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The Footie Fifty

As football fever sweeps across the world in preparation for Germany 06, we present the all-time top football hits.

The list is, broadly, in sales order. It is highly accurate at the 'top end' though absence of some historical data means that it has been necessary to estimate on a few occasions lower down the listing. We are hugely indebted to Simon Walters for his detailed record-keeping and hard work in the compilation of this chart.

"Three Lions" has sold in excess of 1.4 million in both its guises (on this basis, it is just inside the Top 30 biggest sellers of all time). The 1996 original sold 780,000 copies putting it at no. 1 in our Footie 50. To make the top 5 in this chart a single needs to have sold 430,000. By the time we get to no. 30 sales figures are around the 52,000 mark.

All the tracks included in the listing are in celebration of a tournament. A few football-related songs don't seem appropriate for inclusion in this listing. Details of these are given below the chart.

Detailed World Cup archive.

All-Time Top Football HitsYearPeakTournament
   1 Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds Three Lions (The Official Song Of The England Football Team)19961Euro 96
  2Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds3 Lions 98   [England]1998/20021World Cups
  3Fat LesVindaloo   [England]19982World Cup
  4England World Cup SquadBack Home19701World Cup
  5EnglandneworderWorld In Motion 19901World Cup
  6Manchester United Football ClubCome On You Reds19941FA Cup Final
  7Luciano PavarottiNessun Dorma   [BBC TV theme]19902World Cup
  8England World Cup SquadThis Time (We'll Get It Right) / England We'll Fly the Flag 19822World Cup
  9Dario GCarnival De Paris   [unofficial international anthem]19985World Cup
  101996 Manchester United FA Cup SquadMove Move Move (The Red Tribe) 19966FA Cup Final
  11Chelsea FCBlue Is The Colour19725FA Cup Final
  12Ant and DecWe're On The Ball   [England]20023World Cup
  13Scottish World Cup SquadWe Have A Dream 19825World Cup
  14Scotland World Cup SquadOle Ola (Mulher Brasileira)19784World Cup
  15Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Final SquadOssie's Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley)19815FA Cup Final
  16Liverpool FCAnfield Rap (Red Machine In Full Effect)19883FA Cup Final
  17Andy CameronAlly's Tartan Army   [Scotland]19786World Cup
  18Liverpool FCPass And Move (It's The Liverpool Groove)19964FA Cup Final
  19Manchester United Football Squad featuring StrykerWe're Gonna Do It Again19956FA Cup Final
  20England United(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of The World19989World Cup
  21Cockerel ChorusNice One Cyril   [Tottenham Hotspur]197314League Cup Final
  22Leeds United FCLeeds United197210FA Cup Final
  23Reds UnitedSing Up For The Champions   [Man Utd]199712FA Cup Final
  24Black Grape featuring Joe Strummer & Keith AllenEngland's Irie19966Euro 96
  25Arsenal FCHot Stuff19989FA Cup Final
  26San Jose featuring Rodriguez Argentina)Argentine Melody (Cancion De Argentina   [BBC TV theme] 197814World Cup
  271999 Manchester United SquadLift It High (All About Belief) 199911FA Cup Final
  28Arsenal FC First Team SquadGood Old Arsenal197116FA Cup Final
  29DJ OtziHey Baby (Unofficial World Cup Remix)   [unofficial international anthem]200210World Cup
  30Manchester United Football ClubWe All Follow Man United198510FA Cup Final
  31Fat LesJerusalem   [England]200010Euro 2000
  32Jean Michel Jarre & Apollo Four FortyRendez-Vous 98    [ITV TV theme]199812World Cup
  33Everton 1985Here We Go198514FA Cup Final
  34Simply RedWe're In This Together    [official tournament song] 199611Euro 96
  35Manchester United Football ClubGlory Glory Man United 198313FA Cup Final
  36Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Final SquadTottenham Tottenham198219FA Cup Final
  37Del AmitriDon't Come Home Too Soon   [Scotland] 199815World Cup
  38Liverpool FCWe Can Do It (EP)197715FA Cup Final
  39Rod Stewart with the Scottish Euro '96 Squad Purple Heather 199616Euro 96
  40Collapsed LungEat My Goal   [topical; used in Coca Cola ad]199818World Cup
  41Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Final SquadHot Shot Tottenham!198718FA Cup Final
  42Wimbledon Choral SocietyWorld Cup 98 - Pavane   [BBC TV theme] 199820World Cup
  43Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo & Luciano Pavarotti featuring MehtaLibiamo / La Donna E Mobile   [international anthem]199421World Cup
  44Suggs & Co Featuring The Chelsea TeamBlue Day199722FA Cup Final
  45Paper LaceWe've Got The Whole World In Our Hands   [Nottingham Forest]197824League Cup Final
  46Scotland World Cup SquadEasy Easy 197420World Cup
  47Cockney RejectsI'm Forever Blowing Bubbles   [West Ham Utd]198035FA Cup Final
  48ChumbawumbaTop Of The World (Ole Ole Ole)   [England]199821World Cup
  49Primal Scream, Irvine Welsh And On-U Sound Present...The Big Man And The Scream Team Meet The Barmy Army Uptown   [Scotland]199617Euro 96
  50Chelsea FCNo One Can Stop Us Now 199423FA Cup Final

Other songs worth mentioning, though they do not specifically relate to football tournaments are:

  • The Crowd - "You’ll Never Walk Alone" (no. 1, 1985) [Bradford City fire disaster fund]
  • The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman - "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey" (no. 1, 1989) [Hillsborough disaster fund]

    (the above two would have been no. 7 and 9 respectively if included in the Footie 50).

  • Gazza & Lindisfarne - "Fog On The Tyne (Revisited)" (no.2 1990) [no special occasion but a Geordie anthem performed by a north east group and their football hero, Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne!]
  • Bell & Spurling - "Sven Sven Sven" (no. 7, 2001) [tribute to England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson]
  • Bell & Spurling - "Goldenballs (Mr Beckham to You)" (no.25, 2002) [tribute to England player David Beckham]

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