England v Italy at Euro 2020: English songs you need to know (and some you don’t) before the final | Ents & Arts News
Everyone seems to know the score, they’ve seen it all …
Except this time, maybe, they didn’t. England. Are. In. The. Final. Of. Euro 2020. Could football (whisper) in fact go home ?
We have David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds’ Ian broudie to thank for this central refrain now synonymous with England and football; a song full of shameless nostalgia for the days of our World Cup victory (1966, you may have heard of it), perfectly capturing the blend of “oh-so-nears” pessimism and cautious hope that accompanies being a fan of England.
Released for Euro 96, back when there was only 30 years of trouble, Three Lions is still the ultimate anthem in English football. But Sunday’s match against Italy will be the men’s team’s first international tournament final since 1966; a historic moment, which means you might want an entire soundtrack to mark the occasion.
From a tribute to Sven-Goran Eriksson to a celebration of baked goods, here are some official and unofficial songs to add to the playlist. After Three Lions, of course. And Three Lions ’98, because nobody likes change. We still believe …
This time (we’re gonna get it right)
After failing to qualify for the World Cup in 1974 and 1978, 1982 was not only a big year for football, but a big year for England in the charts. Frontman Kevin Keegan was no stranger to the Top 40, having released the single Head Over Heels In Love a few years earlier, and he led the team in their promise to “get it right … this time”. Unfortunately, this was not the case; England failed to get past the second group stage, although they remained unbeaten throughout the tournament in Spain. The song ranked at number two, so every cloud.
We have the whole world at our feet
“There is not a single team that you cannot beat,” sang the England team before Mexico 1986. Unfortunately, they had not counted with Maradona and his Hand of God. To add insult to injury, success has eluded them as well, with We’ve Got the Whole World at Our Feet only reaching number 66 (like they needed another reminder). However, Gary Lineker won the tournament’s Golden Boot for top scorer.
For the Euros in West Germany in 1988, Stock, Aitken and Waterman took over the music, which led to this upbeat number that epitomized the pop sound of the era. Sadly, it only reached number 64 on the charts – reflecting England’s success in the tournament (they came out early after failing to win one of their group stage matches).
England’s second best track comes from New Order and a wonderful rap by John Barnes, with minimal input from the rest of the team. Released for Italia 90, it was Gazza’s World Cup tears, England’s heartbreaking first loss on penalties – losing 4-3 to West Germany in the half. finale – and infamous Gary Lineker on the pitch. There aren’t many football songs that fall outside the new releases category, but this one certainly is, perfectly encapsulating the hopeful optimism of English fans without, for the most part, really sounding like a football song.
Eat my goal
It’s not an official England track, but Collapsed Lung’s football anthem, Eat My Goal, released in 1996, became the soundtrack for the “Eat Football, Sleep Football, Drink Coca-Cola “from Coca-Cola which corresponded to Euro 96.
In addition to the Resurrected Three Lions, the France 98 World Cup also brought us Fat Les, aka Blur bassist Alex James, actor Keith Allen and artist Damien Hirst. Thanks to her easy-to-sing “nah nah nahs” and triumphant “we’re gonna score one more than you”, Vindaloo was an affectionate parody that became the unofficial hit of the tournament. Starring comedian Paul Kaye (better known as Dennis Pennis) in a video sending out The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony, also look for David Walliams and Matt Lucas, and a young Lily Allen, who are there somewhere.
(How it feels to be) On top of the world
This was actually the official song of 98, even if it’s Vindaloo you remember. Starring a mix of artists including The Spice Girls, Echo And The Bunnymen, Space and Ocean Color Scene – aka England United – but no actual English players (aside from a few cameos in the video), the song featured a lovely chorus being sung. . but was not as memorable or catchy as the other offerings that year, and ranked at number nine. It was about Michael Owen’s incredible World Cup goal against Argentina – and David Beckham’s infamous red card in the same game.
Meat Pie, Sausage Roll
After the success of Three Lions, football songs were cool again – which meant everyone wanted to release one. Contenders in 1998 also included Granddad Roberts And His Son Elvis, with that ridiculous song that should have been sponsored by Greggs. “Ooh, we’ve got a wedge,” is the chorus, as it ends with the odd line: “No wonder my pee smells like the sugar flushes, the stress I’m under.”
We are on the ball
Ant & Dec took official duties for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, hailing then-manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as England’s “super Swede” and referring to captain Golden Balls and a 5-1 victory over Germany in the previous year’s qualifiers. . Although the single was essentially the musical revival of PJ and Duncan, England weren’t quite ready to ruminate and lost 2-1 to eventual winner Brazil in the quarter-finals.
Sven, Sven, Sven
Released a year earlier, Sven, Sven, Sven of comedy duo Bell & Spurling was also inspired by the 5-1 victory and the nation’s love for Eriksson at the time. Featuring women in English bikinis and dressed in Bavarian costumes, the video is a reminder of how times have changed over the past 20 years. The pair released an updated version, Gareth, Gareth, Gareth, for the World Cup in 2018, but it was not as successful as their debut in the top 10.
All together now
Written about the Christmas truce of World War I in 1914, when soldiers on both sides laid down their weapons to exchange gifts and play football, this song by The Farm was released in 1991 and was used by many teams. football since. Released for Euro 2004 in Portugal, England were beaten by the hosts on penalties in the quarter-finals.
World at your feet
England’s official song for the 2006 German World Cup was released by Embrace, best known for such hits as All You Good Good People, Come Back To What You Know, Ashes and Gravity in the 1990s and 2000. “With the world at your feet, there’s no one you can’t beat / Yes it can be done,” sang frontman Danny McNamara. A great effort that ranked number three and spent six weeks in the Top 40, but England weren’t as successful. Wayne Rooney received a red card in the quarterfinals against Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo became the nod – and once again they were eliminated on penalties.
While the only music people really remember from the 2010 South African World Cup is Shakira’s Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) and the deafening sound of vuvuzelas, Dizzee Rascal and James Corden have also teamed up. to release this unofficial song for England. Sampling Tears For Fears’ Shout and also featuring the line “come on and try if you think you’re tough enough”, the song topped the charts but likely won’t be remembered as one of the greats of England. England lost 4-1 to Germany in the last 16, so it wasn’t the team’s best performance either.
Sing 4 England
Chris “Unbelievable, Jeff” Kamara released Sing 4 England for the Euros in 2012, co-hosted in Poland and Ukraine. Going back to typical 80s and 90s football songs, but adorable sounding, it gets all the points for a rousing positivity. “Come sing for ENG-ER-LAND”. We were all encouraged; unfortunately, we had seen it all before, and England lost in the quarter-finals to Italy on penalties.
Ole (We are England 21)
Released at this year’s tournament, Ole is the Euro 2020 effort (yes, it’s still Euro 2020, even though it’s now 2021; blame COVID) from Krept & Konan. A contemporary rap track that – ole, ole, oles apart – moves away from the traditional football song but still reflects the mood of the nation.
My dear Caroline
Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit Sweet Caroline reverted to being a wellness hit during the 2020 pandemic, and is now also a hit for this year’s euros. DJ Tony Perry made the decision to perform the song after England won over Germany, and a fan favorite was born. In a video message, the American singer-songwriter told The Telegraph he was “thrilled” to see fans singing the song at Wembley, saying: “Well I hope you can do it again – here is England. ” Because good times never looked so good – so good, so good …
This 2000 Atomic Kitten sweet hit found a new audience with a reworked version paying homage to current England manager Gareth Southgate; so much so that Natasha Hamilton and Liz McClarnon went viral after performing it live in front of football fans watching the quarterfinal victory over Ukraine in Croydon, and have now released it as a new single . While some might say they could have put in a little more effort and changed the rest of the lyrics, now is not the time to nitpick. Altogether now: “Southgate is you, you always turn me on – football is coming home.”