Football’s coming home…to the U.K. singles chart.
As the England team prepares to take on Denmark this Wednesday (July 7) in the semi-final of Euro 2020, supporters are turning to digital music services and cranking up their favorite football anthems.
The classic “3 Lions” (Epic) by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and The Lightning Seeds leads the way, up 16 places to No. 6 on the midweek chart.
If England progress to the final, and go all the way – something the team has never done in the UEFA tournament – expect the single to keep scoring. If it does, it would give the track a fifth stint at No. 1, extending its national chart record.
Meanwhile, “Vindaloo” (Union Square Music) by Fat Les, the collective of Blur bassist Alex James, actor Keith Allen, and artist Damien Hirst, is at No. 40, and is charting to its first appearance in the top tier since 2010, when it reentered at No. 32 around the time of the World Cup.
Also, New Order’s former chart-leader “World In Motion” (London) is at No. 57. “World In Motion,” which features a rap by retired soccer star John Barnes, was the Official World Cup 1990 song.
Down the list, rap duo Krept & Konan are at No. 73 with “Olé (We Are England ’21)” (via Since 93) and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” (MCA), which has been adopted in England as a post-victory song, is at No. 85.
Currently, Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” (Asylum) leads the Official Chart Update and is on track for a second straight week at No. 1 on the chart, published late Friday.