Baddiel & Skinner and the Lightning Seeds – Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)
The number one cause of guilty pleasure in English people, Badiel & Skinner’s unlikely classic will reduce even the most demure tea drinker into a patio-furniture-throwing jingoistic rage. Well, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. But in the run up to an international tournament, it inspires something far more dangerous in an English football fan: hope.
Village People – Far Away in America (1994)
Jurgen Klinsmann, Matthaus and Voller dancing with the Village People. Say no more. We’re sold.
New Order (ft. John Barnes) – World In Motion (1990)
Let’s be clear about one thing – there’s nothing bad about this absolute stomper that still gets dancefloors moving to this day… apart from John Barnes’ casual keepy ups in the background of the video. And his verse, obviously.
In fairness, you CAN be slow or fast, but you MUST get to the line. The lad’s got a point.
Del Amitri – Don’t Come Home Too Soon (1998)
Scotland don’t win much, but ‘Most Depressingly Realistic Official Team Song’ is in the bag thanks to Del Amitri. Take solace, Scottish football fans: even long shots make it. Except when you don’t qualify.
Shakira – Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (2010)
Undeniably catchy, Shakira’s entry ranks up there with some of the best ones – even if it does have some troubling cultural appropriation vibes bubbling under the surface, startlingly reminiscent of the fictional ‘African Child’ song from Get Him To The Greek. Aside from the ear-worm vocal line and instant nostalgia throwback to an all-round charm of a World Cup, there’s a cheeky cameo from Pique too. Obviously.
David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson – This One’s For You (2016)
This one isn’t so bad it’s good. It’s just bad.