This is a list of songs released with the approval of the
Football Association to coincide with the England national football team's participation in the finals of the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA European Championship.
The tradition of World Cup songs began in
1970 and continued till [1 ] 2006, apart from finals for which England failed to qualify ( 1974, 1978, and 1994). 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 [2 ] 2002 finals, and 30 for [1 ] 2006. The FA announced in January 2010 there would be no official song for the [3 ] 2010 finals. [2 ]
Back Home" 1
Bill Martin, Phil Coulter
The tune was reused in the 1990s for [4 ] , on which Fantasy Football League Jeff Astle, who sang poorly on the original, often appeared and sang.
1982 "This time (we’ll get it right)"
Chris Norman, Pete Spencer
Norman & Spencer, of [4 ] Smokie, had written "Head Over Heels in Love" for Kevin Keegan in 1979.
1986 "We've Got the Whole World at Our Feet"
Tony Hiller, Stan James, Bobby James [6 ]
England squad To the tune of "
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"; modified from [1 ] Nottingham Forest's anthem for the 1980 European Cup Final. The same team co-wrote Scotland's World Cup song, "Big trip to Mexico". [6 ]
1988 "All The Way"
Stock, Aitken and Waterman
World in Motion" 1
New Order and [2 ] Keith Allen [4 ] Englandneworder (
England squad and New Order) Featuring a
rap from John Barnes [4 ]
Three Lions" 1
David Baddiel, Frank Skinner et al
The Lightning Seeds/Baddiel & Skinner
Rereleased for the 1998 World Cup. "We're In This Together" by [4 ] Simply Red was the official song of the tournament, which England hosted. [8 ]
(How Does it Feel to Be) on Top of the World?" 9
Ian McCulloch [2 ] England United (
Echo and the Bunnymen, Space, Spice Girls, Simon Fowler) Overshadowed by the unofficial anthems "Three Lions '98" and "
Vindaloo". [9 ]
William Blake, Sir Hubert Parry, Alex James, Keith Allen, Damien Hirst
Fat Les Endorsed, but not originally commissioned, by the FA.
2002 "We're On The Ball"
Ant & Dec
Ant & Dec [2 ]
All Together Now 2004" 5
Peter Hooton, Steve Grimes
The Farm featuring the SFX Boys' Choir, Liverpool [7 ] Originally released in 1990, the 2004 version was edited by
DJ Spoony [7 ]
World at Your Feet" 3
2012 "Sing 4 England"
Paul Baker, B. Routedge
Chris 'Kammy' Kamara (ft. Joe Public Utd) A charity single not commissioned by the FA but subsequently endorsed by it.
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