The tradition of World Cup songs began in 1966 and continued till 2006 when Top of the Pops was axed from television, apart from other tournaments for which England failed to qualify (1974, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1994 and 2008). Some of the later official songs were eclipsed by unofficial songs released around the same time; at least 15 World Cup-themed singles were released for the 2002 finals, and 30 for 2006. Despite England qualifying for the 2010 World Cup, the FA already announced there would be no official song but one unofficial cover song for the 2010 finals or for the 2012 finals, however James Cordon and Dizzie Rascal covered '90s song, Shout by Tears For Fears but was not endorsed by the FA due to links to hooliganism in the lyrics.
 Rereleased for the 1998 World Cup. "We're In This Together" by Simply Red was also the official song of the tournament, which England hosted but "We're In This Together" by Simply Red was unknown to the charts anyway.