Sing When We’re Winning: The Best Football Anthems
October 15, 2015
Whether it’s a hysterical celebratory chant coming from the terraces or a full blown vocal fan favourite that has everyone out of their seat and singing at the top of their lungs there is nothing better than a great footie anthem to get the fans excited.
GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS (YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE)
Without a doubt one of the greatest football anthems of all time comes from Liverpool legends Gerry & the Pacemakers. The four-piece band recorded a special cover version of the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in 1963, which was originally featured in the 1945 musical Carousel, and it was quickly adopted by Liverpool FC as the club’s anthem. Since then it has been solidified in the annuls of Liverpool history repeatedly sung at home games to this day still making the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end regardless of who you support.
BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS (THREE LIONS)
As England prepared themselves for the 1996 Euro Championships, which were held on their home turf, this incredibly catchy and now legendary football song was released as the team’s official anthem for the tournament. It reached the number one spot in the charts and even managed it a second time two years later when the song was reworked for the ‘98 World Cup.
NEW ORDER (WORLD IN MOTION)
Often hailed as the greatest modern football anthem ever released for the England team this effort from Brit group New Order and comedian Keith Allen is still a hugely popular fan favourite even to this day. A great tune, great lyrics, and there was even an unforgettable appearance by former England player John Barnes who provided an iconic guest rap on the track.
MANCHESTER UNITED & STATUS QUO
Man United teamed up with British rock legends Status Quo to record their FA Cup Final song in 1994 and it became one of only five football singles songs ever to reach the number one spot. The song was based on the Quo’s 1988 single “Burning Bridges” which was readapted with new lyrics put in place that was relevant to the Reds and their squad at the time.
WEST HAM UNITED (I’M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES)
One particular theme that has stood the test of time and has been around since the late 1920’s is West Ham United’s beloved anthem “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”. It was introduced to the club by former manager Charlie Paynter when he discovered that a young West Ham player bore a striking similarity to that of a model in a dish soap advertisement.