Football anthems dominate the top five (Picture: YouTube/LightningSeedsVevo/Globe Photos/Rex/Shutterstock/Getty)
England fans are ready and raring to go for Sunday night’s historic football final at Wembley Stadium, when the Three Lions will take on Italy to determine the Euro 2020 champions, and music consumption proves it.
As with Friday, when Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home) by Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds had made it to number four, with other football anthems charging into the charts behind it, the surge has continued, with three footie favourites now resident in the top five of The Official Big Top 40, the UK’s biggest chart show, which reflects UK consumption in real time, this evening.
Three Lions, the official track to Euro 1996 is now, 25 years after its original release, realising its true purpose to help bring football home as it sits pretty at number two, only held off by Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits (and the singer has said he would like to be toppled by the track if England is victorious).
It last topped the charts in 2018 during England’s World Cup stint in Russia, when the team finished fourth after losing to Belgium 2-0 in the third place play-off, which was the country’s best World Cup result since 1990.
Neil Diamond’s 1969 hit Sweet Caroline, which has become a fan favourite at Wembley throughout the tournament, is a new entry in the top five at number three and is sure to ring out among the crowd at this evening’s game.
Atomic Kitten, who reunited this week to release a re-recorded version of Whole Again entitled Southgate You’re the One (Football’s Coming Home Again), also leap up to the top five from 86, for the first time since 2003’s If You Come to Me.
Atomic Kitten gave
in to fan pressure and re-recorded Whole Again in honour of Gareth Southgate (Picture: Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Their original Whole Again track was number one for four weeks in 2001.
Fat Les’ 90s banger Vindaloo is also in the top 40, at 38, with Olé (We Are England) (feat. Morrisson), the official song for England’s Euro 2020 campaign, by Krept & Konan, S1lva & M1llionz, at 36.