As England charges into the World Cup semi-finals for just the third time, football’s coming home on the singles chart.
Powered by streams and downloads, the classic soccer anthem “Three Lions” (Epic) flies 24-1 on the Official Singles Chart Update whilst England prepares for a final four meeting with Croatia.
According to the Official Charts Company, the track has accumulated 24,000 downloads and 2.6 million audio streams since last Friday to lead the midweek chart, with George Ezra’s “Shotgun” (Columbia) some 8,000 combined units adrift in second place.
“Three Lions” isn’t so much a song, but a sporting fairytale with its “football's coming home” chant and a promise to end the decades of “hurt.” It was originally recorded by The Lightning Seeds and comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel for Euro '96, the last time England qualified for the semis of a major soccer tournament. The single went to No. 1 that year, and a reworked version hit the top for three weeks in 1998 as England were dumped out in the early knockout rounds of the World Cup in France.
Now, with England beating Sweden to progress to Wednesday’s semi in Moscow, “Three Lions” is on full blast once more as fans dream of winning the game’s biggest prize.
George Ezra showed he was a good sport, urging his countrymen and women to ensure “Three Lions” takes top spot when the weekly countdown is published on Friday.
“Thanks to you lovely people, Shotgun has been number one for two weeks running,” he said in a message posted on social media. “Of course that is amazing. But I think it's time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions.”
Two other football anthems are on track for a return to the top 40: Fat Les' “Vindaloo” (Union Square Music) at No. 28 and New Order's “World In Motion” at No. 34.
Meanwhile, Green Day’s “American Idiot” is surging up the midweek chart thanks to a Facebook campaign ahead of President Trump’s controversial visit to the U.K. “American Idiot” (Warner Bros) is at No. 18 on the midweek chart and is less than 4,000 combined units from a spot in this week’s top 10, the OCC notes.