As the FA has decided not to appoint an official song for England this year, this responsibility now falls to us: the peopleby Chris Lochery / June 7, 2018 / Leave a comment
When football songs are done well, the effect can be transformative. Composing a tune that is capable of uniting fans who in any ordinary week would be one another’s sworn enemies is no mean feat. But writing something that can unite an entire nation—turning the stadium electric and bolstering the spirits of our squad to victory—is something close to magic.
As the FA has decided not to appoint an official song for England this year, this responsibility now falls to us: the people.
Winning when we’re singing
To help us select something that will best aid England’s chances, I set the sheet music of our previous World Cup songs alongside our respective finishing positions in each tournament to see if there were any musical elements common across our successes (such as they are) and failures.
England’s best performance since winning the cup in ’66 came in 1990: the year of New Order’s World In Motion—a classic of the genre that can teach us plenty about what makes a truly great footie anthem.