World Cup Wednesday: Top 5 Songs Getting you in a Spin

Updated: May 7, 2014

Welcome to another ‘World Cup Wednesday’ on Let’s Talk Sport. It is exactly 36 days to go until the biggest footballing event takes place in Brazil.

Last week, I went through my top 5 world cup goals of all time from 18 year-old, Michael Owen, performing an unforgettable finish against Argentina to Diego Maradona’s unstoppable run along with a perfect finish against England.

This week, I share you another top 5. But this time, I am now sharing you my top 5 England world cup songs of all time.

It is always a tradition to have a song produced before an upcoming world cup to give that little boost and show our support to the England team. Some of the songs are still heard to this day which has shown great success.

I hope these 5 world cup songs will get you on your feet by reading the end of this week’s ‘World Cup Wednesday’.


World Cup 2002: Ant & Dec – We’re on the Ball

World cup 2002 was shared between Asian countries Japan and South Korea.

England qualified to the finals on the last kick of their qualifying campaign at Old Trafford against Greece from a typical out of this world David Beckham free kick.

When picking the people to lead the song it is usually faces we are familiar with. Who else could you wish for than award winning Ant & Dec?

The couple wanted to be behind the squad at the 2002 world cup and the only solution they could go for without paying a dime was swapping jobs with former England Manager, Sven Goran Eriksson and his assistant manager.

The lads from Newcastle certainly look younger in this music video.


South Africa 2010: Dizzee Rascal Feat. James Corden – Shout for England

The 2010 world cup in South Africa was a world cup to forget in England’s views.

Fabio Capello’s side drew the opening game to a nation that call the sport ‘Soccer’, finished level with Algeria, beaten Slovenia by a whisker and getting torn to shreds by the almighty Germans (As always).

English rapper, Dizzee Rascal and Smithy off Gavin & Stacey, James Corden, thought they could make a difference. The lyrics and the music video showed to us that the England team needed to stand up on their own 2 feet and take on anything that hits them in South Africa.

The song was first heard on ITV’s talent television show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ showing a lot of spirit behind the team.

Unfortunately, England went out of the world cup in the last 16. Being one off from their world cup 2006 campaign in Germany.


Germany 06′: Embrace – World at your Feet 

Embrace are one of my favourite British rock bands and this song has got to be a memorable England world cup song.

‘World at Your Feet’ was promoted by the BBC weeks before the tournament was to take place in Germany and the squad would have needed the support especially when the world cup is going to be staged at a nation we can never beat when it matters.


France 98′: Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds – Three Lions

This song is certainly a one to remember.

Every football fan would have heard this song at some point during their time on planet earth, as this is no doubt very well structured by the right people.

The song was first introduced in 1996 just before England were to host Euro 96′, with it all ending in tears for the hosts losing to Germany on penalties in the semi-finals.

‘Three Lions’ was then re-launched in 1998 by Sony Music Entertainment before the 16th world cup was to be hosted by the French.

Old comedian duo, Frank Skinner and David Baddiel came up with the song and they never failed to impress.


Italia 90′: New Order – World in Motion

This is no doubt my favourite England world cup song I have heard, that’s why I left the best til last.

I can hardly pick out anything that is wrong about this song, it has everything.

You have ever so popular rock band, New Order writing the lyrics and performing the song with the England squad of Italia 90′ world cup joining along. Luckily they only lip read and not bring out their voices.

You have Paul Gascoigne showing off some keepy uppys while taking part in the video. But the best and memorable moment is John Barnes’ can’t get out of your head rap.

Before the last world cup, Barnes pulled off the rap for a second time in a Mars bar advert.



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