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England World Cup songs

Updated on May 15, 2014

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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.

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.

Greatest Day is full of hope and promise

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Which song did it for you then?

What is your favourite England squad World Cup song?

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The worst?

What was the worst England World Cup song?

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      Eileen Kersey 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Wanna bet lol

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      Eileen Kersey 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Apologies. I wrote this around four years ago I think and only popped back to up date when I was removing a link:)

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      Chris 3 years ago

      And with regards to Gary Barlow's tax evasion spoiling the song, I think they already saw to that little detail when they recorded it (let's wheel out the last footballers to have a decent chance - all now in their 50s and above, of course) and a Spice Girl or two. I wish the team well of course and at least it's comforting to know that their performances in the competition can only be less embarrassing.

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      Chris 3 years ago

      The official World Cup song in 1998 was not Simply Red's dirge as stated, that was for Euro 1996, it was the similarly awful How Does it Feel to Be on Top of the World.

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      Zac828 7 years ago from England

      Great hub, builds the excitement. Thank you.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Rugby songs are a little different. Football songs sometimes have the hooligan element I'm afraid

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      liswilliams 7 years ago from South Africa

      they sure have passion. I love the way they sing at rugby. We have nothing to show!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Does that mean you do not want England to win ? lol

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      Shinkicker 7 years ago from Scotland

      As long as they never sing "We Won the Cup" I don't mind so much :-)

      Mind you, the Scottish songs are just as bad, just not as frequent. lol

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      They are a bit tacky on the whole Tony. I guess your dance is like the Cameroon footballer who used to shake his stuff when he scored. Now this will be much more fun than our drunken singing.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Well I don't much like these kind of "special occasion" songs to be honest. They all sound a little phony to me. I think South Africa does have a song but I'm doing my best to avoid it! We do have a speical dance, though, which is being punted all over the place, called the "Disci Dance" and it has developed out of what South African soccer players have long done to celebrate goals, as well as the dances of fans encouraging their teams. It is rather fun! You will no doubt see it when the fun and games start in just over a week!

      Love and peace


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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks lady

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great Selection - I'll be sharing this with friends. Thanks.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Prinscessa. I wonder if France and South Africa have such songs also?

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      I liked the collection; When England Rule the World is my favourite although I'll be supporting the South American teams and France...

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks prasetip it was fun to create

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Fantastic, Ethel. I like music very much. And to celebrate the party of world cup, this is nice song. Thanks for share with us. I really enjoy all the video inside this hub. Good work and I rate this Up!


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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Oh habee they sing that as well lol. Well in a fashion.

      Billy you are not as old as me remember.

      HH yes you and my hubby are succeeding. His plans to monopolise the TV are well under way lol

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      See, I knew we get you excited. I can hear you practising already to be ready for the big moment.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I remember the New Order one, not familiar with the others. Looks like a great tradition though to get people all involved.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maybe they should stick with something traditional, like "Rule, Britannia"! lol