It may not be coming home for Eng-ger-land this year, but the World Cup is still on and all is to play for between Croatia vs France this Sunday. It’s been a month of ups and downs, heart-attack inducing penalty shootouts, underdogs rising to the top (that South Korea vs Germany game, my god) and, well, waistcoats.
One thing we’ve loved, besides all the brilliant World Cup-themed projects we’ve been sent and featured, is the footy bangers. Old tunes have come back to be sung again and new releases from across the world have had us bopping along. Everyone’s been sharing their football stories too. Staff writer Ruby Boddington’s mum wrote to all the Arsenal Ladies team in 2006 to sign a package of goodies and photos for her tenth birthday, the Scottish contingency of the office have told us about when Scotland fans sang “we’re gonna deep fry yer pizzas" to Italy, and of course the new chant of England fans singing “Southgate you’re the one, you still turn me on, football’s coming home again” to the tune of Atomic Kitten’s Whole Again.
To celebrate what a month it has been, below the It’s Nice That team have pulled together our favourite moments in football musical history, from singles to your local team’s chants.
Have a pint for us this weekend,
A football-crazy It’s Nice That studio.
Senegal’s dance moves
100% the best performance in the World Cup this year, it’s Senegal’s team dancing practice technique before the game.
Fog on the Tyne
What is a football song if it doesn’t repeat? For Gazza’s hit, the anthem he’s known for among many other football classic moments, this is definitely the case. Fog on the Tyne is? All mine! Here are some lyrics so you can sing-a-long: “The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine. The fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine. The fog on the Tyne is all mine.”
Probably how the whole of England felt on Wednesday evening, here’s Tottenham Hotspur’s away fans back in 2014 when losing against Liverpool at Anfield.
Kick, kick, kick, kicky, kicky, kick
For those who don’t have kids or who regularly watch Cbeebies, may we present to you the most addictive football song of 2018, Hey Dungee. Sorry for how much this will be in your head forevermore.
1990 was the year was football fell in love with one brilliant singer, Pavarotti. Rather than a pop song, football fans got truly emotional as his cover of Nessun Dorma was the theme for the football coverage. Building in momentum, just like the game, it’s the ultimate emosh football banger. As one YouTube commenter points out from his performance at the 1994 World Cup that followed, “What do people listen to, if they don’t listen to this?”
Eng by Land
Here’s the actual official World Cup song for 2018 that might have missed your radars…
We’ve Got A Feeling
In the words of It’s Nice That’s Rob Mordue… “Absolute fire Afrobeat party starter by the legends, Basil Boli and Chris Waddle. Recorded during the early 90s when they were both playing for Marseille."
Mark E Smith reads the scores
We couldn’t do a football musical moments article without the late, great, Manchester City Fan Mark E Smith reading the scores could we?
His name is a shop
A brilliant chant from Bury fans for its player, Lennel John-Lewis, which does what it says on the tin really.
I am a football fan! I am a soccer fan!
Just the happiest song for Soccer fans from Real Sounds of Africa.
Many of the football fanatics have been getting a little miffed with those summer football fans, shouting their knowledge just because it’s on the telly. Here’s some advice for everyone from Alan Partridge. The proof is in the pudding, and in this case, the pudding is a football.