List of England football team songs

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This is a list of songs released with the approval of the Football Association to coincide with the England national football team's participation in the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship.

The tradition of World Cup songs began in 1966[1] and continued till 2006 when Top of the Pops was axed from television, apart from other tournaments for which England failed to qualify (1974, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1994 and 2008). Some of the later official songs were eclipsed by unofficial songs released around the same time;[2] at least 15 World Cup-themed singles were released for the 2002 finals,[1] and 30 for 2006.[3] Despite England qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, the FA already announced there would be no official song but one unofficial cover song for the 2010 finals or for the 2012 finals,[2] however James Cordon and Dizzie Rascal covered '90s song, Shout by Tears For Fears but was not endorsed by the FA due to links to hooliganism in the lyrics.

TournamentYearSongChartWritersPerformersNotes
World Cup1966"World Cup Willie"UnknownLonnie DoneganLonnie DoneganSong about the 1966 football world cup mascot.
World Cup1970"Back Home"1Bill Martin, Phil CoulterEngland squad[4] The tune was reused in the 1990s for Fantasy Football League, on which Jeff Astle, who sang poorly on the original, often appeared and sang.
World Cup1982"This time (we’ll get it right)"2[5]Chris Norman, Pete SpencerEngland squad[4] Norman & Spencer, of Smokie, had written "Head Over Heels in Love" for Kevin Keegan in 1979.
World Cup1986"We've Got the Whole World at Our Feet"66[1]Tony Hiller, Stan James, Bobby James[6]England squadThe same team co-wrote Scotland's World Cup song, "Big trip to Mexico".[6]
Euro1988"All The Way"64[7]Stock, Aitken and WatermanEngland squadUnknown
World Cup1990"All Together Now"4Peter Hooton, Steve GrimesThe FarmUnknown
World Cup1990"World in Motion"1New Order[2] and Keith Allen[4]Englandneworder (England squad and New Order)Featuring a rap from John Barnes[4]
Euro1996"Three Lions"1David Baddiel, Frank Skinner et al.The Lightning Seeds/Baddiel & Skinner[4] Rereleased for the 1998 World Cup. "We're In This Together" by Simply Red was also the official song of the tournament, which England hosted but "We're In This Together" by Simply Red was unknown to the charts anyway.[8]
World Cup1998"Vindaloo"2[1]Fat LesFat LesUnknown
World Cup1998"(How Does It Feel to Be) On Top of the World?"9[1]Ian McCulloch[2]England United (Echo and the Bunnymen, Space, Spice Girls, Simon Fowler)Overshadowed by the unofficial anthems "Three Lions '98" and "Vindaloo".[9]
Euro2000"Jerusalem"10[7]William Blake, Sir Hubert Parry, Alex James, Keith Allen, Damien HirstFat LesEndorsed, but not originally commissioned, by the FA.
World Cup2002"We're On The Ball"3Ant & DecAnt & Dec[2]Unknown
Euro2004"All Together Now 2004"5Peter Hooton, Steve GrimesThe Farm featuring the SFX Boys' Choir, Liverpool[7]Originally released in 1990, the 2004 version was edited by DJ Spoony[7]
World Cup2006"World at Your Feet"3EmbraceEmbrace[2]
Euro2012"Sing 4 England"Paul Baker, B. RoutedgeChris 'Kammy' Kamara (ft. Joe Public Utd)[10]
World Cup2014Greatest DayTake ThatGary Barlow, Gary Lineker, Katy B, Emma Bunton, Pixie Lott.
World Cup2014All In Good Time ]]The MarivauxPhil McAdam, Matthew Shields, Ben Peacock, Rik Packer.
World Cup2014"Chorus Of Legends" | The Blood

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "World Cup Special: Anything is passable". Official Charts Lowdown. Official UK Charts Company. 2002. Retrieved 17 January 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f "'No World Cup song', FA confirms". BBC News (BBC). 15 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Anthems vie for World Cup glory". BBC News. BBC. 5 June 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Cooper, Rachel (13 October 2009). "Top 10 England World Cup songs". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 17 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ "'Lost' World Cup song unearthed". BBC News. BBC. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Holman, John. "Tony Hiller ultimate discography/jukebox". Tony Hiller official website. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "England's Euro 2004 song revealed". BBC News. BBC. 7 May 2004. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Perrone, Pierre (22 May 1998). "Music: Rocking all over the World Cup". The Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Leggett, Chris (28 March 2006). "Game on for World Cup anthems". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  10. ^ http://www.thefa.com/England/News/2012/fa-back-england-song-110512
  11. ^ https://www.google.co.uk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=CaNLU-CaCu_R8gfR8YGIBw#q=chorus+of+legends

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