Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Baddiel and Skinner score as Three Lions gets to number 1

Baddiel and Skinner score as Three Lions gets to number 1

Two decades after its first release, the song has knocked Clean Bandit's Solo featuring Demi Lovato off the top spot, as fans across the country continue to spread the message "it's coming home".

Three Lions was originally released in 1996 to coincide with the European Championship held in England, in which the team also reached the semi-final stage.

Multiple social media platforms are overflowing with memes, fan made videos, and tweets from England fans, cheering for their favorite team.

As we find ourselves again amid the humid months of World Cup fever, indefatigable optimism returns to England, whose soccer-adoring millions are incapable of anything less than blind conviction.

And here's some context for you: "Three Lions" has kept Drake - yes, that's the global phenomenon Drake - off the top slot in the Spotify UK charts.

The lyric "Football's coming home" was written by Lightning Seeds with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner providing the lyrics.

"For me, Uruguay have been excellent, I like Belgium, but I think it will be a Croatia, England semi-final, and then if England get though I fancy them, I really fancy them".

It's coming home - to the top of the charts that is.

He said: "Thanks to you lovely people, Shotgun has been number one for two weeks running".

"You wanted to make history, England, and you are doing just that".

Meanwhile, it's been a good week for the inescapable "Three Lions" song, even if it has been ruined forever for those of us who appreciated its charm up until now.

Set pieces have been more influential in this World Cup than any from recent years with 43% of all group stage goals coming from either free kicks, penalties, corners or throw-ins.

The ironic thing is that "Three Lions" is not a song about winning football, but about losing it - losing it in crushing, brutal, humiliating agony, in ways both unbearable and expected by anyone who admires this team.

The song shot up 32 places after England's win against Sweden on 7 July.

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