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Released: 20th May 1996 (Euro 96)
UK Singles Chart Position: 1
The "Three Lions" song, also known as "It's Coming Home" or "Football's Coming Home" has become the de facto England anthem since it was first produced for Euro 96, which England hosted. Composed by the Lightning Seeds Ian Broudie with words written by comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner, with all three of them providing the vocals. It reached number one in the UK singles chart and also became popular in other countries too, including Germany where it reached number 49. Apparently the German national team even sang the song on the way to Wembley in 1996 for the semi-final against England, and also as they paraded the trophy in Germany after winning the competition.
Released: 21 May 1990 (World Cup)
UK Singles Chart Position: #1
The song was written by British band New Order with Lyrics by Keith Allen (who also later would write lyrics for Vindaloo). It features a rap by England footballer John Barnes. It is also New Order’s only number one song in the UK singles Chart.
Released: May 1969
UK Chart Position: #8
Neil Diamond's famous song from 1969 has recently been adopted by the England fans who started singing it during the 2020 Euro's, with the England team even singing along with the fans after the semi-final success against Denmark at Wembley. It is not the first time the song has been used however, being first linked to football teams in England when Arsenal played it after their 2017 FA Cup semi-final win against Man City. It has also been adopted by Aston Villa, and used in other sports too, including the England cricket team and Tyson Fury. However it is believed to have first been used as a victory anthem in the USA by the Boston baseball team who played it during a match during the 1990's for a colleague who had named her baby Caroline. The song was originally written by Diamond for his wife Marcia, but as her name didn't fit, he changed it to Caroline after seeing a photo of Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of US President John F Kennedy in a magazine.
Released: 1 June 1998 (World Cup)
UK Chart Position: #9
England United was a British Supergroup formed by Echo and the Bunnymen, Ocean Colour Scene, The Spice Girls, and Space. It was written and produced by Echo and the Bunnymen frontman IanMcCulloch, and released as the official theme of the England national football team for the 1998 world cup.
Released: April 1970 (World Cup)
UK Chart Position: #1
Written by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, “Back Home” was the song that began the tradition of England recording songs for major tournaments, reaching number one in the UK singles chart where it remained for three weeks. England were World Champions at the time but were knocked out in the quarter finals 3 – 2 by West Germany.