My Music Solutions features in the May 2016 edition of FC Business, the football club operations magazine, in which we discuss the reasons why it’s so complicated to calculate music licences for football clubs.
We also, naturally, look at ways in which football clubs can work with us to save money on their music licence costs.
The subject got us thinking about the eclectic mix of tunes that have provided the inspiration for football terrace chants over the years.
So here is the My Music Solutions guide to football chants – we’ve overlaid the lyrics to the chants across clips from the original.
Have we missed your favourite? Let us know the chant and the tune it copies and we’ll see what we can do!
Cym Rhondda/Bread of Heaven
This famous Welsh hymn, performed here by Katherine Jenkins, will be getting lots of airings in its original form this summer as Wales qualified brilliantly for the European Championships. However, the tune has been used for many other chants – most famously in relation to songs that question the vocal support of the opposition’s fans: ‘You’re not singing any more’, ‘Shall we sing a song for you?’ and ‘You’re supposed to be at home’ are some of the best known versions.
A festive favourite, this one – the packed Christmas fixture schedule is as traditional in Britain as turkey and stuffing. If you’re lucky enough to see your team win over Christmas – has to be away from home – then you’ll almost certainly get to join in with this one.
Sloop John B
This Beach Boys classic is fast becoming passé – rarely does a football match go by without several versions of this being belted out with various lyrics, and the backlash has started. ‘He scores when he wants…’, ‘In Istanbul, we won it five times’, ‘We want to go home, town [x] is a sh*thole, we want to go home,’ and so on. We have picked out Norwich City here for one of the more imaginative uses, after protesting Manchester United fans took to wearing green and yellow scarves, which are Norwich’s traditional colours.
This is our favourite gif – if only for the facial expression on the guy on the right. Go West has been mostly misappropriated for the above chant – the simplicity of pointing out that not only is a team not very good, but that their supporters are aware of the fact, is fantastic.
We’re not sure what ever came of the band that sang this – probably one-hit wonders or something – but Yellow Submarine has taken off as a popular chant. We’ve included these lyrics as a nod to Champions Leicester City, whose delirious fans are indeed heading on a European tour next season.
La Donna e Mobile
It’s nice to include a touch of culture on the terraces, and Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto gave us this, usually sung with the name of any Mediterranean-sounding footballer or manager. Jose Mourinho and Paolo di Canio are two of the best known. We didn’t say it was sung about nice footballers or managers…
Que Sera Sera
Nice and easy, this one. Going to Wembley? Want to tell people? Doris Day is your woman.
We’ll be coming round the mountain
Another popular tune that finds itself being used by lots of different sets of fans: there is surely no better way to demonstrate your hatred of rivals than by forcing your hands together quickly to make a slapping noise, right?
Brummies are famed for their self-deprecating, gallows humour. And they’ve really needed it this season. Poor Aston Villa finally brought their considerable stay in the top flight to an end with a pitiful series of performances and results. It was enough to make their supporters ask why they bother. At least, we think that’s what they were saying.
Just can’t get enough
It took all of our willpower to use the Depeche Mode video for this gif, instead of the considerably racier Saturdays version. Still, the 80s is an under-represented decade when it comes to pop-songs-turned-terrace chants, so it’s nice to see a bit of Just Can’t Get Enough here.