- Apr 1, 2020
Since it could potentially be COMING HOME this weekend, where do we rank this FOOTBALL ANTHEM
The amount of times I’ve ended up listening to this because Youtube has been slipping the FULL SONG in as an ad on its videos and I don’t realise until it’s too late. It’s a hate crime!
It's an objectively awful song
As football songs go (quite a rotten frame of reference I will admit) it’s not that bad except when you hear it being chanted at a bus stop by a group of LADS.
It has already been mentioned that it is fairly catchy, musically it was bang on trend for the time, and CRUCIALLY I would argue that actually it isn’t just smug entitled nonsense.
Unlike every Engerlund song before and after it does unusually manage to be a bit self-deprecating and capture the frustration and sadness of being a football fan (I would imagine…).
It’s pretty clear that later attempts at repeating the success with an “official” England song COMPLETELY missed the point, especially the horrendous self-congratulatory through-gritted-teeth Spice-endorsed attempt two years later.
Oh it turns out I didn't buy England United, I bought this rather odd effort during my Chumbawamba phase.
They just sort of glommed a half-song onto Ole Ole Ole for the World Cup in... France Not at all jarring addition of social "commentary" by just listing working class people and hoping that's enough. "Oh, I'm an ex-miner, I feel seen!"
Top ten.You have to give us the full Top 5... (plz)
|1||CAPT TOM MOORE||99 YRS, 11 M||2020||YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE|
|2||TOM JONES||68 YRS, 9 M||2009||(BARRY) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM|
|3||LOUIS ARMSTRONG||66 YRS, 10 M||1968||WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD|
|4||TONY CHRISTIE||61 YRS, 11 M||2005||(IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO?|
|5||FRANK SKINNER||61 YRS, 5 M||2018||3 LIONS|
|6||CLIFF RICHARD||59 YRS, 1 M||1999||MILLENNIUM PRAYER|
|7||ELTON JOHN||58 YRS, 3 M||2005||GHETTO GOSPEL|
|8||MICHAEL BALL||57 YRS, 9 M||2020||YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE|
|9||LEO SAYER||57 YRS, 8 M||2006||THUNDER IN MY HEART AGAIN|
|10||OZZY OSBOURNE||55 YRS||2003||CHANGES|
Love these kind of stats. Can't believe Ozzy was only 55 then.I had completely forgotten about "(Barry) Islands In The Stream"...
If Three Lions goes to No 1 this week, then Skinner will vault Tony Christie and Baddiel will push Ozzy out of the top 10...
I'm out the boat on that - I couldn't *stand* Ocean Colour Scene and I still can't. I blame Paul "Fucking" Weller.