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"Carnaval de Paris"
Dario G - Carnaval de Paris single.jpg
Single by Dario G
from the album Sunmachine
Released8 June 1998
FormatCD single
  • Paul Spencer
  • Scott Rosser
  • Stephen Spencer
Producer(s)Peter Oxendale
Dario G singles chronology
"Carnaval de Paris"

"Carnaval de Paris" is a song by English electronic music trio Dario G. The song was recorded for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. It peaked at number five in the UK Singles Chart in 1998.


The origins of the melody come from the world of football. During a 1996 pre-season tour of The Netherlands, Sheffield Wednesday F.C. picked up on a chant sung by the fans of FC Utrecht, with a tune inspired by the folk ballad "Oh My Darling, Clementine". This was then adapted and brought back to England for the following 1996–97 FA Premier League. The chant was sung extensively at the home game with Nottingham Forest on 18 November 1996 helped by the club's resident band. This was slowly picked up by other clubs in the Premier League, helped by the use of it at England matches (where the Sheffield Wednesday band were now invited to play).[1] Sheffield Wednesday had already lost their "barmy army" chant to the England cricket team and also other football clubs.[2] In an effort to either stem this spread of the song (or just to keep it unique), the fans of Sheffield Wednesday added their own lyrics to the theme (which continues to this day).[3] This happened around the time of the Dario G single release.


The song, however, has now spread around the world, starting when fans of the U.S. men's national team used the tune in their first match after the September 11 attacks in a World Cup qualifier in Foxborough, Massachusetts against Jamaica. Amongst the supporters' clubs which have used the tune have been those in Portsmouth, Leicester City F.C., Chicago Fire, VfL Bochum, Wellington Phoenix, Sydney FC and D.C. United. In fact, Section 8 Chicago, a supporters' club for Chicago Fire, supplied lyrics for the previously instrumental tune. Rugby League rivals St. Helen's RLFC and Wigan Warriors both play it after a successful try conversion.

This song also appears like the soundtrack in the menu of Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, the video game by Konami. The song was also used in Ford adverts for the UEFA Champions League from 2001 to 2005.

Music video, instrumentation and composition[edit]

The music video features children painted in the colours of the representative countries participating in the tournament. For example, it depicts a group of Scottish children kicking off a match against Brazilian children while playing Scottish Bagpipes, mirroring the opening game at France 1998. A subsequent scene involving Jamaican children is set to music with steel drums.


  • Kieran Kiely - Accordion
  • John Themis - Chung Ruan & Spanish Guitar
  • Andy Duncan - Battacuda & Latin Percussion
  • Sikus - Victoria Céspedes
  • Bob Murphy - Bagpipes
  • Stuart Brooks - Trumpet
  • Pete Thorns - Trombone
  • Ebony Steel Band - Steel Drums


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 90
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 24
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 19
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 3
France (SNEP)[10] 26
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 4
Italy (FIMI)[13] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 32
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[16] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 36
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[20] 28


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  2. ^ Barmy Army
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  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Hits of the World: Eurochart Hot 100 (IFPI/Nielsen Marketing Research) 07/04/98". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 110 (27): 53. July 4, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510.
  9. ^ "Dario G: Carnaval de Paris" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  10. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ " – Dario G Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ Search for Irish peaks Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite
  13. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Top Annuali Single: 1998".
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dario G" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris". Singles Top 100.
  18. ^ " – Dario G – Carnaval de Paris". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved August 7, 2015.