Ossie as the Falklands conflict was around the same time.
6 Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes with Black Eyed Peas
Mas Que Nada is a football song courtesy of featuring in one of the great Nike Brasil football team adverts. Mendes music is symbolic of South American culture and its lovely passionate music scene. Add to that some good beats and the tones of Black Eyed Peas, particularly Fergie and you have a great hyrbid between South American and really modern pop music.
7 This Time – England 82 Squad
The 1982 England squad promised so much, as the team were considered to have some of the strongest players for generations. The tune was positive and was a great example of footballers not really being able to sing. However for some reason it just worked. They seemed like a real unit and the song was catchy and optimistic. Sadly the highlight of the team’s performance was Keegan’s perm.
8 England’s Irie – Black Grape
This was a great song and a bit of a surprise to see Black Grape come up with a football song. They were a real edgy group of the time and produced musically a great record. It suffered by the amazing success of Three Lions, if that hadn’t been released the list would be completely different.
9 Eat My Goal – Collapsed Lung
Originally featured on the Coca Cola ad, Collapsed Lung created the first football song to try and add rap since John Barnes starred on the New Order tune of 1990. A real up temp number that became an ever present on all the TV coverage.
10 – Jerusalem – Fat Les
Fat Les did his take on the classic football song of Jerusalem, a rousing number that may have been higher in this list. The fear factor was around having Fat Les everywhere.
Those that didn’t make it
Fog on the Tyne – Paul Gascoinge; Diamond Lights – Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle; We’re on the Ball – Ant and Dec; Hey Baby (World Cup remix) – DJ Otzi; We’re In This Together (Official Euro 96 song) – Simply Red; Blue Day – Suggs and the Chelsea Squad; Top of the World – England Squad featuring Spice Girls and many many other terrible songs