Think best football songs and you may think celebratory terrace chants or cobbled-together rhymes intended to antagonise a hated player. But some football tunes are brilliant by any standards – and here are 15 of them.
There is always a caveat to whether you like a football song or not – it depends on who you support. A song in praise of England will not go down well in Scotland. An Everton ditty is not beloved across Liverpool’s Stanley Park. This selection of tunes offers no fealty to the supporters who might chant them; it’s just a list of the football songs we like. In fact, we like them so much, we might just lose our ball control (not for the first time). So here we go, here we go, here we go… etc.
Best Football Songs: 15 Anthems For The Terraces
15: The Proclaimers: Sunshine On Leith (1988)
The Proclaimers’ career is partly devoted to the joys of supporting Edinburgh club Hibernian. Their 1988 album, Sunshine On Leith, doesn’t only contain the title track, played regularly at Hibs; Cap In Hand mentions the team, as does Joyful Kilmarnock Blues, which mentions hitching 60 miles to see the Hibees win. The Proclaimers’ Craig Reid called it the best song he’d written, and Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 show saw it voted listeners’ favourite football anthem in 2018. Watch Hibs’ fans on YouTube singing it after winning the Scottish Cup in 2016 to understand why.