What’s the Score? Second Leg

Over the years music and football have become more intertwined, just look at the recent news of Leeds United partnering with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as one example.

Aside from the growing business aspect, music has always played a key part of the matchday experience with tracks being played pre-match, half time and post-game.

No matter what run of form your team is on, as you head to the stadium you always believe they’re going to win - that’s the life of a football fan!

And as you wait for the teams to come out, you’re submerged by cheesy songs from the noughties or bangers from your dad’s era - proving that nowhere is safe from a little bit of dad dancing...

Some songs have become synonymous with goals being scored but there are a select number that over time have become adopted club anthems so I decided to take a look at some of the best...

First up we have Hibernian FC and their anthem, Sunshine on Leith.

Written by The Proclaimers and released in 1988 on their studio album also titled Sunshine on Leith; it's traditionally played after big victories at Easter Road and the finals of cup competitions.

The Proclaimers are lifelong Hibs fans and were heavily involved with the 'Hands off Hibs' campaign to save the club in 1990.

Hearing thousands of passionate Scots singing their hearts out is enough to give you goosebumps and make your hairs stand on end.

Next up we have You’ll Never Walk Alone.

This song is most well known for being the club anthem for Liverpool FC (although it’d be rude not to mention Celtic...).

Written in 1963 by Gerry and the Pacemakers, the song is sung before every Liverpool home game at Anfield.

The acronym YNWA is iconic around the city with numerous fans having the four letters tattooed on their bodies or in their social media bios. It is arguably the most recognisable saying in English football.

Around the time of the song's release, Reds manager at the time Bill Shankly was presented with a copy of the single. According to Tommy Smith, a player at the time, Shankly was "in awe of what he heard".

Shankly picked the song during an appearance on the BBC's Desert Island Discs radio show in 1965 ahead of that year's FA Cup final and the television footage of that match provides the first evidence of it being sung in the stands.

As they say, the rest is history, the song can still be heard at Anfield being sung by the proud Liverpudlians.

Finally, we have Blue Moon, the fans’ anthem of Manchester City.

Over 60 different artists have recorded their own versions of the song including Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Bob Dylan.

The song was first sung by Citizens in the late ’80s. It was around this time when clubs started to adopt new songs on the then-terraces, rather than chants.

Songs such as Delilah and ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ were adopted by fans. Delilah remains as Stoke City’s anthem of choice.

Different versions of ‘Blue Moon’, by Doves, Supra, The Marcels, Sha Na Na, and Beady Eye are played regularly at the Etihad Stadium throughout the course of a season.

Whilst it's slightly different to the other two classic anthems, the spontaneity of it all can add a little spice before the game...


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