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England best and worst football songs, from Baddiel and Skinner’s Three Lions to Ant & Dec’s We’re on the Ball

FOOTBALL songs don’t often work.

But when they do, they have the power to rouse a nation into getting behind a football team, which is what rapper Krept and Konan will want to do with this year’s effort.


Rappers Krept and Konan have recorded England’s official Euro 2020 song[/caption]

And over the years, as England have made us proud or shed a tear by their performances in major tournaments, we’ve been treated to pop songs designed to make us feel nationalistic in support of our boys.

From bands like The Lightning Seeds and Embrace to the all-conquering Spice Girls, they’ve all had a go at producing a pop hit.


Baddiel & Skinner and The Lightning Seeds, Three Lions

It’s testament to this song’s longevity and timeless appeal that it’s still sung today by England fans – some who weren’t even born when it was originally released.

At Euro ’96, it was the accompaniment to a great tournament – thanks in part to its brilliant lyrics written by Fantasy Football hosts David Baddiel and Frank Skinner that managed to capture the hurt and hope we all have as England fans.

Add a catchy chorus and tune by Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds and you have a winner.


David Baddiel, Ian Broudie of the Lightning Seeds and Frank Skinner penned the definitive football song that’s still sung today[/caption]

Fat Les, Vindaloo

Simplicity is the key to making a song sing-along worthy — and Vindaloo has that to a tee.

Fat Les, made up of actor Keith Allen, Blur guitarist Alex James and shark slaying artist Damien Hirst, made their anthemic song ahead of the 1998 World Cup that’s led by a simple marching drum beat.

The video, a mickey-take of The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony, had actor Paul Kaye getting a bit of a buffeting too.


Fat Les captured the zeitgeist of the nation in 1998[/caption]


Vindaloo reached No2 in the pop charts[/caption]

New Order, World In Motion

Hipsters in London’s East End or Manchester’s Northern Quarter will consistently argue this to be the greatest football song EVER written.

Originally called ‘E is for England’, the FA vetoed the title because they thought it sounded like a drug reference to ecstacy.

Famously, the 1990 hit featured a John Barnes rap – which we all know the lyrics to. Again, Keith Allen was involved in this one too.

New Order’s World In Motion featured an infamous John Barnes rap

England United, (How Does it Feel to Be) On Top of the World

To be fair, England United didn’t stand a chance coming up against Fat Les and Vindaloo – even though their’s was supposed to be the official anthem of the France ’98.

The supergroup were formed by Echo and the Bunnymen, Ocean Colour Scene, Space and the Spice Girls.

The song, co-written by The Smiths legend Johnny Marr, peaked at No9 in the charts, and on reflection doesn’t sound as bad as others we’ve heard since.

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The Spice Girls formed part of the England United supergroup[/caption]

Embrace, World At Your Feet

Released in 2006, Embrace’s World At Your Feet is somewhat of an underrated football anthem, in our eyes.

It’s the McNamara brothers Danny and Richard at their finest – belting out a big chorus for the masses to enjoy.

There’s even a tease to Three Lions, with the stirring “It’s coming…” lyric.

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Embrace’s World At Your Feet is an underrated football anthem from 2006[/caption]


Ant & Dec, We’re On the Ball

Perhaps the purveyors of light TV entertainment Ant & Dec should have stayed in their lane.

They were charged with singing the official England song for the 2002 World Cup – and boy did they do an questionable job.

Frank Skinner called it right in an interview the same year it was released. “Terrible,” was his one-word to describe it.

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Ant & Dec’s forgettable We’re On The Ball never caught anyone’s imagination in 2002[/caption]

Bell & Spurling, Sven Sven Sven

Clearly English comedy music duo Bell & Spurling were trying to have a laugh.

However, their Sven Sven Sven ditty called then England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson a “lovely geezer” and said goalie David Seaman should own a Mark one Escort and sovereign ring because of his pony-tail and moustache.

There’s even a Jimmy Saville haircut reference in this ill-timed effort from 2002.

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English comedy music duo Bell & Spurling’s Sven Sven Sven just wasn’t funny[/caption]

Chris Kamara, Sing 4 England

Kammy has always fancied himself as a bit of a crooner.

But, perhaps, he should’ve left it to the professionals with his 2012 tune Sing 4 England.

Hindered by terrible lyrics, it tried to be catchy… we say tried faintly.

Chris Kamara’s Sing 4 England was hindered by some dreadful lyrics

England ’82 World Cup Squad, This Time (We’ll Get It Right)

Now this is an absolute stinker. And we didn’t either, getting eliminated from the 1982 World Cup at the second group stage.

Featuring the likes of Kevin Keegan, Peter Shilton and Viv Anderson, This Time (We’ll Get It Right) incredibly charted at No2.

Beats us how, it’s as tuneless as Shilts’ vocals and instantly forgettable.

Will Krept and Konan get it right with their rap song? They’ll need the team to capture the nation’s attention to.

Kevin Keegan was one of many England stars from the 1982 World Cup squad who sang This Time (We’ll Get It Right) but they didn’t

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