What's the Score?

Football fans across the nation were delighted by the news that they will be allowed back into grounds from December 2nd, depending on local restrictions.

For music lovers, it’s sadly still a waiting game. With limits on capacity and some venues fighting for survival, nobody truly knows when things will be back to normal and us gig goers will be allowed to enjoy a live, event.

However, we don't want to stay in the doom and gloom forever so, in honour of the return of football fans, let's take a look at three of the most iconic England tournament songs.

Defend and Attack

First up, we have 'World in Motion' by New Order. Produced for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, it was the band's only number one- but what a special track it is…

Undoubtedly the most iconic aspect comes in the form of a freestyle rap performed by Liverpool legend John Barnes.

Improvised on the spot along with club colleague Craig Johnston, the two reportedly penned the rap on a scrap piece of paper before putting it to the test.

The rap fast became an iconic piece of English football culture in its own right, familiar to subsequent generations of England football fans not even born in 1990.

England finished fourth at the tournament, their best finish at the World Cup since they won it in 1966.

Thirty Years of Hurt

Secondly, we have Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) a single by The Lightning Seeds.

Written by the Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie the song featured comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, presenters of football-themed comedy show Fantasy Football League at the time.

Unlike typical football songs that speak of optimism, Three Lions instead focuses on the negatives (more notably how every single tournament since 1966 has ended in failure).

Despite the consistent failures, this never dampened the dreams of England fans and the song acts as a clear representation of the 'never stop believing' mentality.

Despite being released in 1996, the song reached number one in 2018 following England’s incredible tournament in Russia.

In doing so, it became the first song in history to have four separate stints at number one in the UK.

However, after England lost to Croatia and were eliminated, the song fell to 97 in the charts - thus setting the record for the fastest descent from the top of the charts.

Guess we’ll have to see what 2022 brings.

We're Gonna Score One More Than You

Last but not least, we have ‘Vindaloo’ by British band Fat Les.

Released in time for the 1998 World Cup, the music was co-written by Blur bassist Alex James and bassist Guy Pratt, with lyrics courtesy of comedian Keith Allen.

Combining the characteristics of a football chant with a basic melody and lyrics, the song is most well known for its iconic ‘nah nah nah’ tune.

"Vindaloo" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in June 1998, beaten by Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, who re-released their anthem "Three Lions" from 1996 with slightly altered lyrics.

Despite it’s comical lyrics, the song has faced controversy in the past with some believing that it encourages football hooliganism and violence… but come on it’s called Vindaloo!

No matter what you think of the song, it's still regarded as one of the most iconic by England fans.


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