Written by: Alex Green
The Lightning Seeds’ “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home)” has enjoyed a massive resurgence as England has pummeled their way through the World Cup.
On the eve of a semi-final showdown against Croatia, the song has already risen to #24 on the charts and is threatening to hit #1 thanks to it being taken on as the anthem of England’s football team.
“Three Lions” originally came out in 1996 when England was hosting the World Championships. The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie wrote the music while comics Dave Baddiel and Frank Skinner wrote the lyrics.
Although the song shows up on the charts periodically whenever major tournaments swing around, it remains only one of three songs in U.K. history to ever hit #1 twice with different lyrics.
George Ezra is currently at #1 with “Shotgun” but the singer/songwriter is telling his fans to download “Three Lions” to get it to #1.
“Thanks to you lovely people, Shotgun has been number one for two weeks running,” Ezra tweeted.
But then he added: “That is amazing, but I think it’s time we knock it off the number one spot with Three Lions. We go out, we download and we stream Three Lions and we get it to number one. And you know why? It’s because it’s coming home. Share this video, spread the word and get it to number one. COME ON ENGLAND!”