England World Cup songs
- World cup 2010: Have the England Squad a hope in hel...
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I do not know about other countries who participate in the FIFA World Cup football competition but the UK countries have a tradition of cutting a new song for each World Cup. At least some of the UK countries do.
This Hub was initially put together in the run up to the 2010 World Cup and here we are, four years on, with World Cup 2014 in Brazil due to kick off in June.
English fans are hoping for a win but are not holding their breath as England has not won the World Cup since 1966.
Since that time we have had some good, poor, great and dreadful football teams. We have also had a fair share of dreadful songs.
Check out those below and vote on the best and worst and the end of the hub.
So here goes, or should that be Here We Go, Here We Go, Here We Go?
The first one that I remember was Back Home. As I hated football when I was young I am surprised that I even remembered that one.
In my mind's eye I had thought that it was the winning 1966 squad's song but it was actually from 1970. Some of the '66 players though were the same and sung on this song. Sadly however in 1970 Germany got football revenge on England.
1990 World in motion
In 1982 a song penned by Norman and Spencer from band Smokie represented England in World cup songs. It was however sung by the England squad of the day.
In 1986 we saw the England squad belting out, We've Got the Whole World at Our Feet, but sadly the footballing world was not their oyster. Once again the song was not too bad but the football was terrible
Youtube did not seem to have a version of this song but the 1990 World In Motion was up for grabs.
In 1998 this England World Cup song lulled us all into a false sense of security and Brits many actually believed that football was coming home, to England. Sadly it did not.
Written by UK comedians Baddiel and Skinner Three Lions was performed by The Lightning Seeds.
1998 actually saw a few different England world cup football songs released.
The official world cup song was We're in this together, by Simply Red but other songs remain more popular. How does it feel to be on top of the World was a brave effort.
The drunkards anthem Vindaloo seemed to be the winner though. Written by Fat Les the performers were unknown.
World at your feet remixed by Embrace
Popular cheeky chappies Ant and Dec wrote and recorded the 2002 England World cup song.
As youngsters this pair were actors and then a pop duo. These days they are celebrities who host shows such as Britain's Got Talent and game shows.
World Cup songs
When England Rule the World 2010
World at your feet, in 2006 was remixed and recorded by Embrace.
It may have been popular with football fans but for this hubber it was instantly forgettable.
So what about World Cup 2010?
Well yet again it seemed that there was more than one song. Perhaps that is a sign of the times?
The official England song though was When England Rule the World. At time of writing in 2010 this hubber wondered if there would be any truth is the song title. There was not.
OK so here we are a few weeks away from the start of World cup 2014
In March 2014 the Daily Mirror reported "England's 2014 World Cup song revealed as Sir Geoff Hurst joins Gary Lineker and Gary Barlow". It is a former Take That hit Greatest Day, not even a new song.
Hurst played as part of the '66 winning team. Lineker was a great football player but World cup success eluded him during his career.
Take That front man Gary Barlow has in many ways become a bit of a British institution in his own right lately.
However in May 2014 Barlow is in hot-water over an alleged tax evasion scheme.
Will that spoil the song or the England squad's chances of success?
It should not but who can tell? We are a superstitious lot, you know.