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Music and the Beautiful Game: A Playlist for Football Fans

Music and football are two universal languages with the extraordinary power to unite people across the globe. Both evoke passion, emotion and a sense of belonging among their enthusiasts. The amalgamation of these two cultural phenomena creates an atmosphere of exhilaration and energy that resonates deeply with fans.

For decades, music has been an integral part of the football experience, enhancing stadium atmosphere, rallying supporters, and serving as anthems for clubs and nations alike. The synergy between music and the beautiful game is undeniable, with songs becoming synonymous with specific teams, moments, or tournaments, etching themselves into fans’ memories forever.

In celebration of this unique fusion, here’s a playlist crafted for football aficionados, encapsulating the spirit, drama, and fervour of the sport:


“Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes: Recognizable by its iconic guitar riff, this song has become a ubiquitous chant in stadiums worldwide, its powerful rhythm amplifying the crowd’s passion. Arsenal and Manchester United fans alike would constantly sing ‘ohhhhh Robin van Persieeee’ in support of the Dutch striker.

“Three Lions” – Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds: This could be the most catchy and famous football song of them all. It’s a definitive anthem for English football, capturing the hopes, dreams, and occasional heartaches of supporting the national team. During a big international tournament, this is always the number-one played song in England, without fail.

“Samba de Janeiro” – Bellini: Just listening to this song will make you want to channel your inner Neymar or Ronaldinho and get onto the pitch. This is a lively, carnival-like tune that embodies the vibrant spirit of Brazilian football and the joyous atmosphere of the game.

“Más Que Nada” – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66: Similar to ‘Samba de Janeiro’, this is a lively samba track that represents the infectious energy of Brazilian football culture.

“Shout for England” – Dizzee Rascal & James Corden: Released as a single for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this track infuses elements of the classic football chant “Shout” by Tears for Fears. It is an absolute classic. It reached number one on the English charts and stayed there for a while. It celebrates English football and encourages fans to support their team with enthusiasm and passion during the tournament. And what a collaboration too! James Corden x Dizzee Rascal. Surprising yet effective.

World In Motion” – England New Order: This iconic song, released for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, became synonymous with England’s campaign during that tournament. It features rap verses by footballer John Barnes and caught the imagination of the whole nation before the tournament.

“Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” – Shakira: The official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this infectious track incorporates African rhythms and celebrates unity, hope, and the spirit of football on the African continent and globally. Now a disco classic, this football track has become a worldwide phenomenon.

“Carnaval de Paris” – Dario G: Initially released for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, this instrumental anthem captures the joyous atmosphere of a carnival and the vibrant energy associated with football tournaments, particularly during the World Cup held in France. It’s now played at Wembley prior to kick-off at every England game. What a song!


Each of these songs has become intertwined with the footballing landscape, either through their association with major tournaments or by embodying the passion, unity, and celebration intrinsic to the sport. They serve as anthems that resonate with fans and become part of the collective experience during significant football events.


By Nicky Helfgott / @NickyH3lfgott on Twitter (X)

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